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Joe’s Comment – Sometimes I forget who is who in my zoo.

 

A Pledge
Joe and I have designated (à la the Chinaman) this to be the “Year of the Carrot”.
You’ll figure out the pun eventually (think Beta Caretine, Vitamin A, Good Vision).
With this perspective, this vantage-point, “I can see for miles and miles” vision, we pledge to distill our thoughts better, to precipitate facts and wash away fictions diligently.
Let’s get started!
For the year 2019, our outrage memory is mostly tranquil.
Unlike 2017 when we spent an evening in jail for beaking off at the poling booth, 2019 was almost uneventful.
One incident that bubbles up happened on the way to swimming lessons with young Rourke, 8 years young at the time.
Driving the back roads from our house to the pool zig-zags through various neighborhoods on the way.
We were stopped by the constabulary – no seat belt on Grandpa, no front license plate (it was on the dash).
A ticket was issued.
Joe and I thank our lucky stars that young Mr. Rourke was with us, for as sure as the sun rises we would have ended up in jail.  Or gaol if yer a traditionalist.
It took great will-power to restrain Joe’s big fat mouth.
Hell, it was within a hairs-width of wild-eyed mouth-frothing unintelligible, guttural uttering of his name; we almost summoned Olaf the Berserker.
A link to a brief description of Olaf the Berserker (Sunday Rant – 2516).
The point?
I’m 70 years old.
Growing up we rode in the back of trucks with the other kids and dogs while the dads drank beer in the cab and drove us all over town.
We had a driver license before seat belts were mandatory….
Before you start moralizing shut your pie hole and reflect on a few words from H.L. Mencken.  We suggest that you employ your imagination to understand the terms “American”, “constitutional rights”, and “liberty” while reading the following:
The American of today, in fact, probably enjoys less personal liberty than any other man of Christendom, and even his political liberty is fast succumbing to the new dogma that certain theories of government are virtuous and lawful, and others abhorrent and felonious. Laws limiting the radius of his free activity multiply year by year: It is now practically impossible for him to exhibit anything describable as genuine individuality, either in action or in thought, without running afoul of some harsh and unintelligible penalty. It would surprise no impartial observer if the motto “In God we trust” were one day expunged from the coins of the republic by the Junkers at Washington, and the far more appropriate word, “verboten,” substituted. Nor would it astound any save the most romantic if, at the same time, the goddess of liberty were taken off the silver dollars to make room for a bas-relief of a policeman in a spiked helmet. Moreover, this gradual (and, of late, rapidly progressive) decay of freedom goes almost without challenge; the American has grown so accustomed to the denial of his constitutional rights and to the minute regulation of his conduct by swarms of spies, letter-openers, informers and agents provocateurs that he no longer makes any serious protest.”
Joe and I know this to be true over our time in Canada from the ’50s to now.
H.L. Mencken wrote these words in the preface to the first edition of his book “The American Credo : A Contribution Toward the Interpretation of the National Mind” in 1920!
The loss of personal liberty, the “progressive” dream of big government as the source of all succor, the destruction of the nuclear family, the loss of moral compass (the Golden Rule / Platinum Rule), many more “fish nibbles” slowly and surely eroding liberty.
We refuse to comply.
Joe reminds us, we refuse to comply as much as a 70 year old of dubious repute can.
Rebel without a clue.

 

Blue Collar Logic
Jason Siler has a valid perspective.
Not flaming left or right; a perspective based on facts.
In retrospect, the Iranian “authorities” who shot down a Ukrainian civilian airliner, then tried to cover up what happened, and finally admitted to a “tragic mistake” were most likely in a panic mode, living a nightmare anticipating American retaliation for the missile “strike” (in quotes ’cause they really avoided striking a human target).  The Iranian lying liars are saying some low-level person pushed a button and poof! there goes one of Boeing’s best, down in flames with all on board.
Meanwhile, the Iranian people, fresh from the slaughter by their own military of 1,500+ citizens, are courageously continuing their protests against the theocratic dictators, knowing damn well that they may be murdered by their government.
All in the name of Allah and the “Religion of Peace®”.
Back home in Canada (there were 63 “Canadians” on board) and in the U.S. of A., the progressive forces keep reminding us why they are not trustworthy stewards, unworthy to lead a country.
Appeasement?
Go fish…..
Joe likes how Mr. Siler gathers the wool and knits a damn fine sweater.
After all, it is sweater weather here in Vernon BC:

Dave Morrison is the other Blue Collar Logic principal.
Joe especially enjoyed Mr. Morrison’s take on the same incident.
Much like our own experience with bullies in the distant past, a lesson learned in grade school is no less a lesson, is every bit as valid as a lesson learned as an adult.
The difference is the stakes for adult conflict are more consequential when the principals are countries:

A Twitter comment from Dan Bongino –

And a very concise comment –

 

Joe’s Garage
Big Red
In 1966 Ford was engaged in transportation research and development that spanned most categories of vehicular design.
This film features “Big Red”, a heavy transport truck designed around the Interstate highway system.
Big Red is powered by a gas turbine.
Overall length just over 90 feet.  What a beastie!:

Quantum Locking
A visual demonstration of the quantum concept.
Done with a type 2 super conductor cooled by immersion in liquid nitrogen.
The super conductor can be “locked” into a vector and it will remain there (until the super cooling warms).
Joe’s eyes didn’t comprehend what they were lying about.
Totally WTF, in a curious and curiouser way:

Millenial driver instruction –

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Joe’s Comment – To look into the future on the New Year is a tradition.  I’ve still got my own teeth…..  let the randomly nibble begin!
Here’s to health, happiness, productivity, family and friends.

 

PragerU
The Enlightenment has always been promoted as a major turning point in Western cultural development.
As usual, Joe and I swallowed the postulate, as the word “postulate” implies, without question.
As Mark Dice says “But wait, what’s this?”
Seems that “The Enlightenment” wasn’t really the star of the show.
On behalf of PragerU, Israeli political philosopher Yoram Hazony, author of “The Virtue of Nationalism”, explores the facts behind the popular belief:

 

Kimberley Strassel
Joe and I are Kimberley Strassel fans.
She is one of very few real journalists.
In this American Thought Leaders interview with Jan Jekielek of The Epoch Times, Kimberley explores the mindset of the progressive left that is problematic for the health of politics in the country.
Joe is in love again (or still, says I).
This is a clear headed intelligent woman doing priceless work informing the public of malfeasance in the elected and bureaucratic strata of government.
Joe wonders if anyone is doing this work on behalf of Canadian tax payers?:

 

Larry Elder
Joe and I have been tuning in to Larry Elder for many years.
He offers a rational argument backed by data and facts.
This interview of Mr. Elder is conducted by Jan Jekielek on December 16th, 2019.
Both gentlemen are employed by The Epoch Times.
This discussion happened just before the impeachment vote on December 18th:

 

Intellectual Froglegs
Joe Dan Gorman is starting out the new year at a gallop.
His productions are better each time, and his content is sterling.
Joe finally figured out how to embed the video.  Bonus!:

 

Ukraine and the CIA
Joe and I have no frame of reference for the information in the following video.
However, the reference material is public domain even if we can’t validate the time line.
Seems like the Democrat administration of Jug Ears has, as Ricky Ricardo oft quizzed Lucy, some ‘splainin’ to do:

 

Federal Reserve System
Joe insisted we put the above title in quotes.
The use of the name “Federal” implies the gubbermint might have something to do with the organization.
No such truth to the matter.
And the word “System” has more to do with syndicate (think Mafia).
The Federal Reserve Act of 1913 was a shady bit o’ maneuvering.
Joe likes the “conspiracy” theories about the Titanic, and the fate of the powerful opponents to the Federal Reserve System.  Seems all of them were aboard the Titanic when it sank, invited by J.P. Morgan himself (who, at the last minute, didn’t take the trip).
Heavy, man!
If you are American (or anyone Joe says), this is whom you are working for:

 

Joe’s Garage

Copper and Magnets
What happens when large chunks of copper and strong magnets are in close proximity?
Joe and I stay up nights puzzling this one.
Now we can get some sleep.
Here is one of the phenomena of the physical world demonstrating that you better believe yer lyin’ eyes even when they seem to be lying:

Papplewick Pumping Station
This amazing installation from 1883 is still (as of the video – 2013) operational.
Coal fired.
Engineering feats such as this enabled early cities to exist and grow and thrive.
James Watt’s inventions were mechanical masterpieces.
Papplewick is 7.5 miles north of Nottingham England:

Bomber Camp
Joe went off like that guy in the Jif peanut butter commercial when he saw this video.  We want to go to “Bomber Camp“!
Here’s how a ball turret on a WWII B17 looks and how it operates and how it fires its two .50 caliber machine guns:

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Joe’s Comment – A little Santa, a little humor.  Best wishes to family and friends!

 

Christmas Week
Joe and I love the idea of Christmas.
We love the reality, too.
This year grandson Rourke is 8 years old at Christmas; an incredible amount of energy and anticipation, and high spirited activity.
He has three grandfathers, two grandmothers, two mothers (biological and step), and one brother.  Lots of Christmas excitement for him.
Our Christmas perspective: Joe and I were raised Anglican.
From our vantage point, 70 years and (hopefully) many more, we embrace the holiday for the simple good-will that hope-filled citizens shared without provocation everywhere we went during the pre-Christmas days.   Boy did we see some wide-eyed children!  What a joy!  It was fun and oddly rejuvenating to shop for the few gifts we could afford.  Our Christmas spirit was equal to or better than any time before in our life –
If we weren’t raised in a Christian church, wethinks we would be envious.
The structure, the tradition, the meaning – both secular and religious AND spiritual – is a message of love and forgiveness and hope and redemption and charity and giving.  Joe and I believe the inherent value of the individual makes it possible for everyone to be part of the celebration, no matter what your spiritual or religious proclivity.
As we have said many times before, if you had to pick a religion, Christianity is hard to beat.  Hell, we’d be Christian for the music alone.
For example and pleasure, here’s a collection ranging from religious-theme classical composers to popular secular seasonal tunes.
One of many many collections of Christmas / seasonal music.
However nasty and misguided YoubeTube “vision statement” might be, it is a boon to music lovers like Joe and I.  Relax with this smorgasbord of seasonal reverie:

Joe and I wish for everyone (not just gentlemen) the chorus line of a well-known Christmas song:
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy
We hope your Christmas was the best ever.

 

Democracy?
In past rants Joe and I have expressed our concerns about “democracy”.
At its very best, democracy is the “will of the people”, which should scare the bejesus out of any sane person.
At its worst, democracy is “mob rule”, which requires violence to remedy.
Our point is made quite well in this short video about Socrates (below) produced by “The School of Life“.
An “intellectual democracy” vs “democracy by birthright” – being qualified to vote on an issue / for a leader based on knowledge?  Or by default i.e. qualified by citizenship?  In the U.S.A. in recent years the Democrats have dispensed with the qualifiers of citizenship and in some cases, being alive!
What a circus our betters have created!
We struggle to comprehend what is and what will be done.
Socrates was rewarded for his brilliance with death by hemlock.
Not much has changed.
Joe says the panoply of human nature guarantees the entire gamut of agony to ecstasy be played out continuously and endlessly ad nauseam:

 

Canadian Energy
The Canadian federal energy policy is an aberration of Avro Arrow magnitude and is a national disgrace.
On the other hand, Rex Murphy is a Canadian treasure.
He has an YoubeTube channel here.
Joe and I have been alive and kicking long enough in Canada to see several tragedies of national magnitude.
One that is enough to make Jesus weep was the demise of the Avro Arrow.  The men (and women, damn it!) who discovered new concepts, produced new technologies, designed, tooled, and built the Arrow, all left Canada and attained amazing accomplishments (US man on the moon, European SST).  That was a failure of the Canadian political elite.
Joe and I learned to despise politicians to approximately n from that time.
Another national tragedy is the absolute abomination of the federal government’s approach to Western Canadian energy development and marketing.
Canadian technological development of oil and gas discovery methodology, mining techniques, and processing/production is world class.  Canadian producers have met and surpassed the most strict environmental standard demands in the world to produce responsible and “ethical oil” products.
The good folks in Texas (and around the world) use Canadian technology to improve their environmental impact AND efficiency.
Rex interviews Lori Ackerman, the mayor of Fort St. John BC in the following video released October, 2019.  Joe and I read many of the comments under the video and we agree with those who say Ms. Ackerman might be a politician we could support:

A lot of Canadian policy burns our ass.
Here are a few points Joe and I use whenever we are forced into a corner where we begrudgingly offer our perspective and opinion (if you think that statement is true, I’ve got a pipeline to sell you!).
Point 1:  If you think a “pipeline” is a sin against all humanity and Gaea too, you’d better be shitting out in your yard in an outhouse, drawing water by hand from a well or lake or stream or river, heating your home with coal or wood or buffalo chips, reading by candle or coal oil lamp at night, and traveling via ungulate express or shank’s mare, or bicycle, or litter.  If not, you, sir or madame, are a hypocrite, a liar, a caitiff, a fiend, a child abuser (if you ever talk to children this way); you are NOT a shaman as you imagine, and need tutelage. PERIOD.
Point 2:  For the very slow (Joe says retarded), we’ll expand the above list of items to be perfectly clear.  Shitting? A sewer system IS A PIPELINE.  Whether it runs to a septic tank or a municipal treatment facility, or into the Pacific ocean (¡hola! Victoria!).  Ergo, if you shit indoors it is either filling the basement (Oh! sweet smell of sewage!!) or it is PIPED via a complex routing system aided by gravity to a processing site.  Water?  Joe and I are old enough to remember Grandma W.’s farm in Saskatchewan.  No running water.  The well was in the yard.  Pump to fill the bucket.  Bucket in the house.  Heat water on (or in if you had the deluxe model) the wood stove.  They never got a pump and a PIPELINE for water and a PIPELINE for sewer to my knowledge.  Try that, city folk.  Heating?  So you say you heat with oil or gas?  Both require a PIPELINE.  Natural gas is a wide area network (like computers) – the gas producer pipes the gas under pressure through a complex network to your house (it is safe, clean, economical).  Furnace oil is a local area network (also like computers) – the tank delivers oil to the furnace via a PIPELINE where it is pumped through a PIPELINE to the burner.  But wait, what’s this?  You say you heat with electricity?  We can hardly contain ourselves…..  Lighting?  Why are you such a bonehead?  Electricity is probably the most egregious example if you oppose pipelines.  The electrical network from source to the outlet in your wall (if you have such luxury) is a complex network of PIPELINES called conductors.  When you use electricity, every single electron is traveling in a PIPELINE!!!  Joe wonders why we bother.  Traveling?  Once again, if you are using something other than human or animal power, or a machine that only uses human or animal power it (by process of elimination) uses a PIPELINE somewhere in the supply chain required to provide the energy for propulsion, either directly or indirectly.
Hell, the very arteries and veins in yer body are PIPELINES!
Point 3:  Joe and I conjecture that if you are not a fiend (as described in point 1) and still believe there is a pipeline problem (other than not having enough of them) then we can still talk.  We believe that the entire issue is political.  The entirety of modern life is dependent on energy.  Ergo, if you control energy it follows that you control modern life.  Joe and I are advocates of cheap energy, because energy is instrumental to quality of life.  Why are millions of people overrunning the most advanced cultures of the world?  We suspect quality of life is a factor.  Q.E.D.?  Not quite….. but a starting point.

 

Periodic Sequences
Joe and I have always loved math and numbers and number concepts.
Long ago and far away, we thought to become a mathematician.
Our exposure to university level math was what is called a “rude awakening”.
We were good great at math.
In some advanced classes, we met people who were brilliant at math.
So much for a math career (the concept of “working hard” was only to dawn in our consciousness many, many years later – up to then, aka post high school, “study” had been a breeze, a cameo role).
YoubeTube is a source of wonderful information (as long as you stay away from certain topics such as politics and progressive/conservative warfare).
Joe and I were delighted when we found Dr. Holly Krieger, a cheerful knowledgeable math junky (whose video is featured on the YoubeTube channel “Numberphile“).
Just another bookmark in our list that is approaching a large (but rational) number.
Here is a short video where she defines the concept of “periodic sequences”, and demonstrates its special relationship to fractions:

If you spend any of your time at the Numeracy channel, the chances are 100% you will stumble into or be introduced to the “Brilliant” website.
Brilliant is a source of tools to tune-up yer brain: that rusty logic and math and problem solving dangle in your head that you haven’t employed for many long time.  It requires registration.  There is free or premium.
Joe says I’m the quintessential Englishman.
Joe explains by stating that Scotsmen are considered frugal, but they learned by the example of the English.
Which is his way of saying we enjoy the free registration at Brilliant.
Cheap bastard are we…..

 

Blood Type (and Personality)
Joe and I have been advocates of Social Styles, a precipitant of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) that was based on the psychology of Carl Jung and used in WWII to match people to jobs in the military.
We have also used the more current “Big Five Personality Traits” aka FFM (Five-Factor Model) or OCEAN (Openness, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Agreeableness, Neuroticism) to get a more thorough understanding of personality types expressed in observable behaviour.
How a human mind works and how a person behaves are intrinsically connected.  How you interact with other humans: knowing how to interact would benefit from any analysis which allows quicker/easier/more accurate communication between individuals.  That’s why Joe and I have taken an interest beyond curiosity.
The video below is new stuff for us.
Did you know that in Japan children are organized and educated according to blood type?  And Korea too?  Joe always loves him some crazy!
But, is it crazy?
After all, what is it that promotes the very observable big five personality traits or the Myers-Briggs or the Social Styles in each person?
Autonomous self-replicating meat robots (aka human beings) are very complex organisms that are an infinite source of curiosity and study:

 

Steve Bannon
Joe and I think the world of Steve Bannon.
He sees a much bigger picture with more moving pieces and granularity than most pundits we listen to and read.
Since YoubeTube recently changed their modus operandi we have been pissed off about the entire mess.
Most days (up to the change) the YoubeTube algorithm would give us the latest from our favored list of “Chatty Kathys”.
Today, not so much.
Joe says Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!
I said let’s see the latest Steve Bannon contribution.
Wham!
Here’s a quote from Mr. Bannon from the video, talking about Donald Trump (before the election in 2016): “He’s a very imperfect instrument, but he’s a armor piercing shell, OK?  And here’s the other thing, they’re scared to death (the Republican apparatus, the American political elite, the permanent political class)”.  This is an incredible behind-the-scene testimony from an advisor (at the time) to the POTUS.  A name Mr. Bannon mentions frequently is Stephan Miller, who did an incredible job of analyzing the political environment for the Trump campaign leading up to the election victory.  (note: I tried to link to a Stephan Miller website but couldn’t find one.  All the links I did find were incredibly biased.  This leads Joe to think the man is worth his salt).
The video is titled “Zero Tolerance – Steven Bannon Interview”, an interview with Mr. Bannon by the Chinese Free Beacon news channel, posted December 15th, 2019:

 

Joe’s Garage

GT40
The following video is from 2013 at Goodwood England.
The driver is Kenny Brack.
The car is a Ford GT40, equipped with a 427 cu. in. engine.
The track is damp with rain.
This vehicle cannot get traction!  Every time the throttle is depressed the drive wheels go nuts.  Not a ballet in the rain – more like a 500 horsepower spasm…..
The driving skill of Mr. Brack combines lightening quick reflex with a fearless focus on maximizing performance.
We got worn out just watching.
Joe says we would have to wear Depends for this ride:

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