Joe’s New Year Predictions
I always have resolutions, but they are not instigated at the dawn of one day, i.e., 31 December 2023 becoming 01 January 2024, and magically a new course is struck, a path is illuminated, wrongs are addressed, all is well.
Furthermore, my resolve is a many fluid thing, mostly purely subjective (ref. “Love is a many splendored thing“). Only by chance, occasionally, anomalously, is my resolve objective or my resolution(s) cogent. As Robert A. Heinlein said – In short, if yer lookin’ for my resolution lists, you won’t find one here. I didn’t produce any. Resolution happens when my little pea brain has an epiphany, or a minor (very minor!) derivative – often regarded as a clue.
Should you keep reading, you might find a few predictions.
Ok, more than a few.
The World® is full of surprises.
This continuum of Sunday Rants is my way of keeping a record of WTF?
What, if anything, impressed / annoyed / amused / frightened me over the course of one week that seemed noteworthy is logged.
This rant is a one way communication to family / friends / random explorers, and a message to future me.
Hey, me, what you doin’ over (future) there? (ref. Dope Lemon, “Hey You“)
The idea being only time, with it’s sidekick, experience, determines which of your pursuits, interests, passions, and worries endure.
Instead of pedantic rhetoric and bloviating barrages of baloney, I prefer to use the old Easter egg technique – a copious selection of videos, memes, data, references, and the ever present babble emitting from the Tower of Droveria to identify future sources of pain, pleasure, or indifference. Dragged out over 52 weeks.
Here’s a great start. Andrew Klavan prefaces his weekly podcast with a few snarky AND pertinent predictions for 2024:
Consider this rant a weekly source of signage, à la the parable of the drowning man. One of our favorite versions of the parable is from the website Psychology Today (2009) –
“A storm descends on a small town, and the downpour soon turns into a flood. As the waters rise, the local preacher kneels in prayer on the church porch, surrounded by water. By and by, one of the townsfolk comes up the street in a canoe.
“Better get in, Preacher. The waters are rising fast.”
“No,” says the preacher. “I have faith in the Lord. He will save me.”
Still the waters rise. Now the preacher is up on the balcony, wringing his hands in supplication, when another guy zips up in a motorboat.
“Come on, Preacher. We need to get you out of here. The levee’s gonna break any minute.”
Once again, the preacher is unmoved. “I shall remain. The Lord will see me through.”
After a while the levee breaks, and the flood rushes over the church until only the steeple remains above water. The preacher is up there, clinging to the cross, when a helicopter descends out of the clouds, and a state trooper calls down to him through a megaphone.
“Grab the ladder, Preacher. This is your last chance.”
Once again, the preacher insists the Lord will deliver him.
And, predictably, he drowns.
A pious man, the preacher goes to heaven. After a while he gets an interview with God, and he asks the Almighty, “Lord, I had unwavering faith in you. Why didn’t you deliver me from that flood?”
God shakes his head. “What did you want from me? I sent you two boats and a helicopter.””
If you take the time to read the Wikipedia article (linked above) you will find that this story has been around in many cultures for many years in many guises.
You will also find that there are beaucoup de interpretations.
I tend to think of the parable as a fine example of a “Yogi-ism“, after Yogi Berra.
A few of Mr. Berra’s malapropisms come to mind –
In true human fashion, I have ignored signs, misinterpreted signs, taken signs out of context, and plain not seen signs. I’ve also responded to false signs, the wrong signs, and obviously non-signs. Summing up, I have no bloody idea of what a sign is, or how to recognize a sign. I’m in the “beat him over the head with the obvious” camp. You can find me there tending the fire…..
After all, you’d think that a person following random chance would have a batting average of .500 over a lifetime of sign watching/waiting/ignoring.
And so it goes.
2024, I give you fair warning.
Dr. Thomas Sowell gives a short history of how the various Indian tribes in North America reacted with one another and with the European settlers.
The common rail of wealth, of economic interaction, was a major influence whether peace or war between the dissimilar parties prevailed.
Dr. Sowell is a national treasure:
Poo and What it Do?
Dr. Will Bulsiewicz is an expert on the human gut, and the microbiome that exists there.
Every living thing is covered with microbes.
Ergo, all living things have a microbiome.
Microbes cover the human body in astronomical numbers.
Gut microbes are tiny but prolific in the colon, where their numbers can exceed 38 trillion individuals.
Microbes predate humans. Microbes were among the earliest forms of life.
Humans cannot exist without microbes: it has been a cooperative coexistence.
The majority of the human immune system, approximately 70%, lives and operates in the intestine.
The intestinal mucosal membrane separates the contents of the intestine from your blood stream.
Joe and I are not vegetarians.
This guy advocates eating a diversity of plants.
Nevertheless, an interesting take on the symbiotic relationship of microbes in your gut and you.
Joe wanted to watch to see the different poo types.
This doctor is on a completely different path than our usual offering of nutritional information.
Joe and I think that the take away is the information about the gut microbe community and our reliance on maintaining a healthy microbiome.
We also think that they are way off in believing fiber is an essential nutrient.
Joe thinks these are two gay guys getting excited about poop:
It was a long drawn out video with lots of no-noes for a carnivore diet person like Joe and I. We have been eating carnivore going on 6 years. We don’t eat any fiber. Our carbohydrate consumption is as low as a limbo pole – we might have a glass of milk a day and 100 ml. of yogurt outside of meat, eggs, butter.
We watched and listened. The boys got very excited about the samples of poop for the last hour of the video. They were laughing and joking about shape, color, smell, texture. Gay? You say….
The key for them was the Bristol Stool Chart, which we present for your edification. Happy pooping! –
Shawn Baker, Bart Kay
A wealth of knowledge regarding nutrition and well-being.
Both are carnivore diet advocates.
In this video they agree and disagree on a variety of subjects related to the proper human diet.
Joe and I keep watching and listening.
Dr. Kay mentions a list of 5 “health hacks”, the video of which is below this one:
Dr. Bart Kay
5 health hacks as mentioned above.
For the time challenged (and who(m) isn’t?), these are the five –
1. Eat a carnivore diet or as close as possible (avoid plant foods)
2. Cerule supplements as required
3. “Earthing” / grounding your body
4. Block all blue light for proper sleep
5. Intensity / resistance training 3 – 4 times a week, 30 – 45 minutes
A short informative video:
The name Tetra is known throughout Eastern Europe.
The Tetra T111 and related trucks in this video have unique design features such as fully independent suspension, “backbone” frames, and an air cooled V12 diesel engine configured unlike other diesel engines.
Joe and I don’t think the S.T.E.M. world worries much about politics. A brilliant mind can produce amazing products no matter which country, race, ethnicity, or political scheme is evident.
Watching these old Tetra trucks go 4 or 6 wheeling in rugged terrain is impressive:
An amazing development – observe the plant and animal worlds to see how obstacles are resolved!
Joe and I believe most of man’s better ideas have been inspired by the world around him (and her, if you must).
Propellers have been around for centuries, the concept for millennia.
You might think after all that time, all the development, what could be done to improve the basic design, to enhance the understanding of operation?
How about propellers (for boats, generators, planes, wherever) using the phenomenon of how tubercles benefit a blue whale?
The scientific study of fluid flowing over the tubercle(s) has revealed a “tubercle effect” that allows higher angles of attack without cavitation, increased efficiency, lessens noise, and improves thrust.
Those damn whales figured all this out without thinking about it at all:
POLITICS, POLITICIANS, WACKJOBBERY, HUMOROUS, STUPID
This week we intended to include the final episode of Dr. Jordan Peterson’s analysis of The Book of Exodus, episode 18. Alas, the episode is not available on Ub2b. It is behind a paywall at Daily Wire.
All is not lost.
This week the sermon is from Dr. Thomas Sowell.
The presentation is based on his book “Black Rednecks and White Liberals“.
Joe and I wonder if there will ever be a “diverse” society that actually works:
WEATHER (OR NOT)
The fantasy Winter is over.
This week in Vernon BC there was snow!
And the temperature dropped a wee bit.
The forecast calls for more snow in the next few days, and a dip to double digit negative temperature by mid week.
Compared to last year, this year has been a cake walk.
Or a bacon walk – Joe and I eat carnivore, no cake.
Hell, last week a house fly appeared buzzing around like an idiot.
He / she / it / they died a lonely death – found it in the sink.
Stupid bastard. Talk about premature…..
We are still hopeful, because the forecast pops up above zero Celsius by the middle of the month.
One week of nasty is infinitely better than last year’s two months of double digit below zero.
The heating bill will tell the tale.
Meanwhile, this weekend the chores and work we had planned on completing went by the wayside. The following graphic explains everything –
In our case, all weekend. PJ Day should be a mandatory snow reaction.
Joe (damp) Mekanic
p.s. Ramirez off to a good start in 2024 –