Sunday Rant – 1224


Joe’s Comment – Spring seems to have arrived.  As much time as I spend bitching about the weather, you’d think I’d be tickled pink, but no dice.
I think Winter is a damn insult.
However, when I get all worked up about something that is pissing me off, I stop and think about how soft my life has been.
The “Shipwrecked” segment below is about a family of 6 who decided to buy a sail boat and travel the world.  It ended catastrophically, but not fatally or tragically.
The story is told by a man who was 18 years of age when he experienced a rude end to a lovely dream.
I wonder if I could survive the same quantum level of distress at any age.
Further down in this rant is a “PBY Catalina” segment of another family who bought a converted flying boat and decided to travel the world.  Their story ended in the loss of the aircraft while fleeing for their lives.  The family survived.  Once again, I wonder if I could function in the same circumstance.
My natural fallback might not be of heroic nature.  It might be a lesser version of Captain Obvious.  The question in my mind: is it if or is it when?
The state of the culture and the world seems very unstable at present.
Another question: is one aware of a manifest sign before the catastrophic  event….. or is there none?
Asking for a friend.

Real Adventures

The following story is about survival.
Douglas Robertson was sailing around the world with his family when 200 miles west of the Galapagos Islands their sailing ship, Lucette, was sunk by killer whales.
They managed to inflate a life raft, and salvage the dingy they used for shore visits.
Douglas tells the story of how his family of 6 spent 38 days at sea, in a raft and a dingy, before their rescue by a Japanese fishing boat named Toka Maru.
In this video, Douglas is recounting, at 68 years of age, what happened 50 years ago when he was 18 years old.
Bloody amazing!
Lots more amazing stories at LADBibleTV:


Quick Dick McDick
It’s calving time!
Quick Dick takes us along as one of his heifers has her first calf:

The Culture

Climate – The Movie
A documentary that actually addresses the climate hoax with facts, data, analysis, and reason.  This video is from the CO2 Coalition.  Many of the speakers have been featured on this rant over the years.
There are a long list of notables in the video.
This video documentary should be mandatory viewing for all to see (thank you Ms. E. Thrasher):




Kent Carnivore – Ulcerative Colitis
Several weeks ago this rant featured a couple of very clever videos constructed by Lee Copus (aka Kent Carnivore; Sunday Rant – 0524).
Another advocate of the carnivore diet.
Mr. Copus seems to be an intelligent and creative young man.  Joe and I pondered what inspired him to spend the time building such interesting and detailed Ub2b videos.
The following interview of “Kent Carnivore” by Dr. Shawn Baker answers that question.
Mr. Copus was being slowly destroyed by the medical community dedicated to the ideal of “do no harm”, dedicated to helping and healing.
Net result?
Mr. Copus lost most of his intestine, and now wears a colostomy bag.
Joe’s reaction would be rage.  Joe would need therapy because the very people dedicated to “saving lives” so totally missed the mark.
According to Mr. Copus, the “authorities” are uninterested in his story.
Our hat is off to Mr. Copus for sharing his troubles, his solution(s), and being vocal in the nutrition revolution.
People like Joe and me have a more or less “hearty” digestive tract, and survived well into our 60s before trouble manifested.  A less than ideal diet means discomfort, perhaps irritation or pain.
The good folks like Mr. Copus (and many friends) are further out toward the edges of the Bell Curve of “health”, where issues as basic as food choices become a matter of survival.  These are the people who benefit the most from “alternative” solutions.  The “Main Stream” is about as useful as the government at recognizing reality and providing viable solutions for people outside the “normal” spectrum.
Thanks to Dr. Baker for the interview:

Trial Site News
Daniel O’Connor created the website “Trial Site News“.
He isn’t a journalist or a scientist or a doctor.
His motivation is to “tell all” (thank you Ms. E. Thrasher).
The focus it to make public ALL INFORMATION available; to make information about science / medicine / censorship transparent: “for all to see” (thanks again, Ms. E. Thrasher).  Mr. O’Connor is a freedom fighter:

Lierre Keith
Dr. Berry and Lierre Keith, author of “The Vegetarian Myth:


Joe’s Garage

Edison Motors
Joe and I have been following the development of Edison Motors.
A B.C. start-up, in one year they have managed to design, build, and register their version of a heavy truck hybrid.
Joe is one hundred percent behind this concept.
Joe and I are also fans of “Watch Wes Work”.  Wes has many videos featuring a variety of machinery and vehicles in need of Wes’ repair magic.
In this video, Wes, an engineer, does an analysis of the Edison products.
A well constructed critique that will engender much debate and discussion:

Engine Break In
There is a specific process to break in a re-built or newly assembled engine.
Lake Speed Jr. and Dyno Don explain the problems – rings vs cam – and describe the solution.  A must see for any engine builder:

Head Shots
Joe found this video very informational.
When hunting wild boars, a head shot might just piss the boar off.  A pissed off boar can kill you dead!  For some obscure reason the Ub2b link would not embed properly.  Copy and paste into your browser’s URL field + Enter:


The technology involved in making this quadrapoligic man able to control the cursor on a computer is beyond the ken of mere mortals.  The links would not embed properly.  Copy and paste into your browser’s URL field + Enter:


Heavy Trucks of Yesteryear
The M26 Dragon Wagon from World War II was an amazing workhorse.
As the presenter says, logistics and provisioning is what wins wars.
This original “monster truck” weighed over 50 tons, and could carry legendary loads.  What technology for its time!  Everything was manual or hydraulic – not one damn computer to be found.  Well thought out and executed, this beautiful truck was used right up until the space shuttle days:

PBY Catalina
Joe and I used to play in one of these beauties long ago and far away in Calgary AB when we was a child.  A fascinating aircraft.
After the Second World War, some were converted to serve as Landseaire luxury flying yachts.  The story about the airship is interesting.
The story of what happened to the Kendall family while touring Saudi Arabia is enough to make you puke.
Joe says the inhabitants of that part of the world are a bunch of maniac cowardly imbeciles.  Anyone who would shoot up a PBY is an enemy.
A beautiful aircraft with a marvelous purpose – a family tour bus in the sky.
Shot to shit by a bunch of ignorant third world minus cretins.  Joe farts in your general direction:

Joe and I remember a movie from the ’70s called “Steelyard Blues”, with Donald Sutherland, some Hollywood bimbos, starring a PBY.  Which made Joe ponder…..
The PBY was everywhere doing everything.  Here’s a documentary about an unsung hero-plane with thoroughbred lineage:



Joe and I have a love for Alberta.
We grew up from 9 to 25 years in what is arguably the richest province in the Confederation.
Danielle Smith has been a leader and force for reform as Alberta Premier, going toe to toe with the P.M. (aka Chief Rainbow Socks) on many topics.
In this interview, Jordan Peterson interviews Jason Nixon, Alberta Minister of Seniors, Community, and Social Services.
This is a pulse check on the culture of Alberta in 2024.
Not for the faint of heart fact wise.
Hope on the horizon in the form of Mr. Nixon:


This week in Vernon BC the weather became civil.
That is mostly above zero.
And sometimes double digits during the day.
Joe is pleased.
He thinks Winter is done for 8 months or so.
I’m in accord.
The forecast for the next two weeks is for double digit temperatures every cotton pickin’ day!
And no negative nighttime dips.
The grass is riz.
The garage daffodildos are blooming.
The snow is a bitter memory.
All is well.
The first week of Spring is here, and so far, a fabulous sight to see…..

Joe (one tee) Mekanic
p.s.  Ramirez would enjoy our weather we think –









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