Sunday Rant – 1319


Joe’s Comment – This cartoon (Calvin and Hobbes) epitomizes the relationship I often have with my “alter ego“.  Not conflict.  Not comprehension.  Not adverse.
That other bastard just doesn’t get it, but is willing to play along just the same.
We are complex entities, all of us.
Now where the hell did I put that transmogrifier gun?


Loony Tunes
16 Year Old Voters?
Joe says WTF?
I say you gotta be kidding!
The Democrat Party is unmoored from reality.
How could a 16 year old person make world changing choices that are sane, logical, and enduring?
Choices that advance the economy, the culture, the health of our citizenry, while attempting to preserve or better our environment?
Good luck answering.
Joe and I were 16 (only once).
We weren’t, and never met, the virtuous well informed 16 year old voter.
Hell, eligible adults are having the devil of a time doing so, let alone newbie-pubies.
What could possibly possess the Democrats to support such a plan?
Votes, we reckon.
Although the vote is only a pathway to the ultimate goal.
Power of government.
Government is “legitimate” force.
Q.  Which country in the world has no armed forces or weaponry?
A.  There isn’t such a country!
Here is Chad Prather offering his opinion on the subject:

Joe and I bought a book some time ago titled “Intellectual Morons: How Ideology Makes Smart People Fall for Stupid Ideas”.  Daniel J. Flynn identifies a number of ideologically driven movements which turned into veritable Pandora’s Box ugliness for the general public (more on Pandora below).
Joe says this book should be mandatory reading.
In high school.
And university, college, trade school, correspondence class, and for citizenship.
Definitely read and understand before you vote.
In keeping with our tradition of ascorbic humor regarding politics, we will defer to the great H.L. Mencken for a final comment –


Stefan Molyneux
The southern border of the U.S. of A. is being attacked.
Immigration law in the U.S. of A. is so compromised and ineffectual that hundreds of thousands of desperate people are taking a chance to gain foothold (physical presence) in the country.
As Stefan notes, warfare has taken the guise of walking into a country then voting into office the type of government you want.
Time for some philosophical / biological analysis of just who the heck people think they are!
Here is “Thought Bites: Women, Open Borders and Warfare”:


Prager U
Dennis Prager lets the hammer drop on “Leftism”:


White Male Privilege
Dave Morrison of Blue Collar Logic shares his personal story of white male privilege.
A lot of parallels to Joe and me; our story is similar.
Sharing a personal secret, we never wanted anything more than an adventure:


The definition of “Schadenfreude” is – noun: satisfaction or pleasure felt at someone else’s misfortune.
When the Mueller Report hit the desk of A.G. William Burr last Friday, he and his team came up with a four page report for Congress in less than 36 hours.  The report was delivered to Congress on Sunday.  An incredible feat, considering the volume of data to be parsed.
The incipient schadenfreude the Democrat / progressive / never Trump / lefty wackjobs were sensually salivating to experience did NOT materialize.
Indeed, each and all of the accusations against Trump and his team were summarily dismissed.  No collusion.  No obstruction.
Now, the schadenfreude shoe is on the other foot.
Today, Wednesday, it was reported that CNN’s viewership had dropped overnight to less than 600,000 viewers.
A catastrophe.
For them.
Other main stream media outlets felt similar disastrous declines.
Joe scratched his head and pondered what the Hell they expected after 2+ years of an obsessive-compulsive rabid pursuit of lies, deceit, and obfuscation that produced a big fat nothing.
Joe and I aren’t particular fans of The Rolling Stones, but this seems one of those times.  (That one bozo looks like Ronald McDonald):

The cartooning world has never had such a fertile and bountiful subject cornucopia.  Examples follow.
The NYT would never publish a headline (see below) in this universe –

The schadenfreude-o-meter –

We found these and more at Powerlineblog.
A bunch more at PatriotPost.
In addition, if you search Google or Duck-Duck-Go for Mueller Report Cartoons, you will be laughing for hours!
Joe and I know it is difficult to put aside emotions and feelings in order to concentrate entirely on data, facts, and observations.
Even more difficult to think, to analyze, to deduce, to conclude.
Terribly difficult when the data, facts, and information is contradictory.
However, we reiterate.
What a person does is orders-of-magnitude more significant than what they say.
As Russ Perot said, “Talk is cheap.  Words are plentiful.  Deeds are precious.”
As for the Main Stream Media, today, Thursday, most of them have pivoted to health care.  No apology.  No mia culpa.  No mention of collusion or obstruction.
Others have doubled down on their position insisting there is collusion and obstruction.  Despite no evidence, no “smoking gun”, no facts.
Again no apology.  No mia culpa, despite the Mueller report.
Mueller, the “golden boy” of the left, is now under suspicion.
What a sad state so-called journalism is in, and how little validity they now have.


Patrick Moore Redux
The following video is from the excellent Canadian YoubeTube channel, “Conversations That Matter“.  CTM is a product of Simon Fraser University, featuring Stuart McNish.  Subject matter focuses on B.C. and Canadian issues, with world-wide concerns seen from a Canadian perspective.
Their website is for additional videos.  Click on “Episodes” for a menu sorted by topic.
This conversation with Patrick Moore is several years old, but has more detail than the previous Dr. Moore videos posted in this rant.
In this video Dr. Moore explains why the CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere have fallen from thousands to mere hundreds of parts per million.
The guilty party is Life©!
Carbon dioxide is the foundation of all life on planet earth.
Sequestering of CO2 by various life forms was on course to eradicate life on earth.
Watch and learn:

A second in-depth interview of Dr. Moore by Stuart McNish (from Conversations That Matter) that is more recent than the above video.
You will hear Dr. Moore state that “The corruption is public funding of science”:

Joe and I are presently enamored with Conversations That Matter.
For my friend Ronaldo D., check out the pieces on Indian Treaties, Energy sector.
For my friend Ricky D., check out the conversations with Dr. Will Happer and Dr. Freeman Dyson.
Just sayin’.


GMO People
Joe and I are great fans of Pandora.
(Water color Lawrence Alma-Tedema, 1881) –
The legend states that Pandora opened a jar left in the possession of Epimethius which contained death, illness, and other evils that beset mankind.  She quickly closed the jar, but all the contents had escaped except hope (or, pessimistically translated, deceptive expectation).
Over the centuries, different interpretations of the Greek myth have been offered.  The story changed as did the cultures and societies reading the original.
Present times, to open a “Pandora’s Box” implies unleashing something powerful that may have dire unexpected consequences.
(John William Waterhouse – 1896 – oil on canvas) –
Enter the dragon!
The study of DNA, the building block of all life, is a powerful pursuit.
Is it possible to assemble the simple elements of the DNA chain (T-A, C-G) and build your very own unique creature?
The answer is yes.
Scrupulous and unscrupulous endeavors are currently underway to do just that.
Baby steps first.
Here is a conversation between Stephen Hsu and Stefan Molyneux about genetically engineered humans:




This week an interview with Jordan B. Peterson at Liberty University in the good old U.S. of A.
Dr. Peterson was invited to speak during Convocation



This week in Vernon BC the weather continued to spring – nighttime lows touching zero Celsius or dipping ever so slightly under, daytime highs as much as 14°C.
Very pleasant.
What happened to OMW (Old Man Winter)?
Well, if you go out behind the shop where the snow sloughed off the storage tent there, nearly three feet deep of dirty crusty snow is now a thin almost white line.
Amazing contrast of the effect of direct sunlight vs shadow all day.
Almost time to relax and count cold and snow and dark down for the count.
Joe and I used to live in Calgary AB.
We have seen snow in every single month of the year.
Our mood is optimistic but wary –

Joe (smiling) Mekanic
p.s. Ramirez is Spring –

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