Sunday Rant – 2223

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Joe’s Comments – It has been a busy week.  Financial issues.  Family issues.  Personal issues.  Thanks to the God of Weather for constantly fine Spring days and nights.
The Nut Jobs and Wackeroos are playing out their ideology ad infinitum.
How much longer will it be before Mr. and Mrs. Mudpecker decide they’ve had enough and put an end to the hysteria?
A quote from Ayn Rand gets right to the point –
The pursuit of rewarding grievances based on identity criteria is obliterated if the above were recognized as the limit of identity politics.
Make law based on the reality of the individual.
Enforce said laws.
Revise or adjust as required as real data accumulates.
It all seems so simple to a Theoretical Libertarian…..

Canadiana

Quick Dick McDick
Once again, Saskatchewan and Canada’s agricultural ambassador sets the Federal policy wankers straight.
As straight as you can with progressive lunatics…..
QDMcD politely suggests that Steven Guilbeault, the ex-con environmental activist federal minister get bent.
Along with all the “Central Planners” in Ottawa.
No one but no one is smart enough to tell any of us how to live.
As commenter Gigi369 states, “Buy local food, reduce waste, make best choice available and be good to the neighbours. It’s not complicated.”
Joe reckons the career path of QDMcD may have a political journey:

There are other Canadian pundits making their positions known.
Kathy Shadle (R.I.P.) stated the bottom line very well a dozen years ago when she said “You’re not smart enough to tell me how to live”.
An important fact impossible to communicate to politicians.

The Culture

John Cleese on Wokeism
Nick Gillespie interviews Mr. Cleese for the Ub2b channel ReasonTV.
Mr. Cleese is an original member of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, and will be 84 years old in October.
In this conversation, Mr. Cleese explains why “wokeism” is counter to creativity.
By extension, Creativity is a well-spring of Culture.
This is a foundational argument, based on freedom of speech.
The health of any culture rests with the existence of an open dialogue contributed to by any and all citizens, without prejudice.
In these days of progressive hysteria, there is a real risk of suffering negative life-changing consequences for simply speaking your mind.
The American Founding Fathers got it right – the First Amendment and the Second Amendment to the American Constitution are essential to the foundation of a free people.
Joe and I suspect that even if the clock could be wound back and people had the choice, again, to vote for freedom over security, the outcome would be as it is, even if everyone voting knew the consequences from personal experience.
The human beasty is a curious organization of protoplasm…..
Ayn Rand’s analysis holds true.  “The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.”
Ergo any law or cultural force that restricts or prohibits an individual from speaking their mind is a poison imbibed by The Culture.
Attempts to stifle Free Speech, no matter how noble the intent, is a potential pathogen to the Body Politic.
Wokeism is such a force.
The damage done is obvious to any rational person.
An interesting reflection by a marvelous comedian who happens to also be a humanist:

IQ – William James Sidis
How important is “intelligence”?
Joe says that is an unthinking question.
A more apt question about intelligence is how can “smart” people survive life among the masses?
Perhaps it is a complex equation that includes the sum and total of all “Life” being a Constant value, as opposed to an ever increasing Force.
Is there room in the Universe for more Life vs mere inorganic mass, or is there some “Universal Constant” that is an immotal Law?
Perhaps it is an indicator of just how “social” humans are.
Or a measure of how delicate a balance so-called “successful” life might be.
Joe and I agree that the failure of William James Sidis to “perform” up to the expectations of his Cultural surrounding is a shared failure.
Nurture and Environment are essential ingredients no matter what intelligence you may have.
Joe the pragmatist watched this video (well done by Cindy Pom of Newsthink), and pondered….. if William knew the alphabet at two months, and was reading the New York Times at 2 years, was he potty trained too?
Joe ponders that there just might be an intelligent aspect to Life, and throttling back brilliance is part of the Master Plan.
Don’t want to cheat by reading the Final Page in the Book of Life before you get there…..
Just sayin’:

Tommy Robinson
To paraphrase a line in the novel Catch-22, “where are the Robinsons of yesteryear?”
In this Sunday Rant series, the first mention of Tommy Robinson is Sunday Rant – 21b13.
10 years ago Mr. Robinson’s activism resulted in his and his family’s persecution.
He spent time in prison for stating his views.
His views were controversial then and they are now – he is white, and was a journalist investigating so-called “racist” activities in the UK.
Specifically, the clash of Islamic culture with the British culture.
Mr. Robinson was a lone voice in decrying the “grooming” of white girls and women by Pakistani gangs, the child rapes and abuse.
What has happened in a decade?
Tommy Robinson continues to fight the good fight.
The following video titled “Banned” covers the intervening time:

Science

Climate Science
The deep glacier ice pack tells a story.
Joe says it tells a story about the glacier.
Much like finding an ancient tooth in an archaeological dig, the speculation is part of the fun.
Scientists say this ancient ice tells a story about what the weather/climate was at the time of its internment.
Joe and I will ruminate on those ideas.
The clock is running on the Universe.
What happened before will not be happening again in the exact same way.
An interesting and thought provoking analysis of data, available to all:

 

Joe’s Garage

Whistlin’ Diesel
Cody has done it again.
Some months back he traveled to England and bought a military tank.
In this video, he does some impressive tank destruction; of the tank itself and various vehicles.
This boys and girls is how Internet advertising and/or crowd funding can fill the pockets of a young man with $$$.  What he does with the money is his biz.
Joe and I heartily endorse this young man and his predilections:

Music and Work
Joe and I have found listening to music while we work to be a life-long activity.
We have playlists in all the vehicles – sometimes over 2000 mp3 or FLAC files on a SD card or USB drive, or catalogs of CDs in vehicles with a player.
We love opera, and select country.
We love classical, and rock and doo-wop.
Not much jazz, no rap.
Anyhow, while searching Ub2b willy-nilly, we found a series of “Top Songs of xxxx”.  Enough of the song to spur mostly pleasant memories.  The following is from 1969:

POLITICS, POLITICIANS, WACKJOBBERY, HUMOROUS, STUPID

SUNDAY SERMON

This week’s sermon is an investigation of the consequences of colonization, specifically as implemented by the British Empire, in days gone by.
Dr. Nigel Biggar is a prominent British theologian, academic and author.  In this video, he and Dr. Jordan Peterson discuss his new publication, “Colonialism: A Moral Reckoning, analyzing the history of imperialism in the British Empire.
An interesting review of Britain’s contributions to the World, both “good” and “evil”.
The fact is most of the “superior” cultures of Europe were involved in colonizing various “inferior” cultures of the World.  Lots of high-brow ideology, but an interesting conversation:

 

WEATHER (OR NOT)

This week in Vernon BC the weather was primo Spring.
Lots of clear sunny skies.
Some rain.
Some wind.
Did we mention the heat that accompanied the clear sunny skies?
Joe has finally relaxed.
Although he still remembers last Winter and all of its cranky-pants behaviour, he no longer starts moaning uncontrollably at the thought.
May the Spring weather deepen into a long hot sunny Summer.
That is as close to praying (a profound curse) as we get.

Joe (smiling) Mekanic
p.s.  Ramirez had a good week too –

 

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