Sunday Rant – 2324

PN:

Joe’s Comment – Another week of waiting for Summer.
The weather has been bleh – cloud, rain, wind, repeat.  Good for growing grass.
Not so much for swimming and splashing in the lake.
The grass is still not cut.
The Canadian and American political scene becomes more en retard every day.
The cost of meat has almost doubled at my favorite grocery.
I haven’t filed my 2023 income taxes.
Who cares?
Life is good….. and smooth….

Canadiana

How to Escape Canada
There has been a counter-current to the obscene immigration numbers in Canada – emigration is soaring!
An article at the Epoch Times here.
A few videos that might open your mind and change your Weltanschauung.
The first is presented by someone Joe and I have no equivalent acquaintance or friend to compare with – on first blush this self professed “Nomad Capitalist” curdles our milk.  However, in a world where $$$ talks, this young man has a number of possible strategies he shares in how to become a Canadian non-Canadian:

Another Canadian not satisfied to “tough it out” in the true(deau) north strong and free.  I have three friends who have done this – two in Taiwan and one in Ecuador.  Joe and I planned to be in Belize shortly after retiring in 2002.  The fickle finger of fate has a way of poking a person in the eye:

The Culture

Robert DeNero
A true piece of work:

Tiananmen Square
This is the 30th year since the tragedy of Tiananmen Square.  The CCP is as ruthless as the Biden administration – maybe more (Joe would argue it is a wash).
The world is the same old whore it always has been – with enough money on the table, the “countries” of the world, the “elites” in control, will contort themselves into unspeakable poses, ridiculous statements, and unforgivable actions.  It seems to be a constant.
The confusing part for Joe and I is we don’t believe it even when we see it.
We have to turn our Pollyanna dial down in order to see what is real:

Ivor Cummins and Robert Barnes
Two iconic sources of straight goods have a talk about “lawfare”.
Ivor Cummins did sterling investigative journalism during the COVID scam.
Robert Barnes is a brilliant constitutional lawyer (he defended Alex Jones).
The use of the legal system to impoverish, diminish, dissipate, or otherwise immobilize or cripple a political foe is the subject of their discussion.
Joe and I have to weigh our desire to shoot off our big fat mouth with the very real possibility of being sued into oblivion.  In our current fiscal reality it would be a very short trip to pecuniary annihilation.
Two sane men talking about the current hot mess in Western culture:

Dr. Phil and Donald J. Trump
Joe and I listened carefully to this conversation.
More and more we believe the lawfare attacks on Mr. Trump are driven by the Biden administration.
As the man himself says, his celebrity was accepted across the board until he ran for office – as a Republican.  Lots of information in this hour:

Islam and Slavery
The facts remain the facts.
History as written depends on the perspective of the writer.
“The Religion of Peace” has a long dismal history of insensitivity to non Muslim human rights.  Indeed, the different tribes of that faith war amongst themselves!
A dated video as a reminder – what has been done is not forgotten:

The Truth About Ramadan
Every time there is a religious holiday, Joe and I wonder….. why?
Growing up in a Christian nation (we were of the Anglican tribe), we became accustomed to the annual celebrations that originated with our faith, ingrained in our culture.
All good and fine.
Now look at this analysis of the Muslim “holiday” of Ramadan.  David Wood (Acts 17 Polemics) does a masterful job of ridiculing the double talk surrounding the Ramadan “fasting” feasting.  Many questions come to mind…..:

Michael Shermer on Religion
Mr. Shermer summarizes the criticism of all religion in about 10 minutes.
Joe and I accept the general argument.
Hear what we say – we accept the general argument.
Does this argument exclude the possibility of a doG, or multitude of doGs?
No, it does not.
This argument is a logical construct.  Within the boundaries of language and logic, the argument is soundly constructed.
Joe and I believe there are greater conundrums to ponder.
One such conundrum is why do so many people think they know what is best for others to do, or how they should live.  Life as a force is severely contained by physical boundaries (Earth).  Is Life only found on Earth?  A terrifying concept no matter the answer.  Perhaps Life is such a danger to the Universe that a special prison called Earth was constructed to contain it.  That is some tasty word salad for you to munch.  As for Joe and I, we are carnivores….:

Health

Shorts

Earliest Signs of Breast Cancer
Joe and I have (blush!) manly man boobs.
We are not in shape.
Dr. Ken Berry catalogues the earliest signs of cancer specifically in relation to breasts.
Joe says these signs are alien to men.
Joe also says there are only two genders.
However, as a matter of public interest, here is some important information:

Joe’s Garage

Uncle Tony – Redux
Shucks and taters Joe, ain’t we startin’ to appreciate Uncle Tony and his garage?
Yes, we are!
Joe isn’t a fan of the Chrysler marque, especially newer than 1970.
What is intriguing about Uncle Tony is the political message underlying his monologues.
In this video Tony does a yeoman’s job of trashing the current culture of electric vehicles.  Joe and I concur.  There is a niche market but it won’t be optimized due to the constant problem with battery driven vehicles since the late 1800s – expensive dangerous heavy low capacity batteries.  If only Joe would get off his ass and invent the perfect battery – cheap as dirt, safe as mother’s milk, light as a pancake, with an infinite capacity.  Boy!  Would Joe be rich!:

Birth and Death of Hard Drives
Joe and I remember the first hard drive we bought.  It was sinfully expensive and woefully limited in storage capacity.
But it was a quantum improvement over the floppy disks and the hard shell disks that were storage mediums before.  An interesting note – 1954 was the first “hard drive”.  Like all technology, there is a birth, growth, maturity, and often a sunset.
Joe has replaced the hard disk drives in our main computer(s) with SSD – solid state drives.  No platters, no “flying heads”, no big weight, no huge power requirement.  We love us some technology!:

Exhaust Back Pressure
Joe and I come from way back long ago.
We have heard the admonition that “a little back pressure is necessary for maximum power” more than once over the years.
On occasion, when we actually pondered how such an assertion might actually work, our little pea brain came up with nada.
In the following video, Erik Reider, special projects lead of Banks Power,  clears up the mystery.  The mystery is how could such blatant misinformation have such long legs?
The truth will out:

POLITICS, POLITICIANS, WACKJOBBERY, HUMOROUS, STUPID

SUNDAY SERMON

How appropriate!
A Sunday sermon called “The Sins of Adam and the True Nature of Eve”, from the current “We Who Wrestle With God” tour in Nashville Tennessee, by Dr. Jordan Peterson.
This is a challenge to the modern inculcation of the cornucopia of wonders created since “The Enlightenment” of the Western world.
The West derives its success (and its weaknesses) from the Bible.
Dr. Peterson insists that people have been mislead about how they perceive the world around them.  He offers multiple explanations of how to better your understanding of who you are, how you can better yourself, and what the consequence to you and those around you might be.
The Individual has value.
That value can be realized by the expression of each person’s aim in life.
As usual, Joe and I listened intently.  We not only enjoy the subject matter, we enjoy the clarity:

WEATHER (OR NOT)

This week in Vernon BC the weather was a collection of unsettled scenarios.
Dark grey clouds.
Rain.
Wind.
A bit of sun here and there.
Joe says it is a plus that the furnace did NOT come on during the week.
I say there is a reason that three sweaters are in my truck: you can’t predict what sort of day you will experience.
It is less than two weeks until the days start getting shorter.
Summer hasn’t given any hints of appearing any time soon.
Joe suspects this is Karma.
Even he admits we had a very mild winter.
Some time ago, we read that the average annual precipitation in the Okanagan Valley was surprisingly consistent.  Year over year, the total amount that falls from the sky is 16.8 inches (426 mm) for Vernon.
Last winter was very dry.
This spring has been cooler and wetter than usual.
All in all, Joe and I would rather have a mild winter, then face whatever happens with aplomb and/or bravery, as required.
The weather forecast has been one step better than useless for the last month.
Everyone we meet has a feeling of unrest.
Let’s hope that when Summer finally arrives, it will bolster our resolve to face another Winter.
On another note, we are getting a tan…..

 

Joe ( one tee) Mekanic
p.s.  how long can Ramirez go on?  The answer is we don’t know.  Our source of Michael Ramirez cartoons has not posted the last week’s collection.
This is the first time in 10 years(?) we haven’t been able to find current political cartoons published by Mr. Ramirez.

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