Sunday Rant – 3317

PN:

Joe’s Comment – This rant was posted early Monday morning.  Sunday night was missed entirely!  Friends and beer made the clock whirl around to the next day faster than we could react.  Ain’t it something when you wake up not knowing exactly what day it is?  Maybe I’ve got incipient Alzheimer’s.  Wait a minute….

Gore the Bull(y)
To fleece, or not to fleece, that is the question.

Joe and I shake our head.
A lot.
As if a cloud of stupid flies were obscuring our vision, altering our perception, drowning out clarity.
Of the many things causing us to shake our head, false prophets make us shake like a wet lab –

One such false prophet whose prophesies haven’t transpired (and will never transpire) is the shaman Al Gore (the Munificent B.S.’er)
While we’re at it, we shake our head about the Nobel Prize judges, too.
Who in the world could pick BO (president jug ears) for a “peace prize” when he hadn’t done one single damn thing of the sort (and turned out to be more impartially bloodthirsty than GWB)?
Who in the world could award Yassir Arabfatass (ugliest man of last century) a “peace prize” when his hands are stained with the blood of friend and foe alike, while his Swiss bank account bulged with the stolen appeasement and charity $$$ sent because of his evil actions?
By and large, the hard science Nobel awards are also political: the saving grace is the recipients usually had done something noteworthy.  And beneficial.
Having said that, who in the world could award Al Gore anything?  Anything at all?
Wait, there is one prize he wins hands down – Hypocrite of the Universe®.
A plea to any and all who might read this screed, DO NOT PAY A CENT TO WATCH HIS LATEST MOVIE, “FRISKING OF THE RUBES”!
Joe and I read an article by Joe Bastardi, satirically posing the question of what possible value could be derived from Mr. Gore’s new movie?  His answer was the value is in the re-kindling of the story of Irena Sendler.
The year Al Gore “won” a Nobel Prize for his embarrassingly misleading and scientifically unproven “documentary”, one of his competitors for the prize was an old Polish woman named Irena Sendlerowa.  Irena did something outside the realm of possibility for Mr. Gore; she worked with the Polish underground during World War II to save Jewish children from certain death.  This was paramount to signing her own death warrant.  Had the Nazi’s discovered her involvement, her life would end, her corpse would disappear, move on, nothing to see here folks.
The fact that they didn’t, and she did what she did is a triumphant story of good vs evil, a blow against tyranny, against the mob, against bad politics, against bad people.
Joe and I have a category descriptor we use to identify certain individuals who do NOT have the best interests of humanity as a pillar of their philosophy (the name of this category shall remain unspoken – it is not complementary).  Al Gore and Michael Moore are two inhabitants of this category.
Joe says it would be a good day if they were the only occupants….
Joe is such a Pollyanna.
I say STOP SCARING THE CHILDREN!
Modern life with every move you make every breath you take I’ll be watching you (what irony that song from the past is performed by a group called “The Police”) on a camera on the Internet in the “Cloud”, smeared all over “social media” – this environment seems daunting to Joe and I as an adult.  How is it affecting the children?  How is it effecting the culture?

Some powerful words from Irena for all to read and understand –
Every child saved with my help is the justification of my existence on this Earth, and not a title to glory.” (Irena Sendler)

In some ways, this quote from Irena is good reason for her to NOT be awarded a Nobel Prize.  In her mind, she only did what a moral human being MUST DO.  In our mind, the Nobel Committee is beneath her in stature – they make politics part of their selection(s).
Amen, over, and out.
To award her a Nobel Prize would lend respectability to the unworthy, those who couldn’t look her in the eye.  She is better than that – she is a saint.  RIP Irena.
As for the false prophets, to Hell with the Al Gores of this world.
Don’t spare the horses en route…..

We Love the Irish
Joe has a very soft spot for all things Irish.
Especially happy lasses telling all.
There are many episodes on YouTube of “Irish People Taste Test” various beverages and foodstuffs.  This example is tasting French alcohol, from the YouTube group named “Facts”:

Settlers vs Immigrants
Joe is tired of the straw man argument that “we are a nation of immigrants”.
We are also tired of the meme of indigenous people of North America being “noble”, being organized as “nations”, being “stewards of the land”, being peaceful, not war-like.  Same old same old emotional desire to paint history in a benevolent pastel.
Just as Sgt. Joe Friday never said “Just the facts, ma’am” (he DID say “All we want are the facts, ma’am”), the above meme and “fact” are misaligned.  Perhaps meant for a faint-hearted audience easily “triggered” and far from their “safe space”.
Our paternal lineage traces our family back to Ringwood, England.  Our great – great – great (etc.) fathers were in Newfoundland in the 1600’s.
This pre-dates the Declaration of Independence, the establishment of the United States of America, the Dominion of Canada.
Newfoundland didn’t join Canada until 1949!
My paternal family were settlers.
This well spoken woman (Blonde in the Belly of the Beast) gives a well grounded explanation of the difference.  Here is “Immigration in America 101”:

A cruise through the “comments” section of the video is an eye-opener!  The war of the “trolls” vs the sincere knowledge seekers is raging.  One commenter, Brian Jordan, when challenged about what he is doing to remedy the “problem” in the U.S., responded as follows (note: Joe and I do not edit for spelling or grammar) –
I’ll tell you what I’m going to do about it. I’m going to continue to vote for the candidate who supports American citizens being considered before foreigners. I’m going to continue to point out that immigrants are refusing to assimilate. I have known third generation Americans who still speak Spanish and call themselves Mexican and are loyal to Mexico, that is not helpful to America in any way. I’m going to continue to point put that refugees refuse to work or learn English and try to reproduce their third world countries in the neighborhoods that the govt gives them. Many practice genital mutilation on little girls and even marry, illegally children under 13. I’m going to continue to point out that mass immigration lowers wages for all low skilled American workers and actually takes money out of our economy when forigners send money back to their home countries. I’m going to continue to point out that “mult-culturism” is just anti-white racism. I’m going to point out that allowing highly intelligent and highly skilled people into the country benifits the country while allowing low intelligent, low skilled people into the country, many of which get on wealfare, is a drain on our economy thus is bad for the country. I’m going to continue to point out that for the last 50 years the emphasis of immigration was minorities and unskilled workers and incomes, and the middle class has declined. That experiment didn’t work. I’m going to continue to refute the idea that promoting English-speaking immigration is racist. I’m going to continue to point out that illegal immigration is not the same as legal immigration. I’m going to continue to press my representative and senator to provide funding for the wall and suggest others do the same. I’m going to report to immigration anyone who I know are illegal aliens. I’m going to continue to point out to anyone who’ll listen that >60% of federal crimes in 2016 were committed by forigners, mostly illegal aliens. I’m going to continue to point out that wanting to end illegal immigration is not racist but insisting that illegals should be allowed to immigrate because of their skin color is racist. And I’m going to continue to point out that people who hate America and Americans should not be able to come here. America is not obligated to allow people to come here nor is it obligated to “diversify” because of anything that happened in the past. I’m also going to suggest every proud American do these things too.”
Joe and I believe that the conversation will continue, for the simple reason that access to an audience is literally a few keystrokes away.
The very existence of the Internet allows “average Joe” or (“average Josephine”) to contribute to the dialogue.
This is by nature (human nature) as messy and chaotic as any human endeavor can be.
The possibility of the truth and facts and reality coming to light is the driving force behind the clash of ideas, of ideologies.

Out of Africa
Kevin Meyer has written an opinion piece that will enrage the Progressive mind.
Mr. Meyer wrote his article, “On Africa”, knowing full well that his thoughts and words will bring opprobrium and scorn upon himself (being Irish and all).   A few quotes from the article –
“Somalia is not a humanitarian disaster; it is an evolutionary disaster. The current drought is not the worst in 50 years, as the BBC and all the aid organisations claim. It is nothing compared to the droughts in 1960/61 or 73/74. And there are continuing droughts every 5 years or so. It’s just that there are now four times the population; having been kept alive by famine relief, supplied by aid organisations, over the past 50 years. So, of course, the effects of any drought now, is a famine. They cannot even feed themselves in a normal rainfall year.
Worst yet, the effects of these droughts, and poor nutrition in the first 3 years of the a child’s life, have a lasting effect on the development on the infant brain, so that if they survive, they will never achieve a normal IQ. Consequently, they are selectively breeding a population who cannot be educated, let alone one that is not being educated; a recipe for disaster…..

….. AFRICA is giving nothing to anyone outside Africa — apart from AIDS and new diseases. Even as we see African states refusing to take action to restore something resembling civilization in Zimbabwe, the Begging bowl for Ethiopia is being passed around to us out of Africa, yet again. It is nearly 25 years since the famous Feed The World campaign began in Ethiopia, and in that time Ethiopia’s population has grown from 33.5 million to 78+ million today. So, why on earth should I do anything to encourage further catastrophic demographic growth in that country? Where is the logic?
There is none….
…. Alas, that wretched country is not alone in its madness. Somewhere, over the rainbow, lies Somalia, another fine land of violent, AK 47-toting, khat-chewing, girl-circumcising, permanently tumescent layabouts and housing pirates of the ocean. Indeed, we now have almost an entire continent of sexually hyperactive, illiterate indigents, with tens of millions of people who only survive because of help from the outside world or allowances by the semi-communist Governments they voted for, money supplied by borrowing it from the World Bank!…..
…..Meanwhile, Africa’s peoples are outstripping their resources, and causing catastrophic ecological degradation. By 2050, the population of Ethiopia will be 177 million; the equivalent of France, Germany and Benelux today, but located on the parched and increasingly protein-free wastelands of the Great Rift Valley…..
…. How much morality is there in saving an Ethiopian child from starvation today, for it to survive to a life of brutal circumcision, poverty, hunger, violence and sexual abuse, resulting in another half-dozen such wide-eyed children, with comparably jolly little lives ahead of them?

Of course, it might make you feel better, which is a prime reason for so much charity!
But that is not good enough.
For self-serving generosity has been one of the curses of Africa. It has sustained political systems which would otherwise have collapsed…..
What possible rationale can obfuscate his arguments?
Is it the intent of the West to keep alive the charade of “civilization” in Africa?
Joe and I are torn.
The best we can summon is an argument for process, specifically if the process is controlled by the donors, and the governments of these pathetic “nations” are brought to heel.
If we say anything else, it will be IQ related.
That road leads Joe and I to pariah status.

Google vs The People
Joe and I were alarmed at the Google fascism directed at Dr. Jordan Peterson – they suspended his accounts, both Email and YouTube, without reason, then re-instated.  Again without reason.
Somewhat Kafka-esque, reminiscent of “The Trial“.
Many other Google political hatched jobs have occurred.
Recently a young Google employee James Damore was fired for making his thoughts about diversity and diversity training known via a feedback mechanism within Google.  Somehow, the document he prepared was “leaked” to the World.  The World has taken notice.  Here is a video of Dr. Peterson interviewing James Damore about his experience and current situation.  A third party (currently employed by Google) is on the conversation, but is not identified for obvious reasons – he doesn’t want to loose his job!  An interesting interview with analysis by Dr. Peterson:

If there ever was a case for anti-monopoly action, this is a good argument.  Free speech is the foundation of Western civilization.  Free speech + individual rights (private property) = Liberty is a general equation for optimizing the lifetime opportunities of the smallest minority (that would be you and me, a person).
If Google / YouTube persists in using their product as a bludgeon to batter individuals whom they disagree with, the end game is grim unless there is an option to notGoogle and notYouTube.  Both of these “free” services have grown so large and complex (Joe and I have 15 GB of memory in our Google email account – we are but one account in how many millions?) that a competitor must necessarily be very well healed.  What then is a probable solution?
We think it will be much as any other monster organization that reaches a certain milestone – the more conservative business minds will take the helm to run the show while the creative business minds will move on to establish new and more exciting (to them or us folks) enterprises with which to enslave our time and $$$.  Until such a day dawns, be prepared for more hysteria, more “single-speak”, more uniformity.

POLITICS, POLITICIANS, WACKJOBBERY, HUMOROUS, STUPID

SUNDAY SERMON

Today’s sermon features Dr. Jordan Peterson’s “Maps of Meaning 4: Marionettes and Individuals (Part 3)”.  Using the Disney movie of Pinocchio as a metaphor, Dr. Peterson continues to introduce his theory about the development of an autonomous individual.  Meaningful discussion about how a young person develops within the framework of their cultural norm:

WEATHER (OR NOT)

Early this week in Vernon we couldn’t see the weather.
All we saw was varying degrees of smokiness.
The smoke varied from not seeing the neighbor’s house across the street to being able to see the hills a few miles away.
Once again Joe poses the question: If we can’t control fires, and we can’t control floods, how in the world will we “control climate” by taxing carbon emissions?
I agree; a real puzzler.
One good thing about the fires raging all around us – it releases plenty of CO2 into the atmosphere for other plant life to take advantage of and grow anew.
People seem to forget (or are unaware) that all living things exist at the mercy of a thin crust (mantle) of solidified material floating on a fiercely hot molten core of magma.  In this most tenuous environ, the self replicating entities cannot do their thing without water, and without CO2.
We are parasites.
Lovely, exquisite, fascinating, inquisitive, tool-making parasites.
But that is another subject….
Finally, early Saturday morning, a few drops of rain!
Sunday afternoon, the sky was blue, the sun was not dark orange, and the temperature was almost warm enough.
Us parasites like it hot and sunny best of all….

Joe (smoky) Mekanic
p.s.  Is that Ramirez I see in the smoke? –

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