Sunday Rant – 3320

PN:


Joe’s Comment – Driving down the highway today to Oyama, with my sidekick Rourke (grandson #2) in our old but dependable ’91 Ranger pick-up truck.  A “mini me” of our F350.  Windows down, music blaring, sweet sweet summer heat.  About 10 km above the limit.  Heading for Ricky D’s place for a visit and a swim.
Cars, trucks, motorcycles roaring by us.  Many Alberta plates.  Even more BC plates.
Excepting the motorcycles, every single vehicle had the windows up tight, and the exhaust pipe(s) whooshed loudly as they passed us by.
That, my friends, is a sure sign of air conditioning.
Rourke and I are tanned brown.
The last thing we would ever say to each other is “it’s too hot!”.
Which brings up the above cartoons.
Sometimes you just don’t belong in the group.
Sometimes you just don’t experience things the way others do.
Just like a cellular phone, I don’t got no stinkin’ air conditioning in my vehicles.
It never gets hot enough in the Okanagan Valley.
Rourke and I belong just fine.
In the Summer Time…..

 

 

COVID-19 Epidemiology
Joe and I admit to a propensity in ourselves we admire – we love us some research!
We also admit, reluctantly, to a growing rage against ………….  and ………….. and  ……….. and don’t forget ………., or to sum it to a common denominator, rage against emotional decision vs logical deduction.
And stupid people.
We definitely disdain stupid people, especially those who don’t know they are stupid.
Extra specially when they are in a position to make a decision backed by the force of government or power sufficient to effect a person’s life and livelihood – such as an employer, or a caregiver.
Or a parent who makes a choice not well informed, intentionally or not, for their child or children; beware the emotional path, for it may lead to irreversible negative conclusions.
This is the BS (Ben Shapiro) Corollary – facts don’t care about your feelings.
Reality beats imaginary every single blessed time.
Don’t forget it!
The quality and duration of your life is determined by wise choices.
And some blind luck if truth be told.
The discussion below is Freddie Sayers of UnHerd talking with Prof Heneghan of the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine and his colleague Tom Jefferson.
These men are discussing facts.
And data.
And theorizing strategies.
And proposing tactical approaches.
Joe and I weep with relief that there are some people in the world actually trying to understand the virus problem, which is complex biology; in existence long before there was a man (or woman, damn it!).
Everything correct and right has been clouded by politics.
Nefarious politics.
Politics of power and control and filthy lucre.
Men like these (and women too!) will find a solution.
If a solution exists:

Perhaps a short comment from Sarah Huckabee will dispel any confusion about what is happening and what should be happening and how you should be thinking –

All is not lost!
YoubeTube has immense social media power, no argument, no contest.
But the Internet is big and deep and everywhere.
There is an open letter to Dr. Fauci written by a trio of doctors –
George C. Fareed, MD, Brawley, California
Michael M. Jacobs, MD, MPH, Pensacola, Florida
Donald C. Pompan, MD, Salinas, California –
a letter that spells out data and evidence and actual results that not only contradict Dr. Fauci’s current position, but his hypocrisy – he knew that hydroxychloroquine was an effective prophylactic re: SARS-CoV viruses –


This does beg a great number of questions.
From the letter –
1.  Harvey Risch, the pre-eminent Epidemiologist from Yale, wrote a Newsweek Article titled: “The key to defeating COVID-19 already exists. We need to start using it.” Did you read the article?
2.  Are you aware that the cost of the Hydroxychloroquine “cocktail” including the Z-pack and zinc is about $50?
3.  You are aware the cost of Remdesivir is about $3,200?
4.  So that’s about 60 doses of HCQ “cocktail,” correct?
5.  In fact, President Trump had the foresight to amass 60 million doses of hydroxychloroquine, and yet you continue to stand in the way of doctors who want to use that medication for their infected patients, correct?

At the beginning of Dr. Fauci’s “expert” status in this “pandemic” there were voices of opposition who were ignored or scorned or even worse, suppressed or threatened with incarceration/legal penalty/loss of medical credentials.
The gathering evidence indicates the good doctor may have a political agenda.
Joe and I are mud peckers.
Salt of the earth.
Average Joes.
John Q. Public.
We want nothing more than to live our life pursuing our “dreams” (sometimes nightmares!), helping our family and neighbors, and (hopefully…..) making our little corner of the world a better place than it was, and is.
Oh yeah, and to be left the fuck alone by any level of government, any other citizen, any other interest group that wishes it otherwise.
This is a simple desire, made extremely complicated by the reality of 7 billion + people competing for goods and services.
Smarmy little shits who deflect and will not answer direct questions, who shirk bearing full (or any) responsibility, who think the mantle of “authority” is an argument, and who ignore the queries of their peers and superiors – these people have no place in our world.
Joe says we just described Dr. Fauci to a “tee” (or is it a “T”? I don’t think it’s a “tea”).
Our world relies on scientific investigation, good intentions, and a love for fellow creatures.
In our mind, our world gets better and better.
How about yours?
The last point we’ll make is a graphic of the Canadian data –

 

UAE and Israel Treaty
Donald John Trump is a “terrible racist and a terrible “hawk” (war monger)”.
Every time he turns around, he proves over and over again how wrong these accusations are, and how perverted and immoral the “main stream media” is in delivering the facts of his administration’s efforts.
The latest Trump Trumpian Triumph is world level important – the Trump team has brokered a treaty between the United Arab Emirates and the state of Israel.
Biggest deal ever in the last quarter century for Middle East peace.
It has been criticized in every YoubeTube video we scanned.
Imagine (John Lennon style)!
Imagine if you will (Rod Serling – Twilight Zone style)!
A signed “peace agreement” between two Middle East countries on different ends of the spectrum treated as another Trump failure!
We present the BBC version of an announcement below.
Other videos we viewed had similar comments.
Joe says that Orange Man Bad would be accused of putting doctors out of work if he provided a cure for cancer.
The fact that a lot of doctors should be put out of work is moot.
Here is a factual report of the event without the editorializing (from the Epoch Times).
Another success of this administration, no matter who says otherwise.
Unlike Obambi (aka Jug Ears), DJT has earned a Nobel Peace Prize:

Joe says “liking” Donald J. Trump is not the issue.
The issue is this: are We The People better off now than before the Trump presidency?
To reiterate the words of Rush Limbaugh –

Joe and I realize that the well-being of We the People is not just economic growth or financial security.
Breightbart News has a list of Trump Administration accomplishments that bears scrutiny.  Scrutinize it here.
Joe is normally critical of everything and all – it is his adaptation of the “scientific method” to the world at large; an aspect of his weltenschauung.
Joe considers this the most volatile presidency in our lifetime, including the Kennedy assassination and the Nixon Watergate scandal, the Cuban missile crisis, Kent State, the civil rights movement(s) (bowel and otherwise), and the stand-down of the U.S.S.R. / end of the cold war.
We don’t forget the words of the late great Charles Krauthammer (from the introduction of his book “Things That Matter”) describing the (unfortunate but real) impact of a political system on a people (from Sunday Rant – 2914) –

“………. the same reason I left psychiatry for journalism. While science, medicine, art, poetry, architecture, chess, space, sports, number theory, and all things hard and beautiful promise purity, elegance, and sometimes even transcendence, they are fundamentally subordinate. In the end, they must bow to the sovereignty of politics.

Politics, the crooked timber of our communal lives, dominates everything because, in the end, everything – high and low and, most especially, high – lives or dies by politics. You can have the most advanced and efflorescent of cultures. Get your politics wrong, however, and everything stands to be swept away. This is not ancient history. This is Germany 1933.

………….Turns out we need to know one more thing on earth: politics – because of its capacity, when benign, to allow all around it to flourish, and its capacity, when malign, to make all around it wither.

This is no abstraction. We see it in North Korea, whose deranged Stalinist politics has created a land of stunning desolation and ugliness, both spiritual and material. We saw it in China’s Cultural Revolution, a sustained act of national self-immolation, designed to dethrone, debase and destroy the highest achievements of five millennia of Chinese culture. We saw it in Taliban Afghanistan, which, just months before 9/11, marched its cadres into the Bamiyan Valley and with tanks, artillery and dynamite destroyed its magnificent cliff-carved 1,700-year-old Buddhas lest they – like kite flying and music and other things lovely – disturb the scorched-earth purity of their nihilism.

Politics is the moat, the walls, beyond which lie the barbarians. Fail to keep them at bay and everything burns…….’

This is reality.
Joe and I have spent very little time in our gearheaded life thinking about politics.
In our case, too little, too late.
Mia culpa for each of us.
Nostrum culpa for all of us (Joe and I are the “front man”)…..
It doesn’t have to be that way for younger folks.
Just sayin’.

 

Millenial Millie
Anybody out there remember Roger Stone?
Or Julian Assange?
How about that video maker Nakoula Basseley Nakoula?
What could they possibly have in common?
That is what thee should be asking thyself…..
These people are just a few of many who have been ground down in the legal system for political reasons.
And what has it all to do with “Millenial Millie” (aka Millie Weaver)?
Joe says they have one great big glaring red shiny blemish of sameness – they have been the focus of ire, the recipients of misdirected government force.
Not for legal reasons – although the law is the cloak government uses to justify the injustice perpetrated.
Millie Weaver is more of a journalist than 90% of the main stream media.
She is a CONSERVATIVE minded journalist.
This does not bode well for her.
She has been preparing a documentary titled “Shadowgate” (watch it at the link while you can).
The government goons arrived at her home to arrest her (on bogus charges says Joe) the day before the release of the documentary.
Coincidence?
Give your head a shake.
She recorded a video of the goons taking her away from her family.
The following commentary from James Munder includes her footage.
This may not be on YoubeTube for long:

Freedom of speech is the First Amendment for a damn good reason.
As many wise and studied folks have proclaimed, the public marketplace of ideas is the only way to test the validity of your argument.
To speak your mind publicly has rewards: either you are right in your speech (your thoughts are reinforced) or you are wrong (you get schooled by facts).  Either way is a win!
Unless you are susceptible to “hurt feelings”.
Part of growing up and joining society means acknowledging you are not the center of the universe, you are not the reason there is a universe, and, once in a while, you are WRONG!  Or so misinformed, biased, and delusional that you are so far off the point you are not right and you are not even wrong…..

 

Fascism
Our hero Dinesh D’Sousa explains where and when fascism got it’s start.
Mr. D’Sousa is speaking through Prager U.
Prager U is constantly denied the YoubeTube platform.
The video is called “Is Fascism Right or Left?”.
If the following embedded video is missing or doesn’t work, try a DuckDuckGo search or look for it at the Prager U website:

Another short sweet well spoken nugget of truth.
Something Mr. D’Sousa and Prager U have been speaking for years.

 

Joe’s Garage
Koto
Music is a wonder, as are musical instruments.
How pleasant, how inspiring “noise” can be!
Joe says musicians are a totally different subject.
The koto is a traditional Japanese instrument, imported (culturally appropriated?) from China 1300 years ago.
It has thirteen strings, each tuned with a sliding bridge.
Joe says that makes thirteen X two notes (think about it).
This short video is precious: the “translator” struggles, everyone is grinning like a ’50 Buick, and good-will abounds.
A short introduction to the koto:

Lazy Crazy Days of Summer
Joe and I are in our sweet spot.
Hot sunny days without a cloudy respite.
No mercy is just fine says Joe.
Not often that we can tolerate the Natster (Nat King Cole), but the weather……
Ah hell!
This is a sign that all is right in the woods and in the world.
Some laid back singing by some dudes lounging around with not a care.
This is Joe’s summer song, you bet:

And a summer time tune, too:

And another:

And another:

More:

More:

Ditto:

More:

Again:

Had enough?
There are many more, but Joe says Eddie Cochran will round out this list:

 

 

POLITICS, POLITICIANS, WACKJOBBERY, HUMOROUS, STUPID

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUNDAY SERMON

With all the flap about COVID-19, BLM (Burn, Loot, Murder), Orange Man Bad, what the hey is happening in Britain?
The answer is we don’t have a clue.
However, thanks to the Internet and podcasts, the past can be summoned just like that – quicker than pie (or is it π?).
Here is our hero Victor Davis Hanson to remind us what’s Brexit all about:

Here is the latest from Britain, dated August 17th, 2020.
That VDH is one smart fella.

 

WEATHER (OR NOT)

This week in Vernon BC was very very good.
Joe and I like very very warm weather.
If it must snow (or that runny clear substitute for snow) let it be while everyone is asleep.
So far so good.
Only a month and a week left in official Summer.
Let it melt the plastic siding off the houses.
That would be a summer to remember.

Joe (satisfied) Mekanic
p.s.  Ramirez’s intuition and interpretation is uncanny –

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