Joe’s Comment – a memes appreciation post, with a pertinent cartoon reminder that speech, although theoretically and idealistically “free”, has consequences.
This Sunday Rant page has been more or less continuous and non interrupted for 10+ years. The early postings are emails transferred to this format. The oldest is titled “Monday Testeroo“, dated October, 2010. Frustration fostered by TELUS email, which was the method of distribution back in 2010, caused grief. The various and sundry frustrations manifested themselves repeatedly and frequently. False distribution. Undelivered emails. Tiny email cache. Keyboard fumbles that erased, sent, or otherwise did what my fingers said to do, but my brain screamed NO YOU IDIOT! Lack of knowledge about the platform and medium. Many more…. I moved the entire production to Gmail. Somewhat more stable and forgiving…. but not enough.
The final straw was learning the hard way the maximum size of an email attachment is 25Mb. The first time it happened, I ranted and raged like Donald Duck having a tantrum. A skill set I blush to admit is my crowning ability.
Hence, the creation of a website, with the help of David S., who made it all happen.
The move to the once a week numbering scheme started with Sunday Rant 50/12. Hence the creation of this little bit of personal history, began as a journal to my children cloaked in a desire to write more clearly, coherently, cognitively. The long term objective was and is (not there yet) to write a personal history of my predecessors for my children and grand children. My reasoning was so:
I reckoned that by the time I was ready to listen to my own parents, they were long gone. Dust in the wind, as the song goes. Perhaps my children would like some sketchy journal entries and a family history from me after my passing. That was the logic.
Is my behavior normal for this stage of my development, my maturation?
At 72 years of age I am not sure there is a Normal.
My skill set is less and less meritorious, marketable, pertinent.
It is mostly fossil, like me.
I suspect the writing and conscience baring, too, are dated.
C’est la vie says Chuck Berry, and that’s good enough for now.
Despite current events, I feel there will be ample time to complete this task.
This week our brain has been on fire learning about:
1. Viruses (virii?).
2. The Voyager 1 and 2 space program. Did you know both Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 are still operational, still communicating with Earth? They were launched in 1977! They have both entered interstellar space, but are still with the Solar System. Joe says we need the Voyager builders (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) to design a few products for use here on the home planet.
3. Sous Vide – Our continued experimentation with carnivore diet – we eat meat, eggs, cheese, cream almost exclusively – combined with the failure of our convection oven has piqued an interest in “Sous Vide” cooking.
4. Reginald Victor Jones – World War II – RV Jones worked for the British Scientific Intelligence organization. His memoir titled “Most Secret War” is a book of his recollections of using science to thwart German aggression.
5. Mining the Internet for interesting subjects, meaningful quotations, data, analysis, and technical information. Here’s a good example of an interesting quote – “As long as they do not take him seriously, the man who speaks the truth can live for a while in a democracy. Then, the hemlock.” We wonder what this quote is talking about? We have a suspicion. It does not bode well for us.
COVID ALREADY! (When Will It End…..)
The word means “to claim unwarrantably or presumptuously; assume or appropriate to oneself without right: to arrogate the right to make decisions.”
Is that not what every level of government does in the name of “common good” or “public health” or “universal suffrage” or “emergency measures”?
Joe and I are not sick and tired.
We are not sick and tired of being sick and tired because we are NOT SICK OR TIRED.
A humorous and vulgar expression is attributed to Louis B. Meyers, legendary Hollywood magnate, joint founder of the MGM dynasty. When asked to support a project he vehemently opposed, he said “INCLUDE ME THE FUCK OUT!”
Well, Joe and I like the sentiment.
We say to our government at all levels, do not tread on me; include us not.
Joe and I (and the 37 others in our head), we make the decisions about our health, our safety, our freedom, our “happiness”. It is none of the government’s concern. Stick to your knitting. Do what you are sanctioned to do – guard the borders. Incarcerate criminals. Uphold “The Law” (whatever that means today – to Joe and I it means provide legal apparatus for resolution of disputes, without prejudice).
The set of behaviors that comprise The Human Condition includes a very large helping of emotional response and self directed pandering.
How many politicians and “public servants” and bureaucrats are doing what they do with feckless self rewarding motivation?
The answer is not zero.
That is the tragedy.
If ever there was a “selfless” hero, it is time for his/her/their/its cameo appearance.
As for Joe and me and the gang of misfits in our head, our group identity (at this moment) tends to Sigma Male. FYATHYRIO. Thanks to Vox Day for his insights.
Right or wrong, insightful or delusional, accurate or fanciful, a helpful meme.
It seems to Joe and me that big government / big pharmaceuticals are trying desperately to get all citizens “hooked” on the idea that they know best about your health requirements, about what to inject into our bodies.
The Uber Doctor©.
Doctor Democracy™ (51% dictates to 49%)
Our personal version of “a unique snowflake” cannot abide.
The current focus, one of many, is the so-called virus COVID-19.
This “enemy” gives those in responsible positions the mistaken belief that they can ignore the rule of law, the constitutional framework, the will of We The People, the obvious conflicting data, and do whatever they damn well please.
Under the guise of “common good” and “public health”, or whatever their hallucinating legal team can conjure.
Joe and I will cede there is something making people ill, but we are more inclined to think it is more complex than a single virus, especially one that has not been “isolated”. Illness and death have been integral sub-sets of the Big Set of Life® since the start, da?
We also think Reality Over Time® which includes Relevant Meaningful Data® trumps computer modeling, ivory tower theory, Chicken Little hysteria, and premature medical ejection of prophylaxis and treatment.
We also point out that the data for world-wide deaths is statistically “normal”, i.e., within average variance.
So what exactly is this “pandemic” causing governmental foaming-at-the-mouth hysteria?
Is there an honorable objective? (Accent grave or oblique on honorable – your choose)
By the way, we consider the profit motivation outside the venue of “honorable” in this context.
Could it be a Don Quixote style crusade to eliminate all viruses for all time henceforth? Let’s kill this damn thing forever!
Which caught Joe’s attention. Could viruses (virii?) be eliminated?
If so, what would be the damage?
What would happen to life if there were no viruses?
Which begs the question: are there good viruses?
If we manage to interfere with a good virus doing its goody two shoes goodness, what up with that?
Oh boy! Our favorite activity! Let’s research!
Viruses, not technically alive, have been around since the earliest forms of life.
Long before primates like us.
There are studies which contend that viruses have been instrumental in the development of mankind, for better and worse, for good and bad.
Like an experiment in Life®.
We will go further, for we are risk takers and dangerous to the nth.
Viruses, like carbon dioxide, are essential to life.
THERE WOULD BE NO LIFE IF THERE WERE NO VIRUSES.
Let that sink in.
Joe says it is a parallel argument, an analogy, to understanding the function of cholesterol in the human body.
The entire set of functions performed by cholesterol is unknown.
It is a Don Rumsfeld type conundrum “you know you don’t know”.
Which is one step better a position than “you don’t know you don’t know”.
One function of cholesterol in the body is as a transport mechanism, a delivery system, a conduit. You know, Cannonball.
Research indicates that viruses (virii?) perform a similar function in the Promulgation of Life® – viruses provide new genes. Viruses infect you. Viruses mutate. Mutation is gene changing. Viruses are the research lab of gene development. Next visit (often fall and winter) you might get a “virus upgrade”.
You might not.
In the human genome, it is estimated that 8% of our DNA is a gift from viruses.
Fancy grapefruit, fancy that.
What Joe and I see is a coordinated effort.
Who in the wide wide world of sports is behind the effort (Blazing Saddles Slim Pickens ref)?
Who (or was it W.H.O.?) organized the response that ignores, with impunity, doctors on the front line and real world honest to doG actual data?
Who (or was it W.H.O.?) repressed and misinformed and stopped doctors from using known prophylactic and therapeutic techniques and solutions?
Who (or is it W.H.O.?) is continuing to obfuscate the real world honest to doG actual data?
What is the objective?
A “scorched earth” policy begets, “unforeseen consequences” that will bloom and ripen. Remember the tragedy of Thalidomide? Thalidomide wasn’t scorched earth. Thalidomide was released before thorough testing (as we now know it) was completed. Indeed, testing procedures were improved because of Thalidomide.
The big question is could the Thalidomide tragedy have been avoided?
If you don’t think “YES!!!”, or you think tragedy is a mandatory part and parcel of “progress”, you know nothing about risk management.
This problem requires thinking at a Linus level, not Charlie Brown level –
Joe and I have come up with a crazy idea. Why not tell the truth, why not let the doctors / scientists / subject matter experts / concerned citizens / all others participate in a no-holds-barred open forum to discuss the problem, with all evidence and data present?
As Ms. Morrison said (grade 10 and 11 math teacher, bless her soul), understanding the problem is 95% of the solution.
What “prize” is worth so much devious and unethical behavior?
Surely to Christ (and Mary on a Moped, she riding side-saddle) this can’t be about filthy lucre….. or “power” (whatever in Christ’s Name power represents or means).
That is a cognitive dissonance Joe and I have big trouble accepting.
Big moral troubles.
Big ethical troubles.
Only Time will tell, for dead men tell no tales…… when an autopsy is verboten.
Dr. Michael Yeadon
This man is an ex-Pfizer chief research scientist.
He advises that most of the government approved information is gibberish, is lies. He maintains that governments promoting COVID jabs (the NOT vaccine injection) have an objective other than public health.
Furthermore, he believes the future of freedom and liberty is threatened.
He is not a politician.
He is not a public speaker.
He is scared shitless that there is no way back from this insanity.
Joe and I listened intently.
We researched points he made that were unclear to us, or beyond our ken.
He is speaking truth as far as we know or can ascertain.
Joe wonders why the government officials will not engage this man and his peers in honest debate?
Or any of the very successful professionals he calls peers:
Dr. Anne McCloskey
An heartfelt testimony from an Irish GP who has been working with her local hospital, tending to victims of the “jab”.
She has been suspended by the health board (HSCB) for uttering criticism of the “vaccination” program in Ireland.
Joe and I wonder what causes these professionals to sacrifice their career and reputation by rocking the boat?
The government tells us the “vaccination” is the solution to a problem, a health risk, that very few have…..
There is something dreadfully wrong in the medical world.
We suspect it might be politics:
Sanity 4 Sweden
Stefan shares a Swedish homily and relates it to the current world government COVID fiasco:
This is a screen shot of an article that has drastic data about the vaccinated –
To read the article go here.
Sometimes when you peek under doG’s skirt and think you understand what you saw….. you are mistaken.
As “Chef” (Jay Hicks, played by Frederic Forrest) said in Apocalypse Now, ” You can have the whole goddamn fuckin’ shit, man! You can kiss my ass in the county square cause I’m fuckin’ buggin’ out! I didn’t come here for this! I don’t fuckin’ need it, I don’t want it! I didn’t get out of the goddamn Eighth grade for this kinda shit! All I wanna do is fucking cook! I just wanted to learn to fuckin’ cook, man!” Precursor to a nervous breakdown, an inability to cope with the reality, the facts, the chaotic randomness of situational being:
And so it goes for the rest of us. We didn’t ask for it. We don’t want it. We just wanted to follow our own dreams. But there it is. You can disassemble like Chef, or you can do your best to evade and avoid, as did Johnny 5 (“flee!, escape!”). The Internet is flooded with stories and advice about leaving the Big Cities for the countryside. To Joe and I, it is analogous to a retreat from Progressivism to a more realistic less ideological Conservatism. Remember too, that facing the bear (or the tiger), challenging and confronting, does NOT imply success or grant impunity. Your choice. Make it wisely, for it will be life changing:
Medley / Montage
The following video is a compilation assembled by Vlad Tepes.
Joe and I have seen most of the original videos these snipets were derived from.
Once again, we wonder why all these professionals would sacrifice their careers and put themselves in a dangerous spotlight.
Once again, we direct you to The Great Barrington Declaration.
Once again, Joe and I wonder WTF is going on….:
On Vlad’s website, there are a number of videos about the upcoming election in Canada. There is a terrific video of a Canadian citizen giving holy hell to Liberal canvasers who ring his doorbell. There is speculation about the honesty of an election in Canada. Great stuff here.
An amazing solution to a long standing problem – how to supply effective front line air support without sacrificing aircrew or air-frames?
During the Cold War this hypothetical question became an actual requirement.
Various proposals were examined.
The solution selected was the Fairchild Republic A-10 Lightening Bolt, “The Hog”.
An example of excellence in form and function:
Making Things With Machines
Joe and I think tool and die makers are doG’s right hand men.
We would spend an eternity before we devised such incredible machinery.
This video is about machines that bend materials.
One more, ’cause we’ve been good.
Joe is in awe that someone somewhere calls 160mm steel plate a “sheet”.
That’s 6.3 inches!:
POLITICS, POLITICIANS, WACKJOBBERY, HUMOROUS, STUPID
The sermon this week is a conversation between Jordan Peterson and Stephen Blackwood. The subject is saving the Humanities. Joe and I point out that the Humanities doesn’t mean the progressive tripe peddled in today’s universities under that banner. It means the classical Humanities which forged an interest in learning, an appreciation of the history of art, music, philosophy, et al.
No feminist studies, no race studies, no social justice studies.
Joe and I yearned for this type of education back in our school times.
Never too late we say:
WEATHER (OR NOT)
The weather this week in Vernon BC has been a blend of clouds and sunny days.
And a blend of clouds and a few rain sprinkles.
All in all, better than snow.
For some reason it seems Summer is passed.
Reckoning by the calendar there is more than three weeks on the clock to go.
Although today, Sunday, there was some heat in the direct sunshine, as soon as the clouds covered it up it felt cool.
Other than the fires for most of July and half of August, it was the best Summer in 20 years that we can remember.
Mostly happy days –
And some melancholy days –
Joe (saddened) Mekanic
p.s. Ramirez for all occasions –