Joe’s Comment – A little Santa, a little humor. Best wishes to family and friends!
Joe and I love the idea of Christmas.
We love the reality, too.
This year grandson Rourke is 8 years old at Christmas; an incredible amount of energy and anticipation, and high spirited activity.
He has three grandfathers, two grandmothers, two mothers (biological and step), and one brother. Lots of Christmas excitement for him.
Our Christmas perspective: Joe and I were raised Anglican.
From our vantage point, 70 years and (hopefully) many more, we embrace the holiday for the simple good-will that hope-filled citizens shared without provocation everywhere we went during the pre-Christmas days. Boy did we see some wide-eyed children! What a joy! It was fun and oddly rejuvenating to shop for the few gifts we could afford. Our Christmas spirit was equal to or better than any time before in our life –
If we weren’t raised in a Christian church, wethinks we would be envious.
The structure, the tradition, the meaning – both secular and religious AND spiritual – is a message of love and forgiveness and hope and redemption and charity and giving. Joe and I believe the inherent value of the individual makes it possible for everyone to be part of the celebration, no matter what your spiritual or religious proclivity.
As we have said many times before, if you had to pick a religion, Christianity is hard to beat. Hell, we’d be Christian for the music alone.
For example and pleasure, here’s a collection ranging from religious-theme classical composers to popular secular seasonal tunes.
One of many many collections of Christmas / seasonal music.
However nasty and misguided YoubeTube “vision statement” might be, it is a boon to music lovers like Joe and I. Relax with this smorgasbord of seasonal reverie:
Joe and I wish for everyone (not just gentlemen) the chorus line of a well-known Christmas song:
“O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy”
We hope your Christmas was the best ever.
In past rants Joe and I have expressed our concerns about “democracy”.
At its very best, democracy is the “will of the people”, which should scare the bejesus out of any sane person.
At its worst, democracy is “mob rule”, which requires violence to remedy.
Our point is made quite well in this short video about Socrates (below) produced by “The School of Life“.
An “intellectual democracy” vs “democracy by birthright” – being qualified to vote on an issue / for a leader based on knowledge? Or by default i.e. qualified by citizenship? In the U.S.A. in recent years the Democrats have dispensed with the qualifiers of citizenship and in some cases, being alive!
What a circus our betters have created!
We struggle to comprehend what is and what will be done.
Socrates was rewarded for his brilliance with death by hemlock.
Not much has changed.
Joe says the panoply of human nature guarantees the entire gamut of agony to ecstasy be played out continuously and endlessly ad nauseam:
The Canadian federal energy policy is an aberration of Avro Arrow magnitude and is a national disgrace.
On the other hand, Rex Murphy is a Canadian treasure.
He has an YoubeTube channel here.
Joe and I have been alive and kicking long enough in Canada to see several tragedies of national magnitude.
One that is enough to make Jesus weep was the demise of the Avro Arrow. The men (and women, damn it!) who discovered new concepts, produced new technologies, designed, tooled, and built the Arrow, all left Canada and attained amazing accomplishments (US man on the moon, European SST). That was a failure of the Canadian political elite.
Joe and I learned to despise politicians to approximately n∞ from that time.
Another national tragedy is the absolute abomination of the federal government’s approach to Western Canadian energy development and marketing.
Canadian technological development of oil and gas discovery methodology, mining techniques, and processing/production is world class. Canadian producers have met and surpassed the most strict environmental standard demands in the world to produce responsible and “ethical oil” products.
The good folks in Texas (and around the world) use Canadian technology to improve their environmental impact AND efficiency.
Rex interviews Lori Ackerman, the mayor of Fort St. John BC in the following video released October, 2019. Joe and I read many of the comments under the video and we agree with those who say Ms. Ackerman might be a politician we could support:
A lot of Canadian policy burns our ass.
Here are a few points Joe and I use whenever we are forced into a corner where we begrudgingly offer our perspective and opinion (if you think that statement is true, I’ve got a pipeline to sell you!).
Point 1: If you think a “pipeline” is a sin against all humanity and Gaea too, you’d better be shitting out in your yard in an outhouse, drawing water by hand from a well or lake or stream or river, heating your home with coal or wood or buffalo chips, reading by candle or coal oil lamp at night, and traveling via ungulate express or shank’s mare, or bicycle, or litter. If not, you, sir or madame, are a hypocrite, a liar, a caitiff, a fiend, a child abuser (if you ever talk to children this way); you are NOT a shaman as you imagine, and need tutelage. PERIOD.
Point 2: For the very slow (Joe says retarded), we’ll expand the above list of items to be perfectly clear. Shitting? A sewer system IS A PIPELINE. Whether it runs to a septic tank or a municipal treatment facility, or into the Pacific ocean (¡hola! Victoria!). Ergo, if you shit indoors it is either filling the basement (Oh! sweet smell of sewage!!) or it is PIPED via a complex routing system aided by gravity to a processing site. Water? Joe and I are old enough to remember Grandma W.’s farm in Saskatchewan. No running water. The well was in the yard. Pump to fill the bucket. Bucket in the house. Heat water on (or in if you had the deluxe model) the wood stove. They never got a pump and a PIPELINE for water and a PIPELINE for sewer to my knowledge. Try that, city folk. Heating? So you say you heat with oil or gas? Both require a PIPELINE. Natural gas is a wide area network (like computers) – the gas producer pipes the gas under pressure through a complex network to your house (it is safe, clean, economical). Furnace oil is a local area network (also like computers) – the tank delivers oil to the furnace via a PIPELINE where it is pumped through a PIPELINE to the burner. But wait, what’s this? You say you heat with electricity? We can hardly contain ourselves….. Lighting? Why are you such a bonehead? Electricity is probably the most egregious example if you oppose pipelines. The electrical network from source to the outlet in your wall (if you have such luxury) is a complex network of PIPELINES called conductors. When you use electricity, every single electron is traveling in a PIPELINE!!! Joe wonders why we bother. Traveling? Once again, if you are using something other than human or animal power, or a machine that only uses human or animal power it (by process of elimination) uses a PIPELINE somewhere in the supply chain required to provide the energy for propulsion, either directly or indirectly.
Hell, the very arteries and veins in yer body are PIPELINES!
Point 3: Joe and I conjecture that if you are not a fiend (as described in point 1) and still believe there is a pipeline problem (other than not having enough of them) then we can still talk. We believe that the entire issue is political. The entirety of modern life is dependent on energy. Ergo, if you control energy it follows that you control modern life. Joe and I are advocates of cheap energy, because energy is instrumental to quality of life. Why are millions of people overrunning the most advanced cultures of the world? We suspect quality of life is a factor. Q.E.D.? Not quite….. but a starting point.
Joe and I have always loved math and numbers and number concepts.
Long ago and far away, we thought to become a mathematician.
Our exposure to university level math was what is called a “rude awakening”.
good great at math.
In some advanced classes, we met people who were brilliant at math.
So much for a math career (the concept of “working hard” was only to dawn in our consciousness many, many years later – up to then, aka post high school, “study” had been a breeze, a cameo role).
YoubeTube is a source of wonderful information (as long as you stay away from certain topics such as politics and progressive/conservative warfare).
Joe and I were delighted when we found Dr. Holly Krieger, a cheerful knowledgeable math junky (whose video is featured on the YoubeTube channel “Numberphile“).
Just another bookmark in our list that is approaching a large (but rational) number.
Here is a short video where she defines the concept of “periodic sequences”, and demonstrates its special relationship to fractions:
If you spend any of your time at the Numeracy channel, the chances are 100% you will stumble into or be introduced to the “Brilliant” website.
Brilliant is a source of tools to tune-up yer brain: that rusty logic and math and problem solving dangle in your head that you haven’t employed for many long time. It requires registration. There is free or premium.
Joe says I’m the quintessential Englishman.
Joe explains by stating that Scotsmen are considered frugal, but they learned by the example of the English.
Which is his way of saying we enjoy the free registration at Brilliant.
Cheap bastard are we…..
Blood Type (and Personality)
Joe and I have been advocates of Social Styles, a precipitant of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) that was based on the psychology of Carl Jung and used in WWII to match people to jobs in the military.
We have also used the more current “Big Five Personality Traits” aka FFM (Five-Factor Model) or OCEAN (Openness, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Agreeableness, Neuroticism) to get a more thorough understanding of personality types expressed in observable behaviour.
How a human mind works and how a person behaves are intrinsically connected. How you interact with other humans: knowing how to interact would benefit from any analysis which allows quicker/easier/more accurate communication between individuals. That’s why Joe and I have taken an interest beyond curiosity.
The video below is new stuff for us.
Did you know that in Japan children are organized and educated according to blood type? And Korea too? Joe always loves him some crazy!
But, is it crazy?
After all, what is it that promotes the very observable big five personality traits or the Myers-Briggs or the Social Styles in each person?
Autonomous self-replicating meat robots (aka human beings) are very complex organisms that are an infinite source of curiosity and study:
Joe and I think the world of Steve Bannon.
He sees a much bigger picture with more moving pieces and granularity than most pundits we listen to and read.
Since YoubeTube recently changed their modus operandi we have been pissed off about the entire mess.
Most days (up to the change) the YoubeTube algorithm would give us the latest from our favored list of “Chatty Kathys”.
Today, not so much.
Joe says Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!
I said let’s see the latest Steve Bannon contribution.
Here’s a quote from Mr. Bannon from the video, talking about Donald Trump (before the election in 2016): “He’s a very imperfect instrument, but he’s a armor piercing shell, OK? And here’s the other thing, they’re scared to death (the Republican apparatus, the American political elite, the permanent political class)”. This is an incredible behind-the-scene testimony from an advisor (at the time) to the POTUS. A name Mr. Bannon mentions frequently is Stephan Miller, who did an incredible job of analyzing the political environment for the Trump campaign leading up to the election victory. (note: I tried to link to a Stephan Miller website but couldn’t find one. All the links I did find were incredibly biased. This leads Joe to think the man is worth his salt).
The video is titled “Zero Tolerance – Steven Bannon Interview”, an interview with Mr. Bannon by the Chinese Free Beacon news channel, posted December 15th, 2019:
The following video is from 2013 at Goodwood England.
The driver is Kenny Brack.
The car is a Ford GT40, equipped with a 427 cu. in. engine.
The track is damp with rain.
This vehicle cannot get traction! Every time the throttle is depressed the drive wheels go nuts. Not a ballet in the rain – more like a 500 horsepower spasm…..
The driving skill of Mr. Brack combines lightening quick reflex with a fearless focus on maximizing performance.
We got worn out just watching.
Joe says we would have to wear Depends for this ride:
POLITICS, POLITICIANS, WACKJOBBERY, HUMOROUS, STUPID
Joe and I are loving Rex Murphy’s YoubeTube channel.
Why not have a sermon in the form of an interview?
Here’s Rex talking with Dr. Ross McKitrick regarding climate change and economics.
Dr. McKitrick has been an outspoken critic of the “consensus” view of anthropogenic climate change. His basic training is economics.
An engaging discussion. A pair of Canadian heroes:
WEATHER (0R NOT)
This Christmas week in Vernon BC was a continuation of the mild winter weather we’ve had to date.
Daytime highs around zero Celsius.
Lots of cloud cover.
Some snow sprinkles – a centimeter or two several different times.
Slip and slide travel in our AWD Ford Explorer (e/w 5.0L) – it must be treacherous for anyone without four wheel drive….. even our F350 with 4WD and studded snow tires slips and slides.
Going uphill is fun, but coming down again tightens the buttocks.
We shall endeavour to persevere.
Only 94 days to April Fool’s Eve.
Joe (heavy socks) Mekanic
p.s. Ramirez holidays too –