Sunday Rant – 5220

PN:

Joe’s Comment – Winter is here.  A pair of BEK (Bruce Eric Kaplan) cartoons that capture my winter madness and cabin fever.  I’ve been out of sorts since the temperature dipped below zero Celsius and stayed there.  Attitude is paramount.  Lots of work to do, but dreams of hibernation intrude.  The Internet beckons…..
The way time is flying by, less than a week left in the year of buffoons.
Maybe 2021 will be just the ticket to get back to whatever it was I was doing before being so rudely interrupted.
Or not.
Cold weather can be a bummer.

 

Quick Dick McDick
Christmas spirit with a QDMcD sing-along.
Here’s QD with “Grain Haul”, sung to the tune of “Sleigh Ride“:

 

Blue Collar Logic
Jason Siler sees and reports.
Joe and I think he sees clearly, and reports very coherently.
Your mileage may differ, but it is obvious to us that the “Honest Elite” store where we can get new and improved politicians has bear bare shelves.
We shall now invoke (once again), Mark 12:17 “render unto Caesar……) with Joe’s amendment “render unto Joe that which is Joe’s”.
Our Libertarian leanings are quite clear and cogent – what we have is ours, not the property of the state.  The fruit of our labor is our fruit.
We yearn for a smaller government, less regulation, liberty, freedom of speech, freedom of association, and all those little things that make life great.  One of the cornerstones of freedom of speech is an honest press.
Joe and I are a Pollyanna of the first order.
Much to our chagrin:

 

HCQ
Steve Bannon says “there are no conspiracies, but there are no coincidences”.
A factory that produces ingredients (precursors – ATI’s – active pharmiceutical ingredients) for the manufacture of hydroxychloroquine has exploded in Taiwan.
Coincidence?
Conspiracy?
The existence of viruses predates humans.
A successful virus is a permanent traveler (migrator? illegal immigrant? undocumented occupier?  hostile invader?), occupying a host long enough to trigger an immune response (notice of eviction? service of subpoena? SWAT team assault?) and escapes obliteration by reproducing, mutating, and moving on.
Ergo, a successful virus stays a step or two ahead of the sheriff AND leaves their host in an altered state, mostly not dead.
An unsuccessful virus may succumb to the sheriff and his deputies OR kill the host, thereby limiting future travel opportunities.
It is known from data that HCQ (hydroxychloroquine) is effective in the prevention and treatment of the scourge of the West, the dread pirate COVID-19.
There are methods and methodologies that have been developed (naturally and otherwise) to defeat any unconsciously clever non-sentient dangerous viruses.
Every person has their own laboratory “Skunk Works®” – an immune system.
Your body has a Rolodex file of every viral agent ever encountered in your system.  If a known virus is detected, the Sheriff & Co. are summoned.
When this internal system is successful, the host (our self) may not even know anything happened.  Full autopilot.
There is a catch.
If the virus is unknown, the immune system might not respond, or respond in an undesirable way that leaves the host altered for the worse or dead even…..
Which leads to the conniving ingenious voodoo that we humans do.
Some defenses to infection are man-made (woman made too) in the form of medicines and procedures, developed over years of intense study and data collection.  Which can lead to all sorts of chicanery, especially if politics are involved.
Which brings us full circle.
Who (or was it W.H.O.?) made us believe the dread pirate COVID-19 was a pandemic?
Why did the world react in unison?
How did the “science” get so SNAFUed?
(Joe’s note: SNAFU colloquially means “situation normal, all fucked up”).
Our suspicion is political winds were at gale force around the world, for the machinations of “Orange Man” were bearing poisonous fruit for certain powerful entities.
Remember, there are no conspiracies but there are no coincidences.
The vaccine farce, although an epic and successful endeavor to bring a product to market in apple quick time, will prove a monumental waste of time, money, and talent.  The natural itinerary of viruses (virii? virusi?) is: travel – infect – reproduce – mutate – travel.
Too much coincidence; too much food for conspiracy.
Joe and I are sure there is a legitimate explanation for the factory destruction.
I.e., increased production at the Taiwan plant resulted in compromised procedures which precipitated an unsafe and dangerous action, culminating in a fire…..  Or maybe people were balking at taking a vaccine: don’t trust the government, don’t trust big pharma, don’t believe in Bill Gates……
You are right.
We can’t think of a good explanation.
But now that the “Office of the President Elect” (a total fabrication – no such entity exists in the Constitution) is established, and sleepy Joe, the captain of the ever hopeful new Ship of Fools is blathering with confidence and quasi-authority, all of a sudden HCQ is legit and in demand.
Is that a coincidence?
Or a conspiracy?
Joe and I are developing a headache.
And an immunity.

 

COVID Redux
An interesting conjoining of two worlds in this video.
The old “immovable object” meeting the “irresistible force”.
Some people think.
Some people won’t (think).
At the risk of exacerbating more hubris maximus Joseph Mekanicus (more “I told you so”), most folks can reach a sane logical conclusion given all the facts and data available.  And therein lies the problem, ’cause most folks ain’t all folks.
That still leaves some folks.
What can you do with some folks who can’t see what is clearly there to see.
The following video is from Brian (last name ?), creator of HighImpactFlix.com.
Brian has cleverly presented facts and data that are contradictory, yet all of the facts and data come from the same authorities.
As the Messicans say (hat tip to Tommy Lee Jones – Lonesome Dove), ¿Qué pasa?
What is pasa-ing is a political cyclone, origin unsure, hell bent on destroying the financial and industrial heart of the West.
Joe says someone must pay for this travesty.
I suspect it will be those mud peckers who survive this political blitz:

We grabbed a couple of graphs from the video that define the crux of the argument.  You can see the Power Point Presentation (the first graph – Influenza Burden) at this link

The data shows that influenza is a constant killer, in numbers an order of magnitude higher than COVID.  This is not to diminish the lethality of COVID, but to point out that there isn’t a pandemic.  Hell, the so-called virus hasn’t been isolated to date.  In previous rants we posted government graphs which indicated year-to-date deaths are normal.
Joe asks the question.  If influenza deaths are normal, and year-to-date death rates are normal, where oh where has that little dread pirate COVID gone?
The second graph is data from 2017 regarding the relationship of tuberculosis cases and deaths.  (COVID is a viral infection, tuberculosis is a bacterial infection).  Clearly, TB is orders of magnitude higher in cases vs deaths, yet it is not considered a pandemic.  Not askin’.  Just sayin’.

Conclusions are many and conflicting.
There are now legions of doctors and research scientists in opposition to the official government procedures and proclamations.
The “Great Barrington Declaration” now has over 750,000 signatures, over 50,000 health professionals and scientists.
If any of our writing makes sense, go to the link and add your name.
One last graph to support the argument – there is NO PANDEMIC –

 

 

Vitamin D3
This “vitamin” is a hormone.
It has so many vital functions in the human body that the complete roadmap of vitamin D3 usage and functionality is incomplete.
This vitamin / hormone is a multi purpose substance that has a complex interaction with many components of the human body.
The following excellent discussion of vitamin D3 as a COVID therapy and prophylactic that has a demonstrated record of success in this application.
Professor Roger Seheult, MD, is interviewed by Kyle Allred, Producer and Co-Founder of MedCram.com:

 

Cancer Code
Dr. Jason Fung discusses his new book with Dr. Ken Berry.
Joe and I pay attention to these two men.  They (and others such as Dr. Shawn Baker, Dr. Robert Cywes, Dr. Richard Dawkins, journalist Nina Teicholz, self experimenter Mikhaila Peterson, and many more) were instrumental in me losing 70 pounds physically, and who knows the equivalent in mental gymnastics trying to understand “medicine” and the human body.
Joe says outside of our interest in beautiful intelligent capable women, our life has been a carefree and ignorant romp through time, totally oblivious to what is healthy.
The following video is a discussion between Dr. Ken Berry (once a morbidly obese low energy general practitioner) and Dr. Jason Fung (a Toronto kidney specialist who has been enormously successful in reversing diabetes type II patient’s illness).
Dr. Fung’s new book, The Cancer Code, is a fresh look at the mechanisms of how  cancer develops and invades a cell.
The difference between a eukariotic cell and a prokaryotic cell is central to the argument.
They are talking about a paradigm shift in understanding the genisis of cancer. Spoiler alert – if this theory is valid, each cell in our bodies has the DNA / genetic code to produce a variety of cancers. The cancer “seed” is already there. The “soil” is a controllable variable. The controllable variable is nutrition and life style.
Very interesting food for thought:

 

Joe’s Garage

Chuck Yeager
Chuck Yeager died on December 7th, 2020, 79 years to the day after Pearl Harbor.
He was a few months short of 98 years of age (born February 13th, 1923).
He became a test pilot after World War II and was the first man to exceed the speed of sound in an rocket powered aircraft.
An amazing life:

An interview:

Ford FE Series
The Ford-Edsel engine series began in the late ’50’s with a 332 cu.in. displacement.
This engine did service in Ford cars, light and medium duty trucks, marine applications, and industrial applications.
It also won LeMans overall, and was competitive in all motorsports.
News flash – it still is competitive.
Lots of folks think this engine series is obsolete.
It is true the FE series cannot meet current government pollution requirements.
But to consider the FE series non competitive or incapable of producing reliable durable power just ain’t true.
Here’s a story from Survival Motorsports about their 433 cu.in. FE engine they ran in the Hot Rod Magazine sponsored Amsoil Engine Masters Challenge two years in a row (2013, 2014).
The engine was used in a drag racing vehicle after the 2013 competition, then re-entered in the 2014 competition.  Minor changes and adjustments were required to meet the competition rule changes for 2014.  After a year of racing, and over 200 dyno runs, it produces over 600 dependable horsepower at the flywheel:

POLITICS, POLITICIANS, WACKJOBBERY, HUMOROUS, STUPID

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SUNDAY SERMON

John Stossel interviews Edward Snowden.
Food for thought.
The man is in incredibly stable condition considering the agony his own country put him through.  And continues to do.
Joe and I are having cognitive dissonance shocks.
We want to believe that the Constitution and Amendments are backed up by honest sane moral politicians and dutiful bureaucratic civil servants.
Our state of Pollyanna is being threatened.
We hope President Trump pardons this man:

 

WEATHER (OR NOT)

Since the Winter Solstice, the temperature in Vernon BC has dropped to negative Celsius values.  Nothing too extreme.  Minus 8 or so at night, near zero in the day.
The ground has become frozen.
Also on the Winter Solstice, it snowed.
All day all night, Marian.
Alas, not a grain of sand to sift in sight.
So far, our electrical energy bill for November – December is down 38%, and our natural gas bill is about the same as 2019 this time period.
An uncommonly mild year to date.
There is hope.
Today, Sunday the 27th, the daylight lasted roughly 2 minutes longer than on the Solstice!
Yea!!!
Only 3 months and 4 days to April.
We can’t tell a more accurate measure, because time is a complex entity to calculate here on Earth.
The Julian calendar was proposed by Julius Caesar in 45BC and implemented in 46BC.  By the year 1582 it was 10 days late.
This is because the solar year is not exactly 365.25 days.
A new calendar, the Gregorian calendar, proposed by Pope Gregory XIII, was suggested to correct the date of Easter.  It replaced the Julian calendar in 1582, and was based on a solar year being 365.2425 days.
Interestingly, those adopting the Gregorian calendar in 1582 had a strange October – there was no October 5th to 14th that year (10 day adjustment).
A modified “leap year” (as on the year 2000) made the final adjustment for calendar accuracy.  This calendar needs a one day calibration every 3,216 years.
Joe eats this stuff up:

 

Joe (jacket man) Mekanic
p.s.  Ramirez still performs in a snowy world –

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