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Year-End 2019-2020 – Reality Check …

“En Priere”, Bill Douglas, from the album “Kaleidoscope”, (1993)

Every year “Year-End” roles around again, that wonderful annual exercise that determines whether or not one is still in business or just digging a grave, and how much blood are the gentle people in the corner offices of government going to suck this year to buy the voters.

Well, what’s good about things?  June 27th 2020, woke up feeling refreshed and good about life in general. Good hot strong dark roast coffee, 3 cups. Aaahhh.  It’s cloudy but +16 Celsius, that’s 61 degrees in America. Wind is 0 kph, about 0 mph. A pretty nice morning by most accounts. So far, all the customers and staff are smiling and cheerful, and everything is working fine in the business.

The oldsters are back to chatting in front of the post office since we have started to relax the news media generated terror of the “Global Pandemic” sweeping the planet and helping to enforce the new draconian controls on personal freedom which everyone mostly is now accepting. The young Mums are back to pushing their strollers and or leading their flocks about their daily round of mail, grocery store, bank, and home for lunch.

And around here it has been pretty much the same for the last 100 years. Except that there are now a few masked faces and folks are not standing in tight friendly groups like they used to, but rather more or less stay 6 or 10 feet apart, the better to be tracked by the authorities through the “Location Services” on their ubiquitous cell phones of any make or model, and half the restaurants that folks used to use are now closed and shuttered. Will they come back? Who knows.

So we have a new layer of authorities telling other folks how they should live their lives, even though the regular folks are just too busy living and the assumption now is that we are no longer “all in this working together” … we ARE the herd, being “herded” by the terrorists generating megatons of “Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt”, and that is so far, more or less. accepted by we “the masses”.

And every year the current Tyrant’s representatives come around to take their cut of the fruits of our labours, some places more, some places less, some places all. So we get to year end, and why the Tyrant takes so much (although not all). One late unlamented Tyrant, of not so recent memory, was recorded as remarking “The art of good governance is in squeezing the goose just hard enough to get all the eggs but not hard enough to kill it”. And we all remember how that worked for the Great Northern Magus, another old member of the elite establishment by the name of Trudeau. Remember “Fuddle Duddle”?  Remember the “National Energy Program”?  Remember “Petrocan”? The 80’s were such fun.

And of course they, our Golden Leaders, need money, lots of money, to give all the voters what they are told they want and of course you have to pay all those ministers, and deputies, and directors, and managers, and chiefs, and all the way down to Andre. I remember a picture of Andre, shoveling away in the bottom of the excavation for a broken sewer line, being supervised by about 8 others who obviously were higher up in the food chain … The caption read: “Layoffs coming, Andre better look out”.

So a little “Gedanken Experiment” is in order. A Gedankenexperiment, (German: “thought experiment“) was a term used by German-born physicist Albert Einstein to describe his unique approach of using conceptual rather than actual experiments in creating the theory of relativity. So here’s the scene, our Gedankenexperiment …

Picture a nice estate, the big back yard, A Porsche and a Bentley in the garage, there are rolling lawns and nice shade trees, and hedges and flowers, and it is always sunny and happy, and right in the middle of this chill paradise for beautiful people is a nice big swimming pool, full of beautiful, and some not so beautiful people for balance, all playing and splashing and throwing water up in the air and generally enjoying themselves at this great big happy pool party.

Now, every few minutes someone in a work-stained coverall with a bucket of water in each hand, comes out of a hole in the hedge and walks across the rolling lawn up to the pool and dumps the buckets into the pool and then walks quietly away back out the hole to … somewhere else … presumably where the hewers of wood and drawers of water, and bucket makers, and coverall makers live and work … anyway, you can see this idealic picture in your mind’s eye, right?

But you need a little more information to really see the picture for what it is. The big swimming pool is “the government”. The water everyone is throwing around is “taxes”. The beautiful people in the pool are all the people who draw their sustenance through the “process of governing”. The only folks in the picture who are actually “Makers” are the folks with the buckets in the coveralls, and they don’t count because they have to look after themselves. All the rest are “Takers”.

So when a Taker is literally swimming in the tax pool and all the waters are taxes that someone else put there, please explain how the swimmer is paying “taxes” when everything he/she does, has, believes, owns, breaths, eats, is totally dependent on something someone else made?  Those “someone else’s” called Makers. So explain again how “Everybody Pays”.

Now the “Takers” sincerely believe that they run the world and make everything possible … that they are doing “good” for others. They don’t even understand the Makers or what they do, because the Takers are doing “everything!”, right?  So, if the makers are a null set, and the takers are doing everything, then who exactly are they doing it for?

Cheers

Joe, Common Sense Lives! Viva la “Common Sense Revolution”

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Again for the nit pickers, yea, it’s simplistic, so what? Simplistic truth trumps complicated BS every time.

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My Atheist Friend(s) … I’ve had a few … Friends, that is …

The Chill Mix above is titled Thailand 2019 … I wonder how much has changed since I spent several weeks over there in Asia back in the early 1980’s.  Backpack and a passport …  no Visa, no Tour Group, no reservations.  Landed in Bangkok about 10:00 PM on Chinese New Year … that was a mind altering experience.

Right now I am thinking about the past, sipping a nice coffee, and listening to “Carpe Lumen“. Thinking about our top of mind troubles, and just how good we have it here, in spite of all those top of mind troubles. If one has never been anywhere else then it’s probably harder to realize just how good we have it here even in the middle of a “Killer” pandemic …but then again, …

While I think of it, here’s  important link to an extraordinarily well researched and footnoted/referenced blog post here. Just finished reading it … and it is a topic near and dear to my heart, about which I have been posting off and on for several years now.

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For holding these views I have been both praised a bit, and of course, largely reviled, ridiculed, and belittled, by family and acquaintances both face to face and on “Social Media”, as a conspiracy theory nut job, and worse. Of course, “Social Distancing” was invented on “Social Media”, right?

But still, it moves, and the post is well worth the read, unless of course you get all your information (unreferenced) from Karen on Facebook.

I think of life as a kind of bus trip. It is a lot like traveling by bus in India or Nepal. If you have ever  actually traveled like this you will understand instantly what I mean about this being like life. Nothing is certain. You may, or may not arrive. Death may be just a silly oopsie away, and you do not share the driver’s belief in rebirth.  And nothing has changed much since I lived as a WT.

You find yourself cheek to jowl with reality in all it’s splendor. You don’t ask what the food is or was, you only drink the tea or the beer, you are just glad to get a break and have something to eat.

You arrive eventually at your stop (if God permits it), so covered in the dust of travel that you cannot even tell what the original colors of your clothes are or even see the numbers on the face of your watch. and the clothes and watch are utterly irrelevant anyway so the dust really doesn’t matter. You are just overjoyed to have arrived and you spontaneously thank God for your deliverance.

A Metaphor of Life everywhere … riding on the bus

Along the way, we keep passing this familiar side road on this long bus ride of life. It kinda looks like this, like life’s a beach. And if we get off the bus and walk down the side road, we find ….

The side road is always the same, it’s always full of masked figures strutting and preaching repetitively about how evil and pernicious Faith is. How naive or even willfully stupid the faithful are. how faith keeps us from having fun.

Cluck, cluck, the raised eyebrow, the crook of the lips, the roll of the eyes. “There’s probably no God, now stop worrying and enjoy your life” from a bus ad by the British Humanist Bus Advertising Campaign, full of sound and fury and all that.

The supercilious shrug of pseudo-compassion and soi-disant tolerance. Blood relatives, friends, acquaintances, perfect strangers. You happen to say something they disagree with : “BULLS_ _ T!

All sound and fury, preaching the same oration in endless variations, but ultimately all the same movie, the same script, the actors and the skin color, and the perversions change but the series continues playing endlessly, another season of banality and evil, another, another,  what’s that now – season 2015?  … 2016? … 2017? … 2018? Whatever … life’s a beach, life’s a beach, life’s a beach …  and it is always a dead end.

Can’t disagree, can’t talk about anything real, can’t disturb the great godless circle jerk. That’s just appalling behavior, dont’cha know?.

Czesław Miłosz was a Polish poet, prose writer, translator and diplomat of Lithuanian origin. His World War II-era sequence, “The World”, is a collection of twenty naive poems. Following the war, he served as Polish cultural attaché in Paris and Washington, D.C., then in 1951 defected to the West.

His nonfiction book, “The Captive Mind” (1953), became a classic of anti-Stalinism. He was prescient : A link, again, to that well researched and footnoted/referenced blog post here. Again, this is well worth the read, unless of course you get all your information (unreferenced) from Karen on Facebook.

From 1961 to 1998 he was a professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of California, Berkeley. He became a U.S. citizen in 1970. In 1978 he was awarded the Neustadt International Prize for Literature, and in 1980 the Nobel Prize in Literature.

SatanSo, Czesław Miłosz: “A true opium of the people is a belief in nothingness after death: the huge solace of thinking that for our betrayals, greed, cowardice, murders, we are not going to be judged.”

Which trip are you on my brothers and sisters, my friends? I can understand why you might roll your eyes at me but ” If I have spoken evil, give testimony of the evil; but if well, why strikest thou me?”

A couple of interesting reads … Gunning for God, and Saint John Paul the Great: His Five Loves“,  well worth the time and the money.

Read them both back to back and then think about things for a bit.  Think about where you are on your bus trip. Did you get off at the side road? Are you mad at God because you think he is not listening?  Are you the little kid who packed his bag and is running away from home? “I’ll show them!”

A final important link to that extraordinarily well researched and footnoted/referenced blog post here. This is well worth the read, unless of course you get all your information (unreferenced) from Karen on Facebook.

Ask yourself “Do you stand with the Pharisees and Pilate? Do you still want the latest Barabbas?” what historical cast of characters are reincarnated in the NWO?

Cheers

Joe

Life is a training camp, a journey … and death is just the intermission … before the Grad.

disclaimer for the nit pickers: we take pride in being incomplete, incorrect, inconsistent, and unfair. We do all of them deliberately … but still it moves …

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So What is a BLACK START? Another Blast From The Past

Looking back over Steven DenBeste and U.S.S. Clueless lots of stuff keeps popping up from back in 2016, this one from December 9th of that year. I really miss him and his blog:

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Addendum to my last post: This is a bit of something by Steven DenBeste which I saved back in 2007(?). It concerns another aspect of  electrical generation which the Gubmint and the renewable energy co-coreligionists never (ever) talk about when touting Solar power. I guess they don’t cover much electrical engineering in poly-sci classes, eh?

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Steven DenBeste a USS Clueless:

… The fact is that electric power has unique properties, and one of the most important is that at any given instant the amount of electric power being generated will always exactly match the amount of power being consumed. If you don’t deliberately balance the system, the laws of physics will do the balancing for you in ways you won’t like.

Electric power has to be generated at the time it is needed, and the electric power grid overall has to have the ability to add generation capacity as demand rises, and to reduce generation when demand falls again. Demand actually rises and falls by as much as 30% every day.

The biggest drawback of wind/solar is that they generate power when conditions permit them to do so, not when demand requires them to do so. And there’s no practical way to store electric energy in adequate quantities to deal with this without unacceptable losses or unreasonable capital and/or operating expense. (This is a major flaw of most of the fad alternate electrical energy sources we hear so much about.)

It is by no means the only serious objection I have to solar/wind, but it is a major one. …

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Toronto Ontario Blackout in 2003

So what Steven was talking about when he said “the laws of physics will do the balancing for you in ways you won’t like.” was the sort of thing that caused the Toronto, Ontario blackout of 2003.

This is the reason why you cannot shut down your existing power generation systems when switching to “Renewable”, because you cannot rely on renewable and you cannot store electricity in the amounts required.

This is what Germany discovered in the 90’s when the gubmint refused to listen to the power engineers and bulled ahead switching from coal to solar. In the end they had to keep the old plants going in order to keep the grid up when demand didn’t match the available sunlight.

Like it is right now, here in the Shire where it is currently -20 degrees Celsius and as usual in winter it is dark (eg. no sunlight to run our solar energy systems). Depending on the thermal mass of your building it doesn’t take very long before folks are getting uncomfortable as the “shelter heads towards ambient temperature.

When the electricity generation suppliers are unable to match the power demand to the power being generated the grid goes down – including automatic shutdowns of power generation stations and the result is commonly referred to as a power failure or blackout.

cdn-ddh-heavy-weather-87471.jpgWhen the Generator Stations go down the providers have to get things going again with what is known as a “Black Start”. This takes time. Sometimes a lot of time.

Back in the 70’s when I served in steam turbine destroyers it was typically about 24 hours to get up steam and warm everything up and turn everything up to speed before you could “turn main engines”, and steam away to whatever mission the gubmint sent you on.

Those were very small turbines and boilers compared to those found in a thermal generation station using steam turbines. Electrical generation boilers and turbines are a LOT bigger and consequently take longer to cool down and longer to warm up like one to two days.

What this means is that you cannot just shut down your coal plants and replace them with solar farms because your grid will go down the first night you are relying on solar. So, anyway, a black start is the process of restoring an electric power station or a part of an electric grid to operation without relying on the external transmission network.[1]

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Dark Places are NOT nice places to live …

Normally, the electric power used within the plant is provided from the station’s own generators. If all of the plant’s main generators are shut down, station service power is provided by drawing power from the grid through the plant’s transmission line.

If the grid goes down then you have a little problem and things are cooling down and the longer they cool the longer it takes to bring them up, and so on as predicted accurately by the laws of physics and mathematics which really don’t care much about religion and politics.

However, during a wide-area outage, off-site power supply from the grid will not be available. In the absence of grid power, a so-called black start needs to be performed to bootstrap the power grid into operation.

To provide a black start, some power stations have small diesel generators, normally called the black start diesel generator (BSDG), which can be used to start larger generators (of several megawatts capacity), which in turn can be used to start the main power station generators.

Generating plants using steam turbines require station service power of up to 10% of their capacity for boiler feedwater pumps, boiler forced-draft combustion air blowers, and for fuel preparation. It is uneconomical to provide such a large standby capacity at each station, so black-start power must be provided over designated tie lines from another station.

1111-steam-plantThis power station uses the Rankine cycle  This is the cycle of the steam produced in the boiler, then taken to the Steam turbine (prime mover). From the turbine the steam is cooled back to water in the Condenser, the resulting water is fed back into the boiler to repeat the cycle.

A steam/thermal power station uses heat energy generated from burning coal to produce electrical energy. This type of power station is widely used around the world to generate base load because it is cheap and efficient and reliable.

The cold start up times and procedures for a steam turbine depends on its casing and rotor temperature. As the turbine is subjected to high temperature and pressure for long time, it is mandatory requirement that there is a uniform heating and expansion of turbine.

Otherwise due to uneven heating, uneven expansion will occur which can finally lead to either permanent deformation of turbine rotor or any other catastrophic failure (explosion). The terms which have been asked vary from manufacturer to manufacturer but the basic difference remains the same

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The Dark Lord’s Domain … Alberta under Red Rachel …

Because of the abundance of fuel (coal), this kind of power station can be used to produce large amounts of electrical energy. In most countries these power stations are used as base load power stations.

This is because steam power stations are slow to start and can not be used to cater for peak loads that generally occur for a short duration.

These power stations (together with nuclear power stations) are kept running very close to full efficiency for 24 hours a day (unless they are being maintained). They have typical life of 30 to 40 years (although most governments have reduced this number to 35 years).

What Rachel is talking about doing is dropping 40% of our generation capacity by the end of 2018 and replacing it with Solar. AS mentioned above this contravenes a number of physical laws and flies in the face of the European experience since 1997.

Better buy up some woollies and parkas cause there are some very cold houses and factories in our future. Memo to Dark Lord Rachel: Mother nature and the laws of physics and engineering are against you on this one. No amount of religious zeal will make this work.

Please, please just save us all a lot of pain and honestly tell us right up front that your agenda IS TO DESTROY Alberta.

Cheers

Joe

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What?  Me Worry?

Well, I guess we all know where that ended up, right? Now we are paying top rates to an American coal fired electric utility to keep our electric grid running, because our Global Warming Diva thought it was a good idea to shut down Alberta’s coal fired generation stations… sigh,

Why can’t we just sue their asses off so that we never have to see them again? Instead we keep on paying them 6 figure salaries as elected poolititians. There is no justice this side of the grave.

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The Revenge of the Bitter Clingers … Well that didn’t turn out the way I thought it would …

“Highway 61 Revisited”, Bob Dylan, from the album of the same name, (1965)

Links and a ping backs brought up an old post with another reference to the 4 horsemen of our apocalypse. Well things sure didn’t turn out quite the way I was wishing they would back in November 2016. Back then I was significantly “less charitable” and much less aware of my own need for humility. And I am currently admitting that “being aware of a need for humility” is not even remotely close to “being humble”. It is definitely a work in progress. That said, the facts of this late 2016 post are still very much in evidence three years later in early 2020.

But what the hey, who could predict the combined cosmic stupidity of Ontario voters, a disastrous Liberal anti-oil agenda backed by 30% of the popular vote and the absolute black hole of self interest of the Franco Wieners east of Global Warming Dunderstan combined with a  serious Russian-Saudi oil war which all taken together creates a perfect economic storm and this all really means that some gang of media and political daisy chainers in Ontario just flushed the toilet of the Alberta economy.

And added to this, the latest COVID-19 fall out is that my staff, currently on vacation for the last two weeks in Texas, won’t be coming back to work for a couple of more weeks because our Alberta government, in an hysterical fit of corner office cluster fuddle, has decided that all returning Canadians must self quarantine for at least 2 weeks when they get back from any foreign country. Don’t these corner office political wizbangs understand that Texas is not a foreign country? I am thinking again of that old saw: “If you can’t do, then teach, if you can’t teach, then go into politics or “work” for government. Sigh!

So I am just having my evening Latte, and a little flash-back to enjoy some of my old Bob Dylan tunes and remember where my head was 3 years ago. Here is a repost of that old post. There’s more music here than content but I couldn’t care less, I like Bob and it’s my blog. Here goes, hot off the wayback machine from Nov 2016:

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Durer; Revelation, Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse

Thinking about the Eschatological nature of my last post and the utter incomprehension in the mind of modern man of all things spiritual it is highly unlikely that any of the usual suspects, you know them, the MSM and the vast panoply of secular humanist progressives populating most corners of our establishment, have any clue what they are witnessing.

Do you suppose that any of them have any suspicions regarding the Divine nature of Trump’s unexplained and unexplainable victory yesterday. Just listen to the words of the opening song and start running folks. Anyone who is listening to the MSM explain how Trump won, after they spent a year telling us why Trump can’t win, is fundamentally unsaveable.

For, lo, a generation who venerated Bob Dylan and Joan Baez in the 60’s have been seduced by the very sins against which they protested and marched and because of which they reviled the “establishment” with the help of such bright lights as Bill Ayers, and Malcolm X, and  the Weather Underground.

They have overcome and become the very thing against which they rebelled, and like Eve in the Garden, they have eaten of the apple and become as gods. I am sure Mr. Jobs is very proud of that marketing triumph, his apple with one little bite out of it, wherever his shade now resides, a laughing lie all the way to the bank – that temporal bank, that bank of this world, which eventually and inevitably proves unable to sustain us into the next world.

In the venerable words of Nobel Laureate Bob Dylan “You don’t Need A Weatherman To Know Which Way The Wind Blows“.

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Republican President Donald Trump gestures and declares “You’re fired!” at a rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, June 17, 2015.

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We should have known that something was up. The Cavaliers captured the NBA championship, the Cubs won the World Series, the U.K. voted to leave the E.U., and Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize in Literature. This is not an ordinary year.

highway-61-revisited-1965After the networks declared on Wednesday morning that Donald J. Trump will become the 45th President of the United States, the words of Nobel’s latest laureate came to mind, “Something’s happening here, and you don’t know what it is, do you, Mr. Jones?”

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Read the rest of this interesting article here.  So as the caption in the Trump pic shouts out:  memo from the Bitter Clingers to The Establishment Politicos and the Main Stream Media: 

YOU’RE FIRED!!!!

Let’s all listen to a special farewell tune for Billary , the Liberal Establishment, and the MSM:

Like a Rolling Stone”, Bob Dylan, from the album “Highway 61 Revisited”, (1965) 

Now, having been clearly shown how it is done, and being of sound mind and body, it is time for we, the voters, in Alberta, Ontario, and even the “Rest Of Canada” (is there anyone there with a pulse?) to step up and deliver us from evil.  Otherwise, just BOHICA until the Mercy Vans come for us all.

Most of the chattering classes were caught completely off guard by the Trump victory. Almost all of my acquaintances were not supporting Trump, although, to be fair, there was a preponderance of support for the the “None Of The Above” choice.

They thought that given Trump’s indiscretions, impulsiveness, and unpredictability, his indelicate comments about immigrants, and the common knowledge that his election would doom the Republican Party, as well as the country, and even the world. Fact is, virtually none of them thought anyone would have to worry about the country, since they thought that he was un-electable.

WRONG!

Ballad Of A Thin Man”, Bob Dylan, from the album “Highway 61 Revisited”, (1965)

Like Dylan’s “Mr. Jones,” they had no idea what was happening here. They exist in the cultural equivalent of a guarded and gated community: suburban, professional, educated, middle-class, mobile, and cosmopolitan, people of means, insulated from the everyday lives of most white, religious, non-college educated, working class folks, the very ones whose votes put Trump over the top in Pennsylvania, Iowa, Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin.

They are the very ones about whom Barack Obama spoke so condescendingly in 2008 while he was privately addressing a group of donors in San Francisco: “You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton administration, and the Bush administration, … it’s not surprising then (that) they get bitter, they cling to (their) guns (and) religion …” (ed. that would be us, the bitter clingers in fly-over country).

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Justin Trudeau

So, Justin,  “May You Live In Interesting Times”.  Anything that is Good for Alberta is good for me. Trump supports the Keystone Pipeline, – Good for Alberta.

Quebec and Ontario are against the Energy East Pipeline – Bad for Alberta.  Ontario and Quebec burn less energy because of their collapsed economy and we get to sell more energy to the U.S. instead of selling it east and getting shit on by the folks in Central Canada who we are keeping alive with energy and transfer payments – Good for Alberta.

Trump is against NAFTA – Bad for Ontario and Quebec (see remark about economy above). Bad for Quebec and Ontario is definitely Good for Alberta.

Ontario and Quebec are driving the Global Warming agenda in Canada, just like the Greens did in Germany a few election cycles ago. Anyone ever checked electricity rates in Germany as a result of their anti Carbon renewable energy agenda? Did anyone involved in our Global Warming game study anything in university except Poli-Sci? How about the physics of electrical grids for starters?

Trump is against the idea of Global Warming – says it is just a hoax to funnel money to the left. Anything that rocks Central Canadian certainties is good for Alberta. They can’t prove that Anthropogenic Global Warming exists, the left just scream louder when you ask those kind of questions, but it is easy to prove where all the research money is going.

Bad for Global Warming – bad for Ontario and Quebec – Good for Alberta.

“Desolation Row”, Bob Dylan, from the album “Highway 61 Revisited” (1965)

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Steven DenBeste

While on the topic of global warming and alternative energy it is with great sadness and a strong sense of loss that I note in October of this year died a superb blogger,  Steven DenBeste, who, at his great blog U.S.S. Clueless routinely posted on things political, alternate energy, international security, and other items of note before illness, mindless vicious trolls, and Eco-bigots drove him down. I will pray for your soul, Steven, even though you did not believe in the God I believe in.

Steven was brilliant, a former engineer with a superb mind. His old blog, U.S.S. Clueless, was extremely important in the early days of blogging and through it I found many other like minded and articulate bloggers.

I had several discussions with him about God and humanity. Steven was an atheist, but a reasonable one, adult, intelligent, and always willing to have friendly discussions, unlike many others I can name but won’t.

About God we agreed to disagree. I remember, after one of my complaining rants about management not understanding what they were ordering us to do, he humorously introduced me to the very apt notion of the “Magical Mile” and, like that, about most other things in life and the world we were of the same mind.

U.S.S. Clueless was hugely influential to many of us, and I am certainly not the only person he inspired to blog or helped along. It is hard to overstate the importance of his blog “U.S.S. Clueless” and the brilliance of his analysis. Sadly, that site went down in late October, when Steven’s server failed. I’d guess that Steven, Steve Jobs, along with Carl Sagan, and quite a few of the other “science” heroes of the left now know the Truth face to face. God doesn’t care about one’s political views or party allegiance. God just cares about “Truth”.

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Rachel Notley

His (ed. Steven DenBeste’s) memory lives on every time we are faced by another left wing religious rant about global warming and alternative energy. ( Pay attention Rachel Notley  and Kathleen Wynne!  This is about the reality of Physics and how the universe works, not about some Liberal or NDP anti-oil agenda. )

Here’s a fairly concise summary of thousands of words of fact, logic and physics taken from only one of Steven’s posts on the subject:

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… For too many people “alternate energy” is more about religion than about physics. They believe that if we are just creative enough, we can overcome fundamental physical limitations — and it’s not that easy. In order for “alternate energy” to become feasible, it has to satisfy all of the following criteria:

1. It has to be huge (in terms of both energy and power)
2. It has to be reliable (not intermittent or unschedulable)
3. It has to be concentrated (not diffuse)
4. It has to be possible to utilize it efficiently
5. The capital investment and operating cost to utilize it has to be comparable to existing energy sources (per gigawatt, and per terajoule).

If it fails to satisfy any of those, then it can’t scale enough to make any difference. Solar power fails #3, and currently it also fails #5. (It also partially fails #2, but there are ways to work around that.)

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Kathleen Wynne

The only sources of energy available to us now that satisfy all five are petroleum, coal, hydro, and nuclear.

My rule of thumb is that I’m not interested in any “alternate energy” until someone shows me how to scale it to produce at least 1% of our current energy usage. America right now uses about 3.6 terawatts average, so 1% of that is about 36 gigawatts average. 

Show me a plan to produce 36 gigawatts (average, not peak) using solar power, at a price no more than 30% greater than coal generation of comparable capacity, which can be implemented at that scale in 10-15 years. Then I’ll pay attention. 

Since solar power installations can only produce power for about 10 hours per day on average, that means that peak power production would need to be in the range of about 85 gigawatts to reach that 1%.  Without that, it’s just religion, like all the people fascinated with wind and with biomass.

And even if it did reach 1%, that still leaves the other 99% of our energy production to petroleum, coal, hydro, and nuclear. The problems facing “alternate energy” are fundamental, deep, and are show-stoppers. They are not things that will be surmounted by one lone incremental improvement in one small area, announced breathlessly by a startup which is trying to drum up funding (ed. usually from taxpayers via government funding).

The way you can tell that a fan of “alternate energy” is a religious cultist is to ask them this question: If your preferred alternate source of energy is practical, why isn’t it already in use? Why not? Because of The Conspiracy™. The big oil companies don’t want it to happen, and have been suppressing all this live-saving green people’s energy all this time for their own nefarious purposes.

As soon as you hear any reference to The Conspiracy™, you know you’re talking to someone who is living in a morality play. That isn’t engineering any more, that’s religion. And while religion is an important part of many people’s lives, it has no place in engineering discussions.

UPDATE: There’s actually another common answer to the “Why not” question. It’s because you engineers are just too hidebound and conservative and unimaginative. If you’d just get on board and recognize how utterly cool and romantic these other ways of producing energy would be, then you could wave your magic engineering wand and make it happen.

That’s another kind of religion. It’s not a religious struggle against evil (as personified by Big Oil) so much as a religious image of paradise. If the adherents of this kind of religion can just convert enough doubters, then paradise can happen. If you just believe, we can all be saved! Hallelujah, baby! Praise Gaia and pass the biodiesel!

Thanks, but no thanks. My “conservatism” on this subject is due to my understanding of the laws of physics and the principles of engineering, not to me being hidebound and unimaginative.

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Steven DenBeste had an overwhelmingly positive influence on the world despite his physical frailty, one out of all proportion to his resources. The world today is undeniably a better place for his having lived, but it is a bit dimmer today with his loss.

Periodically I have a recurring dream of a mist  and smoke covered battlefield, eerily quiet, just the sound of bullets zipping by or occasionally striking down another victim. My comrades and I keep moving forward under steady fire. One minute you are in company of friends and the next the man beside you is struck away, one after another the steady attrition continues. And still we move forward, probably until none are left – I don’t know – the dream never changes, but Steven just went down.

Now we just have to mobilize the “silent majority” in Alberta cities to oust Running Rachel and her thugs and repeal any and all anti-oil, global warming carbon legislation. We should perhaps pursue the angle of seeking damages from the parties responsible for the current debacle. Accountability … what a quaint notion, eh? Once they are put down we are back in the business of being “Open for Business” here in Alberta.

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Well, that’s what I thought then … so far things have not played out on the ground that way. Yes, we did dump the NDP here in Alberta, resoundingly, with the largest popular vote and Conservative majority in history. And then Ontario voters trashed the Ontario Liberals lead by Kathleen and her LGBT ever-green rainbow coalition. And then Ontario and Quebec shot themselves in the head because they are permanently attached to the tit of transfer payments and the election rules in Canada prevent majority vote wins.

This country really does get the government it deserves. Venezuela here we come.  Maybe we could join Texas and then we wouldn’t have to worry about our “leaders” caring more about a fake news world health crisis than the reality of a more or less “normal” flu virus epidemic.

The upside, if there is one in all of this, is that we are all getting income tax refunds this year as Jason Kenny and the Conservatives make good on one of their election promises and return the money which Rachel and her merry band of socialist pirates stole by the billions during their blessedly short reign of terror. Still no word on damages … sigh, we can always pray

Cheers

Joe

clinging to our guns and religionThe only certainty for humanity is grim death. It is how you lived your life and the principles you stood for, that will tip the scale one way or the other on judgement day.

Denying that there will be a judgement day is just more ad-hominem claptrap for people with no discernible factual base to their belief system..

We continue to fight the long defeat …

 

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Politics and Economics

It’s a Mess … and silver linings … reprise from 2017 …

Subterranean Homesick Blues, Bob Dillon, from the album “Bringing It All Back Home”, 1965

Welcome to October in Alberta … 0 degrees and snowing off and on all day and the ripped up street in front of our building is still not paved and business appears to be down about 50% or so as a result. Optimism is in hiding and I am wearing my winter fur hat when I go for walks.

My favorite Naruto character is Shikamaru Nara (奈良シカマル, Nara Shikamaru) is a shinobi of Konohagakure’s Nara clan. Though lazy by nature, Shikamaru has a rare intellect that consistently allows him to prevail in combat. The responsibilities that these successes leave him with cause him frequent annoyance.

When faced with something like our situation here in our little town he might remark or exclaim “めんどくさい” (mendokusai)troublesome or bothersome. This is a very common exclamation when faced with the sort of situation we have been dealing with all summer and can be used whenever you don’t want to do something or deal with something. But be careful! If you use this phrase too much, you might find yourself becoming a lazy person! Another colloquial translation might be “What a drag!”

So whenever I start to get depressed about the state of our local economy and the morality of our Socialist Progressive governments (see post here) and the current chaos in our church I tend to take a step back and consider all the good things globally, that’s right, I see many good things globally — good for Canada and Alberta at least. I wrote this post originally back in June 2017, 15 months ago … seems like we are about there now with drone attacks and a shooting conflict between Iran and Saudi Arabia just a silly finger slip away, so lets get on with it, eh!.

Friend or Foe in the Middle East

Friend or Foe in the Middle East

On the right is a wonderful chart from one of the many newsletters I read …  as a proud resident of the only province in Canada with a future (in spite of looking grim right now) I see reason for hope on the horizon. Alberta’s future is intimately tied to energy and the production and export of energy resources.

To say that the Middle East is a powder keg just waiting for a spark is actually an understatement of the reality on the ground, at least as far as I can determine reading all the international news feeds, newsletters and blogs.

Now God forbid that we should pray for a major melt down in the Arabian peninsula but any way you paint a situation where our mortal enemies and OUR major competitor in global oil markets destroy themselves without our intervention is just plain good news for western Christian oil producing nations (there’s just got to be a sin in there somewhere). And Canada is close to the head of the pack when it comes to production and proven reserves amongst nominally Christian oil producing nations.

OPEC Oil Exports 2014

OPEC Oil Exports 2014

One can safely assume that literally anyone trying to pretend that things there will be OK and we don’t need energy independence is taking the same drugs as the Main Stream Media and the “Trump Hate” crowd.

A determined terrorist campaign in Saudi Arabia would (hopefully) completely revise the global economy. Do you think that world oil production just might be impacted by a full scale war in a more chaotic Arabian peninsula?

Do you suppose that such an event wouldn’t be great news for North American oil and coal producers? Do you think passing laws against coal and oil consumption makes the resource mysteriously disappear? Seriously folks, “Stupid is as stupid does”, and a firm belief in a fantasy  no more alters reality than writing “Darkness!” on the wall of your padded cell extinguishes the Sun.

“Alberta”, Bob Dylan, from the album “Self Portrait”, (June 1970)

While the Progressives crow about our coreligionists lack of proof of God and the foundations for our religious beliefs, they never think to question the complete absence of any evidence for their own beliefs or, for that matter, for any intelligent consideration of the impacts of their own religious beliefs on the populations over which they claim to rule. C.S. Lewis’s mandarins of N.I.C.E. in his book “That Hideous Strength”  haven’t got a patch on the modern crop of mandarins in the halls of power in our fair land.

Current reality places Canada (Alberta) as the 7th largest oil producer in the world, but three of the highest producers ahead of us on the list are Muslim nations who are prominently center stage in the chaos of the Arabian peninsula. In fact it is not unreasonable to attribute all the chaos in the geopolitical environment found today in the Arabian peninsula and much of the rest of the world to the internecine rivalry between these three Muslim nations.

Countries by Oil Production

Countries by Oil Production – CIA factbook 2013

Any significant change in the geopolitics of the Middle East could catapult Canada (Alberta) to 4th place in the production charts at 3.6 million barrels a day after Russia, U.S.A. and China.

This in spite of the willful stupidity of her government(s). Even the NDP are essentially powerless to screw up the global economy, and I am optimistic that they will not be able to permanently damage the most productive Province in Canada.

An even more important part of the picture is the proven reserves picture. Another slice of reality is that Canada (Alberta) is currently in 3rd place  after Venezuela and Saudi Arabia in proven reserves. In a world economy suddenly deprived of access to half of global energy resources “Who Ya gonna Call?” If you are looking for stable sources for your energy supplies do you pick a nation where violence and corruption are the rule of the day, or do you pick the nation where peaceful rule of law prevails? And the added benefit would be de-funding the Middle East by not buying their oil would put a huge damper on terrorism everywhere

Why in the hell doesn’t the U.S.A. invoke some sort of “Strategic Priority” to drive out Boy Justin and his merry band of deviants and annex Alberta to “secure their strategic energy reserves” and prevent China from grabbing the prize by buying Canadian oil companies like Husky Oil. The bureaucrats certainly wouldn’t care who was paying their fat salaries and Justin may be the big man on Facebook but he is small potatoes on the international stage. The Canadian military would probably opt to “remain in garrison” until the whole evolution was over since they would likely find a lot more appreciation from Washington going forward than they have ever gotten from Ottawa in all of Canadian history.

Now a little corruption goes a long way to grease the wheels of governance and Canada has fallen a long way from the 50’s when we had the international reputation as the most honest bureaucracy on the planet. I suspect only the slightest nudges would be necessary to move our political masters in the appropriate direction. After all, our current governments are full fledged players in the “Pay to Play” schemes historically developed in other world capitals.

Oil Producing Countries

By Ekrub-ntyh at the English language Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1914119

It may come as a shock to some but we have enough energy reserves right here in Alberta alone, including all sources, to fuel current and projected demand in North America for the next 4 to 5 hundred years at least. You read that right, enough energy to fuel current and projected demand in all of North America for the next 4 to 5 centuries.

Back in the late 70’s early 80’s I worked as a contract administrator for a company called JOY Manufacturing. Among other things we produced electrostatic precipitators and bag filter systems for heavy industries like steel mills, foundries, paper mills and especially for coal fired electrical generation plants.

For at least 40 years now we have had the technology to clean emissions from coal to at least approximately the levels produced by natural gas. These systems are currently in use all over the world. The only thing preventing their adoption here is religion and politics.  Canada also developed and produces the safest nuclear reactors on the planet and a large chunk of the fuel for those reactors  and Alberta is prime stable real estate for a huge nuclear energy park … no floods, no earthquakes, large empty tracts of land far from population centers and  safe reactors … what’s not to love about that picture.

But using that clean energy technology flies in the face of the religious position of the Socialist Progressive ninnies and nannies in our governments. It’s just A-OK with them to impose their version of the “final solution” to eliminate inconvenient babies and seniors but Gaia forbid we should use clean coal technology to give every one cheap electricity.

The only thing standing in the way of Alberta having a global impact in oil production is weak prices and government policy, especially government policy. The Venezuelan government did a pretty good job of destroying the rosy future for it’s people and Alberta’s government under the NDP was trying hard to go down the the same path. Fortunately, Alberta voters returned to their historic senses and wiped out the NDP in a blue tsunami last election.

Given the current state of “Rule of Law” in Canada I think we are a long way from following the Venezuela model. Notwithstanding the rule of law there are still legions of zombie voters in Canada who could conceivably keep the Liberals in power for at least 1 more election if only through a coalition with the Greens or the NDP.

Our silly “first past the post” electoral system practically guarantees that the various self centered right of centre splinter parties without a hope in hell of winning any seats will still fracture the conservative vote and return the Liberals to power yet again with only 30% or so of the national vote. O right! … that was set up by the Liberals … right, maybe they ARE the smartest guys in the room. We will no doubt see that play out since we are not considering moving away just yet.

So the point of this polemic is that there are actually lots of reasons for optimism despite current conditions in the neighbourhood.

Cheers

Joe

cooling stacks steam plantSo we can pay $100.00 per month for electricity using steam , or $1200.00 per month for electricity using wind and solar.  Seems like a no-brainer to me. So come on voters, we’ve had our Friday night stupidity binge, let’s change the landscape of Canadian politics and turf the Progressive leftist parasites out.

 

 

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Back to Death … and Pride … Part Two …

Continued from part One …

House of Their Dreams”, Casting Crowns, 2013

“The Pajamadeen” guarding the crease “for the team”.

So I remarked last post that someone(s) once nicknamed us all “The Pajamadeen” because we sit at our keyboards late at night (or in my case early morning) in our pajamas writing scathing commentary about whatever torques our fancy at the moment.

We are not alone, and that feeling of being part of something bigger feeds our passion. We guard the goal “for the team” even when the fans are booing us.

And the cognitive dissonance grows and grows and we believe we are seeing something which the “others” don’t acknowledge. And we don’t realize that the clock is winding down and we are lost in our anger and it all seems so “reasonable”.. because we’re different, we know better … right …

Welcome to my office …

“I’ve seen things …” is perhaps a common belief in the minds of those who have spent much time living “on the edge” … living where getting it wrong will likely kill you, and your mates as well, or at least be a painful reminder about  “details matter” and “personal responsibility” and “we are in this together and we have each other’s back”.

We are a team. And for this team, it IS “life and death”. And the brutal reality is that WE ARE DIFFERENT … for the rest of our lives we are condemned to a life of not fitting in with a society where everyone is “out for number one”, “what’s in it for me?”.

That unit identity, that willingness to put it all on the line because you are unwilling to abandon the others for your own benefit, that mind state where you never stop to think “what’s in it for me?” is more easily trained into young men,  late teens – early 20’s and young men are hard wired to respond to this stripping away of the individual and reforging a “pack” into an effective mission centered unit.

It never occurs to most young “mil-spec” ordinaries to run away, they would rather die for their squad-mates than run away … and in the NAVY at least, there is nowhere to run … everyone from the skipper (god) to the lowest ordinary seaman works together, and lives or dies together, because after all it is a damned long swim home and if you screw up you just might kill the whole crew, and it is the chief’s job to make sure you don’t.

we are in this together and we have each other’s back”

You better just knuckle down and put out that engine room fire before the whole crew (your mates) become Post Crispy Critters. And if you are not wired that way you don’t last long. Either you decide to muster out (“take release”) or you ARE mustered out (released from service) because of your PERs, for the good of the rest of the team.

If one is never exposed to this training by the time one gets to 25 years old or so the brain is fully formed and it is too late. That opportunity to learn self sacrifice is gone, probably forever. You are now a child in an adult body and you have an unfounded belief in your own worth based on “self esteem” driven into by “20 years of schoolin’ an they put you on the day-shift“.

And that hurts your ego … you “deserve better” “you are special”. That’s what your teachers taught you because that is what they were taught in “Teacher’s College”. That’s why you want to start at a $100,000 a year management position instead of spending 20 years earning your ticket. You start blaming the ones who who DO have $100k a year jobs for your failure to get one. and so it starts … and it has been going on for a looong time.

Cain killed Abel because he blamed Able for his failure, and Eve had more children by Adam who is reported to have lived around 800 years. Remember, Adam and Eve were perfect in all things, genetically, physically, mentally, in every way … in all ways except that they sinned, they sinned and had to leave paradise for that, but GOD was merciful, and GOD helped them get started in the world and to populate the earth even after they sinned.

19In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread till thou return to the earth out of which thou wast taken: for dust thou art, and into dust thou shalt return. 20And Adam called the name of his wife Eve: because she was the mother of all the living. 21And the Lord God made for Adam and his wife garments of skins (leather), and clothed them.

22And he said: Behold Adam is become as one of us, knowing good and evil: now therefore lest perhaps he put forth his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever. 23And the Lord God sent him out of the paradise of pleasure, to till the earth from which he was taken. 24And he cast out Adam: and placed before the paradise of pleasure Cherubim, and a flaming sword, turning every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.” (Genesis 3:19-24)

Subterranean Homesick Blues, Bob Dillon, from the album “Bringing It All Back Home”, 1965

Early diversification of genetic groups

But remember that Adam was still Adam and Eve was still Eve, the original GOD-made Superman and Superwomen, and they had many many children, and even back then there were two groups, two sides, just like the angels before them, and the children of Cain went their way and the children of Seth went theirs and never the twain agreed. This was the original split between the “blame others” tribe, and the “take personal responsibility” tribe. We ain’t likely to find a fix here in 2019 AD.

And it took many many generations of decline to get to the pathetic creatures we see today. By the time of Moses, things had already got so bad that GOD even had to bring in laws regarding incest because of genetic and health concerns in the gene pool, and to protect them from the diseases of the Egyptians.

So now we have endured what … a hundred thousand years of decline? The children of Cain as of 2013, estimating for the age Y-MRCA, insist that the human genome is at least subject to substantial uncertainty, with a wide range of times from 180,000 to 580,000 years ago (with an estimated age of between 120,000 and 156,000 years ago, roughly consistent with the estimate for mt-MRCA.).

So how long we have been here varies wildly depending on who you listen to, who you “trust”. Lots of room for error and moving goal posts in the difference between 100,000 years and 580,000 years. Just like lots of room for climate data error between 30 years of data and 4.5 billion years of data. It’s never really about truth and honesty and all about power and control, about who gets to decide and who gets the money. The ultimate proof is that data and the scientific evidence that doesn’t fit the current social narrative just gets dropped and buried.

The name “Mitochondrial Eve” alludes to biblical Eve. This has led to repeated misrepresentations or misconceptions in journalistic accounts on the topic. Popular science presentations of the topic usually point out such possible misconceptions by emphasizing the fact that the position of mt-MRCA is neither fixed in time (as the position of mt-MRCA moves forward in time as mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) lineages become extinct), nor does it refer to a “first woman”, nor the only living female of her time, nor the first member of a “new species”.  So …

Whatever we believe, whether we are children of Seth, or children of Cain, everyone agrees that is rather unclear how long we have been around and everyone agrees that there has been plenty of time for humanity to degrade to the desperate pathetic critters we now are, with only a tiny percentage of our genes being expressed and a multitude of self inflicted biological and cultural problems destroying our lives.

So back to sacrifice, or running away … doomed by age 25, sigh … this is just so sad.  Or maybe you get a lucky break, you get another chance. One finds a girl, settles down, gets married,  and maybe has children (not DINKS), and maybe even finds one’s “soul mate” and signs on for the duration “till death do us part”, which seems to be very much unfashionable these days where the majority of marriages end in divorce. If you are one of the lucky few, GOD gives you another chance to redeem yourself and learn about sacrifice up close and personal.

So we get a couple of chances in life to learn about sacrifice and a lot of us cut and run at the least sign of that dreaded dragon. In fact, maybe its because we are hanging onto our wonderful youth as long as possible and avoiding adult responsibility. We are putting off getting married later and later – ’til we are past that 25 year magic milestone where it becomes “all about me”.

As Roy Batty says: “I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. … All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die.”  Indeed … time to die … soon … we are all replicants, running out the clock, done in the blink of an eye.

Steven DenBeste 1952-2016

Meanwhile, what about us “Pajamadeen”? For those of you who may have never heard of the Pajamadeen, here is one reference:  “FrauBudgie, a “proud member of the 101st Keyboarding Division of the Pajamadeen,” chalks it up to Kim Jong-il playing hardball because of a Clinton-era promise of a reactor.”  This was pulled from a Slate post from 2005, referencing numerous members of the “Pajamadeen”. What we write “Never Dies”. Da Da Da Dumm!

I was introduced to blogging around 2000, by Steven DenBeste’s blog “U.S.S. Clueless”, DenBeste was an electrical engineer, and one of the first Pajamadeen and still one of the best, may he rest in peace. The next bright light in that constellation of stars was Bill Whittle, author, director, screenwriter, editor, internet personality, blogger, and his blog “Eject!, Eject!, Eject!” around 2003. That domain has unfortunately been taken over by robots and no longer resembles the original at all. But the Way-Back-Machine can almost always be trusted to find what once was, even if we delete it. We will find you no matter where you hide! Bwahahahaha!

Prophecy” Adrian von Ziegler, from the album “Feather and Skull”, (2013)

Fortunately, an archive of the original Eject!, Eject!, Eject! can be found here.  I link to just one of the archived posts here … WARNING! as Bill himself says “(Folks, there’s R-rated language throughout this thing. Normally I can edit it out; this time, not so much. I may do so later, but now I want to leave it as I wrote it.)”.

Whittle in 2014.

He wrote the post, angry, on September 5, 2005, about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. It is called “Tribes”, and at the time, for me, was the best articulation I had ever read of my own opinion of humanity, based on my 30 years or so of real-world exposure in the NAVY and the Department of Justice. I was a faithful reader of Bill’s and other blogs for years.

I eventually started blogging myself in 2014 here at notmyfirstrodeo.  Now it seems, in retrospect, that what we all had and have in common, we Pajamadeen, is a very high opinion of our own opinion and ideas, and a desire to share with the universe what we see as wrong with the socially reported status quo as seen through the eyes of social media and the MSM.

Many of us “disagree” with the currently popular “attribution of blame” and demands for “compensation” by all the usual players (victimologists) and and their chattering Facebook groupies.

That’s their life style choice, rather than the acceptance of personal responsibility and making an effort to improve through hard work and self discipline. This divide has existed as long as there have been humans on the planet, which we discussed earlier in this post. As discussed in previous posts, in our modern society that other tribe have seriously altered their biochemistry and further accentuated the gulf between the sides, by the addition of many and varied chemical aides to forwarding their chosen “lifestyle” and “gender”. The chasm between grows ever wider … inexorably.

This Guerrilla War was and is a battle of “cold hard facts against the tyranny of emotion and feelings”, against what I now call “The Howler Jungle”, and by God, we could/can prove that we were/are right  and all those others were/are sniveling emoticons.

Guerrilla warfare is a form of irregular warfare in which a small group of combatants, such as paramilitary personnel, armed civilians, or irregulars; use military tactics including ambushes, sabotage, raids, petty warfare, hit-and-run tactics, and mobility to fight a larger and less-mobile traditional military. Organized Guerrilla groups are a type of violent (more or less) non-state actor, For example the FLQ in Quebec, and Bill Ayers and the Weathermen in the U.S. Ayers was never convicted for the murders of security guards and police carried out by his group and ended his career as an honored University Professor of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago,  where he spent most of his high profile career sponsoring and promoting “Community Organizers” including one Barrack Husein Obama.

The real big change since the 1960’s is that the Left, and their “Community Organizers” have now become the State actor, and the old establishment supporters have now become the Guerrilla fighters, minus the violence for the most part, although both sides have had their share of violent crazies, such as the Uni-bomber and now The Christchurch massacre which atrocity NPR blamed on Trump and has somehow turned into an anti-Trump dialogue … sigh, that is hugely worse than the Howler Tribes blaming our Chinese crisis on EVIL Harper because he sold the Wheat Board to the Saudi’s.

Anyway, it turns out that regardless of whether we were and are right or wrong about anything this is really “Pride” talking, our own pride. There is just no “winning” this battle. It started with the Angels and has been going on here on earth since Lucifer was cast down.

In the meantime … what of “We” the discontented, those who are noticeably unhappy with the moral, ethical and economic status quo? Yes, what about us? Well, it seems that in reality there is no “us”. Some of “us” choose to dither, complain, wail and gnash their teeth, but never reach any conclusion. Some have been labeled “Merchants of Outrage” or some such “Straw-man” inanity by the Left Howlers, although that label does seem to apply objectively much more to the MSM and the Left but it’s all OK when they do it.  Others slip under the radar because we have no large and influential following … not a big enough target I guess.

“We” remain chronically dissatisfied and unhappy with whatever is fashionably top of the pond, the latest PC pond scum, curdled and agglomerating deviance and corruption, and spend our leisure time articulating our discontent and pointing out what is wrong with the current status quo, a kind of negative virtue signalling to re-enforce our imagined moral superiority.

Others mourn the loss of a humanity in the general, that probably never existed in the particular, and along with that Unicorn they mourn the loss of “everything” that made up “human civilization”, holding a perpetual wake for a “Prince on The White Horse” who never really existed. They have forgotten that funeral services are not for the benefit of the dead, That person(s) and their immortal soul are forever beyond our praise or condemnation.

Rather, a funeral service is for the living, who should know that before long they will follow the honored dead into a cold dark grave, and from that fact take motivation towards preparing for eternity. Railing against those who deny an afterlife, deny eternity, is an utter waste of the most precious gift we have been given by GOD, namely “Time”. We get a “do-over” every morning that we wake up, right up until we don’t wake up.

And in the end, it is all just Pride, Pride, Pride, an overweening sense of personal outrage and a serious attachment to the things of this world and the worship of self. I didn’t think this way even as recently as back in 2014 but the evolution of my thoughts over the intervening years has produced a heightened awareness of Pride as it applies to what I do, think, and say, every day. I still have outbursts, fairly regularly even, but I also regularly now regret and reconsider what I think and say and reevaluate it in the light of Pride and self love as a sin.

Back in 2001, when this particular journey started for me, I didn’t spend much time and energy thinking about death. Oh, I was certainly fully aware of death daily, having buried numerous friends and acquaintances since 71, and I had no doubt of, or fear of my own mortality, but it wasn’t an immediate sort of presence, a minute by minute worry in my thoughts. I couldn’t hear the clock ticking then like I can now.

Almost 20 years on I am much more aware, on a daily basis, of my own impending death. And that awareness has refocused my thoughts on what happens afterwards, on eternity, and am I ready for eternity and if not why not? This is not a “Why, Poor Me” sort of why. It’s a “why am I not ready” why? Why do I still sin without even giving it a moment’s thought? Why? It is that insidious loss of the sense of sin which renders us less aware of what is wrong with what we are engaged in.

“A Dhia Ghleigil” (Oh Glorious God) Noirin Ni Riain & The Monks of Glenstal Abbey, from the album “Vox de Nube”, 1996

I will insert a short quote from  Daniel O’Connor’s “The Crown of Sanctity: On the Revelations of Jesus to Luisa Piccarreta”  touching on the subject of “Why?” This is a massive book on the writings of the mystic Luisa Piccarreta, an Italian nun in the late 19th to early 20th century.

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Jesus Himself takes this teaching further, telling Luisa (Piccarreta):  “My daughter, in almost all of the events that occur, creatures keep repeating, over and over again: ‘And why? And why? And why? Why this illness? Why this interior state? Why this scourge?’ And many other why’s.

The explanation of ‘why’ is not written on earth, but in Heaven, and there everyone will read it. Do you know what ‘why’ is? It is egoism, which gives continuous food to love of self. Do you know where ‘why’ was created? In hell. Who was the first one that pronounced it? A demon.

The effects produced by the first ‘why’ were the loss of innocence in Eden Itself, the war of untamable passions, the ruin of many souls, the evils of life. The story of ‘why’ is long; it is enough to tell you that there is no evil in the world which does not carry the mark of ‘why’. ‘Why’ is destruction of divine wisdom in souls.

And do you know where ‘why’ will be buried? In hell, to make them restless for eternity, without ever giving them peace. The art of ‘why’ is to wage war against souls, without ever giving them respite.”

Obviously, by repudiating the “why,” Jesus is not condemning innocent inquiry into matters; He is, rather, insisting that we not ask the accusatory “why” every time something goes the way our self-wills did not want it to go.

We must, instead, understand that, as St. Alphonsus Liguori said, “it is certain and of faith that, whatever happens, happens by the Will of God.” It is that simple. If it happened, it was God’s Will. By lamenting what has happened, we lament God’s Will.

How are we supposed to submit to—much less live in—God’s Will if we lament that very thing? Instead, any complaining of any sort has no place in the life of any Christian, and must be repudiated by one who wishes to live in the Divine Will. But we must go farther than merely refuse to complain of crosses; we must love them.

O’Connor, Daniel. The Crown of Sanctity: On the Revelations of Jesus to Luisa Piccarreta (p. 274).

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“Over The Hills And Far Away”,  Jon Boden,  from the album “A Folk Song a Day”, 2011. The song is  also the Theme from “Sharp’s Rifles” an historic series set in the Napoleonic Wars in Spain.

So about my problem of “Why”, it seems to me that often the “Why” is really in the context of “Why Me”! I believe that “Why” is because I have been too busy trying to grab the splinter out of my brother’s eye and not busy enough dealing with the plank in my own eye. That has got to change.

I know now, I UNDERSTAND that it is not my role to “save the world”, and even though I remain convinced of the correctness of my argument, my pride will not let me “let it go” and  acknowledge that the person or persons with which I have a difference is not really the enemy! We are not marching off to another foreign war to the sound of the drums and the pipes … we are not!.

They, those others, may or may not be a tool of the enemy but fixing that is not my responsibility, my responsibility is to spend all my effort on accepting and doing the will of GOD to the absolute best of my ability and if GOD wants me to fix something He will clearly let me know.

It may be true that “they” don’t really understand empirical reality or care about the others who occupy that reality and it may be true that “they” are willing to commit literally any atrocity from simple verbal abuse up to and including physical harm, even murder, if “they” are not granted their way. BUT IT IS NOT MY JOB AND NOT MY RESPONSIBILITY TO FIX THAT. The Lone Ranger has hung up his gun and mask and Tonto has gone back to the reserve. “Thy will be done Oh Lord, Thy will be done”.

The sin of pride creeps in when I am coming to conclusions about whole classes of people, conclusions that are way above my pay grade. Only GOD knows what lurks in the heart of man, but He knows it ALL, and he is a just and merciful GOD, and that judgement stuff is HIS job, not mine.

The sin of pride creeps in when I find it very hard to back down in the face of injustice (as I see it). My pride most desires to be esteemed, and approved of and understood. My pride most fears being despised, calumniated and ridiculed.

Words are indeed much more hurtful than sticks and stones, no matter what the old rhyme says, and psychologically I have always been a “Best defense is a good offense” kind of guy, it’s kind of my default. “If you hurt or threaten me or mine, I am coming after you and we will fix your breathing problem” … not much patience or charity in that mind-set.

In 2000, I was a background follower, a lurker, back in the beginning when Steven DenBeste was being routinely excoriated by all the usual outraged liberal progressive bloggers who did their level best to destroy him by mockery, innuendo, malice, lies, exaggeration, misdirection and misrepresentation but never once did they ever try to match facts and logic with facts and logic.

They just howled and threw shite. There were many times when the overwhelming emotion I felt was that it was impossible to deal reasonably with these “unprintable” individuals and it was time to “Bring The Rain”.

That critical judgement of his detractors involved my pride acting out on his behalf. DenBeste himself accepted all the vitriol as just part of the job of shining the light on hard facts. I eventually lent my support by email and we became distant acquaintances although we differed mightily on many things, number one being he was a confirmed Atheist and I was and am a confirmed Catholic.

Unlike exchanges with other Atheists, our discussions were always civilized, polite, respectful and thought provoking, even when we disagreed and he taught me a lot about Power Grids among other things, and he was a joy to exchange views with.

We shared the belief that Bulverism was anathema and unfortunately most public discourse had degraded into just that sort of exchange.

As DenBeste himself has written, “By the way, I don’t think that “Listen to yourself!! Do you realize what you just said???” is a useful response. I know full well what I wrote; it took me four hours to write it.

And I knew it was “politically incorrect” when I wrote it; I said so. If you think there’s a problem with this, tell me what it is. Respond on the merits. Deal with the issues I discuss.

If you don’t like my solution, propose another and explain why it’s better, in execution or result. If you think my identification of the problem is wrong, explain why.

But don’t bother trying to shame me into retracting it. Don’t bother delivering that here; addressee unknown. I don’t subscribe to postmodernist or transnational progressivist standards about what is right and wrong.”

Mike_Godwin_photographed_by_Voice_of_America_(Cambodia),_September_2017

Godwin’s Law states: “As a Usenet discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches one.”

There is a tradition in many groups that, once this occurs, that thread is over, and whoever mentioned the Nazis has automatically lost whatever argument was in progress.

I was a big fan of Usenet back when I was in love with Unix and Linux. In my posts I have referred to Godwin’s Law as Bulverism in previous posts and it is not limited to the use of the term “Nazi” and any of it’s cognates.

BUT … None of this “He said – She said” emotional Howler behaviour leads to any kind of resolution.

Wow, I am really long winded. Please help me Lord. Time to sign off for now.

My God, I believe, I adore, I hope, and I love You! I beg pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope, and do not love You“.

The words of this prayer given to the young visionaries of Fatima may seem simple. But the words outline our responsibilities as Christians—to believe, to adore, to hope, and to love God. As well, to ask pardon for those who do not act in this way. And further, to beg pardon for them, we should make reparation for their sins too, for they know not what they do.

Continued in Part Three …

Cheers

Joe

“Reaching for heaven”

 

 

 

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Life in a small town, Pen as Sword - Social Commentary, Politics and Economics

Broken ankles make people cranky … Global Warming and Death …

Inner Thoughts”  Rodrigo Rodriguez, from the album “Inner Thoughts” (2006)

Just a nice pleasant coffee break discussion …

I will bet this is probably way more than you feel like reading but I am going to run on anyway because I just feel like talking about things today. When I first wrote this it had been 11 days since my ankle surgery. It’s now been 30 days and things are looking much better … no more pain and stretching things out now.

Back in February I rated my constant pain level at about 4 out of 10 where 0 is no pain at all and 10 is all consuming pain such that you can’t think about anything else. Now I am mostly just “uncomfortable” and I am starting to exercise to get some flexibility and strength back into the joint.

“Your mileage may vary” as they used to say.  “Danger Will Robinson!”, Engage!

What’s on my mind this morning is a mixture of irritation about the irrationality of the Global Warming crowd, and a Lenten awareness of personal mortality and our ultimate destination namely death, which destination rarely surfaces as a relevant topic amongst the chattering classes with their overwhelming concern with “fixing” the behaviour of everyone who disagrees with them by any means possible.

If you are still reading this, it is likely that you and I live in the real world and always have. So do the rest of those who I call friends, some of them for almost 50 years now, although many have also died and gone to their reward. Unfortunately that classification of “friend” excludes most of my family on both sides, both genetic and in-laws who have “drunk the KoolAide” and signed their names in blood to agree with what passes for “common sense” on Social Media these days. I still try to protect them or save them from the predictable results of their ill-considered decisions, and they are a GOD given invitation to practice good works with good will, with love instead of contempt.

I have to just hold my nose and play the nodding donkey whenever they try to tell me insane “truths” like the “Polar Vortex” is caused by Global Warming caused by Alberta’s coal fired electrical generation stations … of which we have 5 out of 24 in Canada and over 7000 worldwide, and we have to shut them all down to “save the planet”. Sigh. They all live in Ontario, which they apparently believe doesn’t use any carbon based energy from Alberta, though they have a few coal fired plants of their own but we won’t talk about that, eh?

Sigh. One cannot develop humility without going through humiliation. I have it on good Authority that that’s how you do it, so thank-you for the humiliation.

Carl Sagan, … Cosmos … Trust me, I’m smarter than you …

Idiocy and deviance in all it’s flavors seems to be thriving in the nice tolerant Canada we now live in. I got a short note about coal fired power the other day from a friend who is concerned about the thousands of layoffs we have had here in Alberta, in the last couple of years.

It is even now starting to reach deep down to the service companies, who are always the last to go tits up. I am going to include it here as food for thought but not as food for anger, because we have been through this all before.

I remember when all the usual suspects were assuring us that we were entering a new ice age and we were all going to die from starvation  within 20 years … that was back in the 70’s.

I fondly remember Carl Sagan, and his Nuclear Winter and Cosmos, and not so fondly raise a questioning eyebrow at Paul R. Ehrlich et al. and millions dying of starvation in the U.S. by the 1990’s.

The Wikipedia Brights mostly agree with and worship Sagan and Ehrlich but they do have fairly comprehensive articles about their beliefs and their work so I cited them anyway. You can look at all that stuff and decide for yourselves whether population control lights your fires or not. The Chinese Communists imposed strict population control which has worked out rather problematically – again, the law of unintended consequences in action.

When that whole death by massive apocalyptic starvation didn’t pan out as a a good scare tactic they all switched over to Ehrlich’s other “big scary problem” beating the drum about global warming and pollution and the man made causes of that. Don’t believe me?  I remember this, ’cause I was there! If you weren’t then here are some “Historic Notes“:

The Population Bomb is/was a best-selling book written by Stanford University Professor of Biology and teacher, Paul R. Ehrlich and his wife, Anne Ehrlich (who was uncredited), in 1968.

It warned of the mass starvation of humans in the 1970s and 1980s due to overpopulation, as well as other major societal upheavals, and advocated immediate action to limit population growth (why do they always decide that they have to kill off someone else to solve the problem?). Remember that fears of a “population explosion” were widespread in the 1950s and 60s, but the book and its author brought the idea to an even wider audience.

The book has been criticized since its publishing for its alarmist tone, and in recent decades for its inaccurate predictions. More importantly, and tragically, the book gave a huge number of unqualified, untrained, ignorant, emotional, “feelings matter” coffee klatch pundits a sincere belief in the notion that they were a special enlightened Illuminati with authority to enforce their opinions on others by social media shaming and virtue signalling or by voting for every lunatic who promised to “save the planet” by shutting down the entire evil carbon based portion of our economy (as if somehow the rest of the economy could exist in isolation for longer than a few weeks). Yes Virginia, the sky IS falling, but it takes billions of years.

“Àki”, Rodrigo Rodriguez, from the album “Inner Thoughts” (2006)

I intentionally use the term coffee klatch. or coffee klatsch also kaf·fee·klatsch (kŏf′ē-klăch′, -kläch′, kô′fē-) that is a casual social gathering for coffee and conversation. [Partial translation of German Kaffeeklatsch : Kaffee, coffee + Klatsch, gossip; see klatch.] Up until recently no adult would make the mistake of considering any coffee klatch equivalent to serious scientific and mathematical research by knowledgeable people under controlled conditions, but that is what is now driving the show thanks to the mob stirred up in the 70’s and 80’s, by Sagan, Erlich, and their contemporaries.

Now Sagan is dead, gone to his just reward, and the Ehrlichs continue stand by the basic ideas in the book, stating in 2009 that “perhaps the most serious flaw in “The Bomb” was that it was much too optimistic about the future” and believe that it achieved their goals because “it alerted people to the importance of environmental issues and brought human numbers into the debate on the human future.”

Right! It was all them, because regular folks are just too stupid to avoid running over the cliff without the intervention of the Brights. And it’s all “for our own good” that we now kill several hundred thousand children and seniors and handicapped people per year because they are not really people, we all know it’s really all just about “free choice” and we have too many of “them” anyway.

Dr. Paul R. Ehrlich, entomologist, 1974

Fact: Erlich trained as an Entomologist (specializing in butterflies). He had no background or training in agronomy or population growth.

“The Population Bomb” was written at the suggestion of David Brower the executive director of the environmentalist Sierra Club, and Ian Ballantine of Ballantine Books following various public appearances Ehrlich had made regarding population issues and their relation to the environment.

The Population Bomb began with the statement:  “The battle to feed all of humanity is over. In the 1970s hundreds of millions of people will starve to death in spite of any crash programs embarked upon now. At this late date nothing can prevent a substantial increase in the world death rate … ”

Nothing weaselly about that prediction. Pretty much lays it on the line. And was dead wrong.  … but the book was a huge marketing success and made a LOT of money for the players involved.  Any questions?

or another:

Global cooling will kill us all!!!  But they didn’t just have a proposed physical mechanism for this catastrophe. They had the evidence of the temperature record, which showed global temperatures generally declining from about 1940 to 1970. 30 years of data = “certainty about what is going on with earth ecology and climate?”

Which ecology and climate have been “evolving” for … Oh … something like 4.543 billion years. Even Wikipedia tells us that: “Earth is the third planet from the Sun and the only astronomical object known to harbor life. According to radiometric dating and other sources of evidence, Earth formed over 4.5 billion years ago. Earth’s gravity interacts with other objects in space, especially the Sun and the Moon, Earth’s only natural satellite.”

So they looked at 6.60356593e-9% of the data, or examined another way they looked at 0.000000000660356593% of the data and decided that that was enough for a slope graph, after all they already knew what was going on, right? (“Hokey” Stick anyone?) And that minute amount of data led to fevered “scientific” predictions like this one, from UC Davis ecology professor Kenneth Watt:

The world has been chilling sharply for about twenty years. If present trends continue, the world will be about four degrees colder for the global mean temperature in 1990, but eleven degrees colder in the year 2000. This is about twice what it would take to put us into an ice age.

My guess is that Professor Kenneth Watt didn’t major in Mathematics. And I am sure that no university professor in history would have graded any student with a pass if that student only came up with 6.60356593e-9% of the data, even if they were “grading on the curve”.

Carl Sagan & Viking Lander Model

As late as 1980, Carl Sagan was still presenting global cooling as one of two possible doomsday scenarios we could choose from. The series “Cosmos marks the precise moment of change, when the goal posts were moved. In essence they “flipped the “Hokey Stick Graph” from cold to hot. And yes I do know how to spell Hockey, I’m Canajun, eh?

This is a bit of a cultural time capsule, preserving the precise moment at which scientific alarmists were switching from warning about a new ice age, in the 1970s, to warning about runaway warming in the 90’s.. So, “soft science”, moving goal posts, changing stories, relativism, denial, plausible deniability

It still all boils down to “The sky is falling!!!! Therefore we have to be compelled to give up all control to the “enlightened ones” and do what we are told like good little sheeple because they know best“. They are just so much smarter than us. And as we know, that “solution” always involves some flavor of “there are too many of them and not enough of us” therefore we are compelled to “kill the inconvenient ones”.

Of course Papa Pierre was also a big fanboy of Alfred Charles Kinsey, and we all know where that led us to … NAMBLA et al are founded on the gospel according to Kinsey. In Canada, any opposition to that philosophy is now labeled as a “Hate Crime”.

Do you think that eugenics, abortion and euthanasia are something new we just cooked up? They have all been around for thousands of years … and history shows that every culture which starts killing its children as a part of social policy ultimately fails … always have and always will. World without end, Amen.

So, in Canada, they destroyed the economy in the 80’s in the great 20th century hydrocarbon panic. How, you might ask? Because Papa Doc Pierre, who took a few courses at the London School of Economics in the 60’s knew best, even if he never hung around in England long enough to pick up a degree or even a certificate.

He Nationalized” the oil industry by buying Gulf Oil and turning it into Petrocan and setting up the NEP to drive away all the other oil companies. The big crash of 82 was when we went to the Arctic for 15 years because there was absolutely no work to be had in the south.

Anyway, here’s a bit of the power plant rant and that post has the rest of the dirt for coffee break conversation, and please please all of you take care of yourselves and be careful on the ice.

Here’s just a small sample of how many coal plants there are out there:

EU has 468 plants building 27 more for a total of 495
TURKEY has 56 plants building 93 more total 149
SOUTH AFRICA has 79 building 24 more total 103
INDIA has 589 building 446 more total 1036
PHILIPPINES has 19 building 60 more total 79
SOUTH KOREA has 58 building 26 more total 84
JAPAN has 90 building 45 more total 135
USA has 589 building 5 more total 594
CHINA has 2363, building 1171 total 3534
CANADA has 24 total and none planned.

But here comes the NDP to save the planet shutting down our Alberta’s 5 plants and the entire energy sector while they are at it. 5 out of a total of 7208 world coal generation plants is 0.0007 %.

But  there is hope, there could be an alternate future, if only we believe … As I mentioned above, I posted about this on my blog here.  I realize that I place a lot of emphasis on the web of trust. That is, who do you trust and who do you rely on to get the truth and understanding from which all thought, and decision making and choices ultimately derive.

The truth, that is, “what actually happened” as opposed to what all the Environmental Nazis said was going to happen, is that they were and are actually massively wrong about almost everything they were and are screaming about.

There is a good read here about the Environazis’ epic fail which non of the MSM ever report on. I have written several posts on the Web of Trust back in 2015, Part 1 here, Part 2 here, Part 3 here, and Part 4 here.

So what about death, or should I say “Death“?  What about that final destination to which every single living human being is committed, whether by natural causes, or by some apocalyptic Global Warming holocaust, regardless of their beliefs or lack of same about anything?

I decided that I have rambled on long enough this time and I will put off death to another post … Ha, I wish it was that easy …

Cheers

Joe

 

 

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A study in opposites …

Canadians have traditionally defined themselves and their conglomerate of compliant compromises, also know as Canada, by what they are not.

They are not British, they are not Franco… or not Anglo … depending on birth … they are most emphatically NOT American, oh my goodnessss, certainly not that, my preciousss.

David Warren has an amusing post today over at “Now Playing.

America has an economy, Canada is a department of the same economy, smaller than Californicator’s.

America pays it’s bills and a lot of bills for other folks as well, of whom Canadians are one of the largest beneficiaries.

America is a large team in the world league, Canada is America’s waterboy with an ego problem. And every time Canada trash talks America (which is surprisingly often with Childe Justine in that big chair on the River) America’s team leader gives Canada a big wedgie.

Once we get over ourselves, and shut back up, things go along fine until the next big foot in mouth pratfall by our fearless leader Dudley DoRight Trudeau.

I have remarked before that I am proud of my country. I like being Canadian, but I strongly feel that we could be so much better if we went back to that place about the middle of the last century.

Back when we were more about working hard and honesty was more important than talking big and shooting down our friends behind their back publicly, as if we were chattering on some sort of international diplomatic Facebook.

Trust me, no matter what the Trudeau dynasty believes, we are way more like Americans here on the Plains, than Russians, Chinese and Cubans.

I have also remarked in the past that American annexation of everything between the Rockies and the Ontario border would be the best thing that ever happened to us poor besotted proles in flyover country.

Prove me wrong, anyone? anyone? Buhler?  As David Warren remarked in his article, we have for a “leader” a nothing, in a very spiffy package; a triumph of pure advertising.

America has an extremely annoying, rude, loudmouth, S.O.B. who is actually right about a lot of things and this really upsets every leftist progressive wingnut on the planet.

I would much sooner work for a loudmouthed, efficient, effective, straight shooting A_ _ hole who gets the job done and leaves the other teams in the ditch.

What we have is a whiny, nice hair, mama’s boy who just wants to play dress-up, go snowboarding and grope butts. But that’s just details, right?

Details, to the uninitiated, are always boring, as David says, and the voting masses, in the sense of “the masses” explained by Albert J. Knock in my last post,  will never be initiated.

They want someone to tell them what to think, and to fulfill their entitlement to risque entertainment, and that is really “Risky Business”, preferably with lots of Fan Service.

For example, take our leaders, please, take them away, far, far away, back to their land of “Once upon a time …”

Trump disturbs all the holy cows — the vested interests, that had been peacefully flatulating in their fields. People hate him.

I would swap him for Trudeau in a split second without a second thought. Hit the Big Red Easy Button …. NOW!

Cheers

Joe

 

 

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Values …

I have long opined that when you reward bad behaviour you get more of it … whatever the definition of “bad” is.

I just finished reading another article by Randall Smith which I would like to pass on. I think it makes an extremely important point about our society and culture at this time.  Randall B. Smith is the Scanlan Professor of Theology at the University of St. Thomas in Houston. His most recent book, Reading the Sermons of Thomas Aquinas: A Beginner’s Guide, is now available at Amazon and from Emmaus Academic Press. the rest of his articles are here.

Here is a short excerpt:

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I attended an amazing conference the other day at the Catholic University of America of the sort one never expects to find these days – that is to say, with actual diversity. Talks by academics mixed with those by business people, some from small businesses and others from large corporations. The former CEO of Home Depot and Chrysler was on a panel, as was a guy who graduated a few years ago from Franciscan University Steubenville who provides rental housing in New York. Then there was an impressive Muslim man from MIT who figured out how to get cell phones and cell phone service to 12-million people in Bangladesh when everyone told him it couldn’t be done. I can barely get cell phone service on my own phone. Guys like this astonish me.

Just to give you a sense of how odd this gathering was, we heard back-to-back interviews with Charles Koch (yes, that Charles Koch) and Cardinal Peter Turkson, Prefect for the Vatican Council for the Promotion of Human Development. Each man made his case respectfully before an audience of attentive listeners, including a large number of university students who sat quietly and listened respectfully to both men without charging the stage. At a university! I know; it’s crazy.

Charles Koch and a Roman Catholic cardinal from the Vatican: now that’s something you’re not going to see at Harvard, Princeton, or Yale for a whole host of reasons. So kudos to Catholic U., the Busch School of Business, and the Ciocca Center for Principled Entrepreneurship for pulling it off.”

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Read the rest here.

Cheers

Joe

 

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Guidelines, Vested Interests, and Politics …

Desolation Row” by Bob Dylan, from the album “Highway 61 Revisited”, (1965)

Can anything good come out of a post about Guidelines, Vested Interests, and Politics? Possibly, some minor “good” in the immediate today, but less likely “Good” in the eternal, when all comes down to the Vanity/Humility ratio.

In the arena of politics, sitting in Wendy’s burger restaurant in a nearby city (nearby meaning only 2 hours of driving involved) and witnessing some political barbarian setting up a “Registration Station” on the next table to ours, to “register” voters in the upcoming provincial United Conservative Party leadership race.

Brian Jean ...

Brian Jean …

The leadership contest is between Brian Jean, leader of the Wild Rose Party, and Jason Kenny, leader of the Progressive Conservative party. This “Political Operative’s” target demographic: retired seniors taking a coffee break with friends , no cost folks, just a little of your time and your personal information, you don’t even have to actually turn up to vote, just “register”.

No credentials displayed … is this guy really a political party representative or is this a blatant fishing expedition?  Nobody lining up to offer up their personal info seemed to have a clue or to doubt the truth of his sales pitch. No permission to be there either just walking in off the street and setting up in a private business.

Jason Kenny ...

Jason Kenny …

Trespassing on private property and perhaps misrepresenting his “cause” as having the endorsement of The Wendy’s franchisee … hmmm …. aren’t there laws against this sort of thing, the act of trespass, the act of misrepresentation and fraud?

I suppose in some deliciously Canadian way he belongs to that large class of Canadians to whom the rules just don’t apply, the laws just don’t apply, right, they are special. When the manager phoned it in she was told that he couldn’t use the site for political activity.

She tried to get him to leave.  The “Political Operative” refused both to leave and to stop his recruiting activities and embarrassed her into not making a scene.

I borrowed the next bit from David Warren’s post a few days ago, on this very topic, this very Hallmark Characteristic of modern progressive Canadians everywhere:

Dysopia (no relation to “dystopia”) will be our Greek word for the day. It is from Aristotle via Plutarch; a term held to be untranslatable into our modern tongues. By the dictionaries it is defined as “the embarrassment that compels us to grant an unjustified request.” The closest we come in English is “compliancy.” They get no closer in German or French. … So mark it down in your commonplace books, my dears: dysopia. Pour a shot of rum, and swear off it entirely.

Compliant, complaisant, acquiescent. Docile, submissive, ingratiating. Servile, tractable, obsequious. Ever deferential, glad to be of use. This is what my fellow Canadians have become, though we were not in the past, according to my elders (now mostly dead). When unreasonable demands were made upon them, their inclination was to stiffly resist.

Ours is to be chumps, patsies, dupes, treacle saps. In our vanity we think that we are “nice” people, and celebrate our own gormlessness.

And that is why what we too mildly call “political correctness” has advanced so far, through barrier after barrier, erected by our ancestors against perversion. It begins with a small minority of fanatics, bent upon turning our world upside down. It continues not by conversion but by dysopia. We look upon those making the demands, and can no longer see what they are, owing to the pain in our heads. We think we can buy peace with concessions. But the devils are encouraged by our every retreat.”

And from one of my own previous posts of not too long ago :

Canadian figureheads ...

Canadian figureheads …

Lest we forget, or maybe we never knew it, but the generation that fought and died at Vimy Ridge was in no way “nice” and “gormless”.

The generation that sang: “D-day Dodgers knew everything there was to know about push-back against gormlessness (great series of YouTube videos at this link – none of this shows up in Social Studies, does it?).

Lest we forget, Canadians were not always a mob of gormless poltroons. Where are they now? Realization dawned one day in the midst of World War III, that the real enemy was not, most undoubtedly not, that young kid clinging on to the Soviet frigate 100 yards away. He was me.

The real enemy was back home in the comfortable office towers and media redoubts taking pot shots at the ones doing the bleeding.  The real enemy was back home in the Kremlin, and in Washington, and in Ottawa, and in London (and in REDmonton). The real enemy was the figureheads and their agenda of “What is Truth?” 

Just in case we missed something and mistakenly understand “gormless” as synonymous with “nice” we can look at a definition of sorts: “Gormless began life as the English dialect word “gaumless”, which was altered to the modern spelling when it expanded into wider use in the late 19th century.

Running Rachel ...

Running Rachel …

The origins of “gaumless” are easy to understand; the word derives from a combination of the dialect noun gaum, meaning “attention” or “understanding,” and the suffix -less. “Gaum” also functions as a verb in some dialects, where it means “to pay attention to” and “to understand.” An unrelated verb gaum means “to behave in a stupid or awkward manner.” There’s also a noun gaum, meaning “a stupid doltish person.” But none of these are as commonly used nowadays as “gormless”, which itself is most frequently seen in British English.

True synonyms, for the Canadian context, would be: airheaded, birdbrained, bonehead, boneheaded, brain-dead, brainless, bubbleheaded, chuckleheaded, dense, dim, dim-witted, doltish, dopey (also dopy), dorky [slang], dull, dumb, dunderheaded, empty-headed, fatuous, stupid [chiefly British], half-witted, knuckleheaded, lamebrain (or lamebrained), lunkheaded, mindless, oafish, obtuse, opaque, pinheaded, senseless, simple, slow, slow-witted, soft, softheaded, thick, thickheaded, thick-witted, unintelligent, unsmart, vacuous, weak-minded, witless.”

Kenny ...

Kenny …

Now don’t I just feel SO much better in my nice Canadian gormlessness … sigh. “What is Truth?” And what about Gratitude? Is there really anything to be grateful for in a polite society lacking in sincerity and justice?

And the Political Barbarians, the corrupt exploiters of the gormless masses, the 30 second sound bite voters, the predictably Liberal Progressive categorization of this target demographic as the “low information voters” this just SO Lame-Stream straw-man.

Was the barbarian ever ejected from his lawless squatting or was he allowed to stay like the “Occupiers” south of the 49th. Who knows, we moved on before the final inning and never did find out if the manager was able to muster the fortitude to face down a brass balled social bully preventing her from exercising her responsibility by causing embarrassment that compels us to grant an unjustified (illegal) request.

So we look forward to a Provincial election, somewhere down the road, in which we are faced with a choice between the Cancer of the “New Democratic Party” commanded by Running Rachel, or the Leprosy of the United Conservative Party  most likely commanded by Jason Kenny. Quelle Dommage!

Cheers

Joe

We The People ... In Our Hot-tubs ... Low Information Voters, eh?

We The People … In Our Hot-tubs … Low Information Voters, eh?

 

We The People … In Our Hot-tubs … Low Information Voters, eh?

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It’s a Mess … and silver linings

Subterranean Homesick Blues, Bob Dillon, from the album “Bringing It All Back Home”, 1965

Whenever I start to get depressed about the state of our local economy and the morality of our Socialist Progressive governments (see last post here) I tend to take a step back and consider all the good things globally, that’s right, I see many good things globally — good for Canada and Alberta at least.

Friend or Foe in the Middle East

Friend or Foe in the Middle East

On the right is a wonderful chart from one of the many newsletters I read …  as a proud resident of the only province in Canada with a future (in spite of looking grim right now) I see reason for hope on the horizon. Alberta’s future is intimately tied to energy and the production and export of energy resources.

To say that the Middle East is a powder keg just waiting for a spark is actually an understatement of the reality on the ground, at least as far as I can determine reading all the international news feeds, newsletters and blogs.

Now God forbid that we should pray for a major melt down in the Arabian peninsula but any way you paint a situation where our mortal enemies and OUR major competitor in global oil markets destroy themselves without our intervention is just plain good news for western Christian oil producing nations (there’s just got to be a sin in there somewhere). And Canada is at the head of the pack when it comes to production and proven reserves amongst nominally Christian oil producing nations.

OPEC Oil Exports 2014

OPEC Oil Exports 2014

One can safely assume that literally anyone trying to pretend that things there will be OK and we don’t need energy independence is taking the same drugs as the Main Stream Media and the “Trump Hate” crowd.

A determined terrorist campaign in Saudi Arabia would (hopefully) completely revise the global economy. Do you think that world oil production just might be impacted by a full scale war in a more chaotic Arabian peninsula?

Do you suppose that such an event wouldn’t be great news for North American oil and coal producers? Do you think passing laws against coal and oil consumption makes the resource mysteriously disappear? Seriously folks, “Stupid is as stupid does”, and a firm belief in a fantasy  no more alters reality than writing “Darkness!” on the wall of your padded cell extinguishes the Sun.

“Alberta”, Bob Dylan, from the album “Self Portrait”, (June 1970)

While the Progressives crow about our coreligionist’s lack of proof of God and the foundations for our religious beliefs, they never think to question the complete absence of any evidence for their own beliefs or, for that matter, for any intelligent consideration of the impacts of their own religious beliefs on the populations over which they claim to rule. C.S. Lewis’s mandarins of N.I.C.E. in his book “That Hideous Strength”  haven’t got a patch on the modern crop of mandarins in the halls of power in our fair land.

Current reality places Canada (Alberta) as the 7th largest oil producer in the world, but three of the highest producers ahead of us on the list are Muslim nations who are prominently center stage in the chaos of the Arabian peninsula. In fact it is not unreasonable to attribute all the chaos in the geopolitical environment found today in the Arabian peninsula to the internecine rivalry between these three Muslim nations.

Countries by Oil Production

Countries by Oil Production – CIA factbook 2013

Any significant change in the geopolitics of the Middle East could catapult Canada (Alberta) to 4th place in the production charts at 3.6 million barrels a day after Russia, U.S.A. and China.

This in spite of the willful stupidity of her government(s). Even the NDP are essentially powerless to screw up the global economy, and I am optimistic that they will not be able to permanently damage the most productive Province in Canada.

An even more important part of the picture is the proven reserves picture. Another slice of reality is that Canada (Alberta) is currently in 3rd place  after Venezuela and Saudi Arabia in proven reserves. In a world economy suddenly deprived of access to half of global energy resources “Who Ya gonna Call?”. If you are looking for stable sources for your energy supplies do you pick a nation where violence and corruption are the rule of the day, or do you pick the nation where peaceful rule of law prevails?

Now a little corruption goes a long way to grease the wheels of governance and Canada has fallen a long way from the 50’s when we had the international reputation as the most honest bureaucracy on the planet. I suspect only the slightest nudges would be necessary to move our political masters in the appropriate direction. After all, our current governments are full fledged players in the “Pay to Play” schemes historically developed in other world capitals.

Oil Producing Countries

By Ekrub-ntyh at the English language Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1914119

It may come as a shock to some but we have enough energy reserves right here in Alberta alone, including all sources, to fuel current and projected demand in North America for the next 4 to 5 hundred years. You read that right, enough energy to fuel current and projected demand in North America for the next 4 to 5 centuries.

Back in the late 70’s early 80’s I worked as a contract administrator for a company called JOY Manufacturing. Among other things we produced electrostatic precipitators and bag filter systems for heavy industries like steel mills, foundries, paper mills and especially for coal fired electrical generation plants.

For at least 40 years now we have had the technology to clean emissions from coal to at least approximately the levels produced by natural gas. These systems are currently in use all over the world. The only thing preventing their adoption here is religion and politics.  Canada also developed and produces the safest nuclear reactors on the planet and a large chunk of the fuel for those reactors

But using that clean energy technology flies in the face of the religious position of the Socialist Progressive ninnies in our governments. It’s just A-OK with them to impose their version of the “final solution” to eliminate inconvenient babies and seniors but Gaia forbid we should use clean coal technology to give every one cheap electricity.

The only thing standing in the way of Canadian global dominance in oil production is weak prices and government policy. The Venezuelan government did a pretty good job of destroying the rosy future for it’s people and Alberta’s government is looking to try the same path right now.

Given the current state of “Rule of Law” in Canada I think we are a long way from following the Venezuela model. Notwithstanding the rule of law there are still legions of zombie voters in Redmonton who could conceivably keep the NDP in power for more than 1 election. We will no doubt see that play out since we are not considering moving away just yet.

So the point of this polemic is that there are actually lots of reasons for optimism despite current conditions in the neighbourhood.

Cheers

Joe

cooling stacks steam plantSo we can pay $100.00 per month for electricity using steam , or $1200.00 per month for electricity using wind and solar.  Seems like a no-brainer to me. So come on voters, we’ve had our Friday night stupidity binge, let’s change the landscape of Canadian politics and turf the Progressive parasites out.

 

 

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