The Inner Struggle

Fake News and Evil in Action … The “Knowledge” of Our Family

FLASH!!!   Stop The Press!!!! No … Wait! That’s them not us.  Do we even use presses in the media any more? Whatever …

We just witnessed in living color, the frothing insanity of the media in a recent, almost real-time example, of the pervasive malice of the Progressive Left and their media lap dancers, lap dogs … no  wait a minute, that’s just a vile insult to dancers and dogs. Lets just settle on “scum sucking bottom feeders” and fill in our own image of corrupt evil.

We are all bombarded with this sort of media coverage every day of anything that seems to support the Liberal narrative, with all their propaganda, outright lies, fake news, hatred, and pure evil in action. This particular item is the narrative and the edited coverage accorded the alleged confrontation between some Catholic youth attending the March For Life in Washington DC and an aboriginal man from Omaha.

The Left-wing Media (AKA the MSM) and their owners and handlers will literally do anything and say anything as long as they can portray Christians, and especially Catholics, in a bad light.

The actual story is starting to come out now with at least one reporting example of real journalism found at The Washington Examiner where new details about a viral video that showed an interaction between white teenagers wearing “Make America Great Again” hats and a Native American. These new details are leading many people on all sides of the issue to second-guess their first impression of the encounter …

The link is here: “Rush To Judgement …

Such malice in action is no surprise to anyone on the religious right … we have been suffering this sort of treatment by the established secular society in Canada and the U.S. for years now.  Meanwhile, another perspective on our modern lives sheds light on how this sort of media malice happens, and the fact that Truth may someday prevail, or not, it’s all in GOD’s hands and unfolds according to His plan …

The knowledge of GOD in which eternal life consists, as Jesus has said, is not the kind of knowledge which stops at the enlightenment of our intellects, but knowledge which stirs up our wills to love the GOD whom we know, and which regulates our whole life so that it is pleasing to Him. Consequently, when Jesus has brought us to the knowledge of the Father, He then teaches us what we must do to please Him: “Be ye therefore perfect as your  heavenly Father is perfect” (Mt 5, 48).

In this brief formula, the divine Teacher reveals two great truths: GOD is the model of sanctity, because He alone is the fullness of perfection, free from every shadow of fault or failing; secondly, GOD’s will in our regard is that we also be perfect, which we shall be according to the degree in which we try to imitate GOD’s perfection“. (Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen, O.C.D. from the book “Divine Intimacy” Meditations on the interior life for every day of the liturgical year.pp 149).

And we are each and everyone of us, both the good and the evil, a dwelling place of the spirit of GOD, more or less, as we adhere to His precepts and strive to do His will. We are all on a journey either to heaven or to hell, even those who refuse to accept the Truth are willy-nilly on the same journey as those who believe.

The only difference is that non-believers (of any sort) have willingly given up any chance of picking their final destination when the ride comes to its inevitable end. We choose to believe or to not believe. GOD doesn’t punish anyone. We choose our destination.

“It is a serious thing, to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a nightmare. All day long we are, in some degree, helping each other to one or another of those destinations”. (C.S. Lewis, in The Weight of Glory: pg. 15)

Cheers

Joe

The Church Militant

The Church Militant, Christ’s Church on earth …

Being an active member of Christ’s church on earth, that is, being a member of “The Church Militant“, is rather like waking up in the morning to discover that you are actually fighting on the Greek side at “The Battle of Thermopylae“.

Go, tell the Spartans, stranger passing by
That here, obedient to their laws, we lie.

Epitaph on the Cenotaph of Thermopylae, recorded by Herodotus. Or you can just make a quick visit to Michael Voris’s blog site.

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Global Warming Tax a Sacrifice on the Altar of Gaea

Ballad Of A Thin Man”, Bob Dylan, from the album “Highway 61 Revisited” (August, 1961)

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Gaea

Here is a little uncharitable whine … I guess the old whiny Joe is still grumbling away in the back seat of my bus …

The religion of Gaea, that is the worship of “Mother Earth” as the earth mother and source of everything in the universe offers up evidence every day of the inherent evil of this willful, self serving, “naked emperor” blindness our society calls “modern civilization”.

In Greek mythology, Gaia (/ˈɡ.ə/ or /ˈɡ.ə/ from Ancient Greek Γαῖα, a poetical form of Γῆ , “land” or “earth”[1]), also spelled Gaea, is the personification of the Earth[2] and one of the Greek primordial deities. Gaia is the ancestral mother of all life: the primal Mother Earth goddess.

She is the immediate parent of Uranus (the sky), from whose sexual union she bore the Titans (themselves parents of many of the Olympian gods) and the Giants, and of Pontus (the sea), from whose union she bore the primordial sea gods. Her equivalent in the Roman pantheon was Terra.[3]

Anyway, why is ancient mythology more relevant than revealed truth? I guess anything is better than having to face being wrong about everything. If they had to face that,  then the only option would be self-inflicted euthanasia to escape the shame.  Remember Trudeau’s carbon tax?

It hasn’t received much coverage lately, which is exactly how the Liberals and the NDP want it, and it could never be clearer in just whose pocket, (the progressives) and which pocket, (the one closest to the crotch), that all the Canadian Media (those world famous legends in their own minds) are comfortably curled up in.

But it, the “Carbon Tax”, is still there, ready to cost you all your hard-earned dollars. And just in case my American brethren think this is a “Made in Canada” issue, your own EPA has even more draconian powers to tax and waste and sacrifice all our first born children on the altar of their insidious, incestuous daisy chain of abuse. And the Liberals are very tight-lipped about how much it will end up costing you all!

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Emperor Palpatine

However, thanks to a new RBC Economics report – we now have an idea.  During this fiscal year – prior to the full implementation of Trudeau’s carbon tax – “carbon levies are expected to hit $4.8 billion.” And what’s going to happen after Trudeau’s full carbon tax goes into effect in just a few short weeks?

The numbers are likely going to double! That is almost 10 billion dollars 0f new Liberal taxes for all the Liberal causes like, to name just a very few … “the Aga Khan Foundation”, “National Health”, “National Broadcasting”,  and so on ad nauseam. Emperor Palpatine has got nothing on the Progressive Environmentalist priesthood running Canada from the halls of power in Ottawa.

That’s almost $10 billion a year, out of the pockets of taxpayers and consumers – which will hit low-income families the hardest. That’s money gone from the bottom line of Canada’s manufacturers and agricultural sectors, already in disastrous straits, which will hurt their ability to hire more Canadians. And the revenue generated by this tax will rise each and every year, as Trudeau increases the levy from $10 per tonne to $50 in only a few short years.

Leviathan

Leviathan or The Matter, Forme and Power of a Common-Wealth Ecclesiasticall and Civil—commonly referred to as Leviathan—is a book written by Thomas Hobbes (1588–1679) and published in 1651 (revised Latin edition 1668).[1][3][4]

That will amount to over 50 billion a year right into Justin’s hip pocket, right next to the little bag of medicinal dope and the flock of Canadian Media Geese. And just like our national “bird” the only thing the Canadian Media Geese leave us with is a lot of goose poop all over our lawns and parks as they flip US the bird from their comfortable taxpayer funded corner offices and watering holes in downtown Ontario.

These are all pretty big numbers I guess. Certainly way bigger than my pension cheque or even  Justin’s monthly trust fund benefits. Maybe we should remind ourselves of just what a billion is.  Check out this post here for the answer to the billion dollar question and skip on down half way to the part on BIG NUMBERS.

Over the past two years, Trudeau’s (and Rachel’s) out-of-control spending habits prove just one thing – The carbon tax will only exist to pad government coffers even more to spend on Liberal pet projects!

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”
– C.S. Lewis

And what conscience would that be, Mr. Lewis?  Surely there could be nothing remotely resembling a conscience among a priesthood of brights drowning in the sea of their own self-worship?  Indeed, Leviathan as evil personified and actualized in our day …

Cheers

Joe (The Grumpy Neanderthal from Alberta)

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Can’t Ya Just Feel The Love?

 

“Desolation Row”, Bob Dylan, (1965)

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Election Protests in Oregon Love-In

The Donald stated that he believed the election process was rigged – that certain coastal elites and academics  and their charges unduly influenced the outcomes of elections by processes “not entirely open” and, dare we say, even “illegal”.

Dead voters? Hanging chads? Busing voters to the poles? Transporting ballots to the poles on behalf of voters? Intimidating voters by stationing thugs outside poling stations? Bomb threats and other questionable activities against polling locations? The list is endless.

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Election Protests California Love-In

In the aftermath it sure appears that he was right, right down the line. It sure appears from the outburst of all the protests we are seeing via the media (who are blaming it on Trump) in the heart of KoolAide land.

Those same coastal tribes are now so upset that the “riggers” were unable to hijack the process enough to affect the outcome. The “riggees” just ignored the mainstream media meme and turned out in droves to vote for the “Great Satan.” The millions of voters in flyover country just stepped up and told the ruling elites and the academic drones and the media vampires to F.O.D!

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Election Protests Texas Love-In

This figurative spit in the eye of the establishment and their minions has driven legions of worshipers of the Great God Tash completely frothing barking mad.

Have you ever noticed how these paragons of womanly liberal virtue always have their mouths wide open? Why do you suppose that is?

orcsSo ladylike … so attractive … so liberated. Just look at it!  Every damned picture of protest! Liberal Women with their mouths WIDE OPEN! Go figure… Such beautiful little orcses …

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Election Protests in Georgia Love-In

And of course they have to finish their latte, unfriend every Facebook contact who supported Trump, and ensure that their protest message signs are grossly misspelled in the most lurid fashion.

But then they can immediately turn  to extremes of violence, shootings looting, vandalism,  and rhetoric we have not witnessed since the Chicago Democratic Convention of 1968.

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Las Vegas Love-In

This behaviour is their signature sign, their tribal trademark, their leitmotif, by these works shall you know them.

Wherever the Left gather violence and evil soon follow.

Trump has sworn to drain the swamp in Washington, but an important first step would be to close all the morally doubtful schools and universities and remove the academics who run these puppy mills of progressivism and produce these legions of zombies.

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A Liberal Love-In

Right now they are especially easy to identify, both the sites and the perpetrators.  Simply take attendance in every lecture hall and close every institution where most  students and professors are absent. After the ground of this weed infested field is plowed up, salt it with a black list ban on any of the perpetrators both student and professorial ever working at any job or receiving benefits of any sort, anywhere, any time, in the good old U.S.A., eh?

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More Love for Those who Disagree with Liberals

Who knows? They obviously don’t want to live in the “The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave”  Maybe they will find employment with Al Jazeera protesting the elections in Iran or Syria? I would actually pay to see THAT video.

That would free up vast amounts of valuable resources and positions for those who want to contribute to the nation, rather than wishing to destroy the custom made tit they have been sucking on all their progressive lives, and which has kept them fat and happy in their self worship at the expense of millions of truly good folks who have had no recourse for 6 decades.

When we look across all the locations of strife and disaster around our modern world, all around our planet, everywhere we see these same faces – Except that in those places they are actually running the show, not losing elections, and it only takes a few moments of observation to see how well that turned out.

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Philadelphia Love-In

At any given moment we are only a vote away from the progressive tyranny taking over, The tyranny of self worshiping “I am right no matter what and any one who disagrees with me should be eliminated, right Hillary? OH LOOK! MORE OPEN MOUTHS!!!

Just look at the faces above – see any love there? See any compassion? See any fraternal charity? See any desire for peace on earth? – you GOT it!!! Nothing but hate for anyone and everything which does not agree with their views. Every lovely little unshaven prettily made up young student face just praying their little hearts out for the Liberal Final Solution.

looks-just-like-the-middle-eastRefusing to face this reality doesn’t change anything. We still get the Gulag and the Work Camp at the end of EVERY Liberal road. There is no path to compromise which does not end in a death camp. This is the Liberal solution “The Final Solution” to every view which disagrees with whatever they believe in.

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Gestapo Concentration Camp

Every dead person in this little black and white picture would have voted for Donald as the lesser of two weevils, and all the smiling faces above put them there with malice aforethought.

Don’t take my word for it, just browse on over to “Being Liberal” to appreciate the sheer magnitude of this cloaca of vitriol which passes for Liberal “thought”. Just taste and see what Liberals want with every fiber of their being – and they want to do it to you!

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Vandals having a Love-In in Portland while demonstrating the inevitable results of all Liberal thought.

They want to destroy everyone who dares to disagree with their point of view. All the millions of “yous” who didn’t vote for Hillary.

All of US! All the millions and millions of bitter clingers, and evil military industrial complexers, and every

policeman, every fireman, every plumber,

Aragorn leads the allies to the Black Gate in an attempt to distract Sauron from seeking out Frodo, Sam and the Ring. But Sauron's army is much larger, and Aragorn is losing the battle. Their hopes rest with Frodo.

Trump supporters find themselves under surprise attack in their peaceful democratic homeland

every pilot, and  surgeon, every electrician, every farmer, every mechanic, every housewife, every member of the military, every gas station owner, every shopkeeper … just think about the sheer magnitude and arrogance of it!

Every living soul in the Grey Tribe that keep their little pink buttocks out of the fire and nosed into their dinner every day of their useless polluting lives need to be eliminated. Well who knew?  And here we thought this was a democracy that prided itself in justice, fairness, and rule of law.

Later Gater … Gotta swamp to drain, eh? (and I’m not even American – although lots of my relations live in flyover country, USA)

Joe

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Ortona Cimitero Canadese – final resting place for the D-Day Dodgers, right Lady Astor?

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw The torch;

be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow …

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Life in a small town, Politics and Economics

The Revenge of the Bitter Clingers

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

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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 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“.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures and declares "You're fired!" at a rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, June 17, 2015. REUTERS/Dominick Reuter TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RTX1GZCO

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 (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 …”

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

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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.

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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, along with Carl Sagan, and quite a few other heroes now know the Truth face to face.

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Rachel Notley

His 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 the NDP anti-oil agenda. )

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

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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 some one 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.

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.

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..

 

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Are The Elites Out Of Touch?

cooling-towersThis blurb is just the gathering of info, or what passes for info, from around the net. How can that be seen as uncharitable? Am I making judgements here or just allowing others’ to reach conclusions on their own by presenting disparate items in a targeted sequence? Allusions and aspersions all in the same slough.

Solipsism (Listeni/ˈsɒlᵻpsɪzəm/; from Latin solus, meaning “alone”, and ipse, meaning “self”)[1] is the philosophical idea that only one’s own mind is sure to exist. As an epistemological position, solipsism holds that knowledge of anything outside one’s own mind is unsure; the external world and other minds cannot be known and might not exist outside of the mind. As a metaphysical position, solipsism goes further to the conclusion that the world and other minds do not exist.

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The Canadian Taxpayer’s Federation (CTF) has come out swiftly against the federal Liberals’ carbon tax plan, saying it will cost the average Canadian family $2,569 more in taxes every year by 2022. The plan, revealed in the House of Commons today, will establish a “floor price” on carbon pollution of $10 a tonne in 2018, rising to $50 a tonne by 2022.

Will whoever replaces the Liberals as the Natural Governing Party of Canada continue with these policies or roll them back? Has any government in this country or anywhere, when returned to power after a hiatus, ever rolled back policies which the opposition decried when out of power. Brexit comes to mind but that wasn’t about the revenue, was it? Anyone remember that roll back happening ever when revenue was the question?  I don’t remember a single incident except when it involved changing spending priorities rather than rolling it back. It was that way with the old helicopter scandal under Chretien.

AlaskaPipeline-e1447444783580In other news: Saskatchewan’s first blast of wintry weather has hit the province hard. By the morning, up to 40 centimeters had fallen on some communities and according to Environment Canada, another 10-15 cm was expected to fall during the day.

cypress-hills-snowSo we NEED to do this carbon tax thingy to save the planet for our children … right? While colder winters continue to rise in the U.S., many aren’t sure which factors to attribute such extreme weather and freezing temperatures to.

The question might be posed, how can it be global warming when it snowed in places like Phoenix and Las Vegas last year? The truth is, global warming doesn’t just mean the earth is supposed to turn into an all-out fireball. To the skeptics, however, the persistent weather and climate changes are dismissed as pure happenstance. Is global warming even real?

Whatever the proponents and skeptics say, we can be absolutely certain that this new Canadian Carbon Tax is ABSOLUTELY NOT just another tax grab in a long line of tax grabs by government under many names. The Federal and Provincial governments would NEVER lie to us, eh?

justin-trudeau3Funny how the 40’s tune “D-Day Dodgers” popped up when I heard Justin declare he would prefer to make mistakes while speaking “ rather than to be inauthentic … and hyper-controlled and totally scripted the way other people are.”

Mr. Trudeau, like Lady Astor, standing on a platform and talking tommyrot, just like the D-Day Dodgers we are, we workers who have no say, and who pay for all the government folderol. And of course why should Justine care a wit since he doesn’t pay any of his own bills and never has in this life – born with a silver spoon and moved on from Daddy’s fortune to the taxpayer’s dollar in one smooth progression.

SO!  Pop Quiz! Another time – same government –  same party, who remembers inflation and indexing in the 80’s? Why wasn’t the income tax grid indexed? Why was the income tax level the ONLY item not indexed by the Federal Liberals? I guess Mr. Martin figured Canadians were too stupid to notice this HUGE stealth tax grab, and even if they did they probably would not leave, or the government could always just lie about it.

I guess Mr. Martin was right, eh? Poor, poor Canadians, so smug and naive in their practically perfect lives, in their practically perfect country, practically perfect in every way. hmmm. And, should doubts ever arise you can always rely on CBC, CTV, and Macleans for your daily Koolaid ration. What? Me Worry? PM Zoolander (aka PM selfie) has to be the attention whore….always tries to make himself centrestage. Never miss a good photo-op, eh?

And in OTTAWA — Justin Trudeau has heard the naysayers. He knows “cynics” say he’s all flash and no substance, and that there are those who believe Canadians are turning out to see him only because of his famous last name and good looks. He knows some are wondering how he, of all people, can claim to want to fight for the middle class, or when the next time he’ll put his foot in his mouth will be.

That’s okay, he says in an exclusive interview with Postmedia News: “My values and my heart are in the right place. My challenge is to have people get to know me.” But will that pay the heating bills at -40 degrees Celsius?  Does anyone outside of Ottawa and Toronto really think a nice shiny new carbon tax will do anyone in Canada any good at all, and if so, who?

So the question remains: Are The Elites Out Of Touch?  This isn’t a new meme; nor is the notion that the “little people” can’t look after themselves; nor is the reality that folks would rather believe what they think they know than what they actually know because at the root of it all we actually know nothing. And it is what we don’t know we don’t know that always bites our ass.

And here is another version of that 40’s tune ” The D-Day Dodgers” . I guess it reflects the perennial reality, and the media of the day were as cavalier with the truth then as they are now – anything goes in pursuit of a good lead.

pope_francis_marriage_remarks_810_500_55_s_c1Back then, “D-Day Dodgers” was a term for those Allied servicemen who fought in Italy during the Second World War, a rumour spread (anonymous source?) during the war that the term was publicized by Viscountess Astor, a Member of the British Parliament, who supposedly used the expression in public after a disillusioned serviceman in Italy signed a letter to her as being from a “D-Day Dodger.”

Of course, there is no record that she actually said this, in or out of Parliament, and she herself denied ever saying it.[1] What can we ever know when even the Pope changes transcripts of what was said at events.

800px-ortona_cimitero_canadese_05A reference to a “D-Day Dodger” was bitingly sarcastic, given the steady stream of allied service personnel who were being killed or wounded in combat on the Italian front. A “Dodger” is someone who avoids something; the soldiers in Italy felt that their sacrifices were being ignored after the invasion of Normandy, and a “D-Day Dodger” a reference to someone who was supposedly avoiding real combat by serving in Italy, whereas the reality was anything but.

Just another classic case of an idea which the elite got totally wrong, and the folk ran with because of their personal leanings pro or against the government of the day or perhaps the particular MP in question. Nothing much changes under the sun as long as people are involved. I bet the Roman Empire’s media were the same as ours are now, just slower because they had no internet.

Whatever … we watch the media spin the story, along for another wonderful progressive ride, just like the D-Day Dodgers on their way to Casino, but thankfully not taking enemy fire (yet).

Cheers

Joe

wheat-harvest-timeAlways remember, “Be charitable in your judgements, and never take yourself too seriously”

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Life in a small town, Politics and Economics

Considering Election Results …

Dire Straits, Money For Nothing, Chicks For Free,

As we try to figure out what the election results mean, here are a few insights:

After striking out in the big vast world, Justin Trudeau has returned home to the place he was raised (24 Sussex Dr.), finding it just a bit too scary out there in the real world.

On the flip side, Mr. Harper woke up to quite likely his worst nightmare. He woke up as a regular Calgary citizen with a Muslim as his Mayor, the NDP running his province, and the Liberals running his country….

Me, I have been busy as hell with my renovation project and trying run things after one staff person retired and the other can’t work in a dusty environment because of Asthma. Every day is one non-stop adrenaline rush and how one feels about things depends entirely on one’s viewpoint.

How the world looks, and how one handles it is very much a head game and one can choose to be freaked out or one can just keep on clubbing little dragons until you run out of clubs or they overwhelm ya.

AND …   WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE!!!!!!  BWAHAHAHA. Bet ya didn’t know that Life was a fatal STD.

Cheers

Joe

This Too Shall Pass

“When going to a Party with wine, women, and song. Always ascertain the vintage of the first two.”

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“plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose”

220px-Alphonse_Karrplus ça change, plus c’est la même chose“, Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr (24 November 1808 – 29 September 1890) was a French critic, journalist, and novelist. His epigrams are frequently quoted, and the title line is one of his best. Another was on the proposal to abolish capital punishment, “je veux bien que messieurs les assassins commencent”  “let the gentlemen who do the murders take the first step”, or “I wish the assassins to go first”, a view which I share.

Any time the system rewards bad behaviour the society always and everywhere get more bad behaviour. The never was a time in history when treating bad folks well caused them to rehabilitate themselves.

So, as anyone who is even slightly awake can attest to, the river of change is never ending, and yet we always seems to repeat the mistakes of the past.  I often think of time and change as the wind that blows away the chaff of our lives leaving only the important kernels of value behind.

Of course, to benefit from those kernels one has to actually pick them up and digest them and their wisdom and change one’s behaviour if one wants to “improve” one’s life.  Unfortunately, many seem to trundle along like so many cattle, chewing their cultural cud and treading the grains underfoot, the proverbial pearls before swine.

Still working away on my year-end. Have mostly fixed all the disasters resulting from the chaotic family disaster of May and June 2014 and will be wrapping things up shortly.  Had a nice long conversation with a friend, who also happens to be my accountant. I’ve known him for almost 20 years now. He informs me that there are major changes in our tax structures pending over the next two years. Seems that our tax rate here is set to increase from 14% to around 32% over the next two years. Hmmmm. Not great looking down the road.

NDP imagesNo surprise at that development since the cattle (OOOps, voters, my bad) here elected a mob of rabid socialists/communists known popularly in the resistance as Rachel and her Merry Band, robbing from the “rich” and giving a little to the poor along the way for good photo ops. Of course, most of their loot always goes to their Organized Labor voting base with little left over for the genuine poor and seniors and all those “useless” folks for whom we will soon be buying a new fleet of Mercy Vans to help recycle the used parts. What’s that you say??? “MOOOOOO’ve on”!  Right!  Whole lot of thinkin’ goin’ on there.

Combine a local tax rate of 32% with an exchange rate of 1.32 against the US dollar where a lot of our vendors are based, and the possibility of interest rate hikes following the next Federal election  to fix the exchange rate plunge, which would almost  certainly trigger a hike in the inflation rate (maybe double digits like we saw in the 80’s)  and the rosy complexion of the face of Canada starts to look decidedly Liberal, Leprous and Loser!

Rickards400Our jurisdiction is steadily moving from  the most business friendly Province in the Dominion to the most hostile and restrictive, and the so-called “Alberta Advantage” has been pissed away in an orgy of “TAX THE RICH”. And of course the “RICH” who usually have significantly more brains and a better understanding of how the world works, have already left or are in the process of leaving and the brunt of this will fall on the small business owners who have enough brains to see and understand what is going on (legal now in Canada) but not quite as much money as the “Rich” to take flight until the storm blows over.

Canada is not immune to “hitting the wall.” It doesn’t happen just to Third World countries. Some examples of OECD countries that experienced foreign exchange crises related to large government and current account deficits are Italy (1974), the United Kingdom (1976), Denmark (1980), Italy (1981), Ireland (1981), Belgium (1982), New Zealand (1984), Australia (1985), Sweden (1992) and Italy (1992). The typical response was a serious devaluation of the country’s currency, rising interest rates (double digit), fiscal austerity (major cutbacks in all government programs), and sharply rising unemployment in all sectors except those employed by governments at all levels.

Italy’s experience (1992) and New Zealand’s crisis (1984) and its aftermath may provide some insight into what Canada could expect if the Liberals or NDP take power in the upcoming Federal election and as they have promised, reverse the steady Conservative trend towards budget surpluses and reducing debt. Not only are Liberals and NDP unwilling to take the necessary actions to reduce the debt burden and spending but have promised in writing and in the media to dramatically increase spending. Don’t take my word for it, just take a look at all the information online and short order you will have “the facts M’am, just the facts”.  Of course they might go against what you get from your cool aide in which case just … “whatever …”.

The New Zealand crisis in 1984 provides an interesting example of what happens when a country “hits the wall” and its government has the political will to take longer-term corrective action. For a short time investors refused to buy New Zealand government bonds. The New Zealand dollar was devalued and a strict fiscal austerity program was introduced. The government removed subsidies from all sectors and virtually abolished quantitative import controls. State business enterprises were “corporatised” and, in many cases, sold off. Monopoly rights were removed from all government departments and internal product markets were significantly deregulated. Over a number of years, the New Zealand tax system was overhauled.

Canada dodged the bullet in the 80’s  by actually cutting back enough on spending and raising interest rates such that we wiggled through. Of course the Liberals giggled all the way to the bank because they also encouraged high inflation, and indexed everything except tax brackets. It was a massive “stealth” tax hike which moved even the poorest Canadians much higher in the tax brackets and no one in authority has ever acknowledged the scam.

So, is it time to start restructuring to adjust to the coming evils, or is it time to start looking abroad?  Many factors to consider in such a search.  Economic Performance, Social Networks, Cultural Factors, Crime, Housing, Business Climate, Natural Climate, Rule of Law, Education, and so on. My personal bias’s are towards English Speaking nominally Christian cultures and countries in the British tradition, that is tracing their roots to the British Empire and it’s traditions.

First thoughts are balanced between adjusting the business model and staying put OR cashing in all the chips and emigrating to somewhere like Australia or new Zealand, or wherever. I am cognizant that the grass is always greener and every culture and economy has it’s own set of problems. I think both the Australian and New Zealand economy is in about the same crappy shape as Canada’s, and I have seen a good part of the crappier social side of Canada in the Justice Dept, the Education system and the Healthcare arena, and I believe that Progressive Bureaucracies are a Global plague. So one needs to be very careful before jumping lest one wind up in the fire yelling W.T.F!!!! For example, just take a short read at Forbes about New Zealand.

Anyway, as the Socialists and the Progressive takers take more and more of the maker’s resources the maker’s will make less and less and eventually move on. The problem is “WHERE in the World …?” Meanwhile, batten down the hatches and prepare for a storm. Of course we can always hope that John Cleese got it right and no-one will get hurt

Cheers

Joe

cdn-ddh-heavy-weather-87471.jpgOh well, been there, done that, how bad can it get?

 

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Pen as Sword - Social Commentary, The Inner Struggle

Sic Transit Gloria Mundi …

The phrase appeared in Thomas à Kempis‘s 1418 work The Imitation of Christ: “O quam cito transit gloria mundi” (“How quickly the glory of the world passes away”).

The phrase was used in the ritual of papal coronation ceremonies between 1409 (when it was used at the coronation of Alexander V) and 1963, and fell out of use (or was removed) during or shortly after Vatican II.

Is it perhaps that the Church at that time was losing site of it’s mission? It’s mission to focus on saving souls and the next life? Did the Church start trying to move to a more “temporal” “relevant” place, a kind of progressive revolution to conform  more with the “Modern World” and the “Gloria Mundi”, than with Christ’s teachings? Or maybe Saint John Paul II was Pope for so long that they simply forgot about it.

I know from personal experience that the progressives took “The spirit of Vatican II” and ran with it to places the conciliar fathers never dreamed of going. Sic Transit. Kind of like a large pimple on their collective juvenile progressive noses they squeezed for all they were worth and the pus squirted everywhere, contaminating and infecting everything. At the time, knowing very little, and being very full of myself, I felt that my church had left me first and so I had little compunction about leaving the church myself. Ah, the vanity of youth.

Placing the temporal rewards of power and prestige and influence on a higher pedestal than the next life would be understandable if one was only discussing the works of men. But 盛者必衰  “The prosperous inevitably decline, the full inevitably empty”. This is Christ’s Church we are talking about.

Back in 2013, Salon Magazine ran an article titled: “Is Pope Francis a Fraud?” which plays to all the embittered ex-catholic wanna-be’s who are covered by Chesterton’s famous comment: “Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried”.  I guess you can follow Church teachings, or you can just get your faith and philosophy from Salon. Your call.

Any human who thinks that there is a necessity for the One Holy Roman Catholic Church to seek conformity with the progressive modern world to retain relevance is patently insane and never was a thinking person to begin with. They lack the courage of their convictions, the courage to stand on their own two feet and declare unambiguously “Non Serviam!” Instead they want to hide their deviance behind the vestment of “Catholic”. Sorry, there are only saints and sinners in the Catholic Church, If you want respectability go Anglican or Episcopalian.

To conform with progressive modernity would be to cease to exist as the Roman Catholic Church.

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Juan de Valdés Leal, Finis gloriae mundi (1672). Seville, Hospital de la Caridad

“Amateur philosophers of our day are saying, writing and publishing a lot of ‘novelties’, and until now the ‘progressive’ calls himself the one, who said something so “wise”, like, there is no God, human reason above all else etc. It might seem, that this is really something new. Yet by no means. This is as old as the world, and even older.” – St. Maximilian Kolbe (THE SAME OLD THING. RN 4 (1925) pp. 1-3)

“. . . socialism, takes advantage of the miserable condition of the worker, in order to inoculate him with the poison of disbelief. We see how the Bolsheviks (or any statist regime, in our own time and place, Obama and the U.S. Government or the NDP and Liberals in Canada)  trample on religion. We hear the teachings of the materialists, who wish to reduce the universe to that which we only know immediately by the senses and so persuade themselves and others that there is no God nor the soul.” – St. Maximilian Kolbe (THREATENING DANGER. RN 2 (1923) pp. 2-4)

 

Perhaps David Warren sums it up well in one of his latest life or death posts: “For humans are enveloped in a moral field that excludes the plants and animals; each one of us a special creation. (See Catechism.) A fundamental humility and caution when tampering with nature is not a bad thing; we should cherish her. But, cherish by integral moral commandment; not because other creatures have any “rights.” (We have only what rights we can defend; they have only what we bestow.)

Here I refer to the order of Love — quite distinct from the order of sentimentality, vividly presented just now in public wailing over the harvest of Cecil the Lion, by people prepared to overlook the destruction of millions of human babies, and the harvest of their body parts by e.g. the Doktor Mengeles of Planned Parenthood“.

Cheers

Joe

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Pen as Sword - Social Commentary

Liberal Hypocrisy … Justin as “Statesman”

I see a really simple comparison, a litmus test of thinking ability as it were, which reveals the mind set and moral values of our erstwhile self proclaimed “Natural Ruling Party” lead by Bieber Trudeau.

It involves two simple searches and a direct question for all Liberal supporters everywhere.

First, Google “Nazi Atrocities” and feast your eyes on a long litany of horrifying events and actions which the entire world of the 1940’s recognized as evil and which the whole world believed it was worth dieing to stop.

Second, Google “ISIS Atrocities” and feast your eyes on an absolutely horrifying litany of events and actions which are even worse than the NAZI atrocities because of what they say about this enemy.

In the 40’s, even the Nazis tried to hide the evil that they did, because at some level even they understood that what they were doing was evil.

In 2015, ISIS flaunts every gruesome detail, broadcasting it gleefully to all the world on the internet in bloody living colour.

Is it because they and their leftist, liberal supporters and apologists worldwide do not know or care about moral evil? Is it that they don’t recognize evil as evil? Do they see this as “just another lifestyle” choice which they “shouldn’t be judgmental” about?.

They appear to be perfectly comfortable with beheading and crucifying children, raping and torturing people to death in  a proliferation of horrifying ways that leave even Hollywood gore masters breathless with envy and in general inflicting the most misery possible on all they come in contact with. Is this where the progressive ideal is headed?

Can it be that the reason Liberal Progressives like Bieber Trudeau don’t want to stop this evil is because they sincerely don’t feel it is evil. They seem to have no moral compass and the only emotion they seem to feel is envy for ISIS’s courage to just kill their opponents. Is this another manifestation of the universal family of Orcs?

Would they do the same things themselves in a second if only they thought they could actually get away with it? Do they simply lack the courage to come out into the open, to put their desires into practice because they know that our society is “still not ready” for such actions? If you have any doubts about why I ask these questions simply pay a visit to the site “Being Liberal” and read the comments. You see a rolling litany of uncontrolled vitriol, an endless diatribe against everyone and anything that threatens their preferred lifestyle.

I experience a serious temptation to answer a resounding YES! to all of the above questions. That is the only reasonable human explanation which makes sense of all the observed data. But isn’t it more likely that this temptation is only another attack by the father of lies in his never ending work of sowing dissent and hatred throughout the human world.

The Book of Wisdom tells us that God is the author of life. God created and fashioned human beings as well as all creatures, that we might have life. We were created in His image and likeness. We are called to holiness. In contrast, we also read that death is the work of the devil, the result of the envy that the devil had for the life giving creation that God brought about.

The Book of Wisdom is clear. Our choice is life or death. We can choose to follow God and his life giving ways, or we can belong to the devil’s company and experience death. Denying that there is a choice or pretending that one “didn’t know” doesn’t absolve anyone of culpability in these choices.

My choice is to pray for all those who live in the culture of death, in all its many manifestations, that they may personally see Truth, and hear the Lord say to them “Talitha cumi”.

It takes courage to live through suffering; and it takes honesty to observe it. C. S. Lewis

To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless. G. K. Chesterton.

Cheers

Joe

ZombieThis is just about the tamest item I could find to present on that loving peace-centred flagship of Liberal Thought (aka “Being Liberal”). Like Bieber Trudeau, it is just infantile.

 

And as usual, nitpickers can go pound sand. I do this just to piss you off.

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