Thursday 19th January 2017


Proverbial panties taken down

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Ron Reflects on the Meaning of Labor Day

Just a note to my Tea Party friends in Red State Indiana. Folks, you have had your proverbial panties taken down, by the rabble rousers. They fired you up about draining the swamp of political insiders in our government. But, every single one of President elect Trump's cabinet appointees has been a corporate or government insider, every single one. And, in those states which elected Republical state legislatures,  such as Indiana, we are already seeing the working class under viscious attack. Read this, INDIANA GOP WANTS HIGHER GASOLINE TAX.

In case you can't figure out why they chose a higher gasoline tax, instead of say a higher state income tax, let me help you. The rich don't have to drive to work. Gasoline taxes are paid mostly by working class poor people who have to drive to work. In Indiana and other Red States, they are driving to low wage jobs with no health insurance benefits, so in the GOP mind set, they are the perfect target for a tax hike. They are too busy trying to surviveto complain. While if the state legislature taxes incomes, stock dividends, corporate profits or the purchase of yachts and private air planes, the rich will raise holy hell and buy a new set of state legislators.

Not pissed off yet? Consider this, the SAME piece of GOP legislation would create a TAX PENALTY for those Hoosiers driving electric cars.

 

Posted by Ron Nesler from New Harmony Indiana

 

 

Evangelical Christians

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I spend a lot of time on FaceBook. I have about 2000 FB friends from all across the political spectrum. I cast my friend net widely, because I like to hear what different sorts of people are thinking. Here is a scary discovery, I made this week end.  Lots of Evangelical Christians are saying, that President Trump's election was divinely inspired. They are saying that Trump is the instrument of Jesus, and he is going to wipe out ungodliness and "sin" among Americans. If you think I am making this up, get out on FaceBook and join some Evangelical groups to witness it for yourself.

This is scary stuff. I am pretty sure Trump himself knows he is not a direct agent of any diety, but I am equally sure, he will use this to the hilt to advance whatever agenda he has. Scary scary stuff. America, we have problems!

 

 

 

hugely satisfying application of brute force

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The View From New Harmony

Beneath my desk is an electric heater intended to keep my feet warm, while I mull and fret and tap away at my keyboard. The heater has an assortment of possible settings, the most dauntingly complicated of which is a timer setting. The complexity of the timer setting is roughly equivalent to trying to do math exercises using only Japanese characters. One of the many possible choices on the timer setting is to disable the timer, so that the heater runs continuously, until the thermostat (another separate setting) temporarily shuts the heater off, until more heat is needed, then turns the heat back on.

Setting the thermostat is wonderfully simple, you just move a little lever left or right to decrease or increase the temp setting. It is pretty clear to me, that since the thermostat setting controls the heat, that the timer, besides being Einstein level complex, is totally unnecessary.

The kicker is, that if the timer is not set in some manner acceptable to the design of the heater, nothing else works. No proper timer setting, no heat for you, Bucko.

I have been struggling with setting or disabling the timer for weeks now. My best efforts have produced heat that comes and goes erratically on some mysterious cycle completely unconnected to my need for warm feet. The bastard heater comes on and goes off at will, and has defied me to do anything about it.

Three A.M. this morning found me sitting in my underwear in my dim office, with the approximately seventy four pound heater balanced precariously on m lap and a heavy tactical flashlight tucked under my chin for illumination, and struggling to set the timer while reading the gibberish instructions on the manufacturers cheesy made in China website. I had been at this project, for about two hours, when rage at the metaphorical machine overcame me and I hauled off and whacked the heater directly across the timer control with the heavy tactical flashlight previously tucked under my chin for lighting.

Immediately upon being struck this heavy blow with the flashlight, the timer was disabled and the heater magically came on. That was about eight hours ago, and since then, the bastardly defiant heater has been running smoothly and going on and off at the instructions of its THERMOSTAT, and the evil and complex timer may go to Hell!

This is not only a major victory for mankind over mechanical devices, but it also reaffirms my life long belief in the efficacy of brute force over rebellious small appliances. Let me find my mallet, and we shall unstick the freaking toaster.

Posted from New Harmony, Indiana by Ron Nesler

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