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Blue Mud...

Well...that didn’t go as planned to say the least.

Here’s my problem...were this a normal election between two corrupt candidates I wouldn’t be worried but...

I have a special needs child. Her care likely will no longer be supplemented by the government after this turnover. That means what little future my daughter may have will likely dissolve into dust. We will re-enter the age where Special Education classes are holding pens full of tempera paint and macaroni art.

I have gay friends. They will almost certainly be closeted and have their rights taken away. They’ll be openly or silently harassed more than they already are.

I have trans friends. The VP in this case openly supports “conversion therapy” which if you’ve never looked it up amounts to physical and mental torture.

I have black family. Their rights will continue to be attacked and reduced even further than they are. I fully expect more non-white people to die at the hands of police brutality. Maybe some of the good cops will start to rein in the bad but I doubt it.

I am Pagan. I don’t fit the image of White Christian ‘Merica. I will almost certainly have to cover myself in the same blue mud as the rest of my friends and family just to “fit in” lest I be called out as a heathen. “You don’t need that job! Go live in the forest until you can see God for who he is!” So much for Freedom of Religion.

My wife suffers from conditions that require medication. That cost will rise as restrictions on big business get loosened. I wouldn’t be surprised if our favorite pharma-douchebag were cleared of his securities fraud charges.

I have a diet which requires a lot of unprocessed food. Tell me that since a salad costs more than a Quarter Pounder I’ll be able to keep to that diet. Not likely. (I’m trying to avoid most of the comparisons to 1930’s Germany but my salad will likely require a wheelbarrow of dollars at some point.) I wouldn’t be surprised if home gardens were severely curtailed by law. They tried it once before and not too many years ago.

All government fees will likely go through the roof. Period. Gotta squeeze the public for those tax dollars.

I’m sure I could go on. Climate change, our country’s crumbling infrastructure, safety legislation, clean air, clean water, etc. All will be gutted to pay the topmost people their billions to trillions of dollars. (And remember folks according to the CEO of Nestle water isn’t a right. Don’t believe me? Go look that one up.)

I am currently part of the middle class, or what’s left of it, but that will only be this year. My wife and I have credit card debt and a sizable mortgage payment. These things alone, combined with the coming recession/depression and inflation, will push us below the middle class line.

The middle class, the class that invested in this country’s future, is going to disappear within a year.

Period.

Oh and all those of you that are clutching your guns? Keep a tight grip on them. Your right to them will disappear the first time one of them fires in the direction of our new president. They will be gone the moment he thinks he’s being threatened by them. And he’ll use that nice militarized police force he now has to do it.

Am I being paranoid? Yes. But given the track record of the people that just got elected and re-elected - I should be.

And so should you.

People say that you shouldn’t complain about a problem without proposing a solution.

Okay...her’s several things we CAN do.

1 - Barter. Barter goods and services between each other. Keep in mind you are supposed to pay taxes on barter but last I checked nobody is going to make you fill out a form about you feeding the guy that mows your lawn. Or the jar of canned green beans you gave to the neighbor who helped you change a flat tire.

2 - Keep anything you don’t want anyone else to know off the Internet. Go dark. The old-school term for this is Sneakernet. If you want someone to know something then get it to them in a way that doesn’t involve electronics.

3 - Don’t give up. Things look bleak. A lot of us will be homeless soon most likely. That’s not a prediction that’s a fact. The moment things like government fees and taxes go up, many people will cross the line from making-do over to poverty. And given the rhetoric of the people at the top very likely no help will come from that quarter. But that doesn’t mean no help will come. It’ll be there. In-between the houses, like the flowers that grow in the cracks in the concrete. It’ll just be harder to find.

4 - Any software developers out there work on strong encryption and give it away for free. Likely we can’t keep all data off the Internet. We’ve become far too used to being connected. There’s nothing wrong with that but those connections are not, and have really NEVER been, secure.

5 - Don’t die just to prove a point. Rub the blue mud with the rest of us. There WILL come a time when you can help make a change in what’s happening. It may take many years - I suspect a decade if the climate doesn’t kill us first - but the chance will arrive. You can’t do anything when you’re dead - but blue mud washes off.

6 - Help each other. It’s massively simple to crush one person. Anyone can do that. But when that person is attached to another person, and another, and another, it becomes much much more difficult to push them down. We will need all the help we can get. That help is only going to come from the rest of us.

7 - Believe. Believe in something better. It need not be a deity. Believe in the good in humanity. (Though right now that’s very difficult.) Believe in a brighter future. (Though it’s hard to see right now.) Believe we can survive this. Story after story of people that survived disasters (personal or otherwise) all have one thing in common - belief. They believed they were going to get through it and did. Something inside them didn’t lose that belief. This isn’t far fetched. People do this every day.

I...am going to try and go back to sleep now. The sad part is that the waking is now the nightmare...

Cross-posted from Dreamwidth ( http://nimitzbrood.dreamwidth.org/282087.html ) but feel free to comment here as well.




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ZOG!

Bummer.

One of my favorite personalities has passed on. I haz a sad. B5 was one of my biggest influences growing up. It was so much more real to me than Star Trek or Doctor Who.

RIP Mister Garibaldi. May the gods always stand between you and harm in all the empty places you must walk.

http://www.epictimes.com/07/28/2016/j-michael-straczynskis-s...

2016 feels like it's all about the universe taking things. :-(

I sure hope it gives us good things in return.




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Blah.

So...starting to come back up for air beyond posting on say Facecrack and such.

Not a whole lot of progress on much of anything. Stuck doing stuff just to survive and move forward.

Been watching a lot of Netflix when I should really be on the treadmill. But between work and misc stuff at home I'm so damn tired at times.

Here's hoping the time after Solstice/Yule will be better.

Cross-posted from Dreamwidth ( http://nimitzbrood.dreamwidth.org/280604.html ) but feel free to comment here as well.

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Nimitzbrood:2 Mice: 0

Dollar Store mouse traps + gel superglue + pretzel pieces == dead mice.

Longer post later this week.

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Hooray for friends!

mashblock came out today and helped me construct some barrier doors on the basement to keep the wind and snow out of the basement stairwell. (Thanks dude!)

Some simple bolts, some reclaimed wood, and some plywood sheet made what is essentially two swing-up doors that are slanted so rain and snow slide off of them into the yard. Because the wood isn't perfect, the rain runs right down the wall into the drain below - that means I haven't changed my drainage. Woot!

It wasn't that hard a job but it was damp and icky and I was very glad to have a friend come out and help!

I put some of the split foam "pool noodle" style pipe insulation around most of the edges to keep things from bumping and scuffing the side of the house. This also seals the doors against the side of the house - not to mention the gap between the two door panels. The one door has a warp to it so I will, hopefully tomorrow, screw a short 2x4 to the back of it to straighten it out and weigh it down a bit.

The final things to be done are to seal off the one end butting up against the deck so no airflow can go through there, then seal anything else with spray foam. Final item will likely be some kind of heavy "skirt" on the back stair edge. Something that will hopefully discourage animals from hiding down there and close out the last of the wind.

Bonus point: I don't have to take the storm door off after all! It actually swings all the way out without hitting the overhead doors. Sweet! Guess I'll keep that door after all. Probably figure out if I have the proper screen or glass for it finally.

Cross-posted from Dreamwidth ( http://nimitzbrood.dreamwidth.org/280100.html ) but feel free to comment here as well.




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Do Not Want!

LJ stop changing my default to your stupid FEED page instead of the Friends page. Thankfully I was still able to change it back. If I wanted a FEED page with infinite scrolling I'd reactivate my dead Tumblr account.




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So...I am an idiot...

Didn't think about something until it got cold again this year.

See I've been focusing on getting the basement sealed and one of the things I've been dealing with has been airflow under/through the old slat style door, It just seems to pass air under it like nothing despite what I do. (Yes I have tried all manner of draft dodgers and such. A permanent one is installed right now. The concrete is curved among other things.)

Well one of the issues is that the outside stairwell gets a lot of wind. It just occurred to me that I have everything but hinges and maybe some other small things to create an almost classic stairwell "cellar" door.

It'll keep the wind from buffeting the basement door and it'll be cheap too. So will probably pick up some hinges here this week, cut the boards and plywood I have in stock, and seal off that area.

Probably going to paint it black just to gather what little solar absorption I can. The angle in question might make it worthwhile to do something solar-heating-ish with it but that would probably make it to heavy to easily lift. And I need to be able to remove it so i can get the computer rack down here eventually.

Nice that I have almost all the parts though. :-)

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Sterno Heater idea...

Not sure if I posted this idea or not but right now I don't have the cash spare to build the prototype.

Get one of the mini sized metal trash cans with the lid. (5 gal I think.) Place four large lag bolts into it about 2/3 of the way down. Make sure they are level. Drill several small (1/4") air holes around the bottom edge and in the lid.

Take one of these:

http://ds5.org/5348

And place it in the can on top of the bolts.

Drill two 2" holes on opposite sides of the can as close to the top of the rim as possible. Buy two of these:

http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/NDUwWDYwMA==/z/5zUAAOxydlFS6E1T/$_35.JPG

Bolt them on the _inside_ of the can at the place where you drilled the 2" holes.

Connect them with exhaust flex pipe:

http://www.marindirect.com/hamb/flex_pipe.jpg

Attach an inexpensive 12V muffin fan to the outside of one of the flanges and power that using a 12V battery or brick or whatever.

Now at the bottom of the can, exactly in the center, place a large can of gel alcohol fuel - aka Sterno.

Light said Sterno. Sterno heats the radiant flowerpot heater, which heats the flex pipe, which heats the air that the fan blows. The pipe prevents the forced air from possibly disturbing the alcohol flame among other things.

For extra points wire in a thermostat to the fan circuit.

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Oh and one more thing...

...I talk on the phone ALL DAY _every_ workday.

There are times I don't want to talk on the phone.

This isn't because I'm angry at you.

This isn't because I don't want a connection with you.

This isn't because I don't want to hear what's going on in your life.

It's because I spend day after day with people with problems in my ear. I need to rest my ears.

So please don't call me more than once every week or two.

This includes friends.

This includes relatives.

This includes everybody.

Please read up on introverts.

Frankly I'm not getting any personal recharge time here and at some point I'm going to blow at you all if you don't back off.

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Okay this can stop now...

Went to take Bartek to the vet and got in Dorothy. Started her up and started down the road.

Generator light.

*sigh*

I'm hoping it's just the battery but it also smells like there is belt wear so maybe it's something else.

I'll figure it out this weekend and hopefully be mobile again.

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