A last word on Toon in and see ya later

If you want any change in DC, you have to fire the Senate. This doesn’t mean getting rid of the GOP Senator and replacing IT with a Donkey. Get rid of the Party critters and put in people that are not lawyers, local politicians or TV hucksters. No Pastors, priests or nuns either, they have their own agenda and have the practice of running auto dà fé street shows once in power.

Try farmers, plumbers and electricians for a difference. That’s what the Founding Fathers had in mind anyway.

This is it for me. I’m tearing out the built ins this afternoon; the painters are starting Wednesday. That gives me time to tape up the holes in the walls and get out of the way. I’ll be back after Labor Day.
For now I’m off faster than a prom dress in the motel room.

Toon in

All this courtesy of CONGRESS, House and Senate and both Parties taking turns

Screwing the Pooch.

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Historical happenings

7/31/1792 ~ Cornerstone laid for 1st US government building: US Mint in Philadelphia

7/31/1813 ~ British invade Plattsburgh NY

7/31/1948 ~ US President Harry Truman dedicates Idlewild Field (now Kennedy Airport), NY

Ponder this

If all printers were determined not to print anything till they were sure it would offend nobody, there would be very little printed.

~ Benjamin Franklin

Another Eco-Nazi epic fail

Once more the Watermelons, in an attempt to dictate how everyone shall live, screwed the pooch.

Low energy LED lightbulbs could be giving us all HEADACHES because they flicker too much, expert warns

Energy-saving lightbulbs could be giving us all headaches as they flicker too much.

LED bulbs can bring on feelings of dizziness and pain within just 20 minutes of switching them on, an expert has warned.

Professor Arnold Wilkins, professor of psychology at the University of Essex, said the flickering of the unpopular lights is stronger than for traditional lightbulbs.

While fluorescent lights, such as those in offices, dim by around 35 per cent with every flicker, LED lights dim by 100 per cent. It means they effectively turn off and on again hundreds of times every second.

This can cause headaches by disrupting movement control of the eyes, forcing the brain to work harder. Flickering LED bulbs could double the chances of suffering a headache, based on previous research.

The warning comes as Britain is set to ban halogen lightbulbs completely next September under EU law. They are currently being phased out, with major retailer IKEA already only offering LED bulbs for sale. [snip]

A study from 1989 conducted by Professor Wilkins found fluorescent lighting which flickered 100 times a second doubled the chances of office workers experiencing headaches. LED lightbulbs can flash 400 times a second – four times as often.

Writing on the website The Conversation, Professor Wilkins said: ‘No similar study has yet been performed for LED lights. But because LED flickering is even more pronounced, with the light dimming by 100 per cent rather than the roughly 35 per cent of fluorescent lamps, there’s a chance that LEDs could be even more likely to cause headaches.

‘At best, it’s likely to put some people off using LED bulbs because of the annoying, distracting effect of the flickering, which we know can be detected during saccades.’

The risk of headaches may be particularly high while reading, when it is important to position the eyes carefully to scan the pages.

Flickering lightbulbs disrupt the control of this eye movements, making the brain use more energy to work harder, which has been linked to headaches.

It can also cause people to suffer visual anomalies, such as double or multiple vision. The lamp in front of you may look like two or three lamps because of this visual effect when a bulb flickers. [snip]

The flickering can be solved by buying a more expensive lamp, with a direct current rather than an alternating current so that the light is constant. But the lamp’s components may not last as long. [snip]

Those individual curly florescent bulbs are a toxic waste site if you drop and break one. Read the procedures for cleaning up the breakage and you won’t use them. No, you can’t just vacuum up the broken glass, you have to deal with the mercury.

I solved this problem back when the ban was going into effect. I bought two cases of 60w and a case of 75w incandescent bulbs plus four packs of 3-way bulbs and a case and a half of floods for track lights. Any fixtures I buy for the interior work just need A base sockets.

Screw the Watermelons.

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