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Loophole LaRue, SASS #51438

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  1. The part I found hilarious was Jill Stein's explanation on Fox, when asked how Russia could have affected voting machines that are not connected to the Internet; she deftly asserted hackers walk around and "... use a floppy disc thing". I wondered what had happened to floppy discs.....

     

    LL

  2. I'm thinking you're talking about public transportation. Why are you more important than the phone yap person?

     

    Actually, we are not talking about "public transportation". We're are talking about a common carrier, to whom I must pay a substantial ticket price. In exchange for that fee, I expect the carrier to keep flaming morons out of my face and my space. I can't just get up and walk away. Expect some nasty confrontations if the airlines force us to endure the boorish big mouths as they berate their employees and brag about their conquests.

     

    LL

  3. Too much hot water in a shower can be worse than not enough.

     

    I have a client that manufacturers shower valves. They were sued a couple of years ago when a hotel guest was scalded to death in their shower. This was odd, as the valve was equipped with a mechanical "stop" to prevent such occurrences. By law, the plumbing inspector was obligated to check the tub outlet in each bathroom with a thermometer, making sure that the "stop" prevented the discharge of water in excess of 120 degrees F. If this is done, the faucet cannot be turned further, and 120 deg. is the max that can be produced at the spout. However, this hotel was built on a thin budget, and to save money, the owner deleted one of the boiler systems called for in the plans. This over-worked the remaining boilers, leading to guest complaints of insufficient hot water in the rooms. To counter the complaints, the owner sent his handyman around to each room, with instructions to fully open all of the "stops". (You should have seen the looks on the hotel's lawyers' faces when that admission came out at deposition!) With the limits removed, the tubs discharged water as high as 190-200 degrees F. The victim, an elderly woman, was unable to get out of the stream of scalding water, and basically cooked in the tub.

     

    LL

  4. I guess you need to know....The shower at the top floor drains into the shower below....The hot water just flows down hill threw each room and shower....They never need to warm it up....Saves on gas to warm it up...

     

    TL

     

    Aw, come on!

     

    You cannot allow water that flows into the drain to re-enter the supply; that's unsanitary and violates every plumbing code that I'm aware of.

     

    And the cost of treating that water to make it potable again would usually exceed the cost of simply heating and pumping more water from a fresh water supply.

     

    Somebody is telling Tall Tales!

     

    LL

     

    ps: Some very sophisticated buildings have self-contained wastewater treatment systems, capable of treating gray water and bringing it back to potable standards; but those systems do NOT simply allow waste water to "drain down" into the supply system below. Drain water is piped to the treatment system, filtered, chemically treated, and after meeting certain purity requirements, reused. I'd be surprised to see this in your local Holiday Inn.

  5. Rubber soles?

     

    I have never seen a filter in a washing machine, driers yes, washing machines no. After I typed that, I googled it, sure enough some washers have filters, but they would never be fine enough to filter out the particles described in these reports.

     

    My washing machine wastewater does not go into rivers and oceans. it goes into my septic system.

     

    True that "Jackets get washed only from time to time" but I have observed some people who have no sense of that and washed everything that gets used very often.

     

    Yeah; mine too. But thinking about it some, that water ends up running through soil, and then in an aquifer, and then in your neighbor's well, and then in his mouth. I'm not sure that natural filtration through soils removes the fibers, either.

     

    LL

  6. I love fleece; much to my surprise, my local paper ran an article last week regarding an environmental concern regarding fleece. It seems fleece garments shed fibers like crazy in the wash, and the wash water (if it discharges into a municipal system) then deposits those fibers into streams and oceans and beaches - not good.

     

    Take a look here:

     

    http://www.outsideonline.com/2091876/patagonias-new-study-finds-fleece-jackets-are-serious-pollutant

     

    I may be headed back to wool and real fur.

     

    LL

  7. I confess...I have not popped popcorn in years.

     

    Around the Holidays, I gorge on gifts of caramel corn.

     

    The rest of the year, I like Smartfood - popcorn covered in white cheddar cheese (also available in Jalapeno Ranch and Caramel) .

     

    All popped, coated and ready for eating.

     

    Lazy.

     

    LL

  8. There’s a gentleman I’ve known for a number of years through Scouting. A local attorney, he has always been dedicated family man, very active in his church, and with a giving personality.

     

    Sheldon Feigel was a “Scout’s Scouter,” serving in a number of demanding positions, including Scoutmaster, WoodBadge Staffer, and more. He’s also a recipient of his district’s Award of Merit, and the Silver Beaver… and he’s credited with guiding a number of boys to earning their Eagle rank.

     

    At 0630 on January 15, 2014, evidently under the order of the state Attorney General, Kamala Harris, armed DOJ officers entered the home of Sheldon and his wife, Stacey. With guns drawn, they arrested the Feigels. Their children still in bed, and officers entered their bedrooms with guns trained on the kids (ranging in age from younger than 10 to late teens).

     

    Stacey and Sheldon Feigel were accused of being part of a real estate scam in which a California state law was abused to steal homes. The scam was a completely nonviolent crime in which Sheldon Feigel, who is an attorney, and his cohorts allegedly used false documents to get title to abandoned properties and resell or rent them - a totally non-violent crime.

     

    Feigel declared his innocence, and his attorney said he passed a lie detector test.

     

    Stacey was released, and Sheldon was detained.

     

    A hearing was to be held on February 03. As she entered the courthouse to participate in the hearing and support her husband, Stacey had a massive heart attack, and died.

     

    Almost three years later, there is justice – of sorts.

     

    Last Thursday, December 08, 2016, Sheldon received some relief. In an unusual move, a Fresno County Superior Court judge has not only dismissed the charges, but apologized to Sheldon for a nearly three-year legal ordeal during which his wife died and he was disbarred.

     

    Judge W. Kent Hamlin dealt a major blow to the high-profile California Department of Justice investigation. Hamlin granted the prosecution’s motion to dismiss the case against Feigel with prejudice, meaning charges can’t be refiled against him.

     

    “Honestly, as I look at this case, I am puzzled as to how you were ever charged in this case and I’m disturbed by everything I’ve read about this case and how you and your family were treated in this case,” Hamlin told Feigel. “And since you won’t get the apology from the attorney general or the Department of Justice, on their behalf I’ll apologize for them.”

     

    Prayers up for the Feigels, in that they may reassemble their lives.

     

    Justice...?

     

     

     

    HP:

     

    I don't know any of the details here, and it certainly sounds bad.

     

    But the first thing that popped up on a Google search was Feigel's disbarment memorandum, and it looks like he lost his ticket due to fabricating some Court orders related to the sale of a client's horses, and some other related misconduct - not due to the alleged real estate scam.

     

    http://members.calbar.ca.gov/fal/Member/Detail/160455

     

     

    LL

  9. As a kid growing up at the time of the Mercury program, John Glenn was Superman and Roy Rogers rolled into one. We were glued to the TV for every launch; our schools allowed us to go to the cafeteria at recess and watch a set that was brought in for just that purpose. He was the closest thing we had to a real-life hero.

     

    I really did not follow his political career; I choose not to be distracted from remembering him as one of the Seven.

     

    LL

  10. I chose to take both the "free" basic coverage and to buy more through the NRA.

     

    In a non-gun friendly state, I did not wish to give my homeowner's insurer any reason to not renew my coverage.

     

    I've had no losses, so I can't tell you whether the policies will be worth the cost.

     

    LL

  11. Forty:

     

    I'm no military historian or social scientist, but to my simple mind, (and acts of terror excepted), WWII was the last time that we were directly threatened, and the last time that the threat was so personal, immediate and overwhelming that we became totally unified. There was simply no doubt that we needed to participate in all out warfare, without reservation, in order to preserve our way of life. Collateral damage was regretted after the war, not a focus during the war.

     

    Most of the "actions" that followed were political creations, designed for "limited warfare" - an impossible concept. You cannot win a war with limited engagement. You cannot expose your people to deadly force, but tie their hands by limiting the scope of action or the quantum of force they can apply.

     

    It's like the bully on the playground - either put him down with your first, full effort punches, or be prepared to receive his response and endure an extended conflict.

     

    Problem is that we cannot seem to agree, as a nation, on whether we have the right to fight another all-out war. This leaves us bickering about how much is enough and how much is too much. When Gen. Schwarzkopf took the coalition up the gut of Iraq, it was the first time in my lifetime that we saw our military fight without limited rules of engagement or artificial restraint (that is, until they got near Baghdad). It was amazing, thrilling and darned effective. Compared with the quagmire of political indecision in Viet Nam, it restored our faith in our ability to operate effectively, given training, leadership and an open field. When Bush One halted the advance, I felt a pang of regret, mixed with the certainty that we would be back there in a few years; it happened sooner than I thought.

     

    Perhaps the concerns over a Secretary of Defense with a military background are overblown. I tend to believe that if war is justified, it should be all-out war, without restraint, without political limitation. There is no politically correct way to kill people. Do it fast, do it thoroughly, and when you are done, there will be plenty of opportunities to try to make friends again.

     

    LL

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