Celebrities love electing liberal/progressive politicians to office. Celebrities love the regulations that dig deep into our daily lives that are put in place by liberal/progressive politicians. However, when something as cool as Uber comes along, suddenly they believe in the free market? How funny! They should not be asking their chosen leaders not to regulate Uber, they should be asking why the can industry must be regulated at all. I can answer that: money and power.
I am in the market for a new washer and dryer. Today, while reading reviews, I came upon this great comment by an anonymous person:
20) The problem with the washers now is that you can’t adjust the amount of water you use. The machine determines water levels. When you put in a small load of jeans, four pairs or so, for example, even if it’s a large capacity machine, the water level is so low- because the machine ‘reads’ the volume as being smaller-that there’s a drag on the washing motion. This is why the gears burn out. Repair diagnosis is always overloading, but I don’t think this is what’s really the cause. When I wash those four pairs of jeans, if I could add a little more water so the clothes move freely, there wouldn’t be as much of a drag and there wouldn’t be a problem.
This enforced passive water saving is idiotic. There are too many variables when washing clothes. No one wants to waste water, not just because we need to save water, but because most intelligent adults are always keeping an eye on expenses. Water isn’t free.
Back in the 70s there were no such things as water saving toilets, but you could flush with half the water if you filled a half gallon milk bottle with water and put it in your toilet tank. Hazzah! Cheaper water bill! (Yep, I did this!)
Now, I can’t even lift the lid of the washer once it starts to fill. It’s locked, not just when it spins, which makes sense, but when it fills. Supposedly for safety. My days of having a houseful of kids are over, and the last thing I need is a locked lid on my washer. Even when I had kids, I never had a problem. The only safety issue was the spinning not the filling. I’m guessing that the locked lid on filling might be so I can’t take a bucket and dump in more water? (Just a thought.) But I can keep calling a repairman, pay for all those repairs and/or finally end up having to buy yet another washer!
Yes, I understand that if you have small children you might need a locking lid on your washer. Especially if your child has access to the machine and is prone to tossing in toys, etc. This should be an option. Medications come in bottles with safety lids so kids can’t open them. But I can request that my pharmacist not use these, because they’re hard for me to open.
In the US, our government is supposed to be a bottom up government, not a top down government. We are supposed to have a consumer driven free market economy, not a controlled marketplace where what is produced is dictated by the government and pricing is determined by social (Political) agendas. This washer thing is truly frustrating, and we’re just accepting this enforced passive stuff. We complain about the problem but we don’t do anything about it. We can pay and pay and pay, but we can’t think for ourselves?
Personally, I’m going to find a good used appliance store and get a dependable reconditioned Maytag, like the one I had for 35 years-before these swell shiny new ‘green’ models caught my eye and jabbed my conscience. As for my conscience, I’m really in the clear, anyway. By buying an older, reconditioned washer I’ll still be doing my part. And I’ve always been a good conservationist.
Plus, I’m wondering if maybe making a dent in the sales of the new machines, and expressing dissatisfaction to representatives and congresspeople, might encourage lawmakers and manufacturers to re-think some of this? If I remember correctly with my passive, sluggish brain, that’s the way things are supposed to work, here.
From the Wall Street Journal article: Efforts to Curb Asset Seizures by Law Enforcement Hit Headwinds
Efforts to limit seizures of money, homes and other property from people who may never be convicted of a crime are stalling out amid a wave of pressure from prosecutors and police.
Their effort, at least at the state level, appears to be working. At least a dozen states considered bills restricting or even abolishing forfeiture that isn’t accompanied by a conviction or gives law enforcement less control over forfeited proceeds. But most measures failed to pass.
The fact that civil asset forfeiture continues to exist across the American landscape despite outrage and considerable media attention, is as good an example as any as to how far fallen and uncivilized our so-called “society” has become. It also proves the point demonstrated in a Princeton University study that the U.S. is not a democracy, and the desires…
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A key section of the USA Patriot Act, enacted in response to the 9/11 attacks 14 years ago, is scheduled to expire this weekend amid a debate in Congress over how best to balance the national security and privacy interests of Americans.
Overall, Americans hold nuanced views on the issue: A majority is against the government collecting bulk data on its citizens, and most believe there are not adequate limits on the types of data collected. But Americans do generally support monitoring the communications activity of suspected terrorists.
Continue reading this story at the Pew Research Center.
This will probably not pass, but they keep trying because someday..
This time, they are proposing registration scheme that would drive up the price of selling ammunition online and create a database of ammunition purchasers in the Department of Justice:
Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-12) will introduce a bill in congress Tuesday to place restrictions on the sale of ammunition online.
The bill would require that federally licensed ammunition dealers confirm the identify of their customers by verifying a photo identification and if those customers purchase more than 1,000 rounds within five consecutive days, their identifies would be passed along to the U.S. Attorney General.
“This gives the ability to monitor large ammunition purchases and flag them for law enforcement,” said Watson Coleman, speaking at a press conference at the Serenity Garden at the corner of Prospect Street and Bellevue Avenue in Trenton.
“There are plenty of ways that we monitor the purchase of firearms, but when it comes to…
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Newly published documents from the Edward Snowden archive show that researchers at MIT’s Lincoln Lab and Harvard University have worked with the NSA on a program called SKYNET, which uses bulk location and call records to look for patterns and associations. The program appears to be directed at Pakistan, although the underlying technology could be used to analyze data collected on Americans through the Section 215 dragnets.
The June 2012 document poses the question: “Given a handful of courier selectors, can we find others that ‘behave similarly’” by analyzing cell phone metadata? “We are looking for different people using phones in similar ways,” the presentation continues, and measuring “pattern of life, social network, and travel behavior.”
For the experiment, the analysts fed 55 million cell phone records from Pakistan into the system, the document states.
The results identified someone who is “PROB” — which appears to mean probably — Zaidan…
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America is no longer the land of the free. We are still free in the sense that Norwegians, Germans and Italians are free. But that’s not what Americans used to mean by freedom.
It was our boast that in America, unlike in any other country, you could live your life as you saw fit as long as you accorded the same liberty to everyone else. The “sum of good government,” as Thomas Jefferson put it in his first inaugural address, was one “which shall restrain men from injuring one another” and “shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement.” Americans were to live under a presumption of freedom.
Continue reading this story at WSJ.com