Windshield Wipers For Hook Arm Type Of Attachment For Automobiles

This review is going to be very short.

Goodyear wipers are simply awful to install.  I had to view a YouTube video to get half the job done which required using a screw driver to force two parts to separate.  I then had a near impossible time sliding on the small plastic part that fits into the hook.  The design of this product is simply awful.  Not Recommended. 

If you are stuck with these Goodyear retarded blades, I recommend you view this YouTube video.  Problem for me is this video is incomplete and only showed half the process.

Michelin wipers are very simple to install.  Strongly Recommended.

There are other wiper blades available.  A review of the best can be found at Best Windshield Blades.

New Name For The US “Supreme” Court.

This blog has used, for years, the name for the United States ‘Supreme’ Court by putting the word supreme in quotes indicating that it is not supreme because it favors the rich and powerful over the common people.  It has not been the people’s court for a very long time and the situation is getting worse.  If Brett Kavanaugh is appointed to the court then this blog will change the naming of that court to Supreme Plutocracy Court to reflect it’s actual purpose which is to serve the wishes of the rich and not the needs of the citizens.

Plutocracy definition: government by the wealthy.

Supreme Court Justice Charts

See The Pattern For Turning The U.S.A. From A Democracy To A Plutocracy?

The “Supreme” Court is being stacked with appointments by the oligarch loving Republican Party. “The Republican Party gets much of its money from the extremely rich who stand to benefit from drastic reduction in government regulations and taxes.”

The Federalist Society “has evolved into the de facto gatekeeper for right-of-center lawyers aspiring to government jobs and federal judgeships under Republican presidents.”

The Federalist Society who vetted these right wing “Supreme” Court justices claims to follow the original intent of the U.S. Constitution but the pattern that follows is a disregard for maintaining our former Democracy and sliding it into a plutocracy. This is because the “Supreme” Court now favors business interests over the collective interests of the people.

The Federalist Society has a long list of Supreme Court members and with it expect diminished collective rights:

  • John Glover Roberts Jr.
  • Antonin Gregory Scalia (died)
  • Samuel Anthony Alito Jr.
  • Clarence Thomas
  • Neil Gorsuch

Trumps’ first “Supreme” Court appointment: Neil Gorsuch

Alphonse Maddin was driving a trailer truck in Illinois, January 2009. The outside temperature was 14 degrees below zero. The brakes on his rig failed. He called the company to send out help. He waited in an unheated cab for hours but no help arrived. He unhitched his trailer and drove to safety. The truck company had a rule that any driver who leaves his load unattended gets fired. Mr. Maddin had a choice to make, freeze to death or lose his job. He lost his job as a result of seeking safety. He appealed his firing to the Labor Department. Six judges decided he should not be fired. The only judge who disagreed was Neil Gorsuch.

Trump’s second “Supreme” Court appointment: Brett Kavanaugh

Brett Kavanaugh appears to favor the interests of large corporations over the interests of the common man and women. He appears to not support the definition of democracy, the interests of the whole population over the interests of large corporations.  This fact can be found in his decision against net neutrality where he stated that net neutrality regulations were unlawful and infringes on the Internet service providers.

Notice the pattern from Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh? Both men appear to favor business interests over the common man.

Plutocracy: A plutocracy or plutarchy is a society that is ruled or controlled by people of great wealth or income.

Democracy:  a system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives.

 

Posted September 26, 2018

Why Brett Kavanaugh should not be confirmed.

Brett Kavanaugh appears to favor the interests of large corporations over the interests of the common man and women. He appears to not support the definition of democracy, the interests of the whole population over the interests of large corporations.  This fact can be found in his decision against net neutrality where he stated that net neutrality regulations were unlawful and infringes on the Internet service providers.

Net neutrality is the principle that Internet service providers treat all data on the Internet equally, and not discriminate or charge differently.

Democracy is a system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives.

The United States is not a Democracy. Brett Kavanaugh appointment to the “supreme” court would further the United States move away from the rule of all the people.

Posted: September 26, 2018

Get out the vote and make this country a Democracy again.

I recommend that you watch Michael Moore on the Democracy Now show. The episode of particular interest for you to consider  is Michael Moore vs. Donald Trump in “Fahrenheit 11/9”: New Film Warns Our Democracy Is At Risk

Here is the part that Mr. Moore really clarified the current  situation facing this country:

Trump is the result of decades, decades of us allowing this country to go down a road that had very little to do with democracy and equal rights and what was fair, and very much toward letting the rich, letting corporate America, Wall Street run the show and call the shots.

So, when I say, for instance, that Donald Trump doesn’t care much about democracy and is trying to whittle away whatever he can of what we call our democracy, that’s really, to be fair to him, not really unusual. He’s a CEO. He’s a billionaire. Generally CEOs don’t run their businesses like democracies. They don’t like democracy. That’s not how they live. It’s not how they run their business. And as billionaires, they want to grab as much of the pie for themselves as possible. So they’re not into everybody having a slice of the pie or a fair slice of the pie or a seat at the table. So, he’s really just acting like most people of his class.

You know, I mean, I’ve got to believe if you’re a billionaire, you’ve got to really hate a system that says it’s one person, one vote. Because if we really are one person, one vote, that means there’s 325 million of us and probably less than a thousand of them. Imagine if you were on the other side, if you were one of them. That doesn’t look very good, because it means that 325 million can just suddenly pass laws and tell you what to do.

So the basic concept of our democracy is that, but they know that they’ve been able to run that show because they’ve bought it. They buy the politicians, they buy the elections, and they have most working people in such a box that they know that if they were to protest, if they were to speak out, if they were to whistle-blow, that would be the end of their income.

And starting with Bill Clinton, we began eliminating the safety net when you don’t have an income. And so, we’re now at the point where they’ve got those 325 million right where they want them—scared that they aren’t going to be able to pay next month’s bills. Best statistic I saw recently—maybe you saw it—that the majority of Americans, almost 67 percent, do not have enough money in the bank or in their pocket to, if a loved one passed away tonight, and they lived here in New York, and the loved one was in California, they don’t have the money for the plane ticket to go to California. In other words, they don’t have—the majority of Americans don’t have $400 to $500 available in any form to them at any moment.

That’s the America we live in, and boy, does the billionaire class love that, because that’s when you’ve got them. You don’t ever think about, when you’re in that situation, of complaining about what’s going on, starting a union or taking the day off to go to the funeral of a loved one.

Posted September 25, 2018
Revised September 26, 2018

 

If Donald Trump Was Put In Office Illegally.

If it is determined as a fact that Donald Trump became president through an illegal process and should be deposed, then it stands to reason that a roll back take place to allow Hillary Clinton, who actually won the election, take that office for a full term as follows:

  • Hillary Clinton will  become president for a full term of 4 years beginning when Trump is forced to leave office along with his staff.
  • The vice president is required to vacate his office along with his staff.
  • All “supreme” court appointments made by Trump are invalid and will be forced to resign.
  • All department heads appointed by the Trump administration including foreign service ambassadors and dipomats can be replaced by the new president.
  • All legislation signed by Trump is null and void unless approved by the new administration.
  • All congressional legislation that passed because of Vice President Pence making the deciding vote must be retracted.
  • All president cabinet positions should be vacated when and if replaced by President Hillary and at her discretion.
  • All cabinet officials policy measures, taken while in office with Trump, should be rescinded at the discretion of Hilary Clinton’s new administration allowing a period of her full 4 year term to make such determinations.
  • Any of the above requirements can be modified by the new president at her discretion.

How Did Trump Become President?

A pretty interesting list of why Trump won the election can be found at the CNN web site: How did Trump Win? Here are 24 theories.

Let me cover my own list below:

The Housing Crisis:

The Obama administration “did not go all out to punish those whose malfeasance and irresponsibility blew up the financial system and economy. This sense of injustice is one reason why the US has elected the wrecking crew…” Trump.  (1)

White Evangelicals:

Evangelical support fits right in with Republican values which are in part:
“But major evangelical leaders such as Franklin Graham and Jerry Falwell Jr. defend Trump and see him as an ally in the culture wars.” (2)

“White evangelicals are more than twice as likely as any other group of evangelicals to oppose government funding to combat climate change or policies to tax the wealthy.” (3)

“Fully 50 percent of white evangelicals in our survey agree that “immigrants hurt the economy”” (3)

“…white evangelicals fear losing racial status. White evangelicals’ perceptions they’re the targets of discrimination – more so than other groups …” (3)

“Never underestimate the hypocrisy of white evangelicals.” (4)

Where You Live

Looking at a map of Democratic vs Republican voters the map sort of looks like a blue book ends with a huge red center. The red Republican states are not along the east and west coast but in the center and away from large cities. (5)

Why is location apparently so significant?

One explanation is the heartland people mix way less with different ethnic populations. Heartland isolation may lead to whites in these areas feeling the immigrant populations from the coasts are encroaching into their current life style. Coastal populations have a natural influx of immigrants. Native born whites in coastal areas are typically in constant contact with individuals from other ethnic backgrounds and have become accustomed. (6)

Russia Did Swing The Election To Trump

“Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper now says the evidence that Russian President Vladimir Putin swung the election to Trump “is staggering.”” (7)

“Clint Watts, a former FBI agent, writes in his recent book, “Messing with the Enemy,” that “Russia absolutely influenced the U.S. presidential election,” especially in Michigan and Wisconsin, where Trump’s winning margin was less than 1 percent in each state.” (8)

“Without the Russian influence effort, I believe Trump would not have even been within striking distance of Clinton on Election Day.” That is the inconvenient truth the Putin Republicans won’t admit.” (8)

Posted September 16, 2018

Evaluation of F.A.S.T #1155 Vest For Emergency Personnel

Impressions of the F.A.S.T #1155 vest:

First let me explain why we require two radio pockets in our radio vests.  In our city, we have Community Emergency Repose Teams, called CERT, that are expected to carry a Family Radio Service (FRS) radio.  These community volunteers are not required to have radio licenses. We just want them to give aid and assistance to their neighbors in case of an emergency.  We expect these CERT workers to begin their rescue activities at home or at work because some forms of emergencies just happen way too quickly and these CERT people should just start giving aid when and where the problems occur.  When any disaster takes place, you can pretty much expect that cell phone communications will not be effective.  The cell towers might be taken out by earthquake, fire or other factors.  If the cell phone systems are working, way too many people will suddenly try to use cell communications which overloads the systems.  We need good reliable communications between our CERT volunteers and the city administration staff at the Emergency Command Center.  We want a reliable backup to using cell phones.  FRS radios seem to be the best backup solution for CERT workers because they are cheap and easy to use.  But these radios have limited, 2 watt, power out.  This means they do not transmit very far.  Our next option is to put ham radio operators spotted about the city with their hand held ham radio and also operate a FRS radio to help the communications of the CERT people, reason for two radio pockets.  These operators are called RACES which stands for Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Emergency Service.  These operators have to take National Incident Management Systems or NIMS training and need to pass a security check.  It needs to be explained that even ham radio operators using their hand held radios do not have much range when connecting point to point.  But, ham radio clubs and counties have a LOT of hill top repeaters which can offer way better communications.  Ham radio operators can also use way more power and special antennas to extend their effective communications range.  Our city ham radio operators have had CERT training so they can act as both aid giver and communications facilitator.   This requires each ham operator to operate TWO radios, thus the need for two radio pockets.  This radio vest explained below offers the user to put a hand held microphone for each radio and clip it close to their shoulders.  In this way ham radio conversations will come to them from one side of the head and the FRS audio will come from the other side of the head which is important for the user knowing which radio traffic is which.  There are a number of features that this vest offers that are really smart.

Now let me share with you why this radio vest is rather good:

• Military grade in that the material used for the fabric is thick. The stitching looks perfect. The zipper looks to be large and rugged.  The design is impressive.

  • The two side adjustment belts on each side, for adjusting humane body types, use thick bands and nice large plastic adjustment devices. For a really small body size, this vest might be too large.

  • The reflective material is wide and nicely placed and encased in plastic. A bit weird that the side reflective band runs just above the jacket size belts and is held in place with Velcro. There is a slight adjustment for a really huge person to widen this reflective band out some.In the image below, a pencil holds back the large reflective band found on each side of the vest which can be adjusted a tiny bit for adjustment of operators girth.
The red pointer holds up a third waist fastener on one side of the vest

 

  • 4 zippered front pockets are provided that are really large each with a zipper. Each zipper has TWO sliders so you can open and close using both or one from each side. (See example below).
Note that there are two zipper sliders, right and left.
  • There are 2 inside front pockets, (see image below) no zipper, just a flap on top but large. The top flap allows 8 inch wide material. It is 6 to 6 and 1/2 inches deep.
One of the inside pockets that is large enough to hold a city map or snacks.

• The large rear plastic pocket can be used to slide in our your own identification “EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS” is empty and ready for us to make and slide in our own label. It is 9 and 3/4 inches from side to side and a tight 4 inches tall. A Velcro tab locks the open end.

This is the large back pocket that can identify the purpose or duties of the person wearing the vest. The pocket is open on the side where you see the black Velcro tab.

• There are 2 more ID pockets in the front of the vest on each side and on the outside of the upper chest zipper pockets.

• The left side ID pocket is the size for a driver’s license (see image below).

This is thought to be a perfect place for the identification, or ID badge, of the wearer. The pocket is on the front left side of the vest. It is open at the top allowing ID papers or badges to be placed inside. The pocket is closed by Velcro at the top.

It is roughly 3 and 1/2 inches wide and 2 and 1/8 inches tall. This is the only pocket that might collect rain because it’s opening is on the top.  I imagine this being used for government or company ID card.

• The right side ID pocket, (see below) perfect to identify the person’s job or the user’s call sign if a ham radio operator and name.  It is open on the inside next to the zipper and allows a 5 and 1/4 by 2 and 1/2 inches card to be inserted.

This front right side pocket is larger than the left front pocket. It is perfect to identify the ham radio call sign and name of the person using the vest.

 

There are two eyelet D rings on either side of the vest back bottom, which I can not figure out what you would use them for.

 

The 2 radio pockets are high on the vest, one one each side. Each radio pocket is angled slightly away from the person’s head so the antenna aims a bit outward. The pockets are 6 inch deep. I put my huge Icom O2AT brick radio into the pocket and it fits, but tight (see image below).

•Now you would think that a small radio would sink deep into the 6 inch deep pocket but they provided a very clever placed fabric band just below the pocket top so a short radio with

a belt clip can be hooked into that short black loop. Each pocket has a rope starting at the top of the radio pocket with a Velcro strap at the end to lock in each radio.  If the radio operator bends over, his or her radios will not spill out.  This is especially important when on water in a boat.

• At the top of the vest, on each side, is a Velcro strap located close to the top of the humane shoulder. (see image below).

I found that I could slide my very long antenna under that strap. Then, I discovered that the Velcro strap can be lifted and an antenna can be laid down and the Velcro can be reset back in place so locking a long antenna from flapping around. The second method seems way faster.

• I have a HT microphone on a cable and it clips perfectly to the Velcro strap and the placement is perfect for hearing and talking. Now that is really functional and smart!

• Each radio pocket has a small fabric extension on the side close to the zipper for putting in a pencil or pen. I found that it is too thin for my favorite pen on one side but OK for a pencil. On the other side the opening is big enough for a large pen or pencil. I think the person who stitched up the vest made one pen holder smaller by mistake (or not).

One rather strong observation that I found, and this is my opinion, is that it seems to me that putting the radios in the pockets, placing antennas and wired microphones is way easier with the vest taken off.

Summary:

It is expensive but I am impressed with the total package. There are a few surprises that I was not expecting:

  • The fabric and finish that looks like the guards at a US Marine base, would wear this, being military tough.  In a hot climate, this may be a deficiency.  In cold climate it is a plus.
  • The radio pocket having a belt inside top for short radios was a real clever solution.
  • The radio pockets are slanted a bit away from the head and the Velcro bands both keep long antennas from hitting the head.
  • The Velcro and fabric loops at the top shoulders for microphones seems perfectly placed and a clever solution for hand held microphones to be mounted near the wearer’s ears.
  • All the identification pockets are made to be quickly replaced with new up to date information.  In this way, fewer vests need to be purchased for two or three shifts of emergency personnel switching out vests.
  • The pencil and pen holders was not expected.
  • The rear plastic D loops, I have no idea what they are for.
  • For me, this radio vest goes way beyond the basics to make using our radios way easier and performing tasks easier.  It is an asset, not a hindrance.

Note:  This web site and author receives no payment for this review.

Vendor Information:

F.A.S.T. First Aid & Survival Technologies Limited
This vest is made to order in Canada. Pricing is in Canadian dollars.  There is an exchange rate difference.

Address:  8850 River Rd, Delta, BC V4G 1B5, Canada

Phone: +1 604-940-3222;  1-888-710-3278.

Product Catalog: https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0222/9558/files/FAST_ProductCatalogue2017.pdf

Note that these products can take two or more months to receive.

Posted:  September 13, 2018.

 

I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration – Opinion

Views and comments about the New York Times printing the anonymous Op-Ed piece:

I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration.

New York Times: September 5, 2018.

Let me share with you excerpts from the piece followed by my analysis. These excerpts rang my bell.

Background: The Republican Party increasingly represents the political and economic interests of the oligarch (the super rich) class in the United States. Congress members are nothing but Uber drivers who have been purchased to drive the rich anywhere they want.

Drain the Swamp? The 15 Richest Members of the Trump Administration

NYT: “Although he was elected as a Republican, the president shows little affinity for ideals long espoused by conservatives: free minds, free markets and free people.”

Opinion:
The author failed to add:

Corporate interests rule over the considerations and interest of the average citizen.
Corporate power injected into the United States political process to affirm that group’s interests is ongoing and unrelenting. The Republican Party is the corner stone of that movement.

Supporting the United States political system to move into an authoritarian form of government and pretend that this nation is a democracy is becoming a slow and growing threat.

Free minds? How free is trying to diminish the “free” press? Putting in place an education secretary, Betsy DeVos, with almost no pubic education experience and who supports private colleges who have had a record of product deficiencies. She also works to cut public education funding. She seems to fit right in with the Republican Party’s agenda to make everything private and not public, resulting in screwing the average American citizen.

Free markets to a Republican means no government oversight, no restrictions, screwing the customer is ok.

Free people? Forced separation of children from parents when a parent comes over the US border? The United States has the highest incarceration rate of any nation. Another hypocrisy claim.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2015/07/07/yes-u-s-locks-people-up-at-a-higher-rate-than-any-other-country/?utm_term=.06eff7c05ea0

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NYT: “There are bright spots that the near-ceaseless negative coverage of the administration fails to capture: effective deregulation, historic tax reform, a more robust military and more.”

Opinion:
“Effective deregulation” that allows for less oversight, more pollution, resulting in probable hurtful results for the whole nation.

“Historic tax reform” that reduces taxes upon corporations and makes for higher taxes upon the middle class and lower class. The erroneous claim is the good fortunes of corporations will trickle down to the workers which, history has proven, is pure bull shit.
https://www.newsweek.com/republican-tax-cuts-trump-wage-increases-879800

“More robust military”? Why? “The United States spends more on national defense than China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, India, France, United Kingdom, and Japan combined.” This looks like providing even more profit to the weapons manufacturing segment of our economy.
https://www.pgpf.org/chart-archive/0053_defense-comparison

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NYT “The bigger concern is not what Mr. Trump has done to the presidency but rather what we as a nation have allowed him to do to us. We have sunk low with him and allowed our discourse to be stripped of civility.”

Opinion:
History points a finger at the Republican Party, starting with Newt Gingrich using hard nose division to make political gains which helped launch tribalism. The Republican Party is way more successful at manipulating the political process for a number of reasons and I contend that being more divisive and lowering the level of honest discourse is in their tool kit. But, lets view the most important factors first:

One is criminal. More Republican presidents than Democrat have been linked to crimes which seems to be an empirical indicator of political force:
Warren G. Harding = Teapot Dome Scandal.
Ronald Regan = 16 criminal convictions.
George W Bush = 16 criminal convictions.
George H. W. Bush = 1 criminal conviction.
Gerald Ford = 1 criminal conviction.
Richard Nixon = 15 criminal convictions.
Donald Trump = 12 criminal indictments for two individuals and one criminal conviction — and that’s just the beginning.

https://www.quora.com/Are-Democrats-more-corrupt-than-Republicans
https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/1/11/1619079/-Comparing-Presidential-Administrations-by-Arrests-and-Convictions-A-Warning-for-Trump-Appointees

Quora response from Mr. John Selcanin:
A few reasons why Republicans are winning over Democrats in State Legislatures:
#1 – Most of the Republican candidates have “charisma” compared to their Democrat rivals.
#2 – Most Republicans are AGGRESSIVE towards their agenda, Democrats are less aggressive.
#3 – Most Republican voters go and VOTE; Democratic voters vote least.
#4 – Independent voters have voted more towards Republicans than Democrats.
#5 – Most Republicans are NOT politically correct. Most Democrats ARE.
#6 – Most Republicans run their campaigns BETTER then their Democratic rivals.
#7 – Most Big and Small Businesses have VOTED Republican over Democrat.
https://www.quora.com/How-have-Republicans-been-so-successful-in-winning-state-legislatures

 

Posted: September 7, 2018

Home Builder Plumber Errors.

We recently had a number of drain pipe problems occurring within a two month period at our two story home.  The three problems seem to be from suspicious causes.

Mike’s (our plumber) observations:

#1  With new home construction, when plumbing pipes fail to line up, some plumbers force joints to come together. This lasts for a while but as the building ages and the plastic becomes less flexible the pipe gives way.  Mike has seen this happen quite a few times.

#2  New home construction typically goes out to the lowest bidder resulting, in some cases, poor workmanship.  Mike started working as a plumber for new home construction when he started his career.  He got to see this aspect of the business.

In our specific case, we had a number of problems that were extremely egregious to the point of being intentional:

The downstairs bathroom sewer drain goes up inside the wall behind the commode and then does a right turn over to a hallway and then up at a second 90 degree union. These pipes are hidden in walls and flooring. The second joint was hit by a hammer resulting in a crack which led to a very small leak that took years to detect. It is simply impossible for anyone to get to that right angle joint so I suspect that this may have been a worker sabotage the home because it was allegedly high end and expensive,

The next problem was in the laundry room ceiling. This room was the location of a sewer line that serviced an upstairs bathroom. The sewer pipe coming out of the cement slab was not properly positioned vertically but came up at a slight angle. The idiot plumbers, compounded the problem by trying to force a rubber joint to marry the two pipes. The pipes were so far out of being matched to vertical that the pipe leaked.

The third incompetent error was the plumber failed to apply enough glue to the mating surfaces of the two pipes as they slid together in two locations. We found out that when the plumber came to fix the second leak the movement of the pipe caused the next leak. Glue was applied to the outside of the joints but apparently rarely to the inside, which caused this. One problem was below the toilet. The second leak was from the bath/shower. This too might have been from a plumber that intended to cause the home owner leak problems in the future.

Image shows a closeup of the junction of a joint (left) with a straight pipe (right). Note the void inside the large opening which indicates insufficient glue was applied.

Mike also became suspicious when he went to cut the old pipes out, the plastic snapped instead of bent when the pipes were almost separated. This told him that the pipe could have been from an inferior source.

Summary:  Our home builder’s plumber was allegedly incompetent or wanted the home owner to be hurt well after the house was sold.

Posted: September 1, 2018