10%+ government employees are not at work. But they fully expect to get paid. Some of them are getting interviewed about how hard it is to get by because they didn’t save any money and don’t have a line of credit. But guess who isn’t getting interviewed. All those guys who are at work and feel totally ripped off that their office is fully funded so they don’t get what amounts to a free fully paid month off.
I could really get a lot don on my project house with a month or two off work. But my office (DoD) is fully funded for this year so I have to go to work every day just like I agreed to when I got hired. No free paid days off for me.
The funniest shutdown moment: Shutting down the government on Monday because of heavy snowfall on Saturday. It was all cleaned up by Monday, but what the heck. So, we had a much bigger shutdown during a much longer shutdown and no one on the Democratic party or national media seemed to notice.
Obscure shutdown moments. Here we are in the nation’s capital with the Democratic party and national media running story after story about how it is a huge atrocity for 10% of the government civilian workforce to be staying home and another 10% to be temporarily having their paychecks withheld. On the other side of the country, government workers (teachers) are intentionally walking off the job because they want more money and easier jobs (more helpers). So. Government employees in Washington out of work = Atrocity. Government workers in California out of work = must be encouraged because they are fighting “for the children. Weird.
I don’t care.
This is pretty much a self- inflicted problem. If you have that problem, you already know you are playing with fire and you don’t care. So why should I?
It’s also a self-correcting problem. You use drugs, you die. Problem solved. If it were up to me, I’d stop all enforcement of strong drugs like fentanyl. I’d dump it on the streets, at college parties and in every undesirable neighborhood in the country.
I’d make it the drug of choice for assisted suicide and make it a civil right to have access to it. I’d make it legal to sell over the counter, as long as it carries a “this is poison, if you take it, you will probably die” label.
And I’d have the President go on national TV every month and announce that using it is lethal and if you use, you are on your own. No excuses.
I’d even make opioid addiction treatment fully covered by insurance if and only if you get addicted to prescription drugs that your MD gave you. But if you got them on the street? You are on your own. Buh-bye.
No, she isn’t. She’s just starting a committee so she can raise money. Millions. Then guess what happens to all that money when she drops out of the race? She gets to keep it.
Just like when she raised 7 million for a Hillary recount that never happened. Where did that money go? No one knows or cares. It’s just a fancy way to collect bribery that is perfectly legal. Just like the Clinton Foundation.
She will use this campaign to raise socialist awareness about evil billionaires while padding her own pockets and never mentioning that Democrat party politician are all 1%-ers, including herself.
But her socialist followers are stupid enough to want socialism so I can’t feel sorry for them. They don’t follow real history so they didn’t read the part where every socialist government eliminates the agitators first.
Ok. So I have the new power and plumbing hookups in. And new rockwood insulation behind that polyvinyl vapor barrier. I had to bump this wall out a little to make room for the 2″ PVC washing machine drain. I also had to use a 4.5″ angle grinder with a diamond bit to cut through that tile floor.
Then I needed to RIP out the old drywall ceiling to trace the overhead lights from the light to the switch and remove all the useless 240v wires from the old baseboard heaters.
At which point I discover that my attic insulation is R-19. No wonder the previous occupants needed three separate heating systems. (2 wood stoves, heat pump, baseboard heaters in every room and electric wall heaters in the bathrooms). I feel this is something that my home inspectors should have told me about. R-38 is normal for attics in this zone.
Here’s what it looks like with the insulation gone.
16″ Spaced 2×6 joists with 2×7 rafters. Conventional construction. You can see a knee wall in the upper right corner. This helps take some of the load from the rafters.
Now I put the r-19 back in perpendicular to the joists. And the new r-38 into the joist cavities. With the new poly vapor barrier, I should get about r-50 in this part of the house. The rest of the house will get similar treatment in due course.
This is the least “shut down” of any government shutdown anywhere. Trump even shuts down the Government better than Obama.
I am a government employee and I am at my office today, just like everyone else who wasn’t already taking holiday leave.
I went hiking in a national park on Sunday. There was no one working there, but they left the gates open so people could drive in anyway. Contrast that to Obama’s shutdown where the parks department tried to shut down monuments on the national mall, including the grass on the national mall itself.
I love this story. I loved the book. I loved the cartoon. Now I love the new BBC version in Netflix.
I always get choked up at the end. That’s great story telling.
“There is not a day or night but a doe offers her life for her kittens, or some honest captain of Owsla his life for his Chief Rabbit’s. Sometimes it is taken, sometimes it is not. But there is no bargain, for here, what is, is what must be.“
Stupid rabbits. (Snif)