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    Views on Stimulus

    Yes. I have to recall the words of my friend of many years ago who said, "Whelp. They won. So, I have to go with the way the votes went."
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    Views on Stimulus

    I had considered this years ago. Then I thought better of it. But now with it getting more and more in my face, it seems that there is a time to Pull a Capt. Mornoni, and a time to pull a Lachoneus.
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    What is a burning in the bosom?

    There is a difference between getting a good night's sleep and drinking some Mt. Dew. Both make you feel awake and alert which seem to be good things. But one is the healthy way and the other has a cost. More importantly, and germane to the topic, is that the feeling one gets from the healthy way is a more enduring and "happy" feeling than the feeling we get from caffeine.
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    Views on Stimulus

    And just how does one determine who is fully employed or not? I had to do without last year because I had no clients for months. And I could not file for unemployment because I ran my own business. So, I should be penalized for trying to benefit the economy by creating a business? Yes, a small business often does not have the ability to file for unemployment benefits. There's a variety of stuff I can't apply for. I found this out last year. Others also have a problem filing for unemployment. Should they be penalized for being wise enough to build up some savings for such an occasion? The only thing that saved me last year was that I sacrificed enough over the years of plenty to save up. Now all that savings is gone. It took me about 6 months to get back to normal. And I'm finally getting back to building up my savings again. So, just how are you going to determine "who really needs it?" I honestly believe that a rich person who gets a $1000 check will have no motivation to keep it. They're not going to get all excited about it because it isn't all that much money to them. And if a public request was announced, I think you'd be VERY surprised at just how many people will simply pull money out of their own pockets to help others in need. I'd trust individuals to make value judgments about who really needs it because they are on the front lines, in the ditches so to speak. A government agency? They're far to detached to make such value judgments. And considering the welfare abuse I've witnessed first hand, I'd rather choose the mistakes that honest, well-intentioned individuals make than the mistakes a government agency makes.
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    Conclusions from D&C 132: 16 - 17?

    We believe the same. So that should help you interpret what is there. To interpret properly, first assume that you already believe in all this belief system. Then look at what is written against that background and derive what you can. As it is now, all you see is "what is different from what I believe?". That is fine if you are looking for a true compare contrast. But you're not. You're using this method to put us on trial and make us convince you that you're wrong and we're right. That's not our job. Only the Holy Ghost will teach you what is true.
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    Views on Stimulus

    I am actually for the initial stimulus. But I'm not for these later waves, including the most recent check from the outgoing administration. If the same amount is given to every citizen in the country, then the citizens get to vote with their dollars on what companies they want to support because they offer useful products at a good price. And it lets us decide what a "useful product" is. I would have added a joint legislative and executive request/encouragement for those who don't need it to donate it to someone they think needs it or donate to a worthy cause. I would not draw an arbitrary income level based on a year old financial statement (tax returns). When done in this manner, a stimulus is not a matter of the government choosing winners and losers. The only other question is "how much?". Now that is really the problem. If it is too small, it really won't help anyone. If it is too much, it will do too much damage to the economy. Since it is the nature of politicians to give out candy, the upper limit will always be ignored and economic ruin will follow. -- just as it did in Argentina under Peron. And that is the exact sort of thing we see in the current stimulus bill that will eventually make its way to the President's desk after they invoke the nuclear option.
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    Snow!Snow!Snow!

    And power outages. I thought I'd drop a line to let know we survived. Texans don't know how to drive in cold conditions. So there was a 13 car pile up last Friday at a bridge I was planning on using to get to work. But I couldn't get out of the subdivision for all the traffic being re-routed. I later heard of a 100 car pile up in Dallas because of bridges. We woke up around 5:00 am Monday morning to a home without power. (Someone later told me that it was out at 4:30.) I immediately checked the news form my phone since our router had no power. I found that the Texas commission on electricity decided to do rolling blackouts for periods of 15 to 45 minutes. It may go as long as one hour, but don't worry, you'll have power again soon. The reason is that this was a record storm. Texans don't have the equipment and supplies to weather such temperatures. So we depend on technology. Heaters were taken off of pump mode to emergency heat, which uses a lot more power. That's a very bad thing if we're in the middle of a blackout. The hours stretched on but we still had no power. I noticed that cell, text, and data were gone. Text would work after multiple attempts. It really was a disaster condition. Luckily my wife is a forward thinker. The had me cutting up our wood pile all weekend long. She had bought a sterno stove to cook our food. We shut off the well after filling up our bathtubs with water. And she had plenty of bottled water for potable use. So we got past the worst night, although later this week will be almost as bad. we were amazed at how much of the house was warmed by the wood stove. Our kids played a marathon game of Risk. Quite the change from the constant electronics in front of their faces. They even took a break to play with their baby sister by going out to build a snowman (she loves Frozen). Work was cancelled yesterday and today. We'll see about the rest of the week. We had power restored in the middle of the night after 20 hours. I surveyed the damage. Our one casualty so far was the well house. While most of the outdoor piping appears to be intact, there were a couple of valves that were closed that shouldn't have been. So about a 1' section of pipe broke off between those valves. Luckily there is a bypass that appears to be intact. However the two regular valves are damaged. I don't know if they will spray all over once I turn it back on. And since the valves are frozen solid, I can't figure everything out until Friday. I'll probably be spending all day Saturday doing repairs. We also have two storage tanks in the shed. With the 9 degree overnight low and no power, they were frozen solid. But nothing appears to be broken. We have yet to see how much damage there is in the refrigerator and freezer. Elsewhere, the ward building and the stake center were both used as shelters for people who didn't properly prepare or were otherwise debilitated by the storm. Our ward was being taken care of by the ministering infrastructure.
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    Snow!Snow!Snow!

    So, it appears to be fixed. I had to call my BIL for advice on how to remove a sharkbite connector that didn't seal properly. Apparently a properly sized crescent wrench will do the job. I spent about 30 minutes shoving as much rector seal into that joint as possible. So far, so good. I'm concerned that the rector seal is only a temporary solution. So, I will need to get real parts when they become available. The carpet is still drying from the burst pipe. I got the fan and the dehumidifier right next to the wet area. Slowly but surely. Everything seems almost normal. Laundry machines, dishwasher, showers. Oh! blessed showers! Wow that felt so good. I just felt so grimy from head to toe with all the physical labor I had to do this week. Cutting and splitting oak is not an easy feat, especially for a guy my size. Luckily, my ministering brother is quite a bit on the large side. "Brawny" is a perfect adjective. He brought over a truckbed (About a 1/4 chord) of oak and we spent some time taking turns with the axe, and the sledge/wedge combo. I'll tell you what. I'm very happy I invested in that all steel 14 lb maul. We hit the wedge with the handle about as often as we it it with the head. Adjusting for our relative sizes, I think I carried my share of the load. One really cool fun fact: If you spend about 10-20 min. with a 14 lb maul, an axe seems like a toothpick afterwards. After all is said and done my wife really saved our lives this week. She keeps downplaying her role. But I analyzed all the basic necessities and how we managed to have them throughout this week. She was responsible for every single one of them. Half of them were things she got a year or more ago. If it hadn't been for her, I honestly think we would have frozen to death or died of dehydration. I keep thanking her. And she keeps rolling her eyes at me.
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    Snow!Snow!Snow!

    @NeuroTypical, why are you confused?
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    Snow!Snow!Snow!

    Wow, what a day! I waited until the snow on the roofs were melting. I turned the water on. then someone noticed the toilet was overflowing due to a poor valve. So I turned the toiltet off and we spent about an hour sweeping water out of the house. Then I realized that there was no way that the toilet could have leaked that much in thefew minutes between when I turned on the water and when I turned off the toilet water. Long story short: a pipe had burst inside the exterior wall. I had to turn off the water to the house again. I bashed the drywall open. I found the broken pipe. As per usual incompetence, they placed the pipe outside of the insulation. I spent much of the day cleaning up the mess and traveling from hardware store to hardware store. As you can imagine, there has been a run on plumbing supplies. I spent some time figuring out some cajun engineering with the parts available. My $7 project ended up being about a $50 project because of a run on plumbing supplies. And it's not completely done. I had to get a third set of supplies because there was more damage than I knew about. I can only hope that tomorrow the repairs will actually work. Now I'll probably have to spend about $100 or more on supplies to repair the wall. And the stuff I have in the wall can't be permanent. It's just a mess and will likely only last a few years. So, I'm going to have to redo it in a month or so when supplies have restocked and.prices have gone down. All told this will be about a $400 job or so, including the repairs at the well house.
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    Snow!Snow!Snow!

    I keep hearing that. But I don't know where that came from. Here's where I got mine. My comment was primarily directed at the fact that people are mocking Texas for relying too much on fossil fuels. They obviously don't have the facts. So, yeah, Texas has been heavily dependent on solar and wind. I don' think it is possible for hydropower to work in Texas. There simply isn't anywhere with sufficient drop to make it viable. Renewables were a big part of why we the grid failed. And, yes, there were other factors as well. Matural gas lines also gave us problems as did coal. But all these were "spot" failures. Whereas solar and wind were almost completely wiped out. While Texas uses the largest amount of petroleum products in the country, very little of it is used to generate electricity in the state (somewhere around 1% to 2%). Surprisingly, the most practical and unbiased report on the grid failure happens to come from a surprising source. I believe 8% of our electricity comes from Nuclear. It really should be more. It is much more dependable, predictable, and scalable for emergencies above the baseline usage as well as lower than average usage.
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    Snow!Snow!Snow!

    So, I hope that the pipe glue will cure some time today. I was hoping that the heat lamp would be more effective than it is being. But alas, no. So at these temps I'm looking at about an hour for set then another 12 hours for cure. So we probably won't have water until morning. Then we can hope to still have power so we can take showers. Imagine a family my size cuddled together in a small room (picture the pioneer homes) for a week without bathing. Yeah, we don't like togetherness as much as we normally would. After all the power ups and downs, we've now had power for about 19 hours. That's longer than any up we've had since this began.
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    Snow!Snow!Snow!

    This is more appropriate than you realize. About 20% of Texas power is wind and solar. the snow and freezing temperatures brought that 20% to a complete halt. Add into that an increased demand due to heaters being turned up and we have a grid failure. And "certain people" want to use this event to mock Texas's insistence on fossil fuels. Hah. Fossil fuels were what gave us enough power to get through at all. I'd really like to see an increased usage of nuclear because of this. It is probably the most versatile energy source we have. And many areas of Texas are so seismically dead that there really is no danger of natural disasters. And it would be so cheap if the feds would stop being such fear mongers about it.
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    Snow!Snow!Snow!

    This is more appropriate than you realize. About 20% of Texas power is wind and solar. the snow and freezing temperatures brought that 20% to a complete halt. Add into that an increased demand due to heaters being turned up and we have a grid failure. And "certain people" want to use this event to mock Texas's insistence on fossil fuels. Hah. Fossil fuels were what gave us enough power to get through at all.
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    Snow!Snow!Snow!

    I still have my melons inside. They're kind of ok. but one sprout may be waning. The trees I just bought are doing well in the garage. My arborist told me that trees can get by for a couple of weeks with very dim light. But they need to stay watered. Mrs. Carb harvested the whole veggie garden Sunday because she knew we'd lose it all. She had just planted some flowers. She covered them. We'll see how they are this weekend. All my citrus trees in the yard are dying. The nectarine trees may get a boost in production because of chill hours. But a couple had already flowered, so I'm afraid we've lost all fruit from those trees.
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    Snow!Snow!Snow!

    Now a third blackout. It's going on three hours, so I don't think it's rolling. It is probably ice accumulation on power lines. It will be another 24 hr thing. So no pipe repairs today. It is times like these where we realize how useful dogs are but how useless cats are. Just sayin'. A quick search shows that a lot of people are doing much worse. Anatess emailed me about her relatives in Houston. They haven't had power this past day when we did. They are afraid of going anywhere because of COVID. And they're afraid that by staying there, they will freeze to death. She's really fearful for their lives. I offered to invite them into our home. but they probably wouldn't for fear of COVID. But... pick your poison. So many people in Galveston have frozen to death that the hospital is asking for refrigerated trucks to supplement their morgue. Many more are also coming to the hospital due to carbon monoxide poisoning because they don't know how to burn things properly or they are over using a poorly operating propane unit. People are dying. I can only take care of those in our circle of influence. Sad days.
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    Snow!Snow!Snow!

    So we had another blackout. But this time it was for less than an hour. Our bathtubs are getting empty. So, I'm going to have to use hair dryers to thaw the valves and get some water going. We've had the heater set to 60 degrees. and it seems we're still using heat like a normal day. I heard back from a ministering family that they had to leave their hoise and stay with a relative. I hope they remembered to turn off their water. One office I work at has announced that they will be closed for the whole week. Another is still trying to take it day by day. And as a side note, one office has also announced that (due to COVID concerns) we will be working from home until July. They keep moving it back. And some people refuse to believe it is "indefinitely". (SMH). We're about half way through our woodpile. So I hope the power holds out to the end of the week. We're probably only going to have the fire going at night.
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    Snow!Snow!Snow!

    Tangent to @Backroads post on charity for moochers... When the news announced the rolling blackouts, they showed some social media posts: Seriously?!? Talk about entitled.
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    Future taking away from the earth

    It's as if he wants us to believe that anti-Mormons are only that way because they lack critical thinking skills. Well, it wouldn't take too much to convince me of that.
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    Charity: Feeling jaded on charity

    It may surprise some people to know this, but ai went through a phase where I behaved like this. It was a selfish phase. I could have gone out of my way (bend a bit like @scottyg was saying). But my mentality was:The more I can get others to do for me the easier it is for me. It had nothing to do with what was right or what was more practical or any spirit of cooperation or personal responsibility. It was wholely about what I could get out of it for as little effort on my part as possible. Pretty selfish, right? Yup. I was. I got out of that phase because enough people around me told me that this behavior was unacceptable. And enough people refused to help me to the point that I realized I was on my own. So I did things because no one else would do it for me. I'd read enough stories of people picking themselves up by their bootstraps and succeeding. If it hadn't been for both sides of that equation, I don't think I would have gotten out of that mindset. Why would I? What would have been my motivation. If I could get by without doing anything I would have. It was only after I got out of that phase that I truly began to understand that "vision" (think "Paper Dream") that I'd had for so long. And more importantly how I was to achieve it.
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    Conclusions from D&C 132: 16 - 17?

    Does not, sectarian Christianity state that being saved in the Kingdom of God is to "live in his house, and be blessed with all that he has, but be his servant and not the master of the house"?
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    Blue Ponds in Utah Desert

    Really cool. If you have Google Ear th, here is the kmz file: Blue Ponds.kmz
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    Simpler Vocabulary

    I'd brought up this issue before. But now I'm finding that my daughter has the same problem but worse. She's finding that her companions and fellow missionaries find her vocabulary incomprehensible. They accuse her of inflating her vocabulary. They don't seem to understand that this is just how she speaks. She's struggling to speak in a way that others understand. But she feels like she's being condescending when she does that. So, it's a catch-22. Any ideas?
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    Victory Garden

    Since I'd been talking about my garden on another thread, I thought I'd share some of my garden with y'all. Here is my watermelon patch. These are my two watermelon plants. If they produce well, then I'm going to expand it to four or five next year. For scale, those are 4x8x16 concrete blocks between the two plants. These are the flowers that have developed. They are all male flowers. They're supposed to precede the female flowers by about a week. It has been two weeks since the first male flower and still no female flowers. I'm beginning to get worried. Here is one of my blueberry bushes. This is the third growing season. Producing lots of berries for such a sparse plant. i need to work on getting the branches to be fuller. Here is a shot of the corn bed, the 2nd blueberry bush, and the gourd plant. The corn bed is 4x8. The gourd bed is 4x4. And here is the cucumber bed (4x8). We just put up the trellis with cattle panel and T-Posts. On the back end of the bed is a zucchini plant. You can see the difference in leaves if you look real close.
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    Victory Garden

    As long as you plant them after the final frost, you should have enough months of growth for a nice melon around July or August.