Friday, October 17, 2014

The Orchard, UMPG, and other fraudulent copyright scammers

Obviously, YouTube makes no attempt to investigate the validity of copyright complaints before they take down videos. They took down a video I posted of my Dad singing "O Holy Night," a song written in the mid 1800's, because some publisher claimed copyrights to the song. These false copyright claims should be prosecuted with greater tenacity than actual violations, because they are far more common, and cause far more public harm.

It is not enough to just dispute individual fraudulent claims. These companies are committing crimes against original artists and against the public domain. Using an automated system is not an excuse for committing the crime of libel. A crime is committed each time a fraudulent claim is published. It is time law enforcement focus on the REAL criminals in the war against the public by Big Media. 

YouTube needs to be included in the lawsuits against The Orchard, UMPG, and any other groups that make fraudulent copyright claims. Copyrights are an EXCEPTION to the legal principle that all information belongs to the public. We have a public library system to ensure that copyrights cannot entrude on the public's right to free access to all information. It is time for the public to stand up to Big Media, and reclaim our rights. Companies that profit over fraudulent copyright violation claims must be sued out of existence, and it is our duty to ensure they don't get by with false copyright claims. Any lawyer out there want to participate in a class action lawsuit in which the "class" is everyone who has ever been prevented from viewing a video due to a fraudulent copyright claim?

(As I have been working to build a database of specific fraudulent copyright claims, the list of offenders keep growing. Each of the following companies has committed copyright fraud: WMG, SME, Associated Press (AP), UMG, Dow Jones, New York Times Digital, The Harry Fox Agency, Inc. (HFA), The Orchard, Warner Chappell, UMPG Publishing and EMI Music Publishing. The list keeps growing. This is obviously a widespread epidemic of crime against the public.

As I continue gathering specific reports of fraudulent copyright claims, I am using the following public tags: #fraudulentclaims #bigmediamonopoly #falsecopyrightclaim.)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

It doesn't matter how many times Facebook sends this message, I uninstalled the Facebook messenger because it is not secure, and until they take back the changes that make this messenger such a security threat, I won't be re-installing it. If that means I can't receive messages, then so be it. I would rather be safe than sorry.

(screenshot from my Nexus5 phone)

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David Lloyd I have predicted for some time that Facebook's failure to understand the importance of privacy, combined with their treatments of posts as Facebook property rather than the property of those who post (who should be paid for their posts on the basis of the audience it pulls in for Facebook, rather than charged by Facebook for assurance their posts will be seen) will bring about the replacement of Facebook with a social service that understands the rights of those who use their service. I'll be posting to Google+, where the posts are not tampered with by Facebook.

Facebook is not so big that they can't become another failed attempt like myspace.

David Lloyd Facebook on the PC is still relatively safe, but I have already stopped using their application, choosing to post to Facebook via a third-party application that does not burn up my battery, while it spies and reports on everything I do with my phone. As of this moment, I have decided to uninstall the Facebook application entirely. The public must not allow Facebook or any other software to have that much control over our private information. I'm taking a stand. I encourage other to take a stand also. (This post will also be visible via my "big bad dad" blog.)


Cutlack, G. (2014, August 3). Facebook's compulsory Messenger push angers the commenting horde. Retrieved October 14, 2014.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Disposable Diaper Hoax

This is my quick rebuttal of the current disposable diaper danger hoax.

There are many good reasons for choosing to use cloth diapers, such as the cost of disposables, tradition, personal preference, and especially ecological reasons (although the energy and chemicals involved in making diapers sterile can also present a challenge to the environment), but concern for your baby's health is NOT a legitimate reason.

While cloth diapers, if they are washed, sterilized, and properly rinsed, can be a healthy choice, disposable diapers are always healthier.

A survey of advertising propaganda warning of the "dangers" of disposable diapers show that they generally bring up these arguments:

1) Disposable diapers contain dioxins, which are known to be harmful, and are a byproduct of bleaching disposable diaper components during manufacture.

Response: Cloth diapers, which are bleached to disinfect and to remove stains, contain the same amounts of dioxins, and new unwashed diapers have more. Many brands of disposable diapers have been tested, and none contain the dangerously potent dioxin (2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin). Exposure to dioxins from disposable diapers is up to 2.2 million times lower than the amounts infants and toddlers get from food or breast milk. (2002)

(DO NOT bleach old diapers from a pail that smells like ammonia. Ammonia and bleach are a poisonous combination. Wash the diapers first, to get the ammonia out, then soak them no longer than 30 minutes in a full load with one tablespoon of bleach, then rinse the diapers three times, to ensure all bleach is removed. "Fresh" dirty diapers do not require bleach to sanitize them (unless they have been rinsed in a toilet, in which case they MUST be bleached), but bleach will remove stains. When using bleach with dirty diapers, it is not necessary to rinse them multiple times. The interaction of the bleach with the normal dirt in a load of laundry is adequate to neutralize the bleach, so that one rinse should be adequate. However, if a load of diapers smells like bleach after rinsing, rinse them again.)

2) Sodium Polyacrylate is the super-absorbent gel that makes disposable diapers so absorbant, but it has been shown to cause skin irritation, and is believed to be the cause of toxic shock syndrome due to use of the chemical in tampons. These crystals were once used in tampons until they were later removed due to their association with Toxic Shock Syndrome.

Response: One of my Facebook friends is the wife of a friend of mine who worked for the USDA laboratory in Peoria, Illinois that originally invented this chemical (in 1976?). He demonstrated the chemical to a Bible study group I attended shortly after I graduated from high school. He took a glass of water, stirred a teaspoon of powder into the water, and talked about the discovery of what he called "super slurper" for a minute or so. Then he turned the glass up-side-down show that although the water appeared the same in the glass, it was actually a gel that remained in the glass.

Sodium Polyacrylate ("super-slurper" was the official name eventually given it at the Peoria Illinois USDA laboratory that created it) is a polymer made from cornstarch. The long chains of corn starch molecules prevent the self-limiting effect on absorption that regular corn starch has, due to outer layers of clumps of corn starch creating a barrier that prevents inner layers from absorbing water. In a polymer form, every molecule of corn starch is able to absorb water, resulting in a substance that can absorb up to 300 times its own volume in water. Skin irritation claims are based on warnings to employees in facilities that manufacture the chemical. Immediately after manufacture, its drying power can cause burns by pulling water from skin, but the hydrated crystals used in diapers cannot cause these burns. In fact, Hydrogel® bandages, (1986) made from this same corn starch derivative, and originally for used in hospitals for wound dressings, are now used as bandage adhesive in hospitals providing neonatal care, to prevent damage to infant skin that can be caused by traditional bandage adhesives. (2008) Most of us use products containing Sodium Polyacrylate every day. Super absorbent two-ply paper towels have a layer of Sodium Polyacrylate between the layers of paper. Many foods, such as instant puddings, contain Sodium Polyacrylate. The chemical is used in nursing homes to enable patients who have difficulty drinking without inhaling liquids, to enable their patients to eat an instant flavored gelatin instead. (The loose bonds between molecules of corn starch in Sodium Polyacrylate are quickly broken down by stomach acid, leaving normal corn starch, which is easily digested.)

The reason for removing Sodium Polyacrylate from tampons was that the super absorbency made possible by Sodium Polyacrylate resulted in women leaving the tampons in for days at a time, which enabled dangerous bacteria to grow, which was eventually identified as the cause for the toxic shock that killed women in the '80's who used the super-absorbent tampons.

3) (Quotation) "A study published in 1999 by Anderson Laboratories, Inc. found that lab mice that were exposed to various brands of disposable diapers experienced asthma-like symptoms, as well as eye, nose and throat irritation. The results demonstrated that some types of disposable diapers emit chemicals that are toxic to the respiratory tract and that disposable diapers should be considered as one of the factors that might cause or exacerbate asthmatic conditions. Exposure to cloth diapers did not cause these symptoms." (Boerum)

Response: This pointless and inhumane study (1999), which involved the dissection of hundreds of mice, had nothing to do with the known ability for freshly manufactured Sodium Polyacrylate powder to cause skin and lung damage by burning tissues by absorbing water from them too quickly. (This powder is an intermediate step of the manufacturing process. Water is added to the powder to produce the hydrolyzed crystals found in products manufactured from the pure powder.) The lung and throat irritation that was studied, has to do with trace amounts of gasses that are emitted from all plastics, and many other products such as soaps, deodorants, and shampoos, that are used daily by everyone, and also happen to be found in disposable diapers and to a lessor extent, in cloth diapers that are washed in fragrant detergents.

The study involved placing mice in a small sealed container for 100 minutes with a diaper. Three brands of diapers were tested with many mice. A new cloth diaper was also tested, with a control that had nothing in the tank but the mouse, and a sham control with activated charcoal in the tank. The mice with diapers in the tank exhibited breathing distress, but the mouse with the cloth diaper exhibited less distress, with no distress noted for the control or the sham. The mice that had exhibited distress had signs of inflammation in their lungs. The cloth diaper, the control, and the sham also had some inflammation in their lungs, but not nearly as severe as the mice with the disposable diapers. Clearly plastic diapers emit limited levels of irritating fumes. I noted that if a human infant were placed in an equivalent volume of air for an equivalent amount of time, with an equivalent volume of diapers, that he or she might experience similar levels of lung irritation, but one would not expect to store that many diapers in the open air in an air tight room.

The study mentioned that diapers that had been washed in commercial laundry detergent with fabric softener could potentially emit higher levels of irritating fumes.(1999) Many other products intended for use with babies also contain potentially irritating fragrances, but the fragrances most likely to cause irritation to infants, are those from cleaning products used to disinfect cribs and mattresses, and the scents added to antiperspirants, deodorants, soaps, and hair care products used by the adults that care for infants. To my knowledge, there are no documented cases other than those involving an allergy to a specific commonly used fragrance, in which babies have been adversely effected by the scents of disposable diapers, but there have been cases documented of infants having adverse reactions to fragrances in the hygienic products their caregivers use.

4) One article mentioned that studies show that babies with cloth diapers have fewer incidents with diaper rash than babies with disposable diapers. I had to do some serious searching to find any peer-reviewed medical journal articles that suggested cloth diapers are superior to disposable diapers for diaper rash, but I did record several pages of citations of articles that demonstrated conclusively, that disposable diapers are superior to cloth diapers for preventing and curing diaper rash, all of which were done in controlled hospital neonatal care units. Hundreds of such studies, demonstrated that disposable diapers, changed on a regular schedule, were vastly superior in preventing diaper rash, over cloth diapers changed on the same regular schedule. No hospital studies showed that cloth diapers were more effective than disposable diapers in preventing diaper rash.

In studies of babies that already had diaper rash, the use of zinc oxide ointment (Desitin) with a regular changing schedule using disposable diapers, cleared up the diaper rash quickly, while babies in cloth diapers did not recover. In other studies, babies that did not have diaper rash, who were changed on a regular hospital schedule using cloth diapers developed diaper rash, but no babies who were changed on the same schedule with disposable diapers developed a rash. Other studies included bacteria cultures developed from swabs taken from the skin of babies in cloth diapers versus babies in disposable diapers. The cultures taken from cloth diaper babies had vastly greater numbers and varieties of bacteria living on their skin in comparison with babies wearing disposable diapers.

Of the two studies I found that showed opposite results, one was a review of the original study, and the original study was done in China, by interviewing parents using a questionnaire. The parents in the study were aware that the Chinese Government prefers the use of cloth diapers, because they cost less than disposable diapers. These people also did not have a variety of brands to choose from, but used inexpensive diapers manufactured by the Chinese State. No information was provided about the composition of those diapers.

Babies that wore only cloth diapers were reported to have the fewest cases of diaper rash. Babies whose parents mostly used cloth diapers, but occasionally used disposable diapers for travelling, had nearly the same reported levels of diaper rash, but babies whose parents used exclusively disposable diapers had nearly double the reported cases of diaper rash. The Chinese study did not have controls, depended on the reports of parents who were intimidated by the State's unexplained investigation of their parenting, in an environment in which the parents were aware that the Chinese Government had already decided that cloth diapers were preferred. The chinese study mentioned that there have not been many studies of chinese babies and diaper rash, and suggested that chinese babies may be more susceptible to diaper rash than babies of other races.

The original cloth diaper propaganda included the same statement about the rarity of studies, but left out the qualifying word, "Chinese" babies, making the blatantly false statement that there have not been many studies of diaper rash in the context of cloth versus disposable diapers. There have, in fact, been hundreds, if not thousands of such studies comparing cloth diapers with disposable diapers, and the overwhelming majority (I was only able to find one Chinese study that said otherwise) concluded that disposable diapers reduce diaper rash, and associated skin bacteria levels.


Anderson, R. C., & Anderson, J. H. (1999). Acute respiratory effects of diaper emissions. Archives of Environmental Health, 54(5), 353–8. doi:10.1080/00039899909602500

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Boerum, L. The harmful chemicals in disposable diapers [Web log message]. Retrieved from

Counts, J., Helmes, C., Kenneally, D., & Otts, D. (2014). Modern Disposable Diaper Construction Innovations in Performance Help Maintain Healthy Diapered Skin. Clinical Pediatrics. Retrieved from

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Heimall, L. M., Storey, B., Stellar, J. J., & Davis, K. F. (2012). Beginning at the bottom: evidence-based care of diaper dermatitis. MCN: American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing, 37(1), 10–16. doi:10.1097/NMC.0b013e31823850ea

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Li, C., Zhu, Z., & Dai, Y. (2012). Diaper Dermatitis: A Survey of Risk Factors for Children Aged 1 - 24 Months in China. Journal of International Medical Research, 40(5), 1752–1760. doi:10.1177/030006051204000514

Rai, P., Marsman, D., & Felter, S. (2010). Dermal Safety Evaluation: Use of Disposable Diaper Products in the Elderly. Textbook of Aging Skin. Retrieved from

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David Lloyd The best disposable diapers, which also contain Sodium Polyacrylate, are the ones made from a combination of bamboo pulp (instead of paper, which is made from wood pulp) and cotton (2010, Shanmugasundaram & Gowda). Cloth diaper inserts made from bamboo, cotton, and Sodium Polyacrylate, can be used to make cloth diapers more absorbent, but these diapers must still be changed as frequently as any other diapers to avoid potentially deadly infections, which was the reason for removing Sodium Polyacrylate from tampons. The super absorbency resulted in women leaving the tampons in for days, which enabled dangerous bacteria to grow, which was eventually identified as the cause for the toxic shock that killed women in the '80's who used the super-absorbent tampons, and not the tampons or the Sodium Polyacrylate.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

The FCC no longer protects public access to information, no longer protects individual rights over corporate rights, and consequently has no legitimate purpose

After advertising that the switch to digital television would result in more channels and perfect reception for most people, the FCC's own pre-deadline testing revealed that the majority of rural television viewers, especially those who due to local buildings and terrain received primarily reflected signals that were acceptable quality with analog signals would have no reception of digital signals due to a decision not to use a digital format that allowed for error correction or scaling of resolution to resolve digital noise issues. For the most part, the public has remained silent about the FCC's elimination of free broadcast television for the majority of the nation. Official FCC documents still claim that most people can get reception by finely adjusting the position of a digital (amplified) antenna suspended 30 feet above their homes. Exactly how is the average citizen supposed to be able to play with fine-tuning the location of a 30-foot antenna? What are they supposed to do when new construction changes that positional tuning?

Essentially, the FCC eliminated free broadcast television for the majority of the nation, by only ensuring reception is available in the suburbs of large cities, where less than 20% of the Nation's population reside.

Worse, the public has not complained, because the majority of us succombed to pay television a long time ago. Why is the public so quick to allow their property to be taken away? The legal theory behind regulation of the airwaves is to ensure the availability of public broadcast information, and to prevent the monopolization of these limited resources by a few wealthy broadcasters, yet the FCC's recent actions seem to do the opposite, encouraging monopolistic behavior of a few large cable companies that control how information is received by the nation. The FCC's policy is contrary to public interest. The FCC is no longer serving its primary purpose, and needs to be junked and replaced with a system that is responsive first, to the needs of individual citizens. Big media does not need to be protected, but individuals need Government protection from big media.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Supreme Court favored big media instead of the public interest

(Posted elsewhere with regard to the US Supreme Court's recent Aereo ruling against the public interest in support of Big Media's campaign to force pay television on the public.)

I think the Supreme Court helped Big Media in its ongoing battle to eliminate free television, and to destroy creativity by making the manipulation of audience habits a priority over providing useful information and quality entertainment. Despite FCC propaganda, digital television took away access to broadcast television to possibly up to 80% of the rural US population, and claims that perfect placement of a 30-foot amplified antenna can provide reception doesn't help disabled people like me who cannot afford pay television, and only needed a loop antenna to get reception prior to the forced change. I'm angry that this low-cost option of a rental antenna has been taken away. 

I think we need to require all broadcasters to stream their content online, or provide free local cable service to all homes that can no longer receive broadcast television. The only alternative I can see would be new legislation to override this foolish and dangerous ruling by the US Supreme Court, specifically encouraging the growth of the rental television antenna industry. I also think a legislative response would be appropriate to punish monopolistic organizations such as CBS, which threatened to stop broadcasting if the Aereo case was resolved in favor of the public. 

Big Media's gradual destruction of free access to information is a danger to democracy. Aereo and similar companies could have served to protect the public from their excesses, but now it has become the responsibility of our legislature to shut down the media behemoth. 

The control it exerts over the entertainment industry by demanding high viewership by specific demographic groups has destroyed quality content, and this trend of Government support of this dangerous monopoly must be stopped.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

The last handicapped parking spot

A few minutes ago, feeling a bit guilty about taking the second-to-last handicapped parking space (I'm under a knee specialist's orders not to do any unnecessary walking, because he thinks I am too young for the knee replacement he says I need, and he doesn't want the new one to wear out before I do. He has also told me to use a walker, which I refuse to do choosing instead, to use my shopping cart as a sort of rolling crutch.). I was feeling guilty because I took the spot closest to the store, when I know there are other people who have more difficulty than I do. Just then, as I was getting out of the car, another vehicle pulled into the last handicapped spot, and yet somehow the driver, who was the only person in the vehicle, RAN across the parking lot before I had fully finished getting out of my car. Angry, I checked to see whether the vehicle had a disabled driver lanyard or a disability license plate. It had neither, but it did have a PBS television station advertisement on the side of the vehicle. Angry, I got out my cell phone with the intention of taking a photo of the vehicle in the handicapped parking spot, with a view of both the license plate, and a view of where the lanyard would be, if there had been one. It was my intention to also take a panoramic shot of all the empty "regular" parking spaces in the parking lot, but in the bright sunlight, I couldn't see the screen to make that selection. Then, when I got home, I accidently deleted the photo of the van with it's non-disability plate, parked in the disabled-only parking space. The last thing I remembered seeing as I pressed the delete button instead of the share button that was right next to it, was admiring how the blue paint of the reserved parking space stood out so well for the purpose of my photo. I recently turned off the "trash bin" feature on my phone because I never use it, and my free space on the phone is limited, and I deleted it too soon for my auto-backup software to copy it. I decided it must have been providential that I accidently deleted the photo.

After all, it only seems fair to warn people of my intentions before I do it. In addition, this is Blueberry Festival time, when parking spaces are hard to find, and people park illegally all over town (although there were plenty of empty parking spaces where I was.)

So, all of you illegal handicapped parking space stealers, I'm onto you, and the next time I catch you taking a handicapped parking space, expect to see a time-stamped photo of your car, with the blue paint on the pavement, and the handicapped parking sign, along with your license plate number published on my blog, and on Google+, and on Facebook, where everyone can see it. If there are other spaces available that you COULD have taken instead, expect to see a second panoramic photo showing those options you could have chosen instead! It's not libel if its factual. You have been warned.

Image adapted from:

Not handicapped. N.d. Photograph. n.p. Web. 31 Aug 2014.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Today, August 22, 2014, I am posting this final draft of my comment to the FCC about the proposed merger between Comcast and Time-Warner. On August 14th, I published a rough draft for my letter to the FCC regarding the proposed merger. I requested comments and suggestions about how to make my letter more effective. I did not receive any posted comments in reply to my request, but I did receive a couple of private comments, which I considered.

As before, I request that all of you write to the FCC to express your concerns about this merger. The deadline for public comment is Monday, August 25, 2014 (FCC, 2014)

Electronic Filers: Comments may be filed electronically using the Internet by accessing the ECFS:

Paper Filers: Parties who choose to file by paper must file an original and one copy of each filing. Filings may be sent by hand or messenger delivery, by commercial overnight courier, or by first-class or overnight U.S. Postal Service mail. All filings must be addressed to the Commission’s Secretary, Office of the Secretary, Federal Communications Commission.

All hand-delivered or messenger-delivered paper filings for the Commission’s Secretary must be delivered to FCC Headquarters at 445 12th St., SW, Room TW-A325,


FCC. Federal Communications Commission, (2014). Commission seeks comment on applications of comcast corporation, time warner cable inc., charter communications, inc., and spinco to assign and transfer control of fcc licenses and other authorizations mb docket no. 14-57 (DA 14-986, Docket No. 14-57). Retrieved from website:

This is an open letter, published to my blog at

Comcast's abysmal and consistent nation-wide reputation for poor customer service is evidence of monopolistic behavior. Consequently, I cannot imagine any concessions that could be demanded from Comcast that would eliminate the need for anti-trust action against the company, and I certainly cannot imagine any circumstance that would justify allowing Comcast to grow larger when most rural areas across the country, which account for 87%* of this country's population, already have no alternative for high-speed internet service other than Comcast or Time-Warner.

Many of Comcast's customers have no other company to turn to when faced with the arbitrary and cruel customer service personnel Comcast cultivates with its incentive programs that reward employees for not remedying fraudulent charges.** Comcast is the only realistic provider of internet services in much of the country, and in areas where there are more than one provider, Time-Warner is most commonly the only alternative high-speed internet provider.

While I have no personal experience with Time-Warner, I have read enough negative information about the company over the years to realize the company is second only to Comcast for its reputation for abysmal customer service. A merger between these two juggernauts should not be under consideration at all. Rather, the issue at hand ought to be how to best address abuses by both monopolies.

*13% of the US population live in cities and suburbs with combined populations of 500,000 or more, according to the 2010 census.

** I personally have years of telephone recordings that can document Comcast's consistent malevolent treatment of customers, its disregard for commitments made to customers, and its attempts to "negotiate" out of getting sued for its routine policy of fraudulent treatment of customers, which can also be demonstrated by all of the public recordings of customer interactions with Comcast that can be viewed by anyone on You-Tube and similar public media streams. These recordings also document comments by Comcast customer service that indicate Comcast penalizes customer service representatives for providing refunds, regardless of the validity of claims against Comcast.

See also:

Seven pages of Comcast Customer-uploaded videos of their horrific experiences with Comcast customer service (I have not uploaded any of my own recordings, but I've been storing recordings of these conversations on Evernote for years.)

Similar yet much more vulgar recordings exist for Time-Warner's customer service. Due to the graphic nature of some of those recordings, I chose not to include a link to those recordings.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Angry with Amazon

I am angry. All I wanted to do was to get a quick idea of what a gift idea would cost on Amazon. They had a lot of selections, so I narrowed the selection to items with free shipping. Then I selected order by lowest to highest price. Then I waded through 12 screens without seeing one example of the kind of item I was searching for. The item I was looking for should have cost about $100, which would have been more than I was willing to pay, but I was hoping I would find an item for just above $20. I realize that's unlikely, but I thought I would check to see if it was possible. However, after 12 screens of items that had nothing to do with my search, and the price and gradually gone up to $4.00, I got got angry. I'll find some other retailer that won't waste my time.

Monday, July 28, 2014

A smarter way to fight drug abuse

I have made a number of posts and comments supporting legalization of drugs. A friend pointed out to me that to legalize certain drugs has the effect of endorsing the use of those drugs. This is why our Government should never exceed it's authority to begin with. Our Government should not be in the business of regulating the details of individual lives. However, that's all on the level of political ideals, and does not take reality into account.

Just so people understand my view, I do not endorse the use of mood-altering substances without the guidance and supervision of a physician (but please leave my coffee alone!)

For those of you who love to read as much as I love to express myself....

Saturday, July 26, 2014


(copied from my post to Google+, which I also posted to my Facebook account)

Another reason to use Google+ I just wish I could automate syncing between platforms so my Blog posts would be on both Google+ and Facebook (until Facebook removes them).

Not only does Facebook NOT PAY people to post to their home pages, but they ask US to pay if we want people to see our posts!

That's a show of BAD FAITH, and it will be the reason Facebook doesn't exist in 15 years. 


I WILL find a way to make my posts stay, so that every time you delete my posts, the incident will be documented. Then I will repost the deleted post with the evidence of your crime!

Obviously we can't trust Facebook with our writing, so Facebook is going to start getting copies of what I write elsewhere. Meanwhile, I have a lot of writing that cost me many hours to create, that I NEED for my TBI resources project, and I will sue Facebook if they cannot return the items they stole from me. I have posted this previously, but I should probably post it regularly. I claim ownership and copyrights to all of what I have written on Facebook. Using material I have posted, including deleting material I have posted, without my permission, and without notifying me, and acknowledging me as the author is illegal, and may prompt legal action.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Why engines should be kept clean

I learned something today.... In retrospect, I should be embarrassed that I learned it today. It should have been the kind of thing everyone knows. Worse, it probably IS the kind of thing everyone knows, but I wasn't listening before today. I've even heard other people say it before, but I thought of it as a nice idea, but not basic essential: engines should be kept clean, and the first step to working on an engine, whether it's a car or a lawn mower, is to clean it, if it's not clean.  

The reason I finally understood this simple principle, is that I read it in my lawn mower's owner's manual today. Consequently, I actually thought about the benefits of keeping an engine clean. When working on a clean engine, it's much easier to avoid accidentally getting dirt into the engine. An even more basic reason for keeping it clean, is to avoid wear and tear. How many times have I waited to do work on a car or a lawn mower because the job would be too dirty? How many times have I taken more time than necessary when I did work on a car, because I couldn't see what I was doing, couldn't read labels, or got dirt on my glasses? Years ago I kept engines clean because my wife wanted everything clean. At the time I thought it was unnecessary, but anything that made her happy made me happy, so I kept my vehicle engines clean. However, over time, I got lazy, because I have never reasoned out the value of a clean engine. 

Now I know.


Reasons to keep an engine clean

  • It's more pleasant to work on a clean engine.
  • It reduces the effort of working on an engine.
  • Reduced effort translates to less time spent, and less money spent.
  • A cleaning routine serves as a maintenance reminder.
  • Fluid leaks are easy to detect when an engine is clean.
  • Dirt is less likely to get into the engine when the surface of the engine is clean.
  • A clean engine may run slightly cooler.



Do NOT get water into electronic parts, into the air filter, or into any of the fluid reservoirs. Cover the air filter, electrical connections, and fluid reservoir caps with plastic before spraying an engine with water. DO NOT spray COLD water on a HOT engine!


How to keep an engine clean

Keeping an engine clean is easier than cleaning a dirty engine. Follow a weekly routine to wipe off the engine with a damp rag, and to check the oil and other fluids. There are a number of reputable commercial products for cleaning oily build-up, including foam cleaners for light cleaning, and gel cleaners for extreme cases.

Spraying an engine with high pressure water may cause damage. 
DO NOT spray COLD water on a HOT engine! If spraying an engine at a car wash, use a hot low-pressure soap, rinse with low-pressure hot water, and BE SURE to cover the air filter, electrical connections, and fluid reservoir caps with plastic before spraying an engine with water. After cleaning, remove plastic, and run the engine gently for a few minutes afterward, to evaporate the remaining water.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Wendy Thomas v. Morgan Smith

Melinda Lou "Wendy" Morse                                     Morgan Smith Goodwin
born September 14, 1961)                                       (born August 18, 1985)
Namesake of Wendy's hamburger chain.                              The face of Wendy's Restaurants'
                                                                                  Now That's Better Adv. Campaign

Both "Wendys" are featured in commercials for the Wendy's chain of restaurants.

Eight-year-old Wendy Thomas
Clara "Where'sthe Beef" Peller aka "Old Wendy"

Wendy's Logo, based on eight-year-old Wendy
Wendy dressed as Wendy

...both eat there, but the actress eats their salads...