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May 25, 2017

OMG my Eureka rumbled out

My Eureka had trouble with tight seals on the vacuum bags. A lot of junk
made it past the bag. I double filtered the motor. But the dirt eventually
ground upper engine mount. It made a lot of noise. Now all it does is smoke,
buzz, or play dead. I think it's a goner.

Now this is a simple 1970s vacuum. Hose and nozzles and carpet brush.
You could vacuum anything - sand, auto engine, crevices. So I go to
the store, they hardly make canister vacs anymore, and the ones they
do have handle grips on the hose, beater carpet heads, retractable cords,
wet/dry at the flip of a switch. They're huge and heavy. All I need is a
vacuum with a hose that is small and sucks well - i use it to pull ash from
my flue sometimes.

I need to find a 35 year old used canister vac

May 19, 2017

High Speed Internet

Every day at 1:08PM or thereabouts, my internet connection fails. It will disconnect
every 5-10 minutes for the next 6 hours.

There is usually some disruption like this around late January, mid-May, June, September, and
late December. I wonder if they are performing maintenance relative to college traffic. It could
also be heat, or changes in temperature, it's HOT here now. Once it hadn't rained in a month
and an abrupt cloudburst disconnected it in 10 seconds.

Verizon of course will offer no explanation. Asian tech support is there to soothe you and send
a new modem and book repairs.

I'm trying to find ways to run my online eBay/eTrade functions from a public WiFi such as the library.
These headaches are not worth the cost.

May 12, 2017

How to Comment on Trumps National Monument Review

How do I comment?

Beginning today, May 11, 2017, citizens can comment on the review by mail or through an online platform.

You may mail your written comments to:

Monument Review


U.S. Department of the Interior

1849 C Street NW

Washington, D.C. 20240

Online comments may be submitted via regulations.gov by searching for “DOI-2017-0002” or by using this direct link.

Note that all comments – including any personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time.

Comments related to Bears Ears National Monument must be submitted before May 26, 2017. Comments relating to all other National Monuments must be submitted before July 10,2017.


May 11, 2017

FBI refuses to disclose documents on Trumps call to Russia to hack Clinton

Source: The Guardian

Senior DoJ officials have declined to release the documents on grounds that such disclosure could “interfere with enforcement proceedings”. In a filing to a federal court in Washington DC, the DoJ states that “because of the existence of an active, ongoing investigation, the FBI anticipates that it will … withhold all records.”

The statement suggests that Trump’s provocative comment last July is being seen by the FBI as relevant to its own ongoing investigation.


The FBI’s refusal to disclose documents relating to Trump’s Russia hacking invitation was made in response to a freedom of information lawsuit lodged by Ryan Shapiro of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard and the journalist Jason Leopold. They jointly submitted a Foia request last August requesting from the FBI “disclosure of any and all records, including investigative records, mentioning or referring to Donald Trump’s statement on 27 July 2016”.


Shapiro said: “The DoJ/FBI’s latest filing makes plain that Donald Trump’s campaign trail call for Russian hacking of Secretary Clinton’s emails is of investigative interest to the FBI.” He added: “In light of Trump’s sudden termination of Director Comey, this fact should significantly reinforce the widespread perception that the president of the United States is unabashedly seeking to cover up his and his associates’ crimes.”

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/11/justice-department-fbi-documents-trump-russia-hack-clinton-email

One could tell on July 27 where this was all headed. No surprises yet.
May 9, 2017

The President accepted the recommendation of the deputy attorney general to dismiss FBI Director Jam

Source: ABC's Jonathan Karl via Twitter

The President accepted the recommendation of the deputy attorney general to dismiss FBI Director James Comey.

Read more: https://twitter.com/jonkarl/status/862060307153395720

May 9, 2017

Democratic Senators call for probe into Icahns biofuel credit dealings

Source: Reuters

Eight Democratic Senators on Tuesday asked U.S. regulators to launch an investigation into billionaire Carl Icahn’s activities in the U.S. biofuels blending credit market, saying the activist investor may have violated securities trading laws since becoming an adviser to President Donald Trump.

“We are writing to request that your agencies investigate whether Carl Icahn violated insider trading laws, anti-market manipulation laws, or any other relevant laws based on his recent actions in the market for renewable fuel credits,” the senators said in a letter to the heads of the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and the Environmental Protection Agency.

The letter, a copy of which was seen by Reuters, was signed by Democratic Senators Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, Sherrod Brown of Ohio and five others. The letter acts as a request, and the agencies are not required to act upon it.

Icahn became an unpaid adviser to Trump on regulation shortly after November's presidential election. In February Icahn proposed a change to the U.S. biofuels program that would ease the regulatory burden on oil refining companies - including CVR Energy Inc (CVI.N), in which he owns a majority stake.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-biofuels-icahn-idUSKBN18522R

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