Amidst all the angst over Trump’s election, please let me give some enlightenment:
We have three generations of people who have become accustomed to doing whatever they wish, in any number of different venues, without consequences.
The majority of Americans understand that THAT kind of behavior is contrary to the interests of all and have called for it to cease.
Trump has heard that call and is proceeding to do precisely what he said he was going to do, which is to restore Due Process, the Rule of Law, and Constitutionality as the central modes of behavior in ALL areas.
One place to start is with a major source of the delusional argument that people can do whatever they wish as long as they are “nice” about it:
The politically correct left wing news and entertainment media.
These people are out to eat your lunch. If someone is out to eat your lunch you don’t need to be nice: BEHAVE YOURSELF!
And do it quickly:
Gradualism only delays the inevitable.
Trump is bringing on the inevitable:
bringing the pustule of psychotic behavior to a head so that it can be cleansed and the patient—the Nation—restored to health.
Members of the teleological misfit minority are having spasms of cognitive dissonance over finding that their Alinsky tactics no longer work.
They are flailing about trying to find some dark secret that explains the dissonance.
There isn’t one.
The dissonance is not in Trump. The dissonance is in themselves.
Their hysterical, irrational, and, frankly, psychotic (nevermind illegal) behavior is the reality that they themselves must come to see.
To prove my point:
Reality is in the perception of the viewer. We must all be aware of this fact and take strides to ensure that we do not fall in to the trap of self-deception.
But how to gauge true reality from self deception? Easily: you only acknowledge tangible reality: objects and events that you can tangibly sense: rocks, gravity, bullets, and behavior.
I don’t care what you feel, I don’t care what you think. I only care about what you do.
There are some immutable facts, one of which is your behavior, another of which is the written word, and by extension, the LAW.
When your behavior is at variance with the law then we all suffer.
The law has been very carefully constructed over millennia to convey the best possible state of human existence for all concerned. So, just follow the law.
If you don’t like the law, change the law. But it will take you at least the same amount of time and effort to change the law as it took us to put it in place in the first place.
So change it if you can, but in the meantime just follow the law.
Then and only then can we have a civil discussion to resolve the differences in our opinions.
The fundamental Fairness Principle: We all win or we all lose.
This is an ongoing work.
We are creating spreadsheet to compare the various candidates on a host of different topics.
Come back often to see the progress.
Click on this link to download the current version:
There have been periodic issues with water bills. My issue was with exorbitant bills appearing all of a sudden.
But there are others, including water quality, which I may address in due course.
But for now, how to estimate water bills based on usage (and periodic meter readings by you, dear reader… :-):
Thank you to the City for good faith response. A team came and examined my system and found nothing to explain a doubling, but also offered a lot of information:
1. Most cases involve leaks. People complain (as I did) but then never report the result. (So I am doing so—we are all woefully incompetent at mind-reading).
2. They agree that major leaks don’t go away, but valves can get sediment and toilet floats get dirty, that can cause intermittent loss. In my case they did find one toilet stopper weeping slightly.
3. They offer a brochure and dye tablets to do the tests, but you can also use food dye, put some in the tank, wait 5-10 minutes, if the color appears in the bowl then you have a leak.
4. The meters are mechanical and the dials are driven by flow. The readers are electronic but they just read the mechanical value.
5. As our City Councilor points out, they can’t read minds. They want to know if you have a problem. Call them at 845-5600 if you have an issue.
So the single month usage spike is a mystery, but it is what it is.
So the only answer is to pay attention to your usage.
You can check your own usage and project your bill by using this calculator. You can download it (a spreadsheet) here. Do so and check it out daily.
I have a really detailed spreadsheet here if you really care, but in short, here are the my highly calibrated expected usages for different activities in gallons:
(Of course, all the necessarily politically correct caveats apply, use at your own risk, I’ve done the best I could, hey I’m just trying to help. If you don’t like it don’t use it. And it may be wrong, but probably isn’t :-):
Newport is a lovely city in many ways. But it is just one node in a network of influences that affect our lives.
“The only thing evil needs to prevail is for good people to remain silent.”
This site is just one tool to help us engage our environment, not only Newport, but Newport and Beyond and to speak out and make our views known.
There are at least two paths to learning: laborious detailed research, or learning from others. Both are invaluable.
We offer this site in support of both. The pages are synoptic research papers and thought pieces addressing a host of issues. The forum is a place to bring up your own issues and have others discuss them with you.
Great things grow from very small beginnings. As in mustard seeds and acorns…
Join us, let’s make America great once more with truth, courage, and commitment.