From Lightbulbs to . . .

I remember the good ole days, from like, a decade ago. There was suddenly the mandate that everyone change their lightbulbs for some ‘common good’ reasons that escape me now.

What doesn’t escape me is at the time I thought, WTF?! I’ve longed considered ‘the government’ just a euphemism for ‘the mafia’, but surely, with this sort of escapade, now it will be obvious to everyone. Same tactics, only ‘legal’: Extortion, bribery, coercion, racketeering. Not to mention the ‘soft’ tactics.

Where will it end? Come on folks! I ventured forth on my social media quest. I was still on Fakebook back then. To the response of yawns and crickets and eye rolls and unfriending and the usual. Everyone clamored about to get their lightbulbs installed.

Now, here we are. As the old Virginia Slim ad boasted: You’ve come a long way, Baby!

No boobs, hmmm . …

It’s baffling, but I am far from surrendering to the mobsters and their minions. And in my own little way, I’ve come a long way, too. It’s very encouraging and refreshing for me to find like-minds in places I’d never have thought to look before. 🙂

Bruce Charlton’s Notions: Compliance is spiritual Dane-Geld

It is always a temptation to an armed and agile nation,
To call upon a neighbour and to say:
“We invaded you last night – we are quite prepared to fight,
Unless you pay us cash to go away.”

And that is called asking for Dane-geld,
And the people who ask it explain
That you’ve only to pay ’em the Dane-geld
And then you’ll get rid of the Dane!

It is always a temptation to a rich and lazy nation,
To puff and look important and to say:
“Though we know we should defeat you, we have not the time to meet you.
We will therefore pay you cash to go away.”

And that is called paying the Dane-geld;
But we’ve proved it again and again,
That if once you have paid him the Dane-geld
You never get rid of the Dane.

It is wrong to put temptation in the path of any nation,
For fear they should succumb and go astray,
So when you are requested to pay up or be molested,
You will find it better policy to say:

“We never pay any one Dane-geld,
No matter how trifling the cost,
For the end of that game is oppression and shame,
And the nation that plays it is lost!”

Rudyard Kipling – 1911

In other words: Give the devil a finger . . .

Cheers to Zombie Apocalypse Survival Homestead for the share.

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Author: KenshoHomestead

Creatively working toward self-sufficiency on the land.

15 thoughts on “From Lightbulbs to . . .”

  1. Squinting wrinkles got worse when these ridiculous things came out. lol. All of my family are extremely sensitive to light, Irlen syndrome. My daughter has glasses with coloured lenses, as does my son. Those disgusting lights are so glary that they actually contribute to poor concentration, migraines & exhaustion & believe it or not tripping over, (depth perception). My kids were fortunate & went to a school where they dimmed the lights for a lot of kids. If ya gonna make a curly fry light at least let us be able to look at it otherwise what’s the point.

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  2. Ok, Kensho, I agree on all this except your decade reference to “the good old day”. For me, I only have to go back to January, when gas was still $2.09 per gallon, Ground Beef was still $1.59 a pound, and the store was able to stock the shelves on a consistent basis.

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  3. Yeah…those stupid compact fluorescent light bulbs, FULL of freaking mercury. Mark Steyn nicknamed them “curly-fry lights”, made even funnier with his accent. The climate nazis brought that about to “save energy.” The market was flooded with those nasty things. Word got out, quickly, that they were deadly if broken, which turned into a recycling nightmare and/or a huge danger in a household if broken in a trashcan. Plus, the damn things gave off high levels of EMF, unlike normal light bulbs. The nazis suddenly decided that the world shouldn’t have incandescent lighting, anymore. All of that gave way to the LED lights that will burn your eyes out of your head. I despise LED anything, esp. on vehicles…like patrol car bar lights and big pickups that resemble renderings of spaceship abductions. God help you if their high beams are on.

    We are mere cattle to the overlords.

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    1. But, but, but…those curly fry lights (which cost $8 per bulb) save me 16 cents a year on my electric bill! That has to count for something, right? I mean, who wouldn’t trade the threat of mercury in the house to save a few pennies every year!

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      1. Riiiiiiiight. I still have boxes of those stupid things that Duke Power passed out for free. I told my significant other that he better not put them in any socket in the house. I’m not sure what to do with the damn things. I’m not even sure our county recycle place will even take them. I suppose I could ask…*scratching head*

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