2017-01-25 Wed

SUFE (Second Use For Everything)

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Another Pedestal Fan left in the recycling room.

I plugged it in and listened as the Blades Groaned, rotating about ten degrees before giving up.

Unplugged the beast.

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The previous owner can’t be bothered to Vacumn, Brush, or Rinse off the accumulated dust, so you know that they don’t have a clue about Cleaning and Lubricating the bearings.

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Gross doesn’t even come close.

As an aside, the gunk reeks of Stale Tobacco, so I have a pretty good idea as to which of my five neighbours turfed this otherwise beautiful fan.

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Take off the cover, rinse in a mild detergent solution in the kitchen sink.

Ditto the back cover.

Ditto, believe it or not, the motor after a re-confirmation that the device is unplugged AND my clad foot is firmly on the plug!

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After a quick scrub-and-rinse under the hot tap, I stand the fresh-looking motor in front of a previously resurrected pedestal fan to dry out for an hour or two.

Then it stands in my warm apartment for twenty-four hours.

Then I oil it, re-assemble it and run it for a few days while I am in the apartment to make sure that it doesn’t seize up.

Clear Thinking

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Forget about it being Blood and Gay Males. Think about “Discriminatory”.

We discriminate twenty-four hours a day and with good reason.

I could claim that I am being discriminated against by being forced to drive on the right-hand side of the road. I was raised and taught to drive on the left-hand side of the road, so this right-hand side business Discriminates Against my Cultural Background.

There is a good reason for a nation to adopt a rule of the road, to enact laws, to punish people who disobey the law of (Canada) drive-on-the-right. We believe that there is a strong chance that people might die if we didn’t all adhere to the drive-on-right law.

There is a good reason for a nation to adopt a rule of society, to enact laws, to punish people who pour poisons into the communal water-supply. We believe that there is a strong chance that people might die if we didn’t all adhere to the don’t-mess-with-the-drinking-water law. Although exceptions seem to be easy to come by if you are a mining company or a metals refiner.

There is a good reason for a nation to adopt a rule of the blood donations, to enact laws, to punish people who knowingly provide contaminated blood. “Contaminated” might mean HIV or it might mean that you have a jolly Bad Cold, or Influenza. Or any other form of sickness that might prove deadly to others – who by definition are already in a bad enough state to need a blood transfusion. We believe that there is a strong chance that people might die if we didn’t all adhere to the blood-donation law.

It is right to discriminate against parts of our society who step outside the lines of common-good for society. If you ride the subway in soiled pants, if you walk the streets with a knife or gun, if you ....

Discrimination is not at all bad, especially when it aims to keep the rest of us safe from Physical or Mental Danger.