When things are investigated, knowledge is extended. When knowledge is extended, the will becomes sincere. When the will is sincere, the mind is correct. When the mind is correct, the self is cultivated. -- Confucius
Politically correct ideals are garbage: true wisdom comes from decades of deep thought and neutral observation. Only a so-called sociopath could ascertain wisdom from this crazy world in a neutral way. Cool thoughts- uncorrupted by modern politics, social norms, or societal ideals- are required for wisdom. Questioning everything, and going against the grain on all universally accepted norms is the path to true intelligence. The Gods notice this.

10/11/09

Animals Need Rights

Reading daily of the cruelties perpetrated upon animals by humans, I am constantly exasperated by the complete ineffectiveness of the current anti-cruelty laws. A completely new Act is needed to cover everything. Years of thinking on this has led me to write one up. I have adapted it here by snipping some of the legalese and simplifying other parts.

Many will not like it: animal abusers will hate it and animal lovers will dislike certain parts of it. It encompasses all subjects though and compromises minimally. I wish, for example, fishing were banned altogether and permanently; however, it is not practical so a 3 year moratorium on commercial operations would allow stocks to recuperate. In the meantime, fishermen would be allowed to retrain for other careers and their boats could be sold for govt. uses. By the time the 3 years is up, the industry would have less fishermen, less boats, more fish, and less demand to boot. Every aspect of this act has been thought out like this: practicality and minimal compromise tied in with ending cruelty.

Minimal means not coddling an industry that less than one percent of the population engages in, such as hunting; practicality means putting public safety over the desires of people whining about rights they never had, such as the owners of exotic animals.

This may never become law unless I become president someday. Just write me in...


my ANIMAL RIGHTS ACT

The Animal Welfare Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act will be enforced more strictly and extensively. It will also be revised to include agricultural animals, laboratory animals, birds, and rodents that are kept for any purpose. Wild rodents that are considered vermin are excepted from all parts of the entire animal rights act (as well as insects, arthropods, arachnids, and invertebrates). The Revised Animal Welfare Act and its provisions are applicable to all other sections of this expanded Animal Rights Act. The USDA is no longer in charge of enforcing the Animal Welfare Act, nor the Animal Rights Act; now the EPA is responsible for their enforcement. 
 

Farm Animals will be specifically protected. The following will be banned: -confinement of an animal for more than 12 hours per 24 hour period in a space -smaller than 2 times its size; 
-de-horning; 
-tail docking; 
-de-tusking; 
-de-beaking; 
-branding; 
-injections or feedings of chemicals that are not necessary for an immediate      -medical veterinary need- including hormones/ antibiotics; 
-spraying of animals with pesticides that are considered hazardous to human health including DDT and agent orange; 
-buying or selling of animals that are sick or cannot stand on their own; -deliberately causing pain to live animals including striking with steel bars and sexual abuse; 
-grinding up live animals esp. chickens; 
-skinning, dismemberment, and/or evisceration of live animals; 
-killing of conscious livestock; 
-foie gras production; 
AND/OR: 
-deliberate causing of anemia or other illness in animals.
The govt. will subsidize 100%, electric fencing for livestock protection- as well as deer fencing for crop protection.

Wild Animals will be specifically protected in the following ways: 
-all fur trapping will be banned as well as foothold traps, 'conibear' traps, and snares; and their manufacture, sale, and import;
-fur farming will be banned as well, and no animals will be kept, bred, or killed for intended fur sales;
-killing animals by electrocution, drowning, strangulation, poisoning, and clubbing are specifically banned;
-canned hunting and private hunting clubs on private or public property are banned;
-hunting of any animals on public lands or within 5 miles of any community is banned;
-hunting of predatory mammals or birds is banned;
-hunting will not be allowed within two hours of darkness;
-use of dogs as main hunting weapon is banned;
-game meats and wild animal body parts may not be sold;
-wild animals not be kept, bred, sold, stuffed, sold as parts, sold alive, sold dead, used for human consumption or medicines, put on public display, used for entertainment, or transported;
-wild animals may not be kept except in licensed, accredited* zoos and animal sanctuaries- this includes wolves and wild cat breeds (aquatic pets are excepted), and will be banned from private ownership.This includes non-native species of wild animals, to include but not limited to: tigers, lions, 'ligers', 'tigons', ocelots, servals, ceracels, and other wild cat species incl. their cross breeds/ primates/ venomous reptiles and amphibians/ poisonous or dangerous aquatic creatures including lion fish, sea cobras, piranhas, sharks, etc./ native species such as pumas, lynx, and bears/ and others (see appendix).

 
Exotic animals 
-includes all wild animals listed above and any other non-domestic dog or cat;
-home breeding of wild animals does not make them classifiable as domestic;
-they may not be kept, bred, sold, stuffed, sold as parts, sold alive, sold dead, used for human consumption or medicines, put on public display, used for entertainment, or transported;
-accredited* zoos already in existence may breed (by special permit from the EPA), keep alive, and display them;
-accredited* non-profit sanctuaries may keep them alive and display them;
-people already owning exotic animals must relinquish them to the accredited* animal sanctuaries or the national sanctuary;
-a national exotic animal sanctuary for dangerous mammals will be built with federal funds immediately on the former Nellis Testing Range and Groom Lake areas (see appendix).
-birds and other non-dangerous species not previously listed are excepted, unless banned by state or local law;
-poisonous snakes, frogs, etc. will be destroyed. 

Marine and Arctic Mammals will be protected completely. This includes polar bears, arctic foxes, wolverines, fishers, martens, weasels/stoats/ermines, grizzly bears, cinnamon bears, brown bears, seals, sea lions, walruses, manatees, dugongs, narwhals, orcas, whales, dolphins, and porpoises. Protection is mandated against hunting, killing, buying, selling, harassing, or otherwise harming these animals, and this act also expands on the old version to include a ban on their confinement, incl. by zoos and theme parks, even if accredited. Sole exception is for temporary rehabilitation cases.



Dogs 
Puppy mills will be banned, as well as breeding, sale, purchase, import or export, of dangerous dog breeds (any of 30 species of dog considered a fighting breed). All dangerous breeds must be sterilized, microchipped, and licensed by the age of three months or they will be destroyed. They also must be muzzled and leashed when off of the owner's property, and must be caged or chained and fenced when on the property. Pit bulls and their variations may not be off their owners' properties at all. Also banned will be dog fighting; theft or bunching; sales to labs; and, crossbreeding with dangerous or wild breeds (wolves, coyotes, foxes, dingoes, hyenas). Sales of purebred dogs will be taxed 50. per animal to be collected by seller and given to nearest cat or dog shelter. Sale or import of items containing dog fur will be banned.Owners of dogs that attack humans will be legally liable for the damages.



Cats 
Cats will not be sold to labs. Purebred sales will be taxed 50. per animal to be collected by seller and will be given to nearest cat or dog shelter. Sale or import of items containing domestic cat fur will be banned. Use of cats for laboratory aids in schools is also banned, as well as their import for that purpose. 'Rendered' cats, or dogs, will no longer be sold to manufacturers of human food. Possession of non-domestic or wild species of cats and their hybrids is also banned, except by accredited* sanctuaries.

Sheltered Cats and Dogs   
Every cat and dog brought into an animal shelter will be spayed if female, and then adopted out or sent to the nearest no-kill shelter. These shelters will be established in every major metro area of 50,000 or more population. Smaller towns will send their spayed animals to these shelters. Males will be sterilized and/or returned to feral colonies if a cat, and kept until adoption if a dog, after holding period. Dogs must be neutered and will not be returned to streets, but must be sent to nearest animal shelters after holding period. Cost of spaying or neutering will be paid by federal funds. Holding period will be changed from four days to seven days. Spay, neuter, and vaccination fees for an animal will be subsidized 100% by federal govt., and may not be charged to adopter of an animal.

Animal Fighting and Abusive Sports or Displays
All are hereby banned including dog fighting, cock fighting, and bull fighting. Anyone convicted of any affiliation with animal fighting- even viewing- will receive a minimum three year prison sentence. 
Also banned are the abusive sports of horse tripping; the roping of calves, horses, and steers; bull and wild horse riding; and all other rodeo events involving stress to animals. 
Animal acts at circuses are to be strictly monitored for violations of the animal welfare act including non-public treatment, and all elephants and large cats are to be relinquished to accredited* zoos or sanctuaries as their ownership is hereby specifically banned for circus use. 
  

Vivisection 
This practice is banned. All animals currently in laboratories- both government and private- will be euthanized and disposed of properly. All government facilities built for this purpose will be disassembled and otherwise destroyed, as well as all equipment related thereto. Government mandated testing of prescription drugs on animals is rescinded.

Animal cruelty in general is banned and means any deliberate physical pain or mental anguish caused upon an animal.

Violations of this act are automatic felonies, with mandated prison time and mental treatment.

 

Natural predators will also be re-introduced on a large scale to all areas of the mainland and Alaska, especially forested and mountainous areas. This includes bears, wolves, pumas, lynx, and wolverines; but not coyotes or foxes. These animals will receive special protection just as endangered species do. 
 
Other animals will be bred and reintroduced into appropriate areas, especially any endangered or rare animals. 
 
Pet wolves that are purebreds will be set free in national forest areas, and wolf-hybrids will be considered a dangerous breed as above. 





*Accreditation must be by one or more of these three private organizations:
Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries

Sanctuary Standards, or the

Association of Zoos and Aquariums.










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(c) james platt 2009


8/31/09

BEWARE STUDENT LOANS

On a regular basis, I hear of someone that is about to go to college, is going back to college, or else they are trying to talk me into going. Of course, it is everyone's dream to become a college graduate. It guarantees a well-paying career. And in the meantime, you become so darn smart, much smarter than the non-degreed world. Right?

Let me run a few examples by you, all true:

I went to college once, and on the loan form it said to calculate your expenses per semester and fill it in. That amount, if approved, would be loaned to you. I figured up 1858. So the student loan office at the school sent in for 929.- half what I needed. Much of this was for gas as I lived 45 miles from the school. When I discovered this, I asked them about it. They said that most people make a mistake and fill in a year's worth instead of one semester's worth of expenses, so they always cut it in half to correct it. I told them I read it carefully and did not make a mistake- I needed that much per semester. Their response was, and I quote: "oh well. It's too late now." So guess what- I ran out of gas money right before the first semester tests, and had to drop out. I told all of the teachers and the office people why. No one seemed concerned. After I started getting bills for it, I sent in a written request for review. It was completely ignored. I wrote a letter the next year- again ignored. It has been 20 years now, and I still get bills for it. Now they are for- let's see- I will open the one I got today- 2,261.48 . For a loan of 929. They kept my tax refunds- both state and federal- several years, at random times, but those amounts are never counted off of the balance. They just keep it and give you no credit for it. Why don't I make payments then? See the next part about my sister's experiences...

MY SISTER went to college a few times, and had loans to pay back. She made payments on one of them for a year. Then she checked the balance- it was the same! She had been paying the recommended payment, and it only covered the exorbitant interest! A year of monthly payments so the balance would be the same...So payments are not a good option. If you can't afford to pay it off all at once, you might as well just not pay it. Later on, she got a copy of her credit report, and discovered that there was an extra loan on there she had never borrowed. It said she borrowed it in 1979. She was 10 years old in 1979. She got out of that one, believe it or not, but why was it on there to start with? One can only wonder...

MY DAD went to college after becoming partially disabled. He later became totally disabled and got on social security. Several years after he had been on social security, the feds started garnishing his monthly checks without notice. They said it was to repay the student loan. He tried to call the social security people, and got the runaround. His letters were not answered. He finally had to hire a lawyer to help him get the garnishments stopped. There is a federal law that says if you are legally disabled, you do not have to repay school loans (a 'deferment'). They are to be written off. So why did they do it in the first place? And why did he have to get a lawyer to force them to comply with their own law? They didn't pay him back for over a year...

MY AUNT had also went to school and had later became disabled. She was also on disability. She was buying a house through a HUD loan, and had one payment left on it. Then guess what happened- they canceled her loan and mailed her an eviction notice. Reason: you can't get a government loan if you owe a student loan, so her entire HUD loan was invalid from the start. Why they didn't tell her this from the start, no one knew. Years of payments down the tubes; her house gone...

So, how great is it really to have to deal with this kind of crap from the govt. for the rest of your life? If you can afford to pay it off all at once, you would have just paid your way through college on your own to start with. And if you do manage to make payments once you get out of school, how long will that go on? Considering their interest rate, I would guess for many, many years.

The feds waste so much on on college-related administrative b.s. and wasteful programs, that if would scrap it all and start over, it would be cheaper to simply pay everyone's tuition and make it free. But that is too simple for them it seems. 

Once in awhile people say that things drop off of your credit reports after 10 years anyways. What they do not realize is that there is a special federal law that exempts student loans from this time limit. So they are on your credit forever. Bad credit means you can't buy anything on payments from anyone, ever. Just try getting a car, a house, even a dental or a veterinary payment account. The VAST majority of college graduates are in the same boat I am in. College was such a great fucking idea, huh? Screwed forever by loans you can never repay, and usually unable to get the job you dreamed of... all for that piece of paper ('degree') that really says: this is to certify that I fell into the Fool's trap of govt. debt....

As one wiseman once said...



(c) james platt

7/4/09

McDonald's: discrimination and unsafe food

Oh, McDonald's- that iconic poster child of junk food, cruelty, and corporate shenanigans...

They are quite well known for selling food that is extremely unhealthy. Of course their webpages declare how healthy it all is, but hey- cholesterol is cholesterol and animal proteins are still animal proteins- no matter how they try to spin it. A few years ago they started selling bottled water, orange juice, and advertised their salads more. They wanted to portray health-conscious joggers stopping in for a fast, nutritious meal. I don't think it went over too well: I rarely see joggers trotting in there.

Then in the late '90s, there was a lawsuit dubbed "McLibel". McDonald's actually sued two independent activists who were handing out flyers on the streets of London. The activists were very active indeed: they fought the lawsuit at their expense with no attorneys, and in the end they won. McDonald's was pretty embarrassed to be sure....See this link for more details. Watch documentary about it here.

In 2001 a Hindu discovered that McDonald's had been deceptive about putting beef in their french fries. A lawsuit was born. Read all the sordid details here. In the end, McDonald's had to pay out $11,000,000. in damages. See this story also.

Then in 2004 a dude decided to make a documentary. It was about what would happen if he ate only McDonald's food for a month straight. The film is gross and shocking, with regular interludes of his doctor telling him how it is destroying his liver, etc. It also revealed how they put sugar in all their foods, including salads. Watch it here for free.

I worked at McDonald's two times. Even though the application says all this stuff about how you can't work there if you are a felon, this manager at one of them always talked about "when I was in prison...". Whatever though- I just needed a job is all. It was their business. But the food safety practices were so bad there, it was kind of disturbing.

The burger and chicken patties are cooked on 'clamshell' hotplates, which cook both sides at once for a certain amount of time, then it raises and you put the patties into a holding cabinet, which keeps them warm until they are used in sandwiches. The holding cabinets have timers, which you start when you put the trays of patties into it. After 20 minutes, they are supposed to be discarded.

The training videos clearly say that if a patty doesn't appear 'kosher', or well cooked, you must cook it again or discard it. They never do actually, and always look raw, pink, and bloody when the clamshell opens. This can be fixed by closing it again and cooking it for a little longer, but this takes up time and the mangers go nuts when you cook them twice. There was one employee there that argued incessantly with the bosses about this, saying he did not want to be sued for food poisoning. Other than this brave kid, no one else cooked them twice and into the cabinet they went- pink and bloody, ready to put into a sandwich. The justification was that 'they cook in the cabinet' the rest of the way. Yes, after a half hour or more they are browned up. But if used soon, such as lunchtime... well, I hope the customer likes it rare. How do they end up in the cabinet for half an hour or more if they are supposed to be discarded after 20 minutes? When the timer goes off, the button is pushed and the countdown starts over, that's how. Even managers reset them all the time. The worst thing I found out there was about the fry vat oil. You know how in your home deep fryer the oil gets all icky after awhile and then you change it? Imagine using it 24 hours a day seven days a week. How often would it need to be changed? When I worked at two different Burger Kings, they both changed the oil daily. So did my (now-ex)wife when she managed two different Dairy Queens. So I asked one day while working at McDonald's: "how often do we change this vat oil?" The reply: "We don't. Maintenance does it. They come in every two weeks or so". I verified this with other employees.

Now let me tell you why I do not work there anymore. I called in sick one day, as I have diabetes and my glucose level was over 300 (it should be 90). I felt tired and wanted to take medicine and rest. The boss (the ex-con mgr.) said "okay, but don't come back without a doctor's note". I returned with a doctor's note, which explained that I had diabetes and had high levels recently which prevented me from working when I called in. I was promptly written off the schedule. My calls to the head manager over the next few days were all avoided.

I was finally told I would not be put back onto the schedule, because I called in. This was the first/only time I had ever called in by the way. I filed a federal discrimination complaint because diabetes is legally considered to be a disability. The feds eventually decided they couldn't prove that I had called in, so I had to pursue it at my own expense.

I am glad though. The clamshell cookers are very dangerous, and I am not the only one who got burned on them frequently. A few were pretty bad burns, blistering and leaving scars on my hands and arms. Most if not all of the cooks at McDonald's have scars on their forearms from this.

I can't stress enough, that I hate that company, their practices, their contribution to animal cruelty, and the treatment of their employees.

Like their chicken nuggets?



(c) james platt

5/31/09

Toys from Torture
























REAL (i.e. <disturbing>) video below shows the origin of toys like those pictured above; though it mentions Canada it is also legal to sell domestic animal fur in the USA. 


5/5/09

Read Slowly so you can Understand.....

There is a naturally occurring poison that was first developed and mass produced for use in trench warfare in WWI. It worked really well for killing people, and after the war it was used as an ingredient in rat poison. Then Hitler and later Stalin both used it to put into their countries' water, so it would cause slow loss of intelligence and gradual stupor. Higher doses were put into the water supplies of prisoner camps, to keep them obedient.

Now fast forward to post WWII. The need for uranium mining to build atomic weapons increases greatly. A by-product of uranium production is a poisonous gas- the same one we are already talking about here. The mining industry has no idea what to do with all this toxic waste. It also was a by-product of steel and aluminum processing. Aluminum is needed to enrich uranium...So they do what any American corporation would do: they find a way to get rid of it for free, and even make a profit to boot! All they had to do was pay off the Public Health Service. Then, they paid one single doctor to say that this poison was healthy for you, even though there were already major studies showing the opposite was true.

Now, it is 1950. After the claim is made that it is safe enough for children even, another lie is invented: that it is good for you to ingest! So they start selling it to municipalities to dump into their water supplies. Now, nearly sixty years later, about 2/3 of all American tap water is infused with this poison gas. School test scores have gone down. Crime has gone up. Illnesses of all sorts, especially serious maladies such as cancer, have increased greatly. And something is amiss with the way Americans think and act nowadays...

They believe the first thing they hear automatically. Proving it wrong later yields a stupefied daze, followed by denial. Rationalization, common sense, and high intelligence quotient are no longer widespread. There are even t.v. shows about how stupid Americans are. (Ask the person on the street three easy questions- rare indeed is it that someone gets any of them right). Look at the decline of the school curricula. For a really good snapshot of majority mindset, read comments on web zines and forums. How many can spell; how many have a clue about the subject they are spouting off about?

When did all this begin? Right after the poisoning of the water. Now it is called a 'conspiracy theory' by the corporate controlled / govt. censored media. Since the govt. said it is not true, it is hard for the poisoned minds of the populace to accept any different info on this. But the proof is out there, and pretty easy to find as well. Just try to force yourself to read something you are sure you will not believe. Then sit and think on it for a while. If it conflicts with what you have been told before, it is okay. Look into it further. Prove me wrong. Using sources that reference one another in circles do not count. Go to the studies; the doctors. Here are a few starting places:

link one (read story and check links)
link two (read reviews)
link three (read related articles and check links)(then use tool on page)
link four (use this info at some point)
link five (watch a few of these)


(c) james platt

4/1/09

Parts Stores: Bonanzas of Idiocy

Has anyone noticed how stupid most parts store employees are?

It is interesting how you have to fill out ten years of job history plus take an online psych test just to get one of these jobs (autozone, advance auto, o'reilly's, pep boys {too many layers of pages to decide which one to link to...}, napa...they all have extensive applications.. ), however, knowledge of car repair is obviously not one of the criteria for hiring. Every once in awhile you will meet a real mechanic working at a parts store, but it is rare. Almost always, they are dumb kids and/or dainty women who work there.

If only I had a buck for every time I got mad at a parts store cashier....

Recently, when doing a brake job on my truck (see previous post), I ordered two brake screw adjusters- one for each wheel. They ordered two right ones. I had to return later in the day when another truck came in so I could swap it for a left one. But first, the manager said, "Wait, they may be the same on this vehicle," and then proceeded to look it up. I told her they turn in opposite directions and the right one has reverse threads, but of course, I , as the ignorant customer, was not believed.

A better one was just the other day. I needed a starter relay for my Jeep. This is a simple, common part that normally wears out. I went to a parts store. The attendant could not find it in his computer. He started clicking on every electrical part listed, so I could look at a picture of it and say if that was it or not. Slow and unprofessional, but he was trying. He finally got another employee. This guy also didn't know what it was. Then a third employee asked me what it was again. I explained what it was, what it does, and where it is on a car. He said he never heard of it so I should ask a dealership what it is. So I went to a different chain's parts store. Then I got the same b.s. as from the other store. A second employee walks up, and I think, good- this guy looks like a mechanic: he can help me! He asks what it is, what it does, what hooks to it, etc. Then he says: "We don't sell anything like that. It sounds like a junction box to me, and you will have to go to a salvage lot to get one of those. Why do you think it is bad?" Fuming by now, I try to stay cool, so I tell him: "Sometimes it won't start until you tap on it." "Oh," he spouts,"it's just a loose connection then. You don't need one anyway!". I stomped out, contemplating strangulation of this retard. I ended up finding someone with a junk parts-jeep to get one off of. It was free, but I had to drive 90 miles each way to get it.

These are typical examples of what happens at parts stores all the time, everywhere. I wish I had been keeping a list of these incidents over the years...what a volume it would be by now! All the parts stores do it, but of course some are worse than others. Will they sue me if I name them here? I doubt they can, but let's just say you should avoid wearers of green uniforms- they are the very worst at looking up parts, giving you the wrong parts, and selling junk generic and Chinese parts that don't last very long. (And the Jeep thing was not at their stores, BTW.)

I also had trouble once getting sparkplug wires for my C-30 truck. Two chains in town told me they don't sell parts for 'grain trucks'. Then a third one said that was ridiculous, and had them in stock even. They said any store with parts for Silverado 3500 pickups will have parts for my C-30 truck. So what was the problem with the first two companies getting the wire set? They seemed completely confused by the truck's name and did not bother to consider the fact that it has a very common engine type- a 454 Chevy big block. Sparkplugs for these are rare?? Don't think so...

my "grain truck"


I could give so many examples like this...One has to wonder:

Why don't these companies hire mechanics, or at least 'shadetree' mechanics? Why is it they all use the same parts catalogs but look up completely different things in different stores? Why do they always treat their customers like idiots?
Why are so many of them so stupid and annoying?

Maybe they can look up answers to these questions.


(c) james platt

3/27/09

How To Fix Dually Brakes

I have just finished the process of repairing my rear brakes on a C-30 Chevy truck. It has dually wheels and I have never worked on something like this before, so I sought out advice online before starting. There are many articles, mostly on mechanics' forums and blogs. I thought I had obtained some pretty good advice, but was ill-prepared in the end.

Therefore I am going to add a few helpful hints to the net, to facilitate other first timers. Though it sounds obvious, remember there is a reason jack stands are always recommended- jacks can tip over! Especially bottle jacks, so use a trolley jack with large jack stands while chocking the other wheels...

"Remove axle" means you need to get a 3 foot long pipe to put over a 1/2" breaker bar in order to break the hub bolts loose. Then after removing them, 'simply' pull out the inner floating axle.

After taking off both wheels on one side, and pulling out the axle, "remove brake drum". Now the fun begins. (I hope by now you have placed a large jack stand under the outer axle...and even these can tip over so make sure they are on level solid ground!!!) In order to remove the brake drum, you will first pull on it with all your strength. Then you will beat it with a 5 pound hammer- a sledgehammer is too big because of the fear of cracking it: these drums cost 165.00 apiece! Next, the inevitable curse-fest and hurling of insults toward GM engineers. Now, search for extra large drum pullers. Even tool stores don't have them, but a few can be found online that are big enough...for a few c-notes. So forget that. Searching online for tips is next. Wiki-How is good. There you will learn that there is a nut to remove in there. How were you supposed to know if it is not even visible? Regardless, go ahead and go through lots of trouble to dig out your biggest sockets in preparation for this massive spindle nut. Next, clean off the old gear oil and look at the nut. It ain't a spindle nut at all. It is a castle nut. So just pop off the c-clip over it, then pull out the key with a pair of needle nose, and it turns right off with a screwdriver.

Now, the freaking drum will pull off..Interesting, indeed. In my case, the shoes were worn down to nothing and were bare metal. The emergency brake bar had fallen out and bent in half somehow. The shoe retainer springs were bent. The cylinder seals were cracked and popped off, leaking fluid. Brake dust was piled over an inch high on top of stuff.

So, next, you need to clean everything off with carburetor spray and paper towels.(Brake cleaner spray is really just marked up carb spray.) You will end up needing about six cans of spray and four rolls of towels. Spray out the two bearings as well in the drum. Do not set the drum in the yard, or grass and rocks will get into the bearings which will have to be picked out with needle nosed pliers. Trust me on that. The only way to repack them without removing them is to get a grease gun and shoot it directly into the bearing, several times to expel the old grease and make sure it is full. If your other 3 grease guns are stored in a trailer 90 miles away, you will need to buy a new one to do this. Use the grease labeled for 'industrial and mining operations'. With cheap brands, you have to overdo things a little to ensure it will work right.

Set the drum aside- being careful not to cramp your back lifting the 80 pound motha. Now, "remove old brake shoes". This means grabbing the springs with vice grips and unhooking them all, then, about a half hour later, the shoes will be off. Lay out the springs how they came off, so you will know later how to put them back on. Then you will kick them sooner or later, and it will become a guessing game. Such is brakes. (update on 1/26/10: since most people incl. myself do not take a before picture of their brakes, I have done it for you. taken after all was completed and where it should be. see below). It is wise to place all parts inside a ziploc bag, to avoid losing any. If you lose even one, you will have to buy a new spring kit.

The brilliant GM engineers designed a backing plate a full 1/2 inch from the leaf springs behind it, so it has to come off to remove the cylinder. There are four bolts that hold it on. Next is the brake line. Undo it with a lot of PB spray and a 3/8 line wrench. It will still strip, but by using the spray and a line wrench you will feel good knowing it is not your fault...Ditto for the bolts holding on the wheel cylinder. I stripped the head on one, and had to chisel the head off of another. New cylinders do not come with bolts for some stupidass reason, so the quest now begins to find new ones.

Parts stores sell them, but at least one chain does not like to help you find them. Suggesting going to a hardware store is a lazy way out for the incompetent counter attendant. But I won't be spiteful and say the name of this store, which rhymes with o'smileys...Anyway, other parts stores will find the exact replacement bolts for you, so try that first before checking every hardware store in town like I did.

If your screw adjusters have their teeth worn down to nothing, make sure you specify when you order new ones that they are left and right: counter attendants- especially at o'smileys- will not think of that and order two right ones. Then you will have to go back later after they have ordered a left one. Don't take any lip from them either, and let them say they are the same part. They move in opposite directions and the right one has left-hand threads. This is true regardless of the manager's claims. Place a glob of bearing grease inside the head and onto the threads of the new adjusters before installing. Some use lithium grease (the white stuff) but it dries out.

Once the cylinder is bolted back onto the plate, and the line is attached, you will have to reattach the plate to the outer axle and put the new shoes and springs on. It is easiest to attach line to cylinder, cylinder to plate, and plate to hub- in that order. Then, attach line to its junction block. Trust me on this. After all is well, the drum must be replaced before you can bleed them. We all know how to bleed brakes I suppose, but on these trucks there is a catch: accessing the bleeder valve. There is 1/2" of clearance between the backing plate and the leaf springs. Your fingers can get caught in there (and it hurts). A 3/8 ratchet or breaker bar will not fit. A 1/4" ratchet is no good because you can't reach in to switch the direction lever on it. A 1/4" flex bar is required, with a small 1/4" pipe to go over the handle for length. This is the only way to move the bleeder back and forth. When finished (after dozens of bleeds), good luck getting your tools out of there. Or, just leave them and start with new ones on the other side. (Someday they will vibrate off and someone will find them on the road. It may make a teenage boy's day, or a young girl might use them to punish her barbies with...) Another way is to just open the valve and let the fluid run out awhile, keeping the master cylinder refilled. This extrudes most air from the line, but is not as good as actual forced bleeding by pressing the brake pedal. The one-man bleeder kits you can buy are notorious for falling apart, but you can make your own easily. It is sturdier and cheaper to use an plastic jar like from peanut butter and make two holes in the lid. Fill the jar about 1/3 with clean fluid. Run a clear vinyl hose (hardware stores sell them for a few cents per foot) into the fluid and then over the opened bleeder valve. Press brake pedal until no bubbles are seen going through tube. The trick is getting the exact size of tubing to go over your valves.

After bleeding, the tires can be put back on. Remember to re-insert the axle too, and seal the bolts/cap to it. You must tighten the hub bolts with the tire off the ground, or it will not line up right and at least one will strip out. Then you will need to buy a replacement bolt with washers, which will prevent the rims from passing over it. Just guessing on this (maybe).

If you decide to change the differential fluid too, here is one more tip: all of the web pages say to use a funnel. They do not mention that gear oil is nearly as thick as honey, and requires a special type funnel (one with hose, on/off twisty valve, and tube). Cut the factory tube off the top of the differential and attach funnel hose with a small hose clamp. Jam funnel into position against vehicle floor then open valve to drain it. It will take about an hour per quart to drain from the funnel into the differential fill tube. At 3.5 quarts capacity, this is an all day task.

After all this, you will be glad you are done, despite the idiots at the parts stores and the special difficulties with these kinds of trucks. But there is one more thing.

Now, repeat on other side........
 


 

some final, random tips:
top blue spring does not hook onto top pin, but onto adjuster arm wire. make sure the e-brake crossbar has its square spring on the right way- these do not come in kits and have to be bought at dealers or junkyards. taller, black shoe retainer spring goes to front shoe/short blue one to rear. clean inner drum surface thoroughly with wire brush and spray. be careful to put thicker shoe to rear and smaller one to front.this is a very good time to repack bearings with new grease- there are two in each drum. see addendum below on this.



UPDATE!

Note original date of this post. Now, on 1/26/10, I am updating this as the job is finally, truly done. All of this time I have been refixing /waiting on weather to warm up/redoing/etc. They kept locking up. They would work fine for a ways, grab, lock up. Either side at random and independently.

Posting questions about this on Yahoo Answers was an exercise in futility. Several mechanics with many years experience offered tips of all sorts. They meant well, but no one was correct. I took it apart again.

The new shoes, with barely 200 miles on them, were worn halfway down and cracking. I got new ones from a different parts store. Not 130. Wagners, but not generics either. While replacing them, I bent a spring and had to get a new spring kit. That was when I learned that the other new spring kit from the other store  (o'smiley's again) was crap. The shoe retainer springs were all four the same- that's funny- the ones I had now had different ones for the front and back shoes. What else could be wrong, tension maybe, who knows? So with the new shoes (American) and the new springs (American) it all went together fairly easily.

I have taken pics and added them along with a few tips for anyone needing help. 

My brakes work fine now and no longer lock up.

Buy domestic.

Addendum:
Do not use cheapy grease!!! Generic or cheapo bearing grease will break down in less than a year and turn into a watery goop that will get on everyhting inside the drum, and can even ruin the brake shoe linings. Pics below are of the mess made inside a G30 van drum that had bearing repacked with super tech red grease.







--these tips work on all Chevy one-ton drums and brake systems, such as C30 trucks, G30 vans, 3500s, and others--


(c) james platt, both article and pictures. ask for repost permission.

3/11/09

FEMA Coffins

For once, I am not going to put any links into an article. This is because anyone that would bother to check any of them would be able to easily verify what I am saying a hundred different ways anyway. Use google.

I finally had to say something about the newest conspiracy theory. It bothers me because I witnessed its beginning. I tried, but was unable to get anyone to listen to reason. Trust me, I am not a big fan of the government. They screw up enough on their own without people adding on outrageous claims to make them sound even scarier than they already are.

Last July a video and article appeared on infowars.com. It was about a shaky video of a bunch of plastic coffins stacked in a field. The field was a couple miles from the Hartsfield-Jackson Intl. Airport. Well, Atlanta is where the CDC is based, so anything in the Atlanta metro area must have something to do with the CDC! And anyone who has been there knows how enormous the Atlanta metro area is, and therefore how absurd that last sentence is.

But of course, Alex Jones and his run-for-the-hills style made it into a huge what-if scenario, pushing the buttons of his paranoid readers. They freaked. In the comments section for that first article, I offered to go check it out, because at the time I lived there. No one would say where it was exactly for awhile though. Then it was finally revealed to be next to a concrete company near the airport. After this everyone really let loose: 'they are using the airport to transport them all over the country after they kill the citizens!', and similar cries.

A few readers looked into it, contacting the company that makes these coffins and asking them about it. It seems they were storing them there, because people buy them before they die. They are personalized with a brass nameplate, and held until the time comes. These plastic 'coffins', actually burial vaults that a coffin would go into, are much cheaper and simpler than concrete vaults. The number of people dying yearly in this country, and the number buying and reserving these vaults, is enormous. So they stacked them. An expensive facility is not needed because they are weatherproof and it is unlikely anyone would steal such a thing. What is disturbing though, is that all this was posted into the comments section. Most readers ignored it.

I kept trying to make people think about how silly this all was. For example, I detailed how the CDC is actually in the suburb of Chamblee, on the opposite end of the metro from the airport. It has a huge walled in complex and is also barely a mile from another large airport- the Peachtree-Dekalb. So why in the world would they store these coffins across the city by another airport, when they could put them in their compound or at least by the closer airport? Maybe because the CDC does not own them!!! Because everything in Atlanta and its suburbs does not belong to one govt. agency that happens to be based there! And I posted these observations. No one listened.

But one day someone posted a paranoid rant and included a reference to 'these FEMA coffins...' . And so it began. Now, there is a huge conspiracy theory about the "FEMA coffins" 'in' Atlanta, and what the govt. is going to do with them. Estimates range from 10,000 to a million. Most people guess half a million. But then, a few claim it proves 'the CDC's plan to kill 90% of the population', after which they will place all the bodies in these "FEMA coffins"! At around 300 million people, 90% would be about 270 million coffins needed. So where are the other 269 fields with 'a million' coffins in them? Can you see an emergence of paranoia yet?

Now, there are 67 youtube videos with 'fema coffins' in the title, last I looked anyway. That is not including the related videos, or ones with different titles but same subject matter.

I ask the coffin-mongers: where are the rest of the coffins? where will they bury so many coffins? with what equipment? why not dump the bodies in a swamp (oh I forgot- FEMA already dumped 2,000 people in a swamp that they shot in the head, right after Katrina. but that's a different conspiracy...) ? And lastly, why don't you verify anything, or consider outside sources- like the 'coffin' company, or even your common sense?

It is worth pondering, in the spirit of open-mindedness: what if these burial vaults really did belong to FEMA or the CDC? You would think it would be easier and cheaper to stockpile body bags, and in a hidden spot such as inside the CDC compound, the huge army base (Ft. McPherson) right by the intl. airport, or somewhere besides an open field, but whatever. Supposing the vaults are govt. owned- so what? What if there was a disease outbreak and they wanted some on hand? Who knows. If the officials in charge of this were careless enough to stash them in an open field near a large international airport in a major metro area, then I doubt their plan to make use of them will be very well concealed either. So don't worry.

After all, there are Amtrak trains retrofitted with guillotines ordered from Japan, remember? (Who needs bullets when you can just behead people, and why make your our own guillotines when Japan sells them?) Oh yes, and the box cars with shackles welded into them (no need to lock the train car doors- just weld shackles in- it is simpler somehow). Worry about these older conspiracies first before taking on yet another completely nonsensical and unprovable hype-fest. And one more thing: if you really believe these horrific fantasies, then please click on this article's title.

UPDATE, 12/21/2010 :
Due to the cancerous spread of this lie on the net, I am now offering a challenge to the cretins who perpetuate this lie. If you prove to me that it is true, I will delete this post and repost the other view. Proving it to me will require the following:
1. proof that the vault replacement grave liners are really just coffins,
2. proof that the company who makes and owns them is either under contract with fema or is owned by the federal govt.,
3. proof that there is a plan to use them in a mass operation,
4. an explanation of why they are 'hidden' in an open field instead of in the nearby army base,
5. evidence of collusion between the CDC and FEMA to kill everyone,
6. an explanation of where so many bodies would be buried, and with what equipment,
7. the locations of the 500 or more other stockpiles that must exist to kill and bury the rest of the population,
8. a reason why mass cremations would not be easier, faster, and cheaper than burying everyone in an individual grave and coffin. just the same- why not mass graves with no coffins?
9. an explanation of why coffins would be stockpiled instead of body bags,
10. a reason why only paranoid right-wingers buy into the tale, and no one else believes a word of it;
11. an accompanying statement from a mental health professional that certifies your sanity.
All documents must be certified, signed affidavits from official sources. Get to work, nut-jobs...



(c) james platt  bitterbrainiac.blogspot.com, ask for repost.

3/3/09

PETA SUCKS

I used to think PeTA was the greatest animal rights group ever. They are so huge and powerful. I joined. Soon I discovered that when you let your membership dues lapse they keep sending you stuff anyways for a few more years.

In 2004 they did something so outrageous I stopped all support of them. Their long running campaign against procter & gamble was simply dropped. They let them vivisecting bastards win, and all them years of campaigning against them- the boycotts, the letters, the stickers, all went down the toilet while the CEO of p&g surely had a victory party. I used to put little stickers on every pay phone in town every day that said 'procter and gamble poisons animals'. I still have some. Then the whole thing was dropped, and not because they agreed to stop torturing animals with their products (see the 'get a conscience' link to right). They dropped it to free up resources for a new campaign: McDonald's. It seems they were buying chicken meat from breeders and processors that were mean to the chickens. Imagine that. Why didn't they target the people committing these acts instead of the restaurant chain that bought the final result? It would have worked better, been a lot easier and cheaper, and there would have been plenty of resources left over to continue the p&g campaign. You know: divide and conquer; go after the snake's head, not its tail....

So I was miffed at peta. It also seemed that they were wasting efforts on numerous small campaigns that virtually no one cared about: ..Save the silkworms- they are boiled alive...The Spice Girls wore fur...Don't chain up dogs. Give dogs straw to lay on... Meanwhile, some things seemed to be of little concern to them: vivisection, fur farming, wild trapping, hunting...

Their numerous campaigns, some of which have little interest to most activists even, are too little too late. They cannot stop the silk trade, and not everyone can afford a fence for their dogs. But as large and powerful as they were, I assumed they would help me when I needed some awareness for a local animal related issue. Never assume anything....

I found out that the feds were allowing area cattle ranchers to kill buffaloes within the borders of Yellowstone National Park. This was illegal, immoral, and outrageous. When I emailed peta about it, they replied , quote:


Thank you for contacting PETA. Although we read all mail and will forward messages to the appropriate staffers, because of the volume of mail that we receive, we are unable to respond to all mail personally. The following information and links, however, will likely address any concern that you have regarding wildlife, so please read it carefully.
If you are writing us concerning hunting, please visit http://www.PETA.org/about/faq-wild.asp for answers to frequently asked questions about hunting and http://www.peta.org/mc/factsheet_display.asp?ID=53 for our factsheet on the subject. Some animal protection organizations focus specifically on hunting, and you might want to contact one of those groups for more detailed information about efforts to help targeted animals. You can find such groups by searching the web using http://www.google.com or a similar site, but to get you started, one organization that campaigns vigorously against hunting is The Fund for Animals (http://www.fundforanimals.org).
For information about what to do if you’ve seen a wild animal being abused, tips on living in harmony with wildlife, or to learn how to take action to help non-domesticated animals, please visit http://www.HelpingAnimals.com/wildlife.asp. Other links that may also be of help to you:
· Fight the wildlife trade: http://www.WildlifePimps.com
· Fight predator and “nuisance” control: http://www.PETA.org/mc/factsheet_display.asp?ID=51 and http://www.hsus.org/ace/13964
· Fight against habitat loss and development: http://www.hsus.org/ace/15631
· Fight the cruelty of fishing: http://www.FishingHurts.com
One of the best ways to combat any anti-wildlife legislation is to send letters explaining your stance to elected officials and leaders of major corporations. For information about current legislation, visit http://www.fund.org. A few other useful pages include:
· PETA’s guide to effective letter-writing: http://www.PETA.org/actioncenter/letter-writing-guide.asp
· How to lobby: http://www.PETA.org/mc/factsheet_display.asp?ID=74
· To find your representatives: http://www.congress.org
Also, before deciding whether or not to support a particular “wildlife” or “conservation” group, ask about its position on hunting. The National Wildlife Federation, the National Audubon Society, the Sierra Club, the Izaak Walton League, the Wilderness Society, the World Wildlife Fund, and many others either support sport hunting outright or do not oppose it.
For more ideas about ways to help animals, please visit http://www.PETA.org/actioncenter.
Thanks again for your interest in PETA and in helping animals.
Sincerely,
The PETA Staff



They did not find it worth their time to save buffaloes, so they referred me to anti-hunting groups. Via a form letter. Nice.

One other time I wrote to them about a large man-made lake (Viking Lake in SW Iowa) that was going to be drained for the sole purpose of killing off all the fish in it. This was so the state could restock it. Since peta has an anti-fishing campaign, I told them about this too. This time, no response at all.

Next, I told them about a small town whose mayor had posted a bounty on cats on the town's website. This time I got a real letter in return, quote:

Dear Mr. Platt,
Thank you for contacting us about the feral cats in Randolph, Iowa. We are troubled that local government officials are encouraging people to try to capture these cats on their own, and we recommend that only people trained for this kind of work be allowed to interact with these cats.
As you may know, feral-cat population control is a difficult and emotional issue and has been a topic of heated debate within the animal-protection community for many years. Our past experiences with trap/neuter/return/monitor (TNRM) programs and managed feral-cat colonies have led us to question whether or not these programs are always truly in the cats’ best interests. Time and time again, we have seen the tragic results of incidents in which cats—“managed” or not—suffer and die horrible deaths because they must fend for themselves outdoors. Having witnessed firsthand the gruesome things that can happen to feral cats, we cannot in good conscience oppose euthanasia as a humane option in some circumstances. Please know that this stance is based solely on what we know to be the most humane option for these animals.
Horrific fates await most homeless cats—they do not die of old age. Highly contagious diseases such as rhinotrachitis, feline AIDS, and rabies are common in “outdoor cats.” They sustain puncture wounds, broken bones, brain damage, or lose eyes or limbs after being attacked by other animals or hit by cars. During winter months, it is all too typical for automobile engine fans to slice through the bodies of cats who seek shelter from the cold in engines. If cats miraculously escape these perils, they may still fall prey to agonizing deaths at the hands of cruel people. Our office is flooded with calls about cruelty to animals every day. Across the country, free-roaming cats are mutilated, shot, drowned, poisoned, beaten, set on fire, sacrificed, stolen by bunchers for medical experimentation, or used by dogfighters for target practice or as “bait.”
TNRM advocates argue that feral cats are just as deserving as other felines and that it is our responsibility to alleviate their suffering and ensure their safety—we absolutely agree. It is precisely because we would never encourage people to let their own cats outdoors to roam free that we do not encourage the same for feral cats. We believe that, although altering feral cats prevents the suffering of future generations, it does little to improve the quality of life of the cats who are left outdoors. Allowing feral cats to continue their daily struggle for survival in hostile environments is not usually a humane option.
Nevertheless, PETA’s position has never been that all feral cats should be euthanized. We believe that TNRM programs are acceptable when the cats are (1) isolated from roads and people and other animals who could harm them; (2) constantly attended to by people who not only feed them, but care for their medical needs; (3) located in an area where they do not have contact with wildlife; and (4) located in an area where the weather is temperate. For information on humanely managing a feral cat colony, please visit:
· http://www.HelpingAnimals.com/Factsheet/files/FactsheetDisplay.asp?ID=141
· http://PETALiterature.com/WEL233.pdf
· http://www.HelpingAnimals.com/Factsheet/files/FactsheetDisplay.asp?ID=120
The solution to feral-cat overpopulation obviously lies in prevention. Like everyone who cares about the welfare of animals, PETA would like to see an end to the need for euthanasia, which is why PETA operates a mobile spaying and neutering clinic, the “SNIPmobile,” and performs thousands of low-cost or free sterilization surgeries every year. We provide free spaying and neutering to local TNRM groups, and we vaccinate and give ear treatment to feral cats from managed colonies (please visit http://www.HelpingAnimals.com/about_snip.asp to learn more about SNIP).
We also have campaigns across the country and around the world to educate people about the need to spay and neuter in order to prevent further growth in the numbers of homeless animals. To learn how you can help introduce a spay/neuter ordinance in your area, please visit http://www.HelpingAnimals.com/res_lobbyLeg.asp.
Thanks again for contacting PETA and for your compassion.
Sincerely,
Heidi Parker
Correspondent
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
http://www.PETA.org

--end quote--


This was my reply to their letter:

your essay on feral cats was well done. but did you know that pets not wearing collars are not the same thing as feral animals? either you do not know the difference, or you did not check into this matter one bit before lecturing me on the perils of aiding feral cats. this matter had nothing to do with feral cats. a quick look at the randolph home page makes that perfectly clear- their aim was to have people round up other peoples pets that were not wearing collars, and pay them a bounty on them. of course collared cats could also be caught and had their collars simply removed. the mayor does not refer anywhere to wild, diseased, or feral animals. just loose cats out 'to go to the bathroom'.
fortunately, they have announced an end to the bounty- though they have not changed their website- due to many complaints from area citizens and even several animal rights groups. judging by your response, i am sure peta was not one of them.
next time i need help for animals, i will contact the IDA or NHES.




Suffice it to say I am losing respect for them as animal advocates by this time.

At one point they were taking donations of fur coats and giving people a tax write off for it. Donating a valuable item to a charity lowers your tax dues. Plus it gets these disgusting garments off the streets. Good idea. But wait- what did peta do with these coats? I personally would have suggested burning them. They gave them out to homeless people. After painting a red stripe around one sleeve, in order to devalue them. "These are the only people with an excuse for wearing fur- the homeless!," they schreeched. Assuming that the paint could not be dry cleaned off, did it not occur to them that a short sleeved fur coat could be made out of it, or a few stoles, or a cape??? This was probably one of their stupidest publicity stunts. I would love to know how many of those coats are still being worn by homeless people, and how many were sold and cleaned or refitted and worn by rich-bitches right now.

Anymore, all you hear about peta is their monthly publicity stunts, usually involving naked humans. It gets old. There is a rumor on the net that they only spend "less than one percent" of their budget on animal work. This is untrue, but they are making no real effort to refute it. Jumping into that issue would gain them a lot of good publicity. The last linked page makes it clear they are doing a lot of good work for animals, mainly educational. But as far as advocacy and intervention- they suck. Too big I guess, with 800,000 claimed members.

PeTA can be good, but it is for the masses. Doers join smaller, more active groups.

If you want to help animals more directly, I highly recommend these groups instead:

rodeos
vivisection
big cats
law enforcement 




Don't go with the flow to help animals- do what you need to.



(c) james platt

2/19/09

Carry Hammers

A redneck is a sickening creature. Older people will tell you that a 'redneck' used to mean someone with short hair, who would get a sunburn on their neck. When I was in grade school I was incessantly teased for being a 'redneck' because I had long hair. The teachers did not understand this, nor did I.

Nowadays, a redneck has come to mean something much more. A redneck now entails someone that chews tobacco; speaks with an exaggerated version of a southern accent; makes a hobby of hunting and any other animal abuse they can concoct; drives a pickup truck; is obsessed with off-road motorcycles, four-wheel drive trucks, and trucks with oversized tires; and is quite taken with country-western music. They usually wear cowboy boots, either cowboy hats or baseball caps, and too-tight blue jeans.

Rednecks walk around like there is a corn cob up their ass (there might be, actually...) and have a particular way they strut around as well. This involves cocking their arms back and outwards- like chicken wings- and then tilting their head back slightly, closing their eyes partway, and using the corn-cob walk.

It is baffling that comedians such as Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy are actually able to make a living making fun of these cretins. What americans find amusing about redneck stupidity is beyond me. Their jokes seem to revolve around being stupid and/or uneducated, hoarding junk, not knowing how to fix things properly, killing animals, being unkempt, and inbreeding. While all of those things apply to rednecks in reality, it is quite odd that the general public finds them amusing rather than disgusting or at least pitiful.

Since rednecks think animal abuse is so cool, they not only hunt but most of them trap and fish as well. All of them are quite fascinated with rodeos. I once had the displeasure of living in a small town in Missouri (Ravenwood) that was chock full of rednecks. It is funny how so many people in the rural areas of the Midwest get caught up in this condition, but it is not confined to the West (cowboy-land), nor the South (hicksville). Rednecks are everywhere. Especially the rural Midwest (farmer-o-rama). When I lived there, one of my neighbors had set up a sawhorse in his backyard, and attached a plastic cow head to it. Every day he went out there and lassoed it for at least an hour. Another neighbor actually had a horse living in his garage, which he trotted around town once a week. I am not making this up.

They also are invariably big-time 'patriots' who wholeheartedly support everything the Founding Fathers were opposed to. They hoop it up when the american military murders people around the world, and support imperialism 1,000%. Just like they support violence against animals, they support violence against humans too, including their women. The vast majority of rednecks beat their women.

Rednecks are a combination of two main cultures: cowboys and hillbillies. What are they? Cowboys come from a background that is pretty sick. And hillbillies, well....Why is this 'cool' to them? It is probably the result of what half-retarded career animal abusers do to their kids at night...

The most pressing question here is what should be done about them? It is they who make up the ranks of the NRA, hunting clubs, and chewing-tobaccy sales. Without their presence this society could be free of hunting, tobacco spit on the sidewalks, and inbred freaks stumbling around your local department store slobbering on your groceries.

I propose a three step plan:
1. Start carrying hammers. Whenever you encounter a redneck, hit it in the head- hard. It will either knock it normal, or will reduce their population by one. Win-Win.
2. Outlaw incest, chew, hunting, and four-wheelin'. This will force them to re-evalute their lifestyles and just maybe cause them to take up thinking.
3. Start a non-profit group that raises money to send them all to NYC. It would be easy to trick them into thinking they won the hoop-n-holler contest last year, and this is their prize! Once in NYC, the populace there would take care of them, if nothing else by laughing them out on a rail!

The hammer idea would work best I think.


(c) james platt