My DIY Front Loader Washer/Dryer Pedestal Project

Both of us were tired of bending over to get our laundry out of the washer and transferring to the dryer then out of the dryer for folding.  It’s a back breaker.

To go to a new $800 top loader washer dryer?  Naw, we’ll just fix the old one.

Start with the cutting for the base.  Due to height constraints we are only going up a foot.

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So 8 inch risers (2×4) with a 2×4 across the top makes it 11 1/2 inches.20170730_191655

Note the backup support using a 11 1/2 inch 2×4.  Made 8 of them for two pedestals.20170730_191708

Used a steel bar to reinforce the 2×4 cross support just in case.

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It was recommended to use MDF for the top.  $30 a sheet.  I found this 16″ by 63″ glued together pine at Lowes, three boards for $15 as they had been cut by someone and left them unwanted.  Works for me. Then 3/8″ carriage bolts to hold them together.  Easier to place each in the final location then deal with  a 60″ chunk of wood!

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Cleaned up and ready to receive. After placing, bolting together and installing the top, we struggled to get the units raised and into place…..with a little ingenuity and muscle they went in.  Then forgot to turn the water on!  A bitch getting behind there to turn it on!  Oh, well, I hadn’t been back there for 8 years….so I ensured the washers in the hoses were replaced and we are DONE!20170731_170422

She’s happy and that’s what counts, huh?

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Codify New Requirements for US Presidency

  1. Must have birth certificate to file with other paperwork when setting up to run for President.
  2.  Must pass a written test by writing a 2-5 page single spaced essay on why I want to be President.
  3. Must NOT be a billionaire!
  4. Must have served in the military for at least 3 years.
  5. Must provide personal and business US tax returns for 5 years prior to running for the Presidency to include the current year of election campaign.
  6. Must be in demonstrative good health confirmed by the current US Surgeon General or designate.
  7. “How do we set up a means to ensure this person is able to speak in coherent sentences?”
  8. OH!  Must have a psychological profile on file and available to the public.  Any narcissistic or social-pathic indications are non-qualifications for the Presidency.
  9. Our rules need to be changed to prevent the following: sourcefavoritism, cronyism, and nepotism

    As favoritism is the broadest of these related terms, we’ll start with its definition. Basically favoritism is just what it sounds like; it’s favoring a person not because he or she is doing the best job but rather because of some extraneous feature-membership in a favored group, personal likes and dislikes, etc. Favoritism can be demonstrated in hiring, honoring, or awarding contracts. A related idea is patronage, giving public service jobs to those who may have helped elect the person who has the power of appointment.

    Favoritism has always been a complaint in government service. In 2002, a survey from the federal government’s Office of Personnel Management found that only 36.1 percent of federal workers thought promotions in their work units were based on merit. (Government Executive Magazine, “Playing Favorites,” by Brian Friel, October 2004). They believed that connections, partisanship, and other factors played a role.

    Cronyism is a more specific form of favoritism, referring to partiality towards friends and associates. As the old saying goes, “It’s not what you know but who you know,” or, as blogger Danny Ferguson put it, “It’s not what you don’t know; it’s who your college roommate knows.” Cronyism occurs within a network of insiders-the “good ol’ boys,” who confer favors on one another.

    Nepotism is an even narrower form of favoritism. Coming from the Italian word for nephew, it covers favoritism to members of the family. Both nepotism and cronyism are often at work when political parties recruit candidates for public office.

  10. What else have I missed….no felonies, no sexual predators, no jail time….FULL background check as well for security levels PRIOR to being allowed to run and again once elected prior to oath!

Tiny Homes in Denver, CO

I was able to begin working on the Little Homes yesterday at 3733 Walnut St in Denver.  A lot of great volunteers there to help! Very enjoyable work.
I’ve always believed this to be a viable option to what some are pushing for: building multi million dollar projects/apartments to address this issue.

Done properly there are many sites throughout a city that could be utilized either on a temporary or even permanent basis.

SEATTLE

Austin Texas (yeah, even Texas)

Perhaps the time is now and the place is here!
https://www.denverite.com/tiny-home-village-homeless-set-construction-may-20-rino-35705/

So…..drug pricing

Nevada tries but, really? State Bill

After reading what they tried and having two of the four posts of the bill ‘amended’ prior to going to the governor, can’t help but think they didn’t get there.

Try this on for size: H.P. Acthar

The problem was just nine vials of H.P. Achtar, the drug the children needed, cost the city nearly a half-million dollars. The drug isn’t new. It’s been around decades and used to cost just $40 a dose. But the drug’s owner hiked it up to $36,000 in recent years.

Greedy greedy corportations:

 

HP Acthar chart price

“Questcor took advantage of its monopoly to repeatedly raise the price of Acthar, from $40 per vial in 2001 to more than $34,000 per vial today – an 85,000 percent increase,” FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez said in a January news release.

Read the LINK for the whole story.

Mallinckrodt Pharmaceutical

So….this gives you a hint at why some of our healthcare costs are so high, greedy business people…

 

Hey, H.J. Res. 36 [115]

5/10/17 No cost measure by the CBO received.  So….

Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the final rule of the Bureau of Land Management relating to “Waste Prevention, Production Subject to Royalties, and Resource Conservation”

TEXT OF BILL

GOVTRAK

H.J. Res. 36 nullifies a rule that was issued by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) that requires operators to take various actions to reduce waste of gas lost during oil and gas production activities through venting or flaring of the gas, and through equipment leaks. Bill sponsors considered the rule’s cost savings estimates from BLM to have been overstated, the rule itself unnecessary due to decreased levels of emissions and the legal basis for the rule tenuous. As a general matter, the EPA and states are authorized by the Clean Air Act to regulate emissions, whereas BLM is charged with federal land use management. Therefore, it is unclear BLM has the expertise or personnel to efficiently administer this rule.
(Source: Republican Policy Committee)

WELL: it got killed by REPUBLICANS

only three but there’s hope!!!

 

“Find Care” Tool Helps Identify Health Systems in Colorado That Support Patient End-of-Life Choice

Finally, in my lifetime!  Commonsense legislation!  Compassion and Choices

Whether you agree or not…..it’s your choice!

(Denver – April 11, 2017) Compassion & Choices has launched a new Colorado “Find Care” tool to empower residents to find and choose health systems and medical teams in their area that support patient choice under the Colorado End-of-Life Options Act.

Here is the list from the tool provided

Medical Center of Aurora
1501 S Potomac St,
Aurora, CO
80012
Phone: 303-695-2600

In compliance with the Colorado End-of-Life Options Act: Yes

Allows doctors to prescribe for medical aid in dying: Yes

Has internal referral process that ensures that patients who request medical aid in dying are referred to supportive providers if their current provider is unwilling or unable to participate: No

Rose Medical Center
4567 E 9th Ave,
Denver, CO
80220
Phone: 303-320-2121

In compliance with the Colorado End-of-Life Options Act: Yes

Allows doctors to prescribe for medical aid in dying: Yes

Has internal referral process that ensures that patients who request medical aid in dying are referred to supportive providers if their current provider is unwilling or unable to participate: No

Swedish Medical Center
501 E Hampden Ave,
Englewood, CO
80113
Phone: 303-788-5000

In compliance with the Colorado End-of-Life Options Act: Yes

Allows doctors to prescribe for medical aid in dying: Yes

Has internal referral process that ensures that patients who request medical aid in dying are referred to supportive providers if their current provider is unwilling or unable to participate: No

Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center
1719 E. 19th Ave
Denver, CO
80218
Phone: 303-839-6000

In compliance with the Colorado End-of-Life Options Act: Yes

Allows doctors to prescribe for medical aid in dying: Yes

Has internal referral process that ensures that patients who request medical aid in dying are referred to supportive providers if their current provider is unwilling or unable to participate: No

University of Colorado Hospital
12605 East 16th Avenue
Aurora, CO
80045
Phone: 720-848-0000

In compliance with the Colorado End-of-Life Options Act: Yes

Allows doctors to prescribe for medical aid in dying: Yes

Has internal referral process that ensures that patients who request medical aid in dying are referred to supportive providers if their current provider is unwilling or unable to participate: No

Kaiser – HealthONE Swedish Medical Center
501 E Hampden Ave
Englewood, CO
80113
Phone: 303-788-6555

In compliance with the Colorado End-of-Life Options Act: Yes

Allows doctors to prescribe for medical aid in dying: Yes

Has internal referral process that ensures that patients who request medical aid in dying are referred to supportive providers if their current provider is unwilling or unable to participate: No

 

UNDAUNTED COURAGE

UNDAUNTED COURAGE

REVIEWS OF THIS BOOK

I ‘refound’ this book on my bookshelf the other day and begin to read it.  It’s a good inch and a 1/4 thick.  Real history. SMALL PRINT!  So you have to concentrate on it when you are reading.

One aspect I found very interesting was regarding healthcare in the 18th century.  On page 22, paragraph three it refers to Meriwether Lewis’s father, was crossing the Rivanna River where his horse was swept away and he survived from drowning only to succumb to pneumonia in two days!

“People in the late eighteenth century were helpless in matters of health.  They lived in constant dread of sudden death from disease, plague, epidemic, pneumonia or accident.” So their letters usually contained references about the health of the recipient.  And of course, only by letter could they be informed of the health of the family which took days and if not weeks or months to travel back and forth.  Very interesting.

Also there was no public schools…..(in eighteenth-century Virginia, pg 25 second paragraph). Education was obtained by boarding with teachers, almost aways preachers or parsons.  Wow….

More to learn here.

Republicans take aim at California’s retirement dream

https://a.msn.com/r/2/BByZLf6?m=en-us

So much for Trump looking out for the little guy huh?

Republican lawmakers and financial industry lobbyists argue that the state auto-IRA programs put an extra burden on employers, could end up charging high fees, and improperly skirt strict regulations governing retirement plans.

Oh and notice they now concerned about regulations on retirement plans???  So, it’s all the Republicans again…sticking their holier then thou believes in our personal space.

In the final days of President Barack Obama’s administration, the Department of Labor issued rules making it clear that states, and even large cities, had the authority to create such programs. Last month the Republican-led House of Representatives voted, almost entirely along party lines, to rescind those rules.

Even if the states ultimately win, the controversy could discourage other states and cities from starting their own retirement programs. Meanwhile, more than 100 million U.S. workers continue to go without a workplace retirement account.

The Trump administration isn’t defining “sanctuary cities” the way they’re commonly understood

https://a.msn.com/r/2/BByUget?m=en-us

Most cities — and critics — have defined “sanctuaries” as places where local police and jail officials don’t always comply with Immigration and Customs Enforcement requests to hold immigrants in jail (after they’d normally be released) so ICE officers can pick them up.

Under federal law, state and local governments can’t prohibit their employees from sharing information with the federal government (if they so choose) about someone’s immigration status.

The Supreme Court doesn’t let the federal government tell cities and states which laws to prosecute, and it can’t force them to help enforce federal law. That’s called “commandeering,” and the Supreme Court has ruled it violates the 10th Amendment. This is why President-elect Trump can’t just decree that all police officers in the US have to assist federal immigration agents whenever possible.

Aurora doesn’t do that.  Anyone who is arrested, is fingerprinted and that info is shared (from what I heard) with the FBI and ICE as a matter of routine.  If ICE wants the person, they call and say so. The person is then adjudicated, either pays the fine, bond or if jailed is transferred to the appropriate county facility. Of the 10’s of thousands of arrests last year?  only 14 did ICE request to pick up.

Hope that clarifies.

Secret Service begs another $60 Million

the agency recently requested a $60 million increase in its budget for the coming year.
But The Washington Post reported on Wednesday that the request was turned down by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), headed by director Mick Mulvaney. The Secret Service was told to try to find the money through savings in other areas of its budget.

was an urgent plea for more resources after Trump and his family’s travel and lifestyle had begun to stretch the Secret Services resources to the limits.

The government spent an estimated $10 million on Trump’s first three trips to Mar-a-Lago in late January and February, according to a recent investigation by The Washington Post. At that rate, travel and security for Trump and his family could run up hundreds of millions in costs by the end of his term.

Ironically, Trump more than once criticized the cost of President Obama’s travel, saying it was “unbelievable” that Obama’s trips were “costing taxpayers millions of dollars.”

Read the full article here: https://a.msn.com/r/2/BByCBCh?m=en-us