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Bloviating Zeppelin: "These are gonna last longer than any other bulbs. We're the government and we mandate it all. Believe us."

Bloviating Zeppelin

(in-ep-toc'-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

Monday, April 02, 2012

"These are gonna last longer than any other bulbs. We're the government and we mandate it all. Believe us."

So I actually broke down and bought a few of the "new" curlique TOXIC MERCURY (now federally-mandated) light bulbs.

After LESS than one year, as you can see, one of those bulbs is gone. Done. Burned out.

So guess what? I threw it in my trash can and where my trash goes, nobody knows. That's between me and God. But I could hazard a guess that a toxic waste crew from FEMA or a HAZMAT team didn't come down from Heaven to visit and clean up. With an appended tax tab of $5,000 or more. Actually, where did I put it? I quite can't remember. Honestly!

Imagine that.

Let's review, for the obtuse amongst us:

New bulbs?

  • Toxic; filled with mercury;
  • Much more expensive;
  • Promised to last, at minimum, twice as long as incandescent;
  • Slow to acquire full brightness;
  • Sometimes require an actual MINUTE or more to come to full light;
  • Must be disposed-of with delicacy considering their toxic nature;
Yeah, that's great, Religious Leftists.

Hope you're quite fulfilled and satisfied. Because my bulb went into my PLASTIC BAGGED trash and will end up who-knows-where. Probably contaminating someone's landfill with the REST of the toxic FEDERALLY MANDATED piece-of-shit CFL nightmares. Or somewhere. I can't quite remember where I put it. Honestly!
1. CFLs: WORSE Than What They're Replacing
Many state governments (and Canada) have said we must all be incandescent bulb-free in four more years (by 2012) so waiting in the wings stands the CFL, otherwise known as the Compact Fluorescent Light (or Lamp). But what advocates of the CFL don't say is:

- CFLs don't produce immediate light; they must warm up;
- They cost up to TEN TIMES more than incandescents;
- Light produced by the CFL is harsher than incandescents;
- You can't just throw a CFL away, because:
- CFLs contain mercury -- hello? Anyone remember? Mercury is toxic? Dead fish anyone?
- CFLs may cause skin cancer;
- CFLs may set off migraines, dizziness, disorientation for those with epilepsy;
- CFLs cause pain to Lupus sufferers;
- CFLs aren't for bathrooms; humidity shortens their lifespan;
- Improper usage (track lighting, for example) may cause fires.

Remember when Brandy Bridges of Maine broke a CFL in her house? The cleanup cost her $2,000. She couldn't vacuum the carpet. The EPA had to test the air in her home. Recycling experts say solutions to disposal of CFLs is about five years away.

From Canada:

Are there any disadvantages?
- Yes. They cost more to buy.
- They can pose a fire hazard if the wrong bulb is used in the wrong place.
- They don't like power surges, so if your area is prone to electrical anomalies, you may not want to use them.
- And because of their mercury content, they should only be thrown out at a proper waste disposal site, an inconvenient stop for most.

My area is prone to numerous power surges and fluctuations. But Fornicalia isn't going to give me any choice in bulb, by 2012.

Smells to me of more emotive, ill-thought-out, feel-good Leftist Bullshit where the solution is worse than the problem ever could be.

Hey, how about $50 light bulbs?

Or a $50,000 CFL cleanup bill?

CFLs poison the environment.

They poison and kill the workers who assemble these bulbs.

Bottom line? I threw the CFL in the trash and replaced it with one incandescent 60-watt bulb which provided MORE illumination, IMMEDIATELY, and for a fraction of the cost. Or I didn't. I can't quite remember what the hell I did with that thing. Honestly!

Multiply ME times thousands per day.

A small personal and very intimate side-note to Obama and current EPA MussoliniHeads: fuck you.


These ignorant imbeciles claim "green"? How about the BLACK of death and toxic ventures promulgated by a new generation of EMOs lacking actual facts?


Blogger Well Seasoned Fool said...

Appreciate the sarcasm. Leave it to private industry to come up with something better, i.e., LED lights. Of course, it will cost better than a month's worth of groceries to retrofit your house but, hey, we are all obese, need to loose weight, and the climate warming needs to be reversed!

Interesting article.

Mon Apr 02, 11:01:00 AM PDT  
Blogger TexasFred said...

All that well meaning governmental intervention gets us exactly what it's worth...


Mon Apr 02, 12:41:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Trekkie4Ever said...

I have yet to buy one of those lights, my husband did, of course. And it basically sucked.

The lighting is terrible and quite frankly, I am glad he replaced it with a cheap bulb that has lasted and gives off better lighting.

Mon Apr 02, 12:49:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

WSF: thanks for the linky update. I'll go check the competition.

TF: and costs more money. Holy crap, did I just accuse our government of costing taxpayers too much money??

Leticia: and just you try getting cheaper incandescents in 100 watts. GFL on that one.


Mon Apr 02, 03:16:00 PM PDT  
Blogger ∞ ≠ ø said...

Ahhhh, the 'f' bomb.

Good to see it used appropriately.
I threw one down here the other day and felt bad about it. Well, good for you, bad form for me.

The CFL bulb in my experience is a POS. They do not last any longer in my house than any other bulb. A couple of months back one went bad in my garage (the only place I will have them)giving off smoke and having a large scorch area on the white part of the base. I did not witness its final moments but the aftermath was ominous.

A word of caution. CFL's and other non-incandescent bulbs shine a different spectrum of light. This is important as the pineal gland (the third eye if you will) is more sensitive to light in the blue wavelength. The pineal gland is responsible for sleep patterns and regulation of other endocrine functions. This is the gland responsible for the reason women in rustic environments tend to ovulate with the lunar cycle through its effects on lutenizing hormone.

The pineal gland is a magical, mysterious, and ancient part of the brain. This gland makes and releases melatonin which governs sleep patterns and is itself a powerful antioxidant. It is also largely responsible for stage IV or R.E.M. sleep, this phase is the only time HGH is produced to repair the body.

The function of this gland has been the subject of research and speculation for many illnesses like Altimeters Parkinson's, many cancers, etc.

CFLs, regular florescent bulbs, full spectrum bulbs, and LEDs put off far more blue spectrum light than the regular incandescent bulb. This is a big and seldom mentioned problem.

For this reason it is safe to say that using CFL lighting is bad for your health.

A very good practice is to tone light down to a lower wattage incandescent bulb an hour or so before bed. Sleep with NO artificial light in the room. TV's and Computer screens are, of course, no bueno.

Mon Apr 02, 09:07:00 PM PDT  
Blogger sdkar said...

I have been buying a case of regular good old fashioned light bulbs almost every month for the last year and a half. I will hopefully have 2-3 lifetimes worth of regular 100 watt bulbs by the time they become illegal. Who knows, maybe I can make some money on ebay selling them to people who were not smart enough to buy them when they had the chance.

The fact is, something should be bought and sold on the free market based on the reality that someone made something better that others wanted to own. If you want people to quit buying a certain type of light bulb or a certain type of car, it is very simple. Make it better or make it cheaper than what is already out there. But no, the govt thinks it can just mandate that people buy things because the law says so.

As the old saying goes, "Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door". Now, according to the govt, the saying is "Build an inferior mousetrap that doesn't catch as many mice as the old one, charge 10 times more for it, and then force people to buy it by making the old mousetrap that worked perfectly, illegal to sell, thus people will have to begrudingly buy it as there is no alternative available". I don't know, it just doesn't flow as well when you say it.

The gov't job is not to tell me what I can and cannot buy nor tell sellers what they can and cannot sell. That is what the free market is for. And as far as the people pushing for this type of system by the govt to be put in they think that somehow the govt rules will not apply to them? That someday they just may get the govt they wished for and that these horrible rules will apply to them as well as all of us. They too will suffer from the govt intervention into our lives and the loss of freedom...little by little, until one day we will wake up and realize, this is NOT the America our founding fathers envisioned for us.

Tue Apr 03, 09:38:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

The bulb blew out in less than a year?

As one with reduced eyesight, I can tell you that I'm not happy at all with those bulbs, which I must put up with at my liberal neighbor's house.

My liberal neighbor faithfully recycles, of course, and is damned sanctimonious about it. So, how does he justify the toxicity of these CFL's? Well, he doesn't! He says that all the reports about the bulb's toxicity and other problem are "lies from right wingers."

I tell you that there is simply no reasoning with a liberal! And that lack of reasoning has gotten even worse since BHO took office. Prior to that time, my liberal neighbor was much more reasonable.

One would think that somebody as old as my liberal neighbor, age 70, would have acquired some wisdom with age.

Tue Apr 03, 12:48:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Dave said...

we did the cfl thing throughout our place. We are now buying incandescent again, especially the "natural light spectrum" colored bulbs. Man what a difference! Even if you have to get them shipped from out of state, do it, you won't be sorry, especially if you have plants in your house.

Tue Apr 03, 04:27:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

And darn, THUNDERSTICK, I had completely forgotten about that:

How light affects vegetation!


Tue Apr 03, 07:16:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...


Just throw the shit out.

Whatever toxicity occurs is on the backs of the Religious Left.

Simple as that.


Tue Apr 03, 07:18:00 PM PDT  

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