We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Maggie's Farm, always on the cutting edge of environmental matters, brings you exclusive coverage of California Assemblyman Lloyd Levine announcing he would propose a bill to ban the use of incandescent bulbs in his state. The dim, milky, expensive ones filled with exotic, dangerous gases that require recycling are just as good, and sometimes even come on and emit light-like waves before I crack my shin on the coffee table or before I'm done in the bathroom -- if it's Number 2.
Lloyd is undoubtedly a tireless steward of the environment, and Maggie's Farm is sanguine that he's used the magical powers bestowed upon all state legislators, by virtue of getting several thousand government union workers and extended family members to pull a lever for them every once in a while, to foresee all the various ramifications of outlawing an item that...let's face it... no one much uses any more anyway.
I think that's Lloyd on the right there. No, that's a potted plant. My bad.
I bought some of these things after reading all the labeling I could on the package of 3 because I have several "problem" fixtures where the incandescent 100W bulbs fail too rapidly from (I think) vibration from the floor above.
As I started to install the first of them the other day, I noticed a lot of writing on the massive base. The first thing to catch my eye was the "Hg" in a circle. Mercury! Those things have mercury in them! I had forgotten that. More mercury loose in the environment! Good! Good!
Continuing, I discovered that they are "Not for use in ... totally enclosed recessed fixtures". Guess what!
Laurence F. Sheldon, Jr.