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Do not buy Watercop on Amazon

The Watercop Classic is an excellent product especially when combined with the SmartConnect wifi module that can shut off your water main from anywhere on the globe without paying a monthly fee. But beware! Only older models are sold on Amazon. The old Watercop Classics put the motor and switch in one box. The new design separates the more sensitive switch electronics from the motor that opens and closes the valve. I have owned both designs and can attest that I will never again place electronics anywhere near a water pipe, not to mention the corrosion from rain and humidity. The Watercop is more expensive to purchase and is more difficult to install but unless you want a brick or you enjoy paying for Flo each month (and it's also vulnerable to water and weather damage), it's the financially smart choice. I bought the 75 foot cable so the switch could be located indoors. The hard part of course was running the cable under the house.
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Fusion energy: Fixing the symptom not the disease

Fusion tech is still permanently 10 years out but it used to be 50 years. The real Tesla envisioned wireless power. Fusion makes it possible for cell towers to also be power towers. Cell coverage = your car is charging. Therefore, car batteries will contain substantially less lithium, making them lighter. The amount of ecocide per EV will decrease. On the other hand, we should be riding transit. Or so says Covid and flu (wear a mask!). Car ownership culture is the root disease. The land destruction caused by roads and highways is astronomical. Terronomical? 🌍

Heavy Freedom

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When the majority votes like a bot farm

Why trouble oneself with independent thought when God will sort out the winners and losers? Study and experimentation - science, in other words - require gobs of money. Despite their vanity charities, the rich and powerful would rather not smarten up the chumps. It's working for them. "Live and let live" presumes one's opponents uphold the same credo. The devout instead demand "convert or die" and see life as a game of maximizing the number of lives "saved." A bearded white Peeping Tom grandpa in the sky keeps score. When belief is the teensiest bit challenged, the Golden Rule is reflexively discarded for "if you're not for us, you're against us." No, Satan can't fool the heaven-bound! The end justifies the means. Belief covers everything, like flowers upon a mass grave . Centuries after Gallileo risked his life with a telescope to refute the Catholic Church's willful blindless, we stare agape at a United States of

Memorial Day Memories

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How safe is your password?

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