The U.S. Mail delivers intrigue

On the Postal Service website just now is an advertizement for their “Informed Delivery” tool, that emails you scanned images of mail pieces that are going to end up at your address.

From: USPS / To: Jane / Informed Delivery Daily Digest 7:52 a.m. / COMING TO YOUR MAILBOX SOON / MAIL / picture of letter with return address “John Doe / 123 Any Street / Anytown USA 55555”, canceled stamp, and address “Jane Smith 123 Any Street / Anytown USA 5555”.

Aside from the maybe incorrect address formatting (The USPS seems to want you to use abbreviations for road names, so 123 Any ST) and notable lack of a state or territory for Anytown, why is John Doe sending a letter to Jane Smith at the same address?

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Defuse meth cookers by making them angry at the government

Back in 2019, for some forgotten reason, I was reading about methamphetamine (“meth”) labs and ended up at the website of a company, “Appriss”, that brokers data about purchases of a well known precursor substance pseudoephedrine “PSE” sold over the counter at pharmacies and other places.

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Unhelpful sign is inaccurate

I am sure this has happened, that you look at a photograph or moving image and something not important to the subjects is what you remember.

Mount Vernon, New York is a little place, officially a “City” as the State considers it. It actually borders the north end of New York City, so is part of that conurbation / megalopolis.

In 2019, the mayor plead guilty to offenses, and used some ultimately defeated legal logic to stick around. For a time there were 2 “mayor” people in the government building, the police department arrested their commissioner (chief), and this picture was taken and posted by the Journal News in this article:

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Return to Work place – abort?

(The name of this article is taken from the old STS “Space Shuttle” term “Return to Launch Site abort” about a way to land the space craft if it can’t launch fully properly.)

I was at work late on Wednesday and so missed all of the events at Washington, which I am purposely not using any description or adjectives of. Today, Thursday, I was working remotely, which was something of a disaster. I got some work done, minimal compared to what I wanted to and should have in more often times, and was oddly compulsed to look at news articles.

These were all text and still image based, but besides getting annoyed at the new layout and function of the “Microsoft News” app in Windows 10, all I did was give me reason to wonder why I was so … dependent on reading different news about this. It was not the same in different words, but things like teachers’ deciding how to teach tomorrow, editorial boards and editors views, important questions that investigations were being called to answer, and the things that news organizations are supposed to hear about, ask for details on, check out what they get, and summarize along with background information that lets the recipients have the best chance to learn the new things, or previously hidden things.

I am not (so) invincible to slow attracting by things that can make me less aware of what I am doing, and of what I would want to do if I wasn’t.

The title of this post means, do I return to the workplace tomorrow or not? Will that make things better (other people, minds, voices, things to do and look at) or worse (distracting and dangerous co workers or visitors?)

Manly Song!

I remember running across a reprinted copy of this work, and finally found it again. It is transcribed below the picture.

Black and white scan of a very spotty broadside or handbill showing a 1770s dressed man with a sword under his right arm, and some ships in the distance a-sail. Below are the lyrics.

First, as best I can copy them given WordPress’s newly unfriendly editour. What got improved? I don’t know, but after these, I will redo the words in a more modern friendly format if you are using a screen-reader.


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Post-election (United States) proposal

Earlier this year (2020) the Supreme Court determined that the States can require electors for president and vice president (their “members” of the Electoral College) to vote for the candidates chosen by vote of the people. In other words, when the electoral voters (the silliest sounding term I’ve made up) cast their votes at the State Capitols, if any are not what the most people voted for, those votes are void from the beginning and the “faithless” offender can be then pitched out and replaced for wasting everyone’s time.

At this point, I would think a State could do it “by operation of law”: when the final vote count for president and vice president is issued, the votes sent to Congress are determined automatically and sworn out on the day the Electoral College meets. (The Constitution requires this happen on the same day throughout the country, so they can’t be issued early.)

That process may get held up at the Supreme Court, so I suggest a neater way of doing this: random draw of the voters of the State after the vote totals are known. If a State has N votes in the Electoral College, then the unified electoral roll of the entire State would be used as if it were drawing for jurors. N registered voters would be selected by random process and a County or State official sent out to meet them and request they come to the State Capitol on that day. Since this is after the results are known, if someone had a conscience against voting for either winning candidate, they could decline. (They would not have to say why.)

The law would provide their regular pay or instruction (if a student) or life would be totally unaffected by this, and no one could retaliate against them for performing their duty. Probably this means the District Attorney (or equivalent) would be the best one to meet them and tell them all of this. Also, if they did have to report retaliation or such, the DA would know them and be unable to not remember them. Any possibly removable problem would be honestly addressed by assistance, appeals to the duty (if the problem was some other person), or punishment in court for interference with the election (if someone like their boss tried to be nasty about it).

The persons would have a proper escort to the capital city, meet there, get short instruction (this should be published for all to read ahead of time so no one feels like they are only able to do what someone tells them), and then the process is performed. Everyone goes to lunch and then returns to their lives.

Just-in-time for the Election

Political campaigns and supporters and opponents print electioneering right up to the day of the election itself, which is really the last day of the election, where we have early voting.

Election authorities already are required to keep track of who has already voted, so they can prevent double votations. In almost all cases these get published eventually, as part of the final certifyed result.

If the authorities release this information in nearly real time, such as 1-hour batches, the printers could constantly remove persons who already voted from their coming print runs, and so avoid wastes.

A test of, at minimum, honor or honesty

This is about current day (late summer 2020) politics in the United States. It does not have personal hatred to any one or any thing in it, but if you want to be forewarned before reading on the subject, now you can be.

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Slow, modern Heptameron story eight (VIII)

Probably close to 20 years ago now, when P2P other than Bittorrent was popular and YouTube not much established, I downloaded a copy of the song “Convoy” by C. W. McCall. It’s someone using alot of CB radio slang while driving a tractor trailer. Fair enough.

(Word of warning: avoid the sequel song. It is really uncountably bad. Listen to it entirely alone so you won’t have to be embarrassed that any one else can hear it while associating it with your face.)

This particular copy that I downloaded had, after maybe 15 seconds of dead air at the end… a newsreader describing how doctors were trying to find out what sickened so many people at a recent American Legion convention.

The worst of it is, being sure that it would be on Youtube by now, I deleted it with most of my other downloaded music. I have not been able to find it since.

P O L I T I C S again

Short policy idea for all persons: we (the United States, and the people part of it) should not be using the self-titles of the various people who went to work for the Confederate States during the Civil War.

In examples, Jefferson Davis wasn’t a president, Braxton Bragg wasn’t a general, John Reagan wasn’t the postmaster-general, and so on. The entire time of the war, the United States rejected the idea that the Confederacy was a legitimate thing, fought it over that conclusion, and physically defeated it from holding that idea before eventually being proven correct.

For histories, scholarly or popular, it makes sense to retain them so it is clear who outranked who else and so could give (or have given) this or that order. Elsewhere they just give a dishonest dignity.