Removed the deck that shields the blades. It was heavier than I expected. Hurt my back a bit lifting it. Seems overkill for what I want to do. Removing it made the mower look taller and sleeker, almost like something to race. Also drained the oil, removed the throttle control and the last of the belts and pulleys on the underside. Also got the main pulley that attaches to the main engine shaft loose. I feared this bolt might be my undoing, but it came off pretty easily. Ready to pull the motor, but going to give my back a rest. In the photo you can see my candidate for a blade (in green). Used to retrofit string trimmers for heavy work. 4 or 5 of these should do the trick. Need to figure out a new deck now. Also found a nice little electric switch that can signal braking to the controller (I think).
Day: December 16, 2020
Labor Unions and Inequality
Perhaps we are at some juncture. People are finally questioning the “Reagan Revolution” which was supposed to help everyone by helping businesses (whether they even needed help is a different question). From Robert Reichs twitter posting. Another decades old piece of data that should surprise no one.
Who Would Have Thought?
So, shifting tax burdens from wealthy to non-wealthy people helps wealthy people. And it took fifty years to figure this out? Even the premise is bizarre. Give money to rich people. Why not give money to people born in November? Or with last names that start with “G”? Makes as much sense.
A huge study of 50 years of tax cuts for the wealthy suggests ‘trickle-down’ economics makes inequality worse
Another pizza gate, except this time it was well funded by a prominent right wing donor. From the Texas Tribune.