Loctite, the Land of Plenty, and Insanity

 

I have a tool kit that I carry on my motorcycle, designed with just the right set of tools for roadside repairs.  It’s a very nice set made by a company that makes motorcycle and guitar tool kits (no idea why that exact combination).  It includes a tiny container of Loctite thread locker.  I needed to use the Loctite earlier this week and went looking for a replacement for the tiny container.  Sure enough, Amazon had a pack of 5 of them for $9.99 and they were delivered the next day.

When I hear Bernie Sanders complain that Americans have too many kinds of deodorant to choose from, I wonder just how insane our politics have become. After all, this avowed socialist lion of the Senate owns three homes outright.  And of course, his equally insane minions follow him on their magic modern phones and tablets.

The abundant supply of countless consumer goods makes us richer in practice than the robber barons of the 19th century and richer than monarchs pretty much since the beginning of recorded history. Of course, progressives are determined to make us regress to the life of the past through their insane financial policies.

I sure am using that term “insane” a lot, but I think it fits.  I instead choose to celebrate our modern life of abundance.

P.S.  I could have used multiple examples of our bounty, like the crunchy cookie butter in the pantry, but the Loctite came to mind first.

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  1. Barfly Member
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    Red or blue? I have some green in one of my kits. Don’t recall how strong it’s supposed to be. I bet Bernie thinks we only need one color of Loctite. 

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  2. E. Kent Golding Member
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    We truly live in the land of plenty.   My family has an upper middle class income.  The Biden inflation is really killing me ( Thanks Never Trumpers!),  but my biggest consideration in deciding not to buy more stuff is ” Where would I store it?”.     I have enough stuff that I don’t want to deal with organizing and storing any more. 

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  3. Tex929rr Coolidge
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    Barfly (View Comment):

    Red or blue? I have some green in one of my kits. Don’t recall how strong it’s supposed to be. I bet Bernie thinks we only need one color of Loctite.

    Blue.  

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  4. GLDIII Purveyor of Splendid Malpropisms Reagan
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    Tex929rr (View Comment):

    Barfly (View Comment):

    Red or blue? I have some green in one of my kits. Don’t recall how strong it’s supposed to be. I bet Bernie thinks we only need one color of Loctite.

    Blue.

    Blue is “removable” with persuasion. Red is to be used for large fasteners (think ~1″) if the fastener is to be more permanent. 

    Green are for small fasteners and Purple is for really small (~6mm or less) fasteners.

    Blue covers more auto and machine applications against loosen from vibrations.

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  5. Basil Fawlty Member
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    Tex929rr (View Comment):

    Barfly (View Comment):

    Red or blue? I have some green in one of my kits. Don’t recall how strong it’s supposed to be. I bet Bernie thinks we only need one color of Loctite.

    Blue.

    Red. He’s old.

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  6. Barfly Member
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    Basil Fawlty (View Comment):

    Tex929rr (View Comment):

    Barfly (View Comment):

    Red or blue? I have some green in one of my kits. Don’t recall how strong it’s supposed to be. I bet Bernie thinks we only need one color of Loctite.

    Blue.

    Red. He’s old.

    And a Red.

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  7. MWD B612 "Dawg" Member
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    E. Kent Golding (View Comment):

    We truly live in the land of plenty. My family has an upper middle class income. The Biden inflation is really killing me ( Thanks Never Trumpers!), but my biggest consideration in deciding not to buy more stuff is ” Where would I store it?”. I have enough stuff that I don’t want to deal with organizing and storing any more.

    George Carlin had a bit about this (WARNING: Not CoC compliant because, well, George Carlin.)

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  8. Retail Lawyer Member
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    I buy some items from Amazon just because I can’t locate them in a store.  I tried finding shampoo a few weeks ago.  Miles and miles of specialized products for women, I think.  I literally had to ask where the shampoo was.  Then stuff is not labeled.  I looked for dishwasher detergent, and thought I might have found it, but the package never indicated what it was for.  Luckily, the checkout girl said it was dishwasher detergent, so I bought it. 

    Whenever this happens, I think of Bernie.  He sort of has a point.

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  9. The Reticulator Member
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    GLDIII Purveyor of Splendid Ma… (View Comment):

    Tex929rr (View Comment):

    Barfly (View Comment):

    Red or blue? I have some green in one of my kits. Don’t recall how strong it’s supposed to be. I bet Bernie thinks we only need one color of Loctite.

    Blue.

    Blue is “removable” with persuasion. Red is to be used for large fasteners (think ~1″) if the fastener is to be more permanent.

    Green are for small fasteners and Purple is for really small (~6mm or less) fasteners.

    Blue covers more auto and machine applications against loosen from vibrations.

    Red can be removed with the application of enough heat, or so it says on the instructions.  Don’t know if the same method works on Bernie. 

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  10. I Walton Member
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    What do we store?     We’ll need food but it rots quickly.  Canned goods are unhealthy so you can’t just live on them.  Jerky is ok every once in a while.  I can’t grow enough in my yard nor even raise one steer.  I think we have to either figure out how to get rid of these guys or pull out and start over.  Trouble is, without learning why at all, vast numbers will move to free states to escape high prices and poverty.  I don’t know what to do about that.  Perhaps delay citizenship.  Of course will kick out all illegals and will have to work from top to bottom.  Maybe make every new arrival, after a year or so, not get citizenship for a couple of years.  

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  11. RicoLudovici Coolidge
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    Bernie Sanders probably thinks we should reduce the number of thread cement colors to one. Betcha. 

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  12. DaveSchmidt Coolidge
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    Barfly (View Comment):

    Red or blue? I have some green in one of my kits. Don’t recall how strong it’s supposed to be. I bet Bernie thinks we only need one color of Loctite.

    Bernie probably doesn’t know what Loctite is.  I suggest he ask AOC.  She has all the answers,  just ask her.

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  13. Joe Boyle Member
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    Recently I watched a documentary that featured a German female terrorist from the 80s. She allegedly played a part in murdering a soldier from my Bn. Anyway, in the documentary she bitches about all the yogurt in stores. She’s an old lady now who says that back in her day in the GDR there were two kinds of yogurt, plain and strawberry.  That should be enough for anybody, she said. It’s criminal to have hundreds of different yogurts. 

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  14. Full Size Tabby Member
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    As someone prone to decision paralysis when presented with a large number of options, I understand some of Bernie’s thinking.  When we were seeking a new car a little while ago, I found twelve models from “mainstream” manufacturers of the category we wanted (not counting “luxury” brands). That’s too many for me to consider at once. So I had to develop criteria to gradually reduce the number until I got to a manageable set of three models for serious consideration. My life would have been much easier if there were only one or two models, but I know that the existence of all twelve models keeps the manufacturers always improving the product. And I have two friends who bought cars in the same category I did at about the same time I did, but bought different models because they had different priorities on what features were important to them, and the different manufacturers emphasized different features. 

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  15. Hank Rhody's Grandson Member
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    Henry Ford quote: People can have the Model T in any color...

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  16. Tex929rr Coolidge
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    Full Size Tabby (View Comment):

    As someone prone to decision paralysis when presented with a large number of options, I understand some of Bernie’s thinking. When we were seeking a new car a little while ago, I found twelve models from “mainstream” manufacturers of the category we wanted (not counting “luxury” brands). That’s too many for me to consider at once. So I had to develop criteria to gradually reduce the number until I got to a manageable set of three models for serious consideration. My life would have been much easier if there were only one or two models, but I know that the existence of all twelve models keeps the manufacturers always improving the product. And I have two friends who bought cars in the same category I did at about the same time I did, but bought different models because they had different priorities on what features were important to them, and the different manufacturers emphasized different features.

    I’d just like to point out that your concern is vastly different from what motivates Senator Sanders (S) Soviet Union.  He doesn’t think you deserve more than one or two choices.  He once said “It’s funny, sometimes American journalists talk about how bad a country is because people are lining up for food. That is a good thing! In other countries, people don’t line up for food. The rich get the food and the poor starve to death.”

     

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  17. The Reticulator Member
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    Tex929rr (View Comment):
    In other countries, people don’t line up for food. The rich get the food and the poor starve to death

    Venezuela? 

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  18. Paul Stinchfield Member
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    Full Size Tabby (View Comment):

    As someone prone to decision paralysis when presented with a large number of options, I understand some of Bernie’s thinking. When we were seeking a new car a little while ago, I found twelve models from “mainstream” manufacturers of the category we wanted (not counting “luxury” brands). That’s too many for me to consider at once. So I had to develop criteria to gradually reduce the number until I got to a manageable set of three models for serious consideration. My life would have been much easier if there were only one or two models, but I know that the existence of all twelve models keeps the manufacturers always improving the product. And I have two friends who bought cars in the same category I did at about the same time I did, but bought different models because they had different priorities on what features were important to them, and the different manufacturers emphasized different features.

    Yes, the solution to decision paralysis is to develop personal techniques to manage information and work through the decision making process.

    Unfortunately, there are indeed people who think the problem is with the manufacturers and retails who offer “too many” choices, and that Something Should Be Done: Too many brands and varieties of soup in the store. Too many choices of salad dressing, bread, cereal, detergent, and so on. Too many coffee shops (why not just one?) Too many fast food restaurants (McDonalds and Burger King and Wendys are redundant and all but one should go.) And so we get people who think that Bernie Sanders is a wise voice of reason who can lead us into a Better Tomorrow.

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  19. Barfly Member
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    Paul Stinchfield (View Comment):

    Full Size Tabby (View Comment):

    As someone prone to decision paralysis when presented with a large number of options, I understand some of Bernie’s thinking. When we were seeking a new car a little while ago, I found twelve models from “mainstream” manufacturers of the category we wanted (not counting “luxury” brands). That’s too many for me to consider at once. So I had to develop criteria to gradually reduce the number until I got to a manageable set of three models for serious consideration. My life would have been much easier if there were only one or two models, but I know that the existence of all twelve models keeps the manufacturers always improving the product. And I have two friends who bought cars in the same category I did at about the same time I did, but bought different models because they had different priorities on what features were important to them, and the different manufacturers emphasized different features.

    Yes, the solution to decision paralysis is to develop personal techniques to manage information and work through the decision making process.

    Unfortunately, there are indeed people who think the problem is with the manufacturers and retails who offer “too many” choices, and that Something Should Be Done: Too many brands and varieties of soup in the store. Too many choices of salad dressing, bread, cereal, detergent, and so on. Too many coffee shops (why not just one?) Too many fast food restaurants (McDonalds and Burger King and Wendys are redundant and all but one should go.) And so we get people who think that Bernie Sanders is a wise voice of reason who can lead us into a Better Tomorrow.

    Too many Socialist Politicians. Do we really need Bernie and AOC? And John Conyers and Raul Grijalva? And

    I mean, even Kerry Heinz capped it at 57 varieties.

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