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Leaving Alaska…sickness, Spring and Alaskan stupidity

March 30, 2016

Sick and tired

Day 36… It has now been 17 days of fighting this… what we are calling up here the ‘Alaskan crud’. For some nothing more than a touch of the flue with congestion and breathing problems. For others pain when breathing or coughing and lack of sleep, because one can not lay in bed without their lungs filling with fluid. For me last week it had gotten so bad that I headed to the ER in Fairbanks.

At more than $750 for a visit to the ER I opted instead for a $42 visit to my clinic and they prescribed Z-pac. Well within one day I was spending most of my night in bed and have now enjoyed three nights of somewhat uninterrupted sleep. Suffice it to say I have accomplished nothing in the way of sorting or packing for my upcoming trip to Texas. Hopefully in the days ahead I will regain the energy to resume my preparations.

Endless winter

Though only March 30th looking out my window today I could well imagine it being God’s way of pulling an April fools day joke. With still about two to three feet of snow on the ground the air was filled with yet another snowfall.
It is that time of year in Alaska when the weather reports on the NOAA radio weather channel sounds like someone reading a Thesaurus. immediately after it reported that there was a winter weather advisory for my section of the state it went on to say that there was: a chance of snow, light snow, snow likely, blowing snow, rain and snow and a chance of 4 to 6 inches of snow above 1,500 feet. It also spoke of temperatures between 20 and 40 degrees making the rain at that 20 degrees more hazardous than the snow. Global climate change or no Spring in Alaska has always been a time when winter does not want to let go.

Government propaganda

The radio commercials state that even if our representatives in Juneau shut down all the schools in the state and stoped all highway construction we could still not balance the budget… but if they were allowed to change the laws governing the Permanent Fund, (the oil revenue savings account for all the people of Alaska), they would not only ensure a balanced budget but secure the fund for future generations.

Listening to this commercial with the morn-full background music and the narrators ‘somber’ voice whoever made this commercial wanted everyone to focus on the ‘poor children’ with no schools and the hazardous bridges and roadways that would be created if these actions had to be taken. They in no way wanted anyone to realize that what they were saying about securing the PFD for future generations was a total LIE! The laws written to establish the permanent fund not only ensures that it will last as long as there was oil produced in Alaska, but that every citizen will continue to share in it.

This scare tactic is being used to dupe people into allowing those in Juneau to change the laws so they can tap into this multi-billion dollar pool of money. These actions are much like those that Washington did to the Social Security trust fund, and we are now seeing the results of that boondoggle with Social security running out of money. Can the people of Alaska be so dumb they do not see the con job being run on them? Then again the people of the United States did not realize what congress was doing when they ‘borrowed’ money from the Social Security trust fund either!

I may still be sick
and the roads may be icy
but even I can see
when someone wants to put
their hand in my pocket.

This posting made possible through Winlink
the ham radio emergency email system.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. john permalink
    March 30, 2016 1:53 pm

    get well, do your packing and head for texas look for you on the air john w8wej


  2. March 30, 2016 4:26 pm

    Get well soon Pete!


  3. Scott permalink
    March 31, 2016 2:56 am

    Get well soon, Pete. Safe travels.


  4. Jon permalink
    April 2, 2016 5:16 am

    As usual, your last paragraphs under government propaganda hit the nail on the head. It was the Johnson administration that was looking around for more sources of revenue; as we all know government has the insatiable appetite for taxpayer dollars. Imagine how their eyes lit up when they saw the bag of money labeled Social Security. Wala!! And the raid was on & their eyes were opened to raid every source of revenue for the next feel good program.

    The schools. Seems almost every year here in Mpls.St. Paul there is a new referendum at 10s of millions of dollars for school “improvements” that are supposed to last 5-10 years. I should’ve kept track of all of these over the years to see when one starts & ends & another begins so I can say “what happened to the other 6 or 7 years?” when a new one is proposed only 2-3 years into the old one. As usual they tug at your heart strings with veiled threats to cut busing, increase class size, cuts to lunch programs, etc. if they don’t get this “desperately needed” money. A load of bs just like a lot of government needs.

    Dammit Pete, get well will ya? LOL!


  5. May 12, 2016 4:45 pm

    Yikes. That’s a lot of money for the ER. Hope you’re feeling good as new now.


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