Bonus Government Interference That Actually Affects Me

Filed under:Jerks,Not Cool,Politics — posted by Anwyn on January 1, 2008 @ 1:29 pm

The TV thing, while outrageous to a taxpayer, doesn’t affect me personally inasmuch as I quit using an antenna years ago.

But I haven’t quit using warm, glowing, brilliant incandescent light bulbs in favor of dim, green, cold, hard fluorescents. That’ll change when the provisions of the energy bill Bush signed last month take effect. They went ahead and mandated our light bulbs, folks.

First they came for the broadcasting, and I said nothing because I have satellite TV. Then they came for the light bulbs, and there was nobody left to scream back at the global warming alarmists.


Update: Just for fun, in addition to making you look like a goblin, they might give you migraines as well.

The Migraine Action Association said there was growing concern about the links between the bulbs and severe headaches.

The charity’s Paul Jansen said: “For some people a migraine attack can be triggered by fluorescent lights, video screens, stroboscopic effects and flashing lights.

“Most of the currently available low energy light bulbs are based on fluorescent light technology.

“We hope that the Government will allow regular light bulbs still to be available to those who need them.’

The Government has acknowledged low energy bulbs could pose a problem.

In a written parliamentary answer, Health Minister Ivan Lewis said: “It is known some people with epilepsy may be affected by energy saving light bulbs.”

Well, is it really just people with epilepsy? I’m subject to occasional migraines and would prefer not to find out for sure, the hard way, that these bulbs cause them.

Thanks to Daddyman for the link.

one comment so far »

  1. And you can bet that when this sinks in with the people who pay absolutely no attention to what the idiots in congress are up to there will be lots and lots of squealing. But rather than repeal this absurd mandate, the idiots will simply figure out a way to make you and me pay for crappy bulbs for every victim group with a fax machine or a reporter’s phone number. Let me illustrate: When you pay your phone bill, do you even notice that you’re still paying a Clinton-era fee for internet connectivity for “rural” areas?

    Comment by rickinstl — January 2, 2008 @ 1:41 pm

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