Oregonians Feel That The Poor Are Subhuman

The title takes a short journey to connect the dots.

In 1951 Oregon passed a law that was initially to protect customer from pumps that were far less safe than today. They felt that a refueling technician was needed.

After those initial safety concerns were mitigated making pumps quite safe, they found that gasoline (and the other fuels as well) had carcinogens. The average driver did not like the smell of gas either.

Rather than having everyone pump their own fuel (or pay for full service like forty eight other sates (New Jersey is the other wimpy ass state that doesn’t allow self-serve pumping) thus minimizing the intake of carcinogens, they relegate that to the poor working class. No there are exemptions, motorcycle riders can refill their own gas tanks. Could that be a hold over of feeling that bikers are nonredeemable scourge? Since diesel is also exempt truckers are in the same class as bikers, seen as less than… You have probably seen that as well. Yes, every time that you pull in and have the minimum wage worker scratch off a ticket to a lottery of fatal health issues. The longer than they stay in their oppressed role, the more likely it is that they will win that evil lotto.

Now a couple of years ago, they allowed the people in rural regions to pump their own fuel. Could this be yet another subjugation of the country folk? I will leave that you for consideration

The Oregon voters have decided that gasoline vapors are hazardous to humans, so they have gas station attendants do the pumping. Gas station attendants are typically a low wage job with little room for progression, so they remain poor and not worthy of the protections granted to humans, thus sub-human.

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I am tweaking the site to get it ready for more content.

Part of those tweaks was Google Ads, they were either obnoxious if you didn’t have a blocker, or invisible if you did. Since I want to use some of the money from ad clicks to put up a prize for Dead Pool, I need the ads to be clickable.

What else should be on the list of to-dos?

A large pool tournament right now?

UPDATE after this was published: Opal APA and the national APA office have cancelled the tourney.

Last night I became aware of a situation that did not thrill me. I spent some time to roll it around before speaking up. I have a pretty good chance of bothering, agitating, or upsetting friends with my position on this.

APA is still holding their regional pool tournament at Chinook Winds next month. Granted it is a month out, and situations can change.

We are talking about a large gathering of players. Players from all over the area, including the Seattle area. Obviously, that does not mean that they are sick. It just adds a little weight to odds and probabilities. A significant number of the players fall into multiple risk categories.

With the incubation period being 4.5 to 5.8 days and symptoms beginning between 8.2  to 15.6 days, we know that you can be incubating before becoming symptomatic [1]. Why would we needlessly gather so many people who may be contagious? At what point does working under disclaims give way to negligence?

The league has suspended the sportsmanship of handshakes before and after the matches which is a good thing with all things being considered. The players of the matches still share a crowded environment and the pool tables. One cannot sanitize the felt of the tables, and it is very unlikely that the side rails and balls would be sanitized between matches.

I do not question the league operators’ sincerity in their concern for the well being of the players, but I think that several factors may be interring with cancelling/postponing the event due to health risks. Of course, there are financial, reputation, and other issues to consider.

Using the fact that there have been no cases of coronavirus in Lincoln county as justification for safety, seems silly to me. Especially since very few people participating will be from Lincoln County. Yes, they have the blessing of the tribe… of course the tribe wants people to fill the hall and the tables, machines, and motel. While the tribe is somewhat sovereign and can ignore the state’s attempts to protect the citizenry, they do have to listen to the feds. We shall see if the feds come down with some protective restrictions.

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/32150748