atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#5666: Power restored--no, it's off--no, it's on

Let's start with a discussion of the true cost of "renewable" energy.
The cost of renewables is assessed without regard for the fact that renewables are intermittent and unpredictable. Sometimes the sun shines, some times it does not, sometimes the wind blows, sometimes it does not, sometimes it blows too hard and the windmills must shut down. This creates a burden on the grid, and the need for backup power, and this backup power and grid load is not costed or funded.
...which is why two things are true: 1) wind power actually provides about 20% of its rated capacity, such that a 500 megawatt wind farm actually produces 100 megawatts. 2) Backup power typically takes the form of natural gas-fired plants, which actually emit more carbon dioxide when idle than when they're not--with the result that windmill power actually results in higher carbon emissions than simply using natural gas!

And higher energy prices.

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You're an asshole, you bald-headed bitch. Stupid antifa "girl" with a shaved head hit a police horse in the neck "using a wooden pole with a nail sticking out of it."

What a contemptible piece of shit this person is, and by extension the movement "she" supports.

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Ah, weather radio just scared the crap out of me: severe thunderstorm warning. Wonder if that's why the power got wonky?

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An epic, foul-mouthed rant on electronics coming with cheap Chinese batteries.
...[Y]ou cheap bean-counting shitstains on a good company, try shipping Duracell, Energizer, or even Panasonic or Maxell/Hitachi name-brand batteries (perhaps you fuckwits have heard of them?), and tell the Who Flung Poo Asstastic Battery Company to pound their cheap worthless trash right back up the ass of the yak that shat it out before you bought them by the metric fuckton, and shipped them out in your products.
I've never had the kind of experience he's talking about, but I know what he means.

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Illinois is so utterly boned.
There's a budget impasse between the Republican Governor and Democrat legislators that prompted Moody's and S&P to downgrade them to essentially junk bond status. It's important to keep in mind this infighting is not to restore fiscal sobriety. It's to pass a budget that enables the state to continue servicing its debt so that it can borrow more money.
Good little Democrats blame Rauner for the entire problem rather than an eon of Democrat rule, of course.

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I know exactly what this guy is talking about.
It never occurred to them that they were both the beneficiaries of and the caretakers for a fragile legacy, and that an economy where anyone with a pulse who was willing to bust their ass could enjoy a solid middle-class life was a historic anomaly that had to be carefully safeguarded. No, it was all just a well-deserved reward...because of their own industriousness and moral goodness.
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Looking at the weather radar, I see that storms are brewing up all around the bunker but not over the bunker. Just to the south and west. Well, it's not as if it'll really cool things off all that much anyway, not when they're predicting more of the same for tomorrow.

At the end of the Kansas album Somewhere to Elsewhere there's a bonus track, "Geodesic Dome":
I wanna live in a geodesic dome
I wanna live in a geodesic dome
I wanna live in a geodesic dome
I wanna make it my home

It's cold outside, but I don't care
I'll stand outside with my frozen hair
And so on. It's about two repetitions of the chorus and that little bridge piece, not much to it at all; it was something they recorded off-the-cuff without editing or anything. Kerry Livgren sang it.

Today's version:
It's hot outside, but I don't care
I'll sit inside in my underwear
And someone comments at the end of the song, "This instrument is ruined."

Oh well.

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