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  • Socialism Leaves South Africa in the Dark: What happened when a nation tried Bernie's power plan

    05/16/2019 8:35:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 05/16/2019 | Daniel Greenfield
    Nearly 150 years after electricity came to South Africa, the country is in the dark. The blackouts can strike at any time and then lights, hot water and even major industries vanish into the darkness. Storing perishable food in the fridge has become a gamble. The meat you buy today may be inedible tomorrow if the rolling blackout arrives and lasts long enough to destroy all the food you cooked. With rolling blackouts that can last for as long as twelve hours, South Africans have grown used to eating by candlelight and heating water the old-fashioned way. Those who can...
  • PG&E’s Radical Plan to Prevent Wildfires: Shut Down the Power Grid

    05/12/2019 10:33:41 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 58 replies
    WSJ ^ | 4/27/19 | Russell Gold and Katherine Blunt
    When dangerously high winds arise this year, the utility says it will black out fire-prone areas that are home to 5.4 million people PG&E Corp. can’t prevent its power lines from sparking the kinds of wildfires that have killed scores of Californians. So instead, it plans to pull the plug on a giant swath of the state’s population. No U.S. utility has ever blacked out so many people on purpose. PG&E says it could knock out power to as much as an eighth of the state’s population for as long as five days when dangerously high winds arise. Communities likely...
  • It’s Not ‘TDS,’ It’s a Fever-Fueled Effort to ‘Fundamentally Transform’ the USA

    04/30/2019 6:02:47 AM PDT · by xzins · 56 replies
    Tennessee Star ^ | April 29, 2019 | Karin McQuillan
    The Democrats’ behavior after 2016 is not mass delusion or mass hysteria or Trump Derangement Syndrome, or any of the other psychobabble explanations that dominate our political commentary. My first career was as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist, and I am not impressed with spraying around clinical terms as a substitute for looking at what is in front of us. Trump Derangement Syndrome is a colorful description for political behavior. It is not an analysis of what causes it. Under Barack Obama, ordinary Democrats became enamored of the narrative that they were the Good People, hence entitled to crush anyone in their...
  • (Vanity) Traveling to Czech Republic...need advice on power adapters.

    04/27/2019 12:51:28 PM PDT · by ak267 · 55 replies
    4-27-2019 | AK267
    I'll be vacationing this year in the Czech Republic and will be taking my Surface Pro 3 tablet and Android phone. Any recommendations on a EU compatible plug? USB charger ports are a definite plus. Will the plug also need a converter? Cost range?
  • The Rise and Fall of Internet Art Communities

    04/23/2019 5:04:43 AM PDT · by vannrox · 6 replies
    Artsy ^ | 19apr19 | Kelsey Ables
    Today, sharing art on social media is like running on a treadmill forever. At least, that’s how illustrator Lois van Baarle describes it. “You have to post constantly,” Van Baarle, who got her start in the early aughts on DeviantArt, explained. “Otherwise, the algorithm decides you’re not interesting, and will not show your posts to your followers.” Before big tech shepherded the vast number of online users onto a handful of sleek websites, there was a scrappier internet—where offbeat chat rooms and eccentric niche websites reigned, and carefully crafted “away statuses” were a kind of personal branding—back when you could...
  • Pierce Bush eyes congressional seat once held by his grandfather, George H.W. Bush

    04/19/2019 7:10:55 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 66 replies
    washingtonexaminer ^ | 04/17/2019 | Daniel Jativa
    Pierce Bush, a grandson and nephew of presidents, announced Wednesday he is considering running for a Texas seat held by Republicans for decades until last year. Bush, 38, is eyeing the Lone Star State's 7th Congressional District, in the Houston suburbs. His grandfather George H.W. Bush, represented a version of the district from 1967 to 1971. The former congressman, CIA director and vice president, a Republican, became president for one four-year term in 1989. Bush, CEO of Houston-based Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star, is the son of Neil Bush, 64, who is the brother of former President George W....

    03/30/2019 4:13:12 AM PDT · by Libloather · 131 replies
    PSmag ^ | 3/14/19 | THOR BENSONMAR
    These days it seems you can't talk about socialism without being required to talk also about Venezuela—largely because certain people on the right bring up the failures of Venezuela every time the word "socialism" appears. Right-wing pundits claim incessantly that socialist policies are to blame for the terrible conditions that Venezuelans are now living through. But this story is fundamentally false. "It's a cheap rhetorical tactic," says James Galbraith, professor of economics at the University of Texas–Austin. "No serious person makes this argument," says Richard D. Wolff, professor emeritus in economics at the University of Massachusetts–Amherst. There are many reasons...
  • No End in Sight to Venezuela’s Blackout, Experts Warn

    03/11/2019 1:45:09 PM PDT · by catnipman · 106 replies
    NY Slimes ^ | March 11, 2019 | Anatoly Kurmanaev and Isayen Herrera
    On Thursday, the San Geronimo B substation in the center of the country, which supplies electricity to four out of five Venezuelans from the massive Guri hydropower plant, went down. No date has been set to restart the plant and most workers were told to stay home on Monday ... Other experts, including Mr. Aguilar, said the magnitude of the blackout indicated the problem was caused by a major failure inside Guri’s turbines. A Corpoelec supervisor involved in dispatching Guri’s power said he was told by the plant’s managers on Thursday that the plant’s equipment was damaged. ... Mr. Aguilar...
  • Looters take to Venezuela's streets as blackout enters its FIFTH day...

    03/11/2019 11:33:59 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 48 replies
    Dailhy Mail UK ^ | 11 March 2019 | Chris Dyer
    Full Headline: Looters take to Venezuela's streets as blackout enters its FIFTH day killing 15 kidney patients as under-pressure president Maduro claims the power cut was caused by an 'imperialist' electromagnetic attack from the US Pictures reveal that some supermarkets in the capital have been left ransacked by desperate residents as they struggle to find food. Security forces detained a number of people who were caught looting on Sunday, with some pictures showing looters being piled onto waiting trucks. Armed men were seen forcefully escorting young men and women to the trucks. he country will enter its fifth consecutive day...
  • Nationwide Blackout in Venezuela: FAQ

    03/11/2019 10:29:13 AM PDT · by catnipman · 13 replies
    Caracas Chronicles ^ | 3/10/2019 | Rodrigo Linares
    This particular corridor carries three 765 kV (kilovolts) power lines, which are the largest and most important lines of the country. One of these lines, apparently the one between San Geronimo B and Malena, went out and overloaded the other two, so all three died. When all of a sudden the lines went off and power wasn’t getting through, not only all those TVs, blenders and lights went off: the water wheels started to spin out of control (in the industry we call this scenario a “load rejection”). Protections systems kicked in and the turbines shut themselves off, hopefully with...
  • Venezuela blames Rubio, iguanas for power outages

    03/08/2019 10:50:15 AM PST · by BlackAdderess · 32 replies
    Floridian Press ^ | March 8, 2019 | Javier Manjarres
    The situation in Venezuela continues to worsen, as more and more massive power outages or blackouts, are now a constant in that embattle Latin American Country. The Maduro regime-controlled National Electric Corporation (Corpoelec) said that the latest power outage that affected 11 states, including the capitol of Caracas, was an energy attack or sabotage against the state. Venezuela’s legitimate President Juan Guaido, spun it differently, saying that the situation in that country was nothing more than chaotic due to the power outage, adding the outages only prove the inefficiency of Nicolas Maduro’s leadership.
  • Solar attacks on U.S. power grid cost $10 billion a year; ‘we are still incredibly vulnerable’

    02/28/2019 11:05:43 AM PST · by SleeperCatcher · 71 replies
    The National Sentinel ^ | 2/28/19 | Jon Dougherty
    Federal officials and energy experts offered their most blunt assessment to date regarding the ongoing vulnerability of the U.S. power grid, telling a Senate committee that solar-generated attacks alone cost $10 billion a year. In testimony before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Operations Committee, the officials noted that the attacks are growing and pose a substantial, long-term risk to a vulnerable power grid. They warned that a catastrophic failure would cut off electricity to millions of Americans, probably for months at a time, causing untold damage and social chaos, adding that the grid is an easy target for solar,...
  • Most Americans aren't aware that Facebook owns WhatsApp, or that Google owns Waze

    02/26/2019 5:41:38 AM PST · by vannrox · 11 replies
    Spread Privacy ^ | 16 Oct 2018 | Editorial staff
    That's a problem as more and more Americans look to take control of their privacy online. In the past six months, many have been rudely awakened by the lack of privacy within the behemoth data platforms of Facebook and Google. A recent report by Pew Research Center found that a majority of Americans are significantly changing their relationship with Facebook, with about half taking breaks from the platform in one way or another.But as Facebook usage wanes, messaging apps like WhatsApp are growing in popularity as a "more private (and less confrontational) space to communicate." That shift didn't make much...
  • H.R. 1: A Democrat Political Power Grab

    01/30/2019 11:20:59 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 19 replies
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell ^ | 01.30.19 | Mitch McConnell
    ‘Yesterday, I spoke for the first time on a subject that House Democrats have crowned their signature effort for this Congress -- H.R. 1, also known as the ‘Democrat Politician Protection Act.’ Speaker Pelosi and her colleagues are advertising it as a package of urgent measures to save American democracy. What it really seems to be is a package of urgent measures to rewrite the rules of American politics for the exclusive benefit of the Democratic Party.’ WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding House Democrats’ proposal to centralize electoral...
  • Even Congress’ research arm vouches for Trump’s border funding authority

    01/28/2019 4:31:40 AM PST · by cowpoke · 9 replies
    THE WESTERNER ^ | 1/27/2019 | Frank DuBois
    Daniel Horowitz The political class, including many conservative insiders, will look at you with wild eyes if you suggest that president has the authority to either declare an emergency at our border or use defense funds for an operation that should be the highest priority of national defense. But Congress’ own research arm makes it clear that such delegated authority to the president has been the norm since our Founding. While many have complained that the 1976 National Emergencies Act (NEA) is too broad, the Congressional Research Service (CRS) memo, which was first posted by the Daily Caller, makes it...
  • David Faris: "Plotting, in effect, a coup"

    01/26/2019 4:44:18 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 28 replies
    David Faris Twitter ^ | March 2018 | David Faris
    While trekking the internet I came across this article from March 2018 by David Faris in the Washington Post about packing the Supreme Court: Democrats must consider court-packing when they regain power. It’s the only way to save democracy. I did a search and came up with the book he wrote, "It’s Time to Fight Dirty: How Democrats Can Build a Lasting Majority in American Politics: It’s Time to Fight Dirty How Democrats Can Build a Lasting Majority in American Politics The American electoral system is clearly falling apart—as evidenced by the 2016 presidential election. In It’s Time to Fight...
  • Upon Receiving the Gavel the Other Night, Pelosi Could Be Seen Salivating & Sensually Stroking It

    01/06/2019 2:22:11 PM PST · by Stayfree · 39 replies
    Self | January 6, 2019 | Stayfree
    Pelosi is so power-hungry that she literally began salivating and sensually stroking the gavel when it was handed to her the other night.
  • Neil deGrasse Tyson, Jeff Bezos join DOD innovation board

    07/26/2016 7:49:11 PM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/26/2016 | Rebecca Kheel July 26, 2016 - 02:15 PM EDT Neil deGrasse Tyson, Jeff Bezos join DOD innovation board By Rebecca Kheel Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson were among the big names Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Tuesday as joining the Pentagon’s recently formed Defense Innovation Advisory Board. “I've given them the very specific task of identifying innovative private sector best practices that could be of use to DOD [the Department of Defense] — not unlike our recent Hack the Pentagon pilot program, which invited hackers to help find vulnerabilities in our networks," Carter said during an...
  • Transformer Explosions Create Colorful Light Display As High Winds Hit Louisiana

    12/28/2018 8:16:52 PM PST · by Beowulf9 · 16 replies ^ | December 27, 2018 | Robbie Cagle
    Transformer explosions sparked by high winds created a colorful light display above Kenner, Louisiana before dawn and left the town without power on December 27.
  • Blue Light Floods NYC Sky as Transformer Explodes in Queens

    12/27/2018 7:23:24 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 40 replies
    A transformer explosion in Queens sent an eerie blue light flooding the nighttime sky over New York City Thursday night, startling residents. Con Edison says a couple of transformers tripped offline at the substation at 20th Avenue and 32nd Street, sparking a fire. The explosion lit the sky so brightly that it briefly appeared to be daytime in neighborhoods like Astoria and Woodside, residents reported. Smoke arose from the source of the blue light, visible from as far as Manhattan.