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    Today, 12:38 AM
    All of Miami is reclaimed swamp.. but concrete does not pulverize like that without help.. Don't make enemies of those who are in the habit of Bombings.. Zionists come to mind.
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  • pcosmar's Avatar
    Today, 12:34 AM
    It doesn't disassemble without help.
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  • pcosmar's Avatar
    Today, 12:32 AM
    I drank beer till late in the morning,,in a bar where English was not the recognized language. Had a very nice evening. for not speaking the language.
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  • pcosmar's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:02 PM
    Only seen one view..but that did look like controlled Demolition.
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  • pcosmar's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:22 AM
    I am still wondering how many heard it.. It did sound threat like.
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  • CaptUSA's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:59 AM
    :D I'm an economist, first and foremost. I like to fully utilize resources for the cheapest cost. But, my way allows the price to fluctuate unfettered with supply and demand. And that drives technological advances. Because when there's a big differential between the low valleys and high peaks, not only do you get a savings from storage, you can actually make a profit. Then, you can sit around all day with a PBR and the TV clicker and your battery will be supplying the pizza money.
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  • acptulsa's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:51 AM
    I doubt any still hang around here, since Stormfront trolls libeling Rand Paul has become a thing the administration ignores. But if some still do, here's a kit: WHAT YOU NEED TO TAKE ON THE GOVERNMENT OF A DEMOCRACY WHAT THE HEAD "DEMOCRAT" SAYS YOU NEED TO TAKE ON THE GOVERNMENT OF THE U.S.
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  • CaptUSA's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:29 AM
    Well, it's illegal. :D But that doesn't always stop them. There are ways to trigger an outage without it looking like you did it on purpose.
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  • CaptUSA's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:29 AM
    lol - again with "the electric company". Which company? There are all sorts of companies involved with bringing you that power. If you're in ERCOT, you probably have the best electric economic system in the world. It allows customers to choose fixed pricing or variable pricing for gen rates. That's great! The downside of fixed pricing is a slightly higher monthly fee - but it's not that much higher, so it's manageable. The really bad side of fixed pricing in the retail market is that there's a discrepancy between the retail and wholesale markets, and when that discrepancy gets real high, the wholesale provider has a strong incentive to stop the power flow. When the market flips like that, and wholesale is so much more than retail, they lose money with every kWh sold. So, if they can trigger an outage, they get a huge benefit. The downside of variable rates - especially, RTP rates - is that you need the signals real-time. Otherwise, you get stuck with these huge bills because you didn't know you needed to adjust until it was too late. But make sure you understand this point as well... Meaning that if people start using more electric at off-peak times, it lowers the costs to serve everyone and will lower your bills.
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  • CaptUSA's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:17 AM
    There's always a price. You value the AC, so you'd set that price very high. But would you spend $100/Kwh for that value?? Doubtful. Well, there's a price that you'd be willing to pay and price that you wouldn't. Same with all your neighbors and businesses. If everyone set their price (with manual overrides, of course) then the system balances itself. It's how price signals interact with supply and demand. And if the price stayed high, it would send a new signal for more gen or T&D upgrades. It would also send a signal for local battery storage. Which again, if people started to get home batteries, it would balance out the electric market to your favor.
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  • CaptUSA's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:32 AM
    :( The electric grid is the largest machine in the world. And it delivers a product to you that is invisible, extremely perishable, potentially deadly, and powers nearly everything you do - safely, at near the speed of light, and all you have to do is click a switch to request it. And yet, most people have no idea how it operates or the economic mechanisms that allow it to operate. It's like magic to most people. In fact, I often tell people I'm in the magic delivery business. Be honest - you have no idea what you're talking about, do you? "Electric company"?? Do you mean the generation company? The transmission company? The distribution company? The aggregator? The power marketers? The retail electric providers? Energy efficiency providers?? The ISO? Maybe if you understood where market forces were at play and where regulations got involved, you'd have a better sense of what worked and what didn't. Easy to do. Most savvy EV drivers on time-varying rates already do this. You set it up once and never think about it again. Again, TOU is generally on the Gen portion of the bill and not the T&D side, but some jurisdictions are adding a TOU component to T&D. You won't save an "insane" amount of money, but enough to make it worth it. (It should be noted that off-peak charging better utilizes grid resources which provides downward pressure on rates for everyone - both gen and T&D) What other products do you buy without knowing the price? I bet your dissatisfaction extends to those areas as well. But the good thing is that you shouldn't need to know. Those on real time pricing (RTP) rates get the pricing signals sent to them and their systems are automated to accept the prices and adjust based on them on user settings. The problem is that only the big guys get those signals.
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  • pcosmar's Avatar
    06-23-2021, 10:29 PM
    Does he have any idea what a nerd redneck can build in a garage or barn? "no concept" comes to mind. And half who have "known" me,, have no concept.
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  • Dr.3D's Avatar
    06-23-2021, 08:03 PM
    A terabyte is 1000 gigabytes.
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  • pcosmar's Avatar
    06-23-2021, 04:02 PM
    Upgrading the Power grids..(the ones that started the Fires) Turning off AC in govt buildings.. Open some windows. Cars draw no more than other appliances.. and some Charge Stations are Stand alone Solar. more could be.
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  • CaptUSA's Avatar
    06-23-2021, 01:55 PM
    Obviously price signals need to match the timing of delivery. That's the same with any product - and what went so horribly wrong in Texas. VERY few but the largest customers get real-time data. If you did, you don't need to make those behavior decisions yourself. You would set the prices into your car, HVAC, whatever appliances to shed load during high prices and require a manual override to change that. Industrial customers are used to this, but it hasn't made its way down to residential markets.
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    06-23-2021, 01:49 PM
    So, let me start at the beginning... Remember, this is part of my expertise... First, time of use rates are not necessarily dynamic - you get an on peak and an off peak rate. But you have to sign up for those. There are real time pricing rates, but those are usually reserved for BIG industrial customers and they get real time pricing data. Second, most level 2 chargers and the telematics in many vehicles allow you to set your charging times. So even if you plug it in after work, it won't start charging until the off-peak time. (You do run into a situation where you can trigger a second peak because all the vehicles start charging at the same time.) Many utilities will stagger their off-peak times and split them between their customers to have a few bumps like that. Third, some utilities and other 3rd party aggregators are able to do "managed" charging. So basically, a driver would create a setting to say they want their vehicle fully charged by 6 am. Then, the aggregator's system would stagger all of the vehicles under their contract to keep the demand as low as possible. Fourth, it is VERY rare that an EV would require 10-12 hours of a slow charge. If they use a level 1 charger and drive a lot of miles, you may see that, but that's a 120v outlet - that's a drop in the ocean. For level 2 charging, most vehicles "top off" each night so that they're full in the morning. You may only need an hour of charging to replenish the miles you used each day - and with a 10-16 hour window to charge, there's lots of room.
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  • CaptUSA's Avatar
    06-23-2021, 10:57 AM
    This is what happens when you don't allow prices to reflect supply and demand. Electric prices, just like everything else, should go up when demand increases in relation to supply. You wouldn't need to "beg" anyone to do anything - people would respond on their own to increasing prices and trim their usage. So simple, yet so politically unpopular.
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  • CaptUSA's Avatar
    06-23-2021, 10:53 AM
    And zero legal recourse. How any parent could do this to their child is beyond me. 2 year-olds have zero risk from this virus. That the parents jabbed their child anyway is a product of unfounded media fearmongering.
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  • pcosmar's Avatar
    06-23-2021, 09:34 AM
    Missouri Just passed legislation to prevent that Specifically. http://www.lawrencecountyrecord.com/content/parson-signs-second-amendment-protection-act-missouri
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    06-23-2021, 04:58 AM
    His Own Man - Part Of The Problem #748 On this episode of Part Of The Problem Dave and Robbie take a look at a recent segment from our favorite little piggy, Brian Stelter, and how the tactics he and the rest of the corporate media use to distract and misinform. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ey9JarHL5qQ
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  • Dr.3D's Avatar
    06-22-2021, 07:00 PM
    Just remember, when vaccinated people start dropping dead, the excuse will be that it's from a variant.
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  • CaptUSA's Avatar
    06-22-2021, 12:44 PM
    Ha! She's in the wrong state for that speech!
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  • CaptUSA's Avatar
    06-22-2021, 10:53 AM
    Nominal rigidity. Or, price "stickiness". Wage prices are historically far more sticky than products and services. Another reason why price inflation kills the lower classes. But those who can take advantage of nominal rigidity will benefit.
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  • pcosmar's Avatar
    06-21-2021, 01:07 PM
    My old Appendix disagrees. It is totally useless,, and yet I function just fine. There are a Lot of Elitists who spew their Philosophies. I would not take Life advice from Frank Lloyd Wright any more than I would from L Ron Hubbard. Blind Fools Leading the Blind.
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    06-21-2021, 11:08 AM
    Gonna be a Hot Summer First day of Summer 84'. Today will hit 92'. it is warm out there already.
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  • pcosmar's Avatar
    06-21-2021, 09:35 AM
    NO.. Socialized Corporate Medicine has a Higher risk of Malpractice. a Mutated Cold is still a Cold.
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    06-20-2021, 01:42 PM
    Delta Variant makes me wonder what became of "Alpha" "Beta" and "Charley" variants.. Sounds more like an "Echo" variant,, and just wait for the next "F******" variant.
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    06-20-2021, 03:44 AM
    Objection! Assumes facts not in evidence. Ludwig von Mises and his namesakes play second banana to nothing and no one (not even that asshole Occam). The distributor for Dave's podcast is a subscription service. If you subscribe, you get access to all the archived episodes. Otherwise, it's just the fifteen most recent ones.
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    06-20-2021, 03:35 AM
    Corruption And Propaganda - Part Of The Problem #747 On this episode of Part Of The Problem, Dave and Robbie discuss the tumult going on in the LP, Major issues with our monetary policy and the only way to fix it. Finally we also take a look at CRT and the dangers and damages it has and will cause. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oi0GZj0nt5k
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  • pcosmar's Avatar
    06-20-2021, 12:04 AM
    Naw.. Idiots will be debating it. TRUMP HAD NOTHING to do with it beyond YOUR ONGOING Obsession with Trump..(or was it Obama) He bragged of a solution to a problem that did not exist,, a problem created by the media and Liars. As the Head "Talking head" at the time he bragged about a solution presented by the same people who created the Problem.. And you focus on the NOBODY rather than those guiltily of the Fraud//
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I just can't decide who to vote for in the presidential race. They're both just so perfect! I can't believe it. Things are just going so well I never considered firing the president, but this Romney guy is just such a temptation!

Romney promises us more war. Obama promised us just the opposite, but that's ok, because he saw Dubya's two wars and raised us three police actions. I think that's a wonderful thing, and can't wait for the next one. I heard somewhere that with six you

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