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    Yesterday, 02:09 PM
    *Gasp* You don't say? There was a CDC mandate? A court ruled that it was a mandate? A court ruled for an injunction against the CDC mandate? But...but...but TheCount says there is no such mandate and opposing vaccine passports on cruise ships is anti freedom!
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    Yesterday, 01:25 PM
    TheCount This is the origin of the "vaccine passport." Problem, reaction, solution. The problem is that by April the entire economy was shut down largely on the word of federal bureaucrat Anthony Fauci. The "reaction" was "We need some 'safe' way to reopen." Rather than following sensible steps that Iceland was doing, quarantining the sick or those known to have been exposed, shutting down international travel, contact tracing and mass testing, Dr. Fauci floated the "solution" of vaccine passports. That was the goal all along. Edit: And that's the point that you keep missing whether purposefully or through oversight. The federal government pushed the worst possible "solutions" to this "crisis." It would have been the same as if they had said "We aren't mandating that you keep black people off cruise ships. But it would be really helpful if you kept black people off cruise ships." Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, revealed Friday the federal government is considering issuing Americans certificates of immunity from the coronavirus, as the Trump administration works to better identify those who have been infected and restart the U.S. economy in the coming weeks.
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    Yesterday, 01:17 PM
    Fair enough. Okay. It's not "tribal nonsense" at all. What "tribe" are you even talking about? There are black people and white people, democrats and republicans, gay and straight, fill-in-the-blank that are against vaccine passports and for good reason. None of this would have been an issue of the CDC hadn't pressured states to do lockdowns.
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    Yesterday, 01:06 PM
    Reporters will soon be required to make allowances for Biden under the Americans With Disabilities Act. Extra time to answer questions. Allowances to go back and review what he said before he can be quoted on it. The use of an English As A Second Language translator. Someone to help him walk up the stairs.
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    Yesterday, 12:57 PM
    You must spread some Reputation around before giving it to TheTexan again. Remember Nancy Pelosi suggesting that her own pResident Biden might not be fit to have the nuke codes?
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    Yesterday, 12:55 PM
    You seem to have forgotten how the Afghan war started. It didn't start with 9/11. It started with Jimmy Carter secretly funding what would become Al Qaeda in order to draw the Soviet Union into a war they couldn't win. The plan worked. And the Soviet Union had absolutely no qualms about civilian causalities. They dropped teddy bears that were were laced with explosives for crying out loud! And sure...we could have carpet nuked both countries. And that might have drawn a nuclear response from Russian and/or China. Plus, if your aim is stopping communism and/or terrorism, if you hand the communists and terrorists a propaganda coup by wiping out an entire population, including people that support you, in the name of fighting communism and terrorism, then you create more communists and terrorists including within your own country. I guess you have to carpet nuke the United States in order to stop communism and terrorism within the United States. You really didn't think this one through.
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    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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    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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    Yesterday, 10:32 AM
    Joe can get away with nonsense like that because most Americans don't even know where that quote came from. Thomas Jefferson was serving as ambassador to France at the time and refused to be alarmed by Shays' Rebellion. He argued in a letter to James Madison on January 30, 1787, that occasional rebellion serves to preserve freedoms. In a letter to William Stephens Smith on November 13, 1787, Jefferson wrote, "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure." In contrast, George Washington had been calling for constitutional reform for many years, and he wrote in a letter dated October 31, 1786, to Henry Lee, "You talk, my good sir, of employing influence to appease the present tumults in Massachusetts. I know not where that influence is to be found, or, if attainable, that it would be a proper remedy for the disorders. Influence is not government. Let us have a government by which our lives, liberties, and properties will be secured, or let us know the worst at once."
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    Yesterday, 09:50 AM
    I never heard of Burgess Owens. I like Herschel Walker. I think Candace Owens is a shock jock. She makes some good points, but then does some things just for attention. And supposedly she was liberal until some other liberals called her out for doxxing minors on her anti bully she became conservative. Odd reason to change ships. Just saying. Kimberly Klacik is hot! (Sexist for me to say that I know). I don't know who made her otherwise great campaign ad that unfortunately misspelled Baltimore. TBH Candace Owens is hot. And what about Katrina Pearson! (Okay. I've been single too long and it's showing. I am supposed to be talking about their polices and how well the articulate them and all that. Sorry.) I love me some Stacey Dash. (Stop it man! Stop it!) There are some black YouTubers that I think show a lot of promise. Colin Noir is awesome on the 2nd amendment. (I have no idea about any of his other views). I kind of go back and forth on "The Amazing Lucas." Sometimes he's on point and sometimes I think he's just trolling. I consider officer Tatum a cop boot-licking embarrassment. Seriously, he defended the lady cop that said "taser...taser...taser" and then shot and killed a man with her pistol. Anyhow...I think this was Candace Owen's best moment. She had a great interview with Marc Lamont Hill and even though they agreed on almost nothing, it was very respectful and she did a great job articulating her points. Edit: Here is "The Amazing Lucas" doing a video about Kim Klacik going after Candace Owens. And Officer Tatum went after Kim Klacik. Anyhow, again I don't hate Candace but I think she goes for shock value. But I can't stand Tatum.
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    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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    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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    Yesterday, 07:20 AM
    And I wonder where he thinks the revolutionary wat army got it's cannons from?
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    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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    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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    06-23-2021, 02:29 PM
    What did he ever do to the Clintons?
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    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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    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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    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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    06-23-2021, 07:35 AM
    Maybe they'll build some more coal fired power plants to compensate.....oh wait.
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    06-23-2021, 07:34 AM
    I dunno about the OP. But I hate how bad Rand did. I wouldn't mind DeSantis being ahead of Rand. But Tim Scott? Tom Cotton? Mike Pompeo? Kristi Noem? And without the Rand takedown of Fauci the GOP would still be the "anti science fringe." No love from that? That's really the biggest story of the year and he gets no mileage? :( And I like Tim Scott. I'm okay with Kristi Noem. (I can't stand Pompeo and I despise Tom Cotton).
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    06-23-2021, 07:03 AM
    Wow! I didn't even think of that. Yeah...this is pretty depressing. I know straw polls are meaningless and all...but it's still depressing.
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    06-23-2021, 06:58 AM
    The pathologist in this interview that Danke posted mentioned the COVID vaccine possibly having a contagious effect. And yet this was predicted about future vaccines back in 2017. Hmmm.... The vaccines we have today are pretty incredible. They’ve eradicated smallpox, purged rubella from the Americas, and save millions of people each year from dying of diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, and measles. When enough people get vaccinated, infectious diseases can’t spread easily and everyone benefits from herd immunity. But it’s hard to reach enough people for this to happen, especially in areas with poor public health infrastructure. So scientists are taking a leaf from the virus playbook. They’re devising vaccines and antiviral therapies that can spread from host to host. These transmissible vaccines will likely first be used in animals that carry diseases that can infect people. Some may use a weakened version of the virus, or attach a piece of the pathogen to a benign virus. Other treatments are aimed at people who are already infected and will prey on the virus dwelling in their cells.
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    06-23-2021, 06:53 AM
    Who pays the "Trump = Second Coming Of Jesus" crowd to post here? It all balances out I suppose.
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    06-23-2021, 06:02 AM
    Scientific consensus = oxymoron. It's funny that the same people who say "We have to shut down schools because we don't know the long term risk of catching COVID even if the kids recover from it" are perfectly fine with ignoring the long term unknown risks of an experimental vaccine. Mind = blown. I was on a family conference call and we were praying for a cousin who, even though he had recovered from COVID, took the vaccine and was having severe brain fog. I pointed out that those who had recovered from COVID didn't need to take the vaccine based on a recent study. One of my aunt's replied "Where do you find that study?" I said "I'll text it to you." She was like "Well I just trust Dr. Fauci." Seriously? God help us!
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    06-23-2021, 05:30 AM
    *sigh* It seems Rand has gotten little mileage out of nearly single handedly destroying the Fauci mystique. He beat Donald Trump Jr. and Mike Pence at least.
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    06-23-2021, 05:20 AM
    The direct quote of your words are right in my sig. You absolutely said them. You can click on the link and read the context.
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    06-23-2021, 05:19 AM
    That's not what I said. But let me ask you straight up. Are you against the 1964 civil rights act yes or no? You've not come across as libertarian but rather contrarian. But maybe I misread you. The official CDC recommendations which shut down the country as most governors followed them. It makes perfect business sense for a company, whether it agreed with vaccine mandates or not, to say "I don't want to be shut down by California again so I'll put in a vaccine mandate. Better to be safe than sorry." Just because you claim something doesn't exist doesn't make you right. There were federally encouraged lockdowns in most states.
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    06-22-2021, 08:45 PM
    I said no such thing. If you think I did, then you misread my words.
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