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Message 2067207 - Posted: 29 Jan 2021, 21:11:09 UTC - in response to Message 2067206.  

Well, it was in the South during the 50's
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Message 2067348 - Posted: 1 Feb 2021, 6:24:07 UTC

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Clearly frustrated by the slow pace of their work, Ms Chirila feels a responsibility to fight on.
"You have the sulphurous water, the resources, and available EU funds - it's a shame the government isn't accessing it," she says. "This place could bring lots of money for the state, and for the community."
More than likely siphoning off the funds into their back pockets.
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Message 2067579 - Posted: 4 Feb 2021, 9:43:47 UTC

Nearly lost my morning coffee seeing the headlines today.
"Sunak concerned over scientists moving the goalposts on lockdown"
What more does one expect from a banker.
However, this one is hilarious.
I've called them...
Muppets
Snivel serpents
BP's
DFB's
CiB's

...*& got ridiculed...yet it's okay for those in authority to do so...

...now that may be apt, but...
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Message 2067598 - Posted: 4 Feb 2021, 12:40:20 UTC

Democrat wears jeans on Iowa House floor to protest lack of mask mandate
Iowa's Republican House Speaker Pat Grassley has repeatedly said this year that he can't require lawmakers to wear masks on the House floor. So one Democrat decided to find out how he would enforce the chamber's dress code.

Rep. Beth Wessel-Kroeschell, D-Ames, said she told her Democratic colleagues Sunday night that she would be wearing jeans on the House floor all week in violation of the dress code.

House rules adopted last month state that "no member of the general assembly or legislative employee or intern shall be admitted to the floor of the House if attired in jeans of any color without leave of the speaker." The jeans rule has been in place for several years, dating back to before Grassley was speaker.
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"At the end of the day if a legislator, male or female, wants to walk in here in their bathing suit and take a vote on the House floor they will be given that opportunity to do so. If a member wants to be recognized using proper decorum, from the chair’s perspective, I will not be recognizing those members," he said at the time.
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Message 2067641 - Posted: 5 Feb 2021, 1:48:36 UTC

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2021/02/04/taylor-greene-inadvertently-reveals-actual-problem-with-misinformation/ wrote:
What Greene regretted, she declared Thursday, was that she “was allowed to believe things that weren’t true,” causing her to raise and promote false claims and leading to the current tension. It’s a remarkable abdication of autonomy on her part, suggesting that her decision to follow a nonsensical white rabbit deep underground was somehow not her fault. But that was the crux of the matter: that someone said something false to her and she believed it — just as the mainstream media are saying false things to the nation all the time.

"was allowed to believe" just who controls her brain? Isn't this Son of Sam level of crazy? And this is the new GOPTee!
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Message 2067659 - Posted: 5 Feb 2021, 9:03:45 UTC - in response to Message 2067641.  

Well, we all know that the moon is made of cheese. :-)
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Message 2068479 - Posted: 15 Feb 2021, 16:45:49 UTC
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Taking the Covid situation into account, I still despair at the direction our NHS is heading.
With what has happened today only worsens it.
Had an issue crop up 7 days ago. A little worried, but no great deal really. I've never bothered about running to a GP or hospital over little things, only those I felt were necessary, which over the past 50 years amount to 3 hospital stays, each of either 1 day (at most) or a week(at most), & approx. 2 dozen or so visits to GP.
Bear in mind, I DO NOT wish to go to hospital in the current situation, but MAY have to. :-(
Days 4/5/6 issue getting more frequent, now genuinely worried.

Today, got very worried so called surgey for either an appointment or advice - waste of time, can't get through, so go online instead.
Now the fun starts.

Google the surgery & sure enough, mine is at the top so click on the link. Can't connect, so try another browser, & another. No joy so try using Win 10 & edge, same problem.
Back to Google. Further down the page is an overview of surgery from the NHS so click on the link. Success, get online & click on appoint & get this:
Due to the recent update regarding Coronavirus all of our GP appointments will be completed via telephone triage. Please do not come into the surgery unless requested to do so by one of our clinicians.
Back to site. Oh, right, have to create an account with Doctorlink & further down is a list of 7 issues that state for those you must ring 999.
Mine is one of them.

Looking at the site header see the access issue straight away - It's a different domain name. Back to the google list & click on suggest edit.
Edited domain name & sent. Seconds later, got Google is reviewing your suggestion. Just over a minute later, it states that edit now live.

All 4 browsers show the new domain name as "not secure".
Sheesh!

Edit - On the NHS overview see that CQC did an inspection & took it out of special measures & changed to "require improvements".
I should think so, amalgamated 3 surgeries of approx. 2,000 patients each & ONLY providing the usual 4 doctors & 2 receptionists, no wonder it has garnered numerous negative reviews in the year it has opened.
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Message 2068482 - Posted: 15 Feb 2021, 17:27:16 UTC

Wow, Texas where all the companies fleeing California because California can't keep the power on, just had to implement power conservation and rolling blackouts. LMAO.
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Message 2068484 - Posted: 15 Feb 2021, 18:12:10 UTC - in response to Message 2068482.  
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Yeah, well, it's due to an 'unprecedented', record shattering weather event for the poor folks of Texas, not the norm like it is in CA.
Not really something to laugh about.
Praying for them down there, hope there is no loss of life due to the event.

150M people under winter advisories as 'unprecedented' storm stretches across 25 states; Texas sees power outages.

Houston, where temperatures hit the 70s last Tuesday, saw readings in the teens Monday morning, prompting officials to advise residents to prepare for hazardous roads that could be similar to those experienced after a Category 5 hurricane.

In Texas, the storm could truly be a "once in a generation" type event when factoring in the brutally cold conditions, AccuWeather meteorologist Brandon Buckingham said.

San Angelo, Texas, had its snowiest day ever recorded Sunday, the weather service said, with 10.1 inches reported in the city.
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Message 2068498 - Posted: 15 Feb 2021, 20:24:05 UTC - in response to Message 2068484.  

Yeah, well, it's due to an 'unprecedented', record shattering weather event for the poor folks of Texas, not the norm like it is in CA.

Or not. Picking the Alamo, San Antonio Texas, 2017, 5 inches snow, 1987, 3 inches, 1985, 33 inches, 1973, 5 inches, 1964, 5 inches, 1949, 12 inches. Seems like this is normally expected weather.

So what's different? In California nut billionaire buying a mountain top and putting in a mansion and expecting the power company to run power through a forest to his mansion. In Texas putting in wind turbines without heaters that freeze up every few winters.
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Message 2068499 - Posted: 15 Feb 2021, 21:10:08 UTC - in response to Message 2068498.  

Well, I don't know what YOU consider to be "normally expected weather", but I would expect that most Texans would tell you that this is not it..................
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Message 2068503 - Posted: 15 Feb 2021, 22:39:47 UTC - in response to Message 2068499.  

Well, I don't know what YOU consider to be "normally expected weather", but I would expect that most Texans would tell you that this is not it..................

If Houston is a case study, it regularly get hurricanes yet does little to mitigate the damage. That would cost money and Texans don't want to pay the taxes necessary to protect themselves.
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Message 2068504 - Posted: 15 Feb 2021, 22:41:05 UTC - in response to Message 2068503.  

Well, I don't know what YOU consider to be "normally expected weather", but I would expect that most Texans would tell you that this is not it..................

If Houston is a case study, it regularly get hurricanes yet does little to mitigate the damage. That would cost money and Texans don't want to pay the taxes necessary to protect themselves.

Must be the same reason Californians can't get their power grid under control.
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Message 2068505 - Posted: 15 Feb 2021, 23:03:07 UTC - in response to Message 2068504.  

Must be the same reason Californians can't get their power grid under control.

No, the power companies are private and their fiducuary duty is to return the max dividends to the share holders.
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Message 2068508 - Posted: 15 Feb 2021, 23:39:23 UTC - in response to Message 2068505.  
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Must be the same reason Californians can't get their power grid under control.

No, the power companies are private and their fiducuary duty is to return the max dividends to the share holders.

Hence the game of gaming the grid for "peak power" profits...

An extreme example of that was in Southern Australia where the fossil fuels power plants repeatedly held the grid to ransom for a Kings Ransom to provide power only at the very last moment to avert a blackout but only at inflated 'emergency' prices. The 'fix' has been to install an Elon Musk battery to power through the peak power periods and break the ransom game of the fossil plants...

As for Texas: Do they not have their own fully independent system running to their own rules?


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Message 2068512 - Posted: 16 Feb 2021, 0:30:20 UTC - in response to Message 2068508.  

As for Texas: Do they not have their own fully independent system running to their own rules?
Are the former executives of Enron are running the Electric Reliability Council of Texas?

https://www.texastribune.org/2021/02/15/rolling-blackouts-texas/ wrote:
Some of the energy sources powering the grid were knocked out by the inclement weather, most of which were facilities run by gas, coal or nuclear energy.

“Most of the plants that went offline during evening and morning today were fueled by one of those sources,” said Dan Woodfin, senior director of system operations at ERCOT.

Wind turbines, which provide a much smaller source of energy for the state’s power grid, were iced over and also out of commission.

Gas, coal, nuclear or wind! Isn't that every source of energy except solar? Of course solar doesn't work in inclement weather either. Sounds like they do have Enron execs in charge!

The first time the Enron boys did it to California it was called exceptional as well. California got past those times and built a bunch of natural gas peaking plants. For a decade no issues at all.

Now the California issue is greedy private utilities. The three big ones sent cash to their shareholders instead of sending it to tree trimming crews. Then the lawyers came in and drained the bank accounts with punitive damages. No money left to hire tree trimmers so those homes on top of the mountain or down in the mountain valley get their power shut off. Those belong to multi-millionaires so it hits the news. No shutoff in the cities, like there was with the Texas Enron crap.
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Message 2068523 - Posted: 16 Feb 2021, 1:38:12 UTC - in response to Message 2068512.  

Ouch! Those numbers look bad:

The state’s electric grid operator lost control of the power supply Monday morning as 2 million Texas households didn't have heat or other electric appliances working at home while a massive winter storm delivered freezing temperatures across the state...

... winter record for power demand, reaching 69,150 megawatts...

... 30,000 megawatts of power generation had been forced off the system...


That is over twice the usual demand for the entire UK! That's even more than our maximum generation capacity!!

And then losing nearly half the generation capacity?!!

There's a few things very wrong with those power numbers and the system management/fragility...


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Message 2068529 - Posted: 16 Feb 2021, 4:11:59 UTC
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And then factor in the inefficiency of the domestic 120-125V system. ;-)

My Dog, our 3 new families of recently made Aussies, and the 2 that will be next year, hadn't ever seen, or knew of, an electric kettle or it's use for making coffee or tea with. :-O

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Message 2068534 - Posted: 16 Feb 2021, 7:09:35 UTC
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100,000 Fort Worth residents receive boil water notice
Lost power at the water treatment plant?
https://krcgtv.com/news/local/due-to-massive-spike-in-natural-gas-prices-fulton-residents-asked-to-reduce-usage
How are they supposed to boil water if their natural gas supply is cut? Electricity?
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Message 2068538 - Posted: 16 Feb 2021, 8:05:49 UTC - in response to Message 2068534.  

Don't the power companies forward buy gas/oil/coal so they have a decent buffer in stock against such events?
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