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Friday, February 19. 2021
Texas Power Crisis Puts Keystone XL Cancelation in Perspective
“If They Can Harass and Silence a Professional Journalist, They Can Silence Anybody” – Twitter Bans Top Conservative Investigative Journalist Paul Sperry Without Warning
Australia took a stand against Facebook — and got silenced
Biden Got Vaccine Dose in Dec, Now Claims There Was No Vaccine When He Took Office
The Evidence Is Clear: We Can Open Schools Safely Now
City Of Chicago Reviewing ‘Potentially Offensive’ Statues Including Those Of Lincoln And Washington
The Greatest National Security Threat by Any Analysis is China. China Emits About 30% of Global GHGs, Twice US Emissions
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This is getting pretty serious, Twitter first banned a President but now they've banned a journalist? This shall not stand!
Report: FBI, U.S. Attorney in Brooklyn Investigating Cuomo Admin Over Nursing Home Deaths
Is the FIB FBI really coming after Cuomo or is this just another whitewash 'investigation' to enable him to run for higher office?
Based on the FBI's track record on investigating prominent Dems, I am going with whitewash.
....eagerly awaiting indictments from Special Counsel John Durham's comprehensive investigation.....
I don't know that Australia has so much taken a stand against Google and Facebook by demanding they pay for links to news media as took a stand in favor of Rupert Murdoch.
Of course, it's not as if Google and Facebook provide those links out of the kindness of their hearts, it's how they make their money. The news media just want their slice of the pie so this is nothing more than the two sides arguing over the division of the spoils. Google and Facebook argue that without their links nobody would ever have heard of the New York Times or Fox News or CNN, the news media argue that Google and Facebook insert their own ads into the links and gather that all-important viewer tracking data and should be forced to pay for it.
I suspect this blocking hurts Google and Facebook more than Australia, after all they seem to be quite willing to meet China's demands on their activities in return for being allowed to make a buck.
So the Aussies got zucked. I wonder whether this will put as big a dent in FB's market cap as banning DJT did. There's only so much of this that can happen before FB alienates enough people that their ad revenue is permanently hurt. It's not like the market won't offer alternative. Then Facebook becomes Faceplant.
I don't DO twitter or Facebook. No interest in either.
Australia took a stand against Facebook — and got silenced:
It would seem to me that Australia could ban Facebook.
City Of Chicago Reviewing ‘Potentially Offensive’ Statues Including Those Of Lincoln And Washington: DAMN RIGHT! Chicago oughta put up statues of its biggest gangsters and mob bosses; you know, the REAL Chi-town people. And yes, I DO have my cynicism brass-plated and shined and waxed up!
The Texas power situation is a Black Swan case. They have multiple sources of electricity, and the grid is at least theoretically capable of functioning if any one of them is sidelined. What planning did not consider, or determined the risk to be acceptable, is that a single occurrence would take multiple sources off line simultaneously.
These are things that look obvious in retrospect, but are notoriously difficult to predict. As stated famously in the Apollo 1 hearings, this was not a failure of technology; it was a failure of imagination.
uiio"“I’ve been following energy markets and grid issues for a while, and I cannot recall an extreme weather event that impacted such a large swath of the nation in this manner — the situation is critical,” said Neil Chatterjee, a member of the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission...."
Oh, no. I smell NLACGTW (Never Let A Crisis Go To Waste). So now the Federal Government is going to ride to the rescue and create a new (drumroll) Energy Crisis to save us from!
Gasoline prices will be well above $3 by this summer, bet on it.
What's next for Rush Limbaugh's show?
For now, Premiere says that "transitional programming" will air in Limbaugh's time slot "until his audience is prepared to say good-bye."
The company, a division of iHeartMedia, didn't specify how long this "Best of Rush" programming will air, but it is expected to continue for weeks.
. . . Before Limbaugh died, there was speculation in media industry circles about who might succeed him someday. Donald Trump's name repeatedly came up, especially after he lost re-election in November. Limbaugh and Trump were close allies.
On Wednesday evening, while being interviewed on Newsmax about Limbaugh's legacy, Trump demurred when asked if he'd consider filling the talk radio void.
Mrs. mudbug and I were discussing this yesterday. I was/am convinced that Rush had made plans for his show before he died, even if he planned for it to end. Of course, if it is to continue, those plans would not have to specify his successor but maybe how he, or they, were chosen.
If it is to go on, no matter what form it takes, it is certainly going to be "less" than when Rush was alive but we thought of some people who might possibly fill the role. Whether they would be interested is another matter.
Somebody black would be a hoot just because a conservative and/or middle class black is the lefts biggest nightmare. To that end James Golden's name came up as did Thomas Sowell (who unfortunately is getting on in years but oh what an education he could provide!). President Trump was an obvious name and I felt that Don Jr. could grow into the role. Jason Whitlock would be great but he's certainly not interested. Tucker Carlson, if he is interested, would be a good choice in my opinion.
Of the guest hosts, my favorites are Todd Herman and Mark Steyn, either of those would be good for different reasons. And could there be someone unknown to us who might fill the gap?
Maybe there would be five hosts - one for each day.
I agree mudbug. One would think that Rush would have had some input into this before his death.
I have also thought like you in that a Rush Limbaugh Show by committee might work. if one of the hosts pulled away from the pack in the ratings, he could be offered the show.
I can't imagine Trump doing the show, but if he could bring his following with him, it might work out quite well. Can you imagine the fits of insane rage that would afflict the Left if that were to happen?
I myself have wondered if Tucker Carlson would be a good fit, though I don't know if he is even interested or if the medium is a good fit for him.
I don't think "Classic Rush" is a good idea. Political commentary has a very fast 'sell by' date. Airing reruns may result in that massive audience melting away. Better to get a new host out there as quickly as possible in my view.
I've been listening most of his shows and I still enjoy them a lot. I told Mrs. mudbug that in a very small way, i keep hearing enough Rush that it's almost like he hasn't gone yet - something I'm not at all sad about.
Whatever the future brings, it will be interesting to see what happens. I think Trump is a low probability and he might want to run for president again. I think Tucker might be the best IMHO, but who knows whether he wants to do it. I think, no matter what happens, the flavor of the show will probably change pretty significantly.
Re: Australia took a stand against Facebook
As most people know, users of Facebook, Google, Twitter, etc. are not the customers, they are the product. So now Facebook has no product to sell in Australia. I wonder how their customers feel about that?
Separately, Poland has announced fines of $2.2M per instance of people being censored by social media. My guess is that they won’t stand for such an affront to what they consider their prerogative and pull out of Poland too in which case, Hungary and the Czech Republic might not be far behind. Would their customers be happy about that?
This could get fun!
It appears that Australia put a tax or fee on facebook and all Facebook did was opt out.
What does this tweet from the NSA mean?
For the next #40Days, many Americans will reflect on their faith and participate in self-examination practices in preparation for Easter. While these days can prove challenging, NSA remains on mission in defense of the nation — 24/7.
Trump for president:
Trump doesn't even have to run for Congress. If the GOP recaptures the majority of the House, they can appoint him as Speaker. There is no requirement in the Constitution that the Speaker be a member of the House, the majority can appoint anyone to serve in that position.
The recent weather in Texas has encouraged some to blame it on global warming. But Texas actually does have this kind of weather often. A Texas friend of mine called them "Blue Hellers" where the wind, cold and snow comes down from Canada. This one was a tad colder than recent ones but it is worth noting that the last storm like this that was worse then this one was in 1949. Long before there was any evidence in AGW caused by SUVs. One difference this time which some people seem to think makes the actual weather condition worse is that a lot of people were killed on the roads and died because the energy systems failed. But those statistics are not specifically about the weather they are about the infrastructure. What Texas has experienced in the last 20-30 years is huge population growth which exceeded the growth and improvement of the infrastructure. Some large communities have an electric grid that was designed for a population half as large as their population is today. THAT is the problem not global warming/cooling/whatever.
Global warming/climate change is a scam. It is designed and intended to loot wealthy nations and redistribute wealth. It isn't about fixing global warming it isn't about helping anyone who suffers a loss due to weather it is about power and money for the elite. It is the elite's version of that Nigerian Prince who emails you wanting to share a windfall if you will only advance him all your cash. It is a scam thought up by grifters and pushed by useful idiots. Every year they search for some new record, some unusual weather event to hype and insist that these things never happened before. And every year more and more people fall for this BS because they aren't critical thinkers. Every time I hear one of the grifters on TV I also hear that music from the movie The Sting.
I've mostly heard them called "Blue Northers". I was working in Victoria in the mid 80's, back when banks used to have time/temperature marquees on their roadside signs. One of the main drags back then was lined with banks for a long straight stretch. Anyway, as I was driving out of town, here came the Blue Norther, with 30 mph winds kicking up all the litter and dust, and all along the main drag you could see the temperature plummeting as the front passed by the bank signs. It was really something - dropped 40°F in about 10 minutes, starting from a nice balmy 70-ish.
The polar air mass we have right now is almost identical to the one we had in 1983, which in turn was the coldest since 1899. Joe Bastardi's twitter feed has a USA temperature countour map showing them side by side.
Re: Wind Power I've been studying the mess in Texas and it's a lot more complicated than frozen wind generators. In the first place, "green" energy sources like wind and solar are, by nature, intermittent and unreliable. In order to keep the grid itself stable, traditional sources like coal/nuclear/natural gas are needed to ramp up when the wind (or sunlight) goes away. But the subsidies for wind and solar are absolutely killing the traditional sources. Wind gets paid a premium rate whether the power is required or not. In times where there's an excess of wind power, it drives the "free" market rate to low or even negative values. How can a coal plant compete with that? But the subsidies are just one part of the problem. Even worse is the system that ERCOT has set up. In Texas, power plants don't get paid for just "being there" if power is needed; They only get paid for the Kilowatt-Hours they pump into the grid. As a result, there's no incentive for a plant to be on standby to save the grid in an emergency. Also, in Texas is that there's no financial incentive to winterize their plants. That's on the PUC. The PUC is a political organization and they want to appease the mob with lower rates. Even a nuclear plant in the South Texas Project tripped because a sense line on a Feedwater Pump froze up. The equipment was out in the weather for property tax reasons. If the equipment had been enclosed, the line wouldn't have frozen but the plant would have been taxed at a higher rate as a "structure". So the utility chose not to enclose it. Unbelievable, but the bottom line is that the federal and state governments have dis-incentivized the utilities from being prudent. The first thing that needs to be done is for the feds to terminate the market-distorting Production Tax Credits for wind power...but that's only a start. The population needs to understand that if they want reliable electric power, they need to pay for it.