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How the heck does San Francisco lose power?!

All that high tech stuff needs power, right? So you'd think they'd make sure they had it, right? CBS Local:

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Heavy wind and rain from Thursday’s massive storm have left much of San Francisco without power for most of the day, with 276,000 PG&E customers system wide losing power since the storm started, and 110,000 still without power.

San Francisco was hardest hit, with 70,000 customers across a vast swath of the city including downtown high rises in the dark beginning early Thursday morning through mid-morning. ...

The outage forced the shutdown of the Bay Area Rapid Transit Montgomery Station for a time Thursday morning. A transformer blew out near high-rise hotels, including one out front of the Grand Hyatt Hotel. The Embarcadero Center was also shut down for a time after power went out there as well..

[PG&E spokesman Joe Molica] said they have been preparing for the storm for more than a week, but weren’t anticipating as many trees and wires coming down. “All summer we’ve been hearing from our vegetation department that a lot of trees have been stressed, so they were very susceptible to coming down,” he said. “That’s exactly what we saw today. A lot of wires coming down. We do want folks to be safe out there. If you see a downed or hanging low wire, please call us and stay away.”

I love the idea of a "Vegetation Department." Read more about How the heck does San Francisco lose power?!

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The Lawless Society

The release of the Senate's torture report reminds us of the central fact of American society, today. Any semblance of equal justice under the law is now gone from what our leaders claim is the world's leading democracy.

Instead, of a constitutional democracy living under the law. We have a gangster government that fails to enforce the law, but instead prosecutes whistle blowers who make public, violations of it. Here is an off the top of the head list of our continuing and systematic failures to create justice. Read more about The Lawless Society

Common Household Remedies Request

Here's another try at my side garden! I'm taking the suggestion of low bush blueberries:

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Obama's second line of computer code

Here's the first:

"moveForward(100);" may now be the most famous line of JavaScript in history -- it's what President Barack Obama wrote Monday as he reportedly became the first United States president to write a computer program.

Here's the second: Read more about Obama's second line of computer code

40% efficiency from solar!??!?

Science Daily:

SW Australia's solar researchers have converted over 40% of the sunlight hitting a solar system into electricity, the highest efficiency ever reported.

The record efficiency was achieved in outdoor tests in Sydney, before being independently confirmed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) at their outdoor test facility in the United States.

"This is the highest efficiency ever reported for sunlight conversion into electricity," UNSW Scientia Professor and Director of the Advanced Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics (ACAP) Professor Martin Green said.

"We used commercial solar cells, but in a new way, so these efficiency improvements are readily accessible to the solar industry," added Dr Mark Keevers, the UNSW solar scientist who managed the project.

The 40% efficiency milestone is the latest in a long line of achievements by UNSW solar researchers spanning four decades. These include the first photovoltaic system to convert sunlight to electricity with over 20% efficiency in 1989, with the new result doubling this performance.

Maybe it's a good thing fixing the roof has been last on my list. I've got acreage up there, and maybe I could be getting more out of it than a hot water heater. Read more about 40% efficiency from solar!??!?

If Andrew Ross Sorkin is the "Founder" of Dealb%k, then where's the About page?

This is a little incestuous, I mean it would be if I were in Sorkin's family, which I'm not. But this paragraph from one of my guilty pleasures, Gawker, was so delicious I had to share it:

The face of credulity in the media is Andrew Ross Sorkin, hardworking New York Times Wall Street reporter and sometime Wall Street shoeshine boy. You cannot question Sorkin's work ethic. You cannot question his deep connections on Wall Street. And personally, I don't even question his sincerity. I do not believe that Andrew Ross Sorkin is a nefarious, scheming, two-faced spy, sent to do the bidding of Wall Street bankers in the halls of the nation's most important news outlet. I just think he is so dangerously, moronically credulous that his writing constitutes a danger to the public.

What fun! So I went to Dealb%k, a "financial service"[1] from the New York Times, which I never read, and saw the header: Read more about If Andrew Ross Sorkin is the "Founder" of Dealb%k, then where's the About page?

What Will Bunch said

Landrieu, bless her heart, provided a teachable moment

Christian Science Monitor:

It matters not that Sen. Landrieu aligned herself with Republicans on a key issue – the Keystone XL pipeline. Her support of Obama administration programs – especially the Affordable Care Act – more than outweighed that. Much more.

Since ObamaCare

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Los Altos Garage as Birthplace of Apple is ... a Myth!

Even faker than the Economics Nobel Prize ginned up by a Swedish bank.
NY Post.

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak ("Woz") told Bloomberg Business News that the garage was "something for us to feel was our home." Read more about Los Altos Garage as Birthplace of Apple is ... a Myth!

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A TWELVE STEP PROGRAM TO RESTORE PROSPERITY: THE BERNIE SANDERS PLAN

By L. Randall Wray

(Cross-posted with permission of the author from New Economic Perspectives)

Here’s a summary of the plan Bernie Sanders has set out, along with my comments (in italics).

1.) We need a major investment to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure. $1 trillion investment to create 13 million decent paying jobs and make this country more efficient and productive.

Agreed, but let’s not settle for a mere 13 million jobs. We need twice that. And, of course, the “price tag” is irrelevant—so long as we create useful jobs that pay living wages, we can “always afford” to pay for them. By creating jobs we are not just investing in infrastructure, but we are also investing in our people, enhancing their participation in our society and providing them with the means to support their families. We can always afford that. Read more about A TWELVE STEP PROGRAM TO RESTORE PROSPERITY: THE BERNIE SANDERS PLAN

State Innovation Exchange (SiX): Another "progressive" roach motel?

I saw this at Eschaton. Presumably it's part of the great "Whither Democrats?" conversation after the mid-terms debacle:

A dirty hippie reply to ALEC launches this  week.

and so naturally I rushed over to "State Innovation Exchange" and found this, which I've helpfully annotated:

If you think you're looking at Democrat trade dress -- the blue, blue, blue, the round logo, the red, white, and blue (so much more tasteful to crop the flag in the logo, rather than crudely waving it), the sans serif font -- you'd be right (though we'll get to how exactly we can be 100% sure of that in a minute). Read more about State Innovation Exchange (SiX): Another "progressive" roach motel?

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Why Jane Curtin Hates Me

Thread: 

I have a life you know.

Anyway I was part of this conference at the U.N. before they cleaned all the smoke off the walls and after the thrill of sitting in actual Ambassador chairs (Zimbabwe!) it was time for our box lunch (that's what they call a stale ham and cheese sandwich, a bag of potato chips, and a rather decrepit looking apple when they stuff it in a box).

Fortunately the soda was fresh and they had some club which was good enough for me before I went all low sodium (remember to order seltzer) because I don't much like the sweet stuff. Read more about Why Jane Curtin Hates Me

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A Credibility Problem?

President Obama's remarks to the Business Roundtable on Trade raise alarm bells for us all, and suggest that he is still pushing his pro- 1% agenda for all it is worth. Perhaps it would be better if Congress just treated him as a lame duck from here on in. Here are a number of statements from his talk and answers to questions, and my comments on them. Read more about A Credibility Problem?

"Progressives" give Blue Dogs the kiss off, then push the "public option" zombie magic sparkle pony

One despairs. Read more about "Progressives" give Blue Dogs the kiss off, then push the "public option" zombie magic sparkle pony

Shumlin to propose 8% payroll tax, progressive income tax to fund VT single payer plane

The name "Gruber" does not appear in this article but:

Gov. Peter Shumlin intends to propose a combination of an employer payroll tax and an income-based contribution to finance single-payer health care, according to sources with knowledge of the plan.

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