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13 minutes ago, ROMAD1 said:

another irony.  The GOP was an anti-slavery party.

Was is the operative word. The Byrd Family would be Republicans today. They switched in 1972


BS....(Before Southern Strategy)

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2 minutes ago, 84 Lives!!! said:

That's how they started out at least.

That ship has long since sailed however...

Its not intended for anything but irony.

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3 hours ago, ROMAD1 said:

On another note...

I still prefer the third party option. Staying inside means they get swamped by the Trumpists. Starting up outside means they can retain their integrity and not get overwhelmed by Trumpists... even though that is a much harder/ longer road.

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1 minute ago, ROMAD1 said:

Its not intended for anything but irony.

Oh I definitely note the irony...

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1 minute ago, 84 Lives!!! said:

On another note...

I still prefer the third party option. Staying inside means they get swamped by the Trumpists. Starting up outside means they can retain their integrity and not get overwhelmed by Trumpists... even though that is a much harder/ longer road.

the key being ideological rigidity around core values and political flexibility around whichever mainstream candidate is closer to their objective.   Core values for me would be different than some.  You all know I'm for collective security, strong alliances, free/fair trade, the rule of law (requiring respect for equal justice under law.

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Just now, ROMAD1 said:

the key being ideological rigidity around core values and political flexibility around whichever mainstream candidate is closer to their objective.   Core values for me would be different than some.  You all know I'm for collective security, strong alliances, free/fair trade, the rule of law (requiring respect for equal justice under law.

and and absolute core value is rejecting as never again trumper the lawlessness of the past 5 years.

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2 minutes ago, 84 Lives!!! said:

The lawlessness, the corruption, the fascism...

And the utter stupidity of it all.

for sure

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I have a Trumper cousin who commented on the third party story on FB, saying it would only lock us into “liberal Democrat” policies for years. To him Biden is to the left of Eugene Debs

So be it, if it makes some folks come to their senses when they realize they can’t win. Some people need to be knocked around it’s proverbial two by fours before they come to their senses 

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14 minutes ago, CMRivdog said:

I have a Trumper cousin who commented on the third party story on FB, saying it would only lock us into “liberal Democrat” policies for years. To him Biden is to the left of Eugene Debs

So be it, if it makes some folks come to their senses when they realize they can’t win. Some people need to be knocked around it’s proverbial two by fours before they come to their senses 

If it hurts the stone heads, good. 

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I'm sick to death of these fools thinking that there is only the politics of authoritarianism.  Norms matter. 

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On 2/11/2021 at 10:14 AM, ROMAD1 said:

I'm sick to death of these fools thinking that there is only the politics of authoritarianism.  Norms matter. 

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I guess it’s easy to embrace protective authoritarianism on the right when you are being told over and over that your life and the lives of your family are being threatened by radical authoritarianism on the left.

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Been learning a lot this morning about how TX is almost isolated on it's own grid.  There's a few connections out to other states and Mexico but they wanted no part of the Federal regulation in FDR's time so they went solo.   How's that working out for ya cowboy?

And of course our President will help them.  No name calling.  No demands for groveling. No nicknames.  Just doing the right thing.

 

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never let a crisis go to waste; need to stick fossil fuels for another few decades

 

While some early reports indicated that frozen wind turbines were causing significant shortfalls, 30GW is roughly equal to the entire state's wind capacity if every turbine is producing all the power it's rated for. Since wind in Texas generally tends to produce less during winter, there's no way that the grid operators would have planned for getting 30GW from wind generation; in fact, a chart at ERCOT indicates that wind is producing significantly more than forecast.

https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/02/texas-power-grid-crumples-under-the-cold/

 

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To be fair, Abbott never really discussed secession, that was the state GOP Chair.

Nonetheless, this is a massive cluster down here... we have been fortunate not to lose power, I suspect only because we have a 24 hour Emergency Walk-in connected to our generator. A lot of others not so lucky

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My family in McKinney has power, currently -2 there.  I get it when it comes to driving because you need the infrastructure to support salt/plowing etc. and it makes no sense to keep a fleet ready.  The power thing is really interesting because that's one thing I assumed TX would have been ready for.

I hope everyone's ok but I am going to take my shots at people like Cruz and Cornyn because they would have had a lot to say if this were happening to a blue state.

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5 minutes ago, Oblong said:

My family in McKinney has power, currently -2 there.  I get it when it comes to driving because you need the infrastructure to support salt/plowing etc. and it makes no sense to keep a fleet ready.  The power thing is really interesting because that's one thing I assumed TX would have been ready for.

I hope everyone's ok but I am going to take my shots at people like Cruz and Cornyn because they would have had a lot to say if this were happening to a blue state.

You can fire away at the Texas politicians... they all dance a jig when bad **** happens to California, it only seems fair that they get return fire when they massively **** up on this kind of scale.

In all seriousness though, there's likely going to be some fallout after this is over. There are a LOT of pissed off people down here. And the local media is quickly losing patience with ERCOT and the big power distributors for giving vague answers

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I saw this earlier.... don't know if it's accurate.

 

Fox blaming the wind turbines.

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I've been seeing some folks RT'ing tweets from Cruz and Cornyn from a year or two ago where they were talking junk about how California didn't have electricity.

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1 hour ago, RatkoVarda said:

never let a crisis go to waste; need to stick fossil fuels for another few decades

 

While some early reports indicated that frozen wind turbines were causing significant shortfalls, 30GW is roughly equal to the entire state's wind capacity if every turbine is producing all the power it's rated for. Since wind in Texas generally tends to produce less during winter, there's no way that the grid operators would have planned for getting 30GW from wind generation; in fact, a chart at ERCOT indicates that wind is producing significantly more than forecast.

https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/02/texas-power-grid-crumples-under-the-cold/

 

yeah - I can see wind turbines getting cranky and diversion of natural gas supplies - but unexpected cold can also bring other problems like the freeze-up of coal piles to where you can't move them. But based on my experience around big utility systems, another potential problem in energy facilities unprepared for cold is steam condensate return lines freezing. Freeze-up of condensate returns (which then can also lead to them splitting open from the internal expansion of the ice) can shut down a utility steam generation facility. In the north all outdoor condensate returns are insulated and externally heated in the winter for freeze protection. In the South sometimes they don't bother since they tend to stay hot- but just a little poor maintenance on critical but easy to ignore devices known as 'steam traps' (of which there are thousands in a big plant), coupled with a little colder than you expect and ......

Wouldn't be surprised to learn this is a big piece of what is going on now.

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