Fixing the World in 3 Deft Moves

A broad look at America’s energy future this morning.  We think a week during which people were in the dark – by the millions – is a pretty good time to relight the discussion about energy. We considered a discussion of how this week was very much like a Grid Hard Down scenario, but thought better of it. Instead, we discuss the interplay of electric and hybrid vehicles and discuss some super-insulated home ideas. First, …

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SatGourmet: Let Us Eat…Cake!

Snow should melt a bit more, today. And in celebration, Looking Outside the Box steps into the kitchen with a lesson in post-storm attitude adjusting! “Now that the powers on .. relax and have some yellow cake Cake 1 yellow cake mix 4 eggs 4 ounces butter 1/2 cup vegetable oil 11 ounces mandarin oranges drained – small can 5 tablespoons flour Frosting 20 ounces can crushed pineapple do not drain – large can 1 package …

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NextTex: Recovery Woes, Life Slows – a “Climate Kill”

Political Control 101: “Never let a Good Crisis Go to Waste.” Something very strange jumped out at us while looking at the AI looking at the news flow:  I think, by-golly, we may just have the first “political climate character assassination” to do a post-mort on. The story, under headlines like “Ted Cruz flew to Mexico as Texans froze in storms” seems to us a rather deft (though possibly daft), of the same sort used as a major factor …

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Post Storm: Lies, Lessons, and Loopholes

My friend Wally, whom I haven’t heard from for years, introduced me to the old saying “Screwed the Pooch and sold the Pups…” around 1999, or so.  You can follow the notion, probably. So, our first point is that America (land of the Pooch)  is maxed on wrong-headed solutions – promoted  only because they are “easy monetization’s.”  Which is systematically “painting [Once Great] us/US  into a corner. Led by ever-more appeasement of the leech classes …

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Storm Tactics – A Critique

Some things we got right – a few things wrong. What ate the key lessons from the second major storm series to hit Texas this year?  Some Surprising learnings. First though, a look at some headlines – yeah, about Texas – and then into the ChartPack before we “Go outside and “play in the snow…” More for Subscribers   ||| Not a Subscriber? SUBSCRIBE NOW! ||| Subscriber Help Center

Frozen Cynicism: Electric Roulette Council of Texas

Peoplenomics MAY or MAY NOT publish tomorrow.  Blame the Power Weasels. Not for a lack of good faith effort on our part.  We have 3.5 kW of solar. The power went off at 4:40 PM and here we are – 6:57 PM – waiting for the frigging 45-minute outage to be completed.  Hello?  Check the Apple Watch anyone? If ERCOT can not tell time, then don’t Bullshit Texans with corporate horse plucky.  Own up to it:  …

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0 Degrees F Now – A Few Additional Notes

My first  foray into the Frozen South results in several “life in the Outback” notes. Solar panels had to be re=swept – remove overnight frost.  Daily here shortly. Computer 2 is on charge. Big energy bank is 23.8V. Only spot freezing in food storage (mushroom soup cans 31.7F…) No broken water anywhere (waiting for the Big thaw in 3 days, though) Glad to have boxes of Amazon Basics AA and AAA batteries. News Headlines: Bitcoin …

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UrbanSurvival – for real – Heart of in the BlizTex

Super short this morning because Elaine and I are short of power. No matter how much contingency planning you do, a high of 8 F and chills well below zero – are not the kind of thing you normally plan for. Here’=’s the national picture and this snap of all the cold parts will ove to the right as the week progresses… Our SitRep: People Elaine is just n9-days from her right hipe replacement,  Still …

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