Sunday, September 14, 2008

Not the most constructive of days

Despite actually getting to sleep last night, haven't caught up on what I lost Friday night. About the only constructive thing I did today was run to Home Depot and buy some rolls of fiberglass insulation they've dropped the price on and install it in the attic. And, since today was a lot cooler than the last time I did this(earlier in the day, too) I only half-sweated to death. Need another roll, maybe, but I think the rest I have to cover I may get two or three of the bales of blow-in stuff and throw it around; not enough area to need the blower I don't think, and it'd be easier to do that than cut and fill with roll.

The fun thing I did was take daughter to the range, where she proceeded to place lots of 9mm and .22 holes in targets. Wish we could do this more often, but with such conflicting schedules just doesn't work out often.

Well, I also mowed the back yard, so I guess TWO constructive things today. Mowed the front just before this last rain so it's ok for now.

Speaking of rain, total here from Ike was right at one inch; not bad at all. Lots more further east; Dad says his sister lost power for a time(Arkansas) between rain and wind. We missed this particular batch of nasty.

Well, well, the Random Strikes guy pointed out this article on the power situation in (fG)Britain; it ain't good:
Britain is “quite simply running out of power” and blackouts are almost inevitable within the next few years.

This is the stark warning from the head of an energy think-tank who believes power cuts could be serious enough to spark civil disorder.

Campbell Dunford of the respected Renewable Energy Foundation said: “It’s almost too late to do anything about it. Nothing will stop us having to pay very high prices for power in future.

“If we pull our finger out now we can limit blackouts but it’s going to be pretty grim whatever happens.”

Now, that's just downright nasty sounding. And it gets betterworse:
The “retirement” of a string of nuclear and coal-fired power stations will see 37 per cent of the UK’s generation disappear by 2015, partly because of EU environmental directives.

An REF report predicts that the neglect of the power infrastructure will lead to a series of grim consequences, particularly electricity and gas price rises as Britain could be held to ransom by such foreign energy producers as Russia.

Blackouts could force the Government to impose electricity rationing, last seen in the Seventies. The REF report says the Government “should prepare itself to intervene with social policy to prevent hardship and maintain order”.

Translation: 'maintain order' means "People are going to be so pissed at this that they may want to visit Parliament with torches and pitchforks. And nooses."
It criticises ministers for focusing too heavily on such untried renewable energy sources as wind and tide power, rather than making sure that secure new power generation was put in place.

The report concludes: “A near fatal preoccupation with politically attractive but marginal forms of renewables seems to have caused a blindness towards the weakening of the UK’s power stations and a dangerous and helpless vulnerability to natural gas.”

Damn. Think about that: losing more than a third of their proven power generation systems to make the EUnuchs happy. It doesn't say they're being shut down for repairs, or rebuiding, they're being 'retired'. Which means the morons who got the green light the other day to destroy coal-fired plants 'because stopping global warming is more important than the law' are forcing this. I wonder how they'll deal with a bunch of people cold and in the dark who decide that hanging enviroweenies is more important than the laws about manslaughter and murder?

Speaking of that court case the other day, that'd be an interesting case: "Your Honor, I hold that keeping the deceased from sticking a knife in me and then raping my wife is a far more important matter than the laws saying I can only use what the prosecutor(that stinking jerk sitting over there) thinks is 'reasonable' force in self-defense."

Oooooh, and here's a bit more on Rep. Rangel(Crooked As A Dog's Broken Hind Leg-NY):
Now, we learn that Rangel is busy taking junkets on lobbyist money without declaring it under the new Congressional ethics rules.
My, my, my.
It is quite telling that the top Democrat on the House Ways and Means Committee doesn't bother paying attention to the rules, including the tax law (which he helps write in his Committee) and the ethics rules. Of course, it's systemic in that other Democrats don't seem to know the rules either.
Rangel clearly believes that the rules do not apply to him. Then again, it's not entirely clear whether he has a command of the facts either - as he keeps changing facts and figures to the point where no one quite knows what's going on, including Rep. Pelosi, who claimed a higher figure for the villa than had previously been disclosed. Maybe that's all part of a plan to keep him out of trouble, but it should be reason enough for Pelosi to send him packing as the Chair of the Ways and Means Committee
If Pelosi(Equally Crooked-CA) actually meant that 'most honest Congress in history' line, Rangel would be out of that chair already. Not going to hold my breath on that.

Ah, well. To shower, to drink and to bed.


Anonymous said...

HA HA, Labour virtually banned the opencast mining of coal, because it was offensive to their supporters in the former deep mining areas.

Now it's coming home to roost!

Some cops I know reckoned that the surveillance and harrassment that are being landed on the law abiding population were to keep them down ahead of massive civil un-rest predicted for around 2015.
Now I think I know what that unrest will be about.

If the fools could see the unrest, and were preparing to crush the population, rather than head off the problem...

Damn, that Liberty Tree is looking a bit dry don't you think?

Firehand said...

There's a group of people who'd rather plan on 'subduing the unwashed'(in their opinion) than actually deal with the problem, for various reasons.

You know, this could get monumentally ugly. Power shortages, sharia being accepted by the government... add it all up, and damn.