Like many good bed time stories, this one also begins with a mysterious woman.
It’s late and she is holding a burning torch in her hand as she makes her way along a sandy Los Angeles beach.
A ghostly skyline sits dark in the background and zombie groans can be heard off in the distance… the scene pulls back to reveal the cover of a book (Los Angeles – Lights Out) bathed in a flashlight beam.
Oh… it seems story time is over.
The little guy was already asleep and we didn’t even make it to the part where the zombie shark attacks!
Anyway, I was looking forward to nuking my dinner and working on the Chromatron Prototype and… maybe a little 7 Days after. 😛
I began feeling that soothing calm sensation you feel when your beloved little one is asleep and for the first time that day… you are finally your own person once again.
That’s… when the power went out and let’s say that Joy was not very joyful! 😛
The sun had set and the outside temperature was still ~112F (~44C) and I knew my artificially climate controlled bubble would not remain comfortable for very long.
Cut to a few hours later in the night and a few vodka on the rocks for my personal entertainment… What? It was pitch black even with the curtains open and there wasn’t much else to do! 😛
I stood there fanning my sleeping child using his Imperial Stormtrooper shield that my sister got him (it was a whole costume actually) as a present for his um… birthday?
I don’t remember, anyway… I found myself cursing the names Garcetti & Newsom and swearing that if I wasn’t already running for galactic empress… er… I mean, running for U.S. President, I would probably be planning my run for a local office, though I think we can all agree that my unique set of skills and talent are best employed at the galactic level.
So I thought about writing a long tirade criticizing the existing stewardship for their total lack of having addressed the pre-exisiting power issues in California during their tenure but I honestly don’t feel like complaining as much as the issue deserves! 😛
I will say though that I am very disappointed with the planned premature decommissioning of the Diablo Canyon Power Plant which provides 8.6% of California’s total power generation however since it operates without producing any greenhouse gasses it is singularly responsible for generating 23% (~1/5th) of California’s carbon-free power.
So in what universe does it make sense to decommission California’s last operating nuclear clean energy producing asset? Especially when it’s said that California is the 5th largest economy on the planet?!
Yet… we suffer from power outages!?? Seems like unmitigated malarkey to me!
And not to get all tin-foil hat crusader but it almost seems like California politicians like having natural disasters and other types of “unforeseen emergencies” to use as tools to acquire more political clout by acting as though they are addressing our needs but are actually just using their office as a stepping stone to achieve higher office.
You know what?! Screw it, we’re doing this!
Hats on everybody!
If our government reduces the power generation capacity of California any further they can squeeze our population just that much tighter and when our people are begging and gasping for air er.. power, the California politicians will simply humiliate us further by calling us names and saying we don’t care about preserving our environment and will insist that “green” energy like wind, solar and batteries (which are all great but not viable for ALL our power needs) are what we need.
Why then isn’t nuclear energy first on that list?
“It’s because it isn’t clean energy, it’s dirty!!! What about the nuclear waste?!”
Well, according to (not a sponsor) https://www.world-nuclear.org/information-library/nuclear-fuel-cycle/nuclear-wastes/radioactive-wastes-myths-and-realities.aspx
“The nuclear industry has developed – and implemented – most of the necessary technologies required for the final disposal of all of the waste it produces. The remaining issue is one of public acceptance, and not of technological feasibility.”
And if you are worried about the safe transport of nuclear materials, Curious Droid (not a sponsor) posted a video on it recently:
Building more nuclear power plants in California would solve our power generation needs and may even help reduce the cost of purchasing a kilowatt hour of energy (cheaper electricity) while also enabling us to meet our clean energy production goals.
Isn’t it funny that the power companies and the politicians don’t seem to want that?
Why isn’t California investing in more clean nuclear power generation facilities when in one to two decades we could solve all our power problems indefinitely?
Surely, it isn’t because it’s more convenient for certain people to have power be as expensive as possible for the average Californian?
Surely, power isn’t something that will be held over our heads or used as a talking point come an election year?
SURELY, the fifth largest economy on the planet should be able to keep the lights on?!!!!
Clean and affordable electricity generation is a key issue I am going to be voting on in the coming years and I have no problem replacing our representatives at all levels with people who will address this issue properly!
And don’t get me started on the fires and “California’s Fire Abatement Procedures” (or the lack there of) because even though logic forbid you let the grass and trees grow a little shaggy around your property, before too long some dope with a pad of paper will start citing you for fire safety (maybe rightly so in some cases 😛 ) but then… why can’t the State keep it’s own yard clean?
You do realize that the Mt. Wilson Observatory almost burned down and it still might, right?
My step grandfather was a local fire chief and he explained to me the value of doing “Controlled burns” which is something California should probably do more of.
Additionally, there was also a local program in place where forestry and fire services would keep track of high fire hazard zones and would go out and tag/mark diseased and dead lumber, then the local population would go out and remove the marked trees and brush for their own purposes, usually for firewood because some places in California do get snow during the winter and sometimes for building/craft purposes.
This resulted in many more hands (unpaid/paid in lumber) working to solve the yearly fire hazard than the local government could otherwise afford to provide. This is also something California should probably do more of.
“But what if some greedy capitalist turns that into a business?”
Oh, you mean like if somebody goes out and removes all the properly marked fire hazards and freely disposes of it on behalf of the United States of California for the betterment of its citizens due to the resulting decrease in fire hazard…. (deep breath)… while simultaneously also figuring out they can sell all the wood they freely acquired as fire wood by the cord or even as carved wooden statues for people to put in their gardens for early morning joggers to admire as they energetically shamble past?
I’m totally fine with it! That’s called a “two birds, one stone” situation and in most cases it’s a good thing!
The current law is they will pay a sales tax when they unload those bags of all natural & fully organic wood mulch in Hollywood’s finest rose gardens!
Don Californy gets it’s yard cleaned for free every year and even charges them for the economic activity it generated within it’s hacienda.
And… I truly lack the energy to begin arguing about California’s on-again/off-again droughts (mostly on)! Why hasn’t California built water desalination plants along our shoreline to solve this issue once and for all?
Don’t tell me that takes too much power because even if I didn’t think nuclear energy was the way to go (and I do), we could budget additional power for the desalination process by possibly employing “Wave Energy Converters” along the second largest coast line in the United States.
My point is, it’s not like nobody has thought of things to try to solve our problems here in California, it’s that our politicians never actually try to meaningfully solve our problems because then they wouldn’t have a tragedy or disaster to base their reelection campaign on!
Now, it’s scientifically proven that adding a George Orwell quote to a conspiracy theory practically proves it so, here goes…
George Orwell wrote in 1984:
This is not solipsism. Collective solipsism, if you like. But that is a different thing: in fact, the opposite thing. All this is a digression,’ he added in a different tone. ‘The real power, the power we have to fight for night and day, is not power over things, but over men.’ He paused, and for a moment assumed again his air of a schoolmaster questioning a promising pupil:
‘HOW DOES ONE MAN ASSERT HIS POWER OVER ANOTHER, WINSTON?’
Winston thought. ‘BY MAKING HIM SUFFER,’ he said.
‘Exactly. By making him suffer.’
POWER IS IN INFLICTING PAIN AND HUMILIATION.
Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing.
Do you begin to see, then, what kind of world we are creating?
It is the exact opposite of the stupid hedonistic Utopias that the old reformers imagined.
A world of fear and treachery and torment, a world of trampling and being trampled upon, a world which will grow not less but more merciless as it refines itself. Progress in our world will be progress towards more pain.
The old civilizations claimed that they were founded on love or justice. Ours is founded upon hatred.
…always there will be the intoxication of power, constantly increasing and constantly growing subtler.
Always, at every moment, there will be the thrill of victory, the sensation of trampling on an enemy who is helpless.
…IF YOU WANT A PICTURE OF THE FUTURE, IMAGINE A BOOT STAMPING ON A HUMAN FACE… FOR EVER!
The Tag on George Orwell’s Jackboot reads: 3D Printed in California!
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