Thur. Jan. 20, 2022 – Robert Bruce Thompson, gone but not forgotten.

By on January 20th, 2022 in open thread

Today is once again the anniversary of Bob’s death. Through his many interests and endeavors he made a difference in peoples’ lives, whether it was encouraging them in science, or saving them money on a PC, or convincing them to get ready for bad times ahead. That is a pretty big deal, and more than a lot of people could ever hope for.

Gone, but not forgotten.

Absent friends.

 

nick

 

 

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75 Comments and discussion on "Thur. Jan. 20, 2022 – Robert Bruce Thompson, gone but not forgotten."

  1. drwilliams says:

    We miss you, Robert.

    Rest in Peace.

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  2. Greg Norton says:

    Among the last things RBT taught was that not all doctors are Progs. At least, not right now. If you think something is wrong, see someone, even if you have to write a check.

  3. Ray Thompson says:

    If you think something is wrong, see someone

    Unfortunately that is something that RBT did not in fact do himself. If he had gone to a doctor when he first started complaining about vertigo the end result may have been different. The vertigo was caused by heart problems, some serious shirt(-r).

    Changes in the body from the norm should never be ignored.

    Even then the results may not always be pleasant as experienced by OFD. Ignoring the results will almost always be unpleasant.

    I think back to what it must have been like 150 years in the past. Minor health issues would be a death sentence. Modern medicine has done wonders. Even 65 years in the past when Polio was running rampant modern medicine came through with a preventative measure. No cure, but certainly save thousands from death or life crippling effects.

    <sarcasm>Why even think back to just a year ago. If it had not been for Fauci and Biden we would all be dead. Those two should both get the presidential medal of freedom for saving us all from certain doom.</sarcasm>

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  4. Nick Flandrey says:

    43F and windy when I woke up but not raining.   41F at the moment.   Wind gusting 7mph.

    Yesterday I did a couple of pickups.  Kitchen stuff, and cleaners.  Went by my storage facility to see if the manager had been thru the video yet, and she hadn't.    She's got a week's worth to watch, but really only on the one camera that points at my unit.  I know from experience that watching surveillance footage is tedious, but she's had a week.  I'd really like to get that unit back in order and see just what is missing.

    —–

    So what am I missing?

    https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/england-ends-all-covid-passports-mask-mandates-work-restrictions

    Restrictions including COVID-19 passes, mask mandates, and work-from-home requirements will be removed in England, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Wednesday. Johnson also suggested that self-isolation rules may also be thrown out at the end of March as the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus pandemic becomes endemic.

    Effective immediately, the UK government is no longer asking people to work from home.  The COVID pass mandate for nightclubs and large events won’t be renewed when it expires on Jan. 26. And from Thursday, indoor mask-wearing will no longer be compulsory anywhere in England.

    not a single mention on DailyMail.

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  5. mediumwave says:

    This blog is his continuing legacy.

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  6. mediumwave says:

    So what am I missing?

    Boris wants to remain in office.

  7. Greg Norton says:

    <sarcasm>Why even think back to just a year ago. If it had not been for Fauci and Biden we would all be dead. Those two should both get the presidential medal of freedom for saving us all from certain doom.</sarcasm>

    Roughly half the country still believes that or else Fauci would have been fired already. I’d guess those numbers include a couple of regulars here whether or not they are open about it.

    Still waiting for that knock on my door…

    Kessler wasn't kept around after he was dragged out of retirement to get the EUA for the mRNA vaccines.

  8. Nightraker says:

    2 degrees F atm in the upper Midwest.  Count your blessings Texans!

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  9. MrAtoz says:

    36°F, overcast, slightly windy in SA. Most of the schools closed based on the National Weather Service. It’s a no snow Snow Day! Warm enough the old heat pump doesn’t need the aux heating strips.

    WWpD (What Will plugs Do) now that the UK has dropped all mandates? Does that mean UK based planes can fly to the US without masks and then mask upon disembarkation? Does mush brains give a shirt(-r)? It’s about control.

    And I read Israel just hit a global record for infections. Aren’t they triple+ vax’d, masked and vax passported?

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  10. Nick Flandrey says:

    I had to actively search to find this in Financial Times, and the Guardian.

    Businesses hailed the government’s decision to lift most coronavirus restrictions in England from next week as a welcome boost to city centres and consumer confidence, despite healthcare leaders warning that the NHS was still grappling with the Omicron wave.

    Boris Johnson confirmed to the House of Commons on Wednesday that England’s Plan B measures, which include compulsory mask wearing in public places, a work from home order and vaccine passports for large venues, would lapse after January 26.

    The UK prime minister, who is under pressure to resign over claims he flouted coronavirus rules during lockdowns, added that he would like to speed up the end to self-isolation edicts “were the data to allow” it. The requirements are due to expire on March 24.

    Johnson also announced that from Thursday the government would no longer require face masks in classrooms.

    –I'd have thought it would be front page news.

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  11. Greg Norton says:

    I had to actively search to find this in Financial Times, and the Guardian.

    –I'd have thought it would be front page news.

    Johnson didn't want to lift the restrictions, but he faced a "no confidence" vote if he didn't have a fast distraction.

    He may still face that vote. He got caught in hypocrisy.

  12. Nick Flandrey says:

    CEO  of pfizer and WHO agree that getting the same shot over again won't work against variant Xi.  Or presumably any other variant that has diverged enough.  That's assuming the shot is effective against any of the variants.

    Remember when they were all very careful to say that no one was sure that even natural immunity existed?   Then they started NOT saying that. (Because that would mean very low possibility of an effective vaxxine.)  And instead promised the vax would end the outbreak.  Then they said, well, it will help somewhat…. now saying won't help…

    And people are starting to go on record that it was a lot less dangerous for certain groups (like kids) than they implied.

    next step will be to admit that for some people the vax is dangerous.

    Final step will be pulling the EUA.  They won't do that until they can replace the revenue stream.

    I'm on record now, we'll see how I do in a few months.

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  13. Pecancorner says:

    22F here in Brown County (north central Texas). Earlier, there were 8 pairs of cardinals and a red wing blackbird in our yard, along with finches, wrens, a couple of different kinds of sparrows, and a couple of dull-colored birds I didn't recognize. The doves are arriving now. All very hungry for the sunflower seeds. They wanted a drink but the water was frozen.

  14. ITGuy1998 says:

    From yesterday:

    Wound up with a new LG from Best Buy and haven't let it connect to the internet, just to the cable box.

    Same here. The Vizio in the living room died Sunday evening. After troubleshooting, it's likely the main board. No swelled caps. I can get a replacement for around $80, if it were in stock. I replaced it with an LG. There were 8 different EULA's to acknowledge. I connected it to the internet once to get a firmware update. So far it's happy living the offline life. Enough spying happens with the attached Roku, I don't want to pad LG's pockets too.

    I put the old Vizio aside to fix later, but I think I'll just recycle it.

  15. Greg Norton says:

    next step will be to admit that for some people the vax is dangerous.

    Final step will be pulling the EUA.  They won't do that until they can replace the revenue stream.

    The EUAs shortcut about a decade of trials for the mRNA tech which is important to Moderna for development of its AIDS vaccine while Pfizer envisons creating a "super" flu shot.

    Johnson & Johnson may get thrown under the bus with revocation of its EUA for the adenovirus tech. A human rabies vaccine isn't strictly necessary — the company’s long term plan for their type of jab — and, unlike Moderna, J&J wasn't teetering on the edge of bankruptcy pre-pandemic.

    Also, there are ongoing questions about effectiveness of J&J. Plus the clotting risk, while exceedingly rare, involves a demographic and possible related factors which would be dicey in political terms to subject to scientific debate.

    After botching AIDS early on, Fauci wants to make up for it with an AIDS vaccine. He’s going to protect Moderna as long as he’s sitting in that job.

  16. Mark W says:

    I don't even remember how long ago I started reading this site. I learned so much from Bob over the years. I thought he was a little crazy at first in the prepper area but came around to his point of view over the course of a few years. I was smart enough to put a few preps in place before the freeze last year. Thanks Bob and Nick.

    I'm (presumably) above average intelligence, and I always enjoyed reading Bob's posts for his insights. Smarter people think about things in different ways. See Elon Musk for another example.

    Unfortunately, I somehow stopped reading this site for a while and when I came back he was no longer with us. I miss him.

    Thanks to Nick for continuing the tradition.

  17. Mark W says:

    One liners:

    Boris removed the mask mandate to stay in office.

    Totally agree with Nick's analysis of the virus situation.

    Biden's "no idea" tells you everything you need to know. For a comparison, find a trump press conference on youtube and watch 30 seconds, then watch 30 seconds of the imposter-in-chief. (ok 2 lines)

  18. Ray Thompson says:

    I don't even remember how long ago I started reading this site.

    I started sometime around later 1999 or early 2000. I had been reading Jerry P's stuff and he posted a link to RBT's site. RBT and I have been in several disagreements over the years. It never got nasty or out of hand. Reasonable discussions. Never changed each other's mind but it did provide some thoughtful points to consider.

    Before RBT died I had contemplated making the 5-hour trip for an in-person visit after he had moved out of Winston-Salem. Regret never having done so. I did go to the memorial that Barbara hosted, 10-hour round trip. Met a couple of other people there and it was a good visit.

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  19. PaultheManc says:

    I believe Boris' inclination would have been to minimise interventions with regard to Covid.  However he was frightened by his medical advisors and their death models (as were most countries' politicians) with the hope that vaccination would resolve the problem (the UK government made some big financial bets in that direction).  Since summer 2021 the CRG (Covid recovery group) within his party have become increasingly vocal, pointing out the continued failures of his health advisors, allowing him to decrease interventions (opening up, against advice in July 2021, not shutting things down in December 2021 and now relaxing restrictions in Jan 2022).  The timing may have been brought forward a week or two because of his 'partying' problems, but not the overall approach.

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  20. Greg Norton says:

    I believe Boris' inclination would have been to minimise interventions with regard to Covid.  However he was frightened by his medical advisors and their death models (as were most countries' politicians) with the hope that vaccination would resolve the problem (the UK government made some big financial bets in that direction).

    I'm not buying that Johnson was inclined to minimize interventions since he has been pushing the "EV only" future agenda based on similarly unsound climate warming models, including some from the same computer "scientists" producing the Covid number models.

    He needs to go.

  21. PaultheManc says:

    @Greg

    I was specific on Covid.  He has clearly swallowed the pill from his wife on Global Warming.  It is not the same 'scientists' modeling climate as Covid – though I perceive their approach is similar.

  22. SteveF says:

    their approach is similar

    1. Determine the funding source.

    2. Analyze the zeitgeist, with special consideration of tenure and continued employment.

    3. Determine the outcome of doing the science.

    4. Write the report.

    5. (Optional) Do some of what used to be called science.

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  23. Greg Norton says:

    I was specific on Covid.  He has clearly swallowed the pill from his wife on Global Warming.  It is not the same 'scientists' modeling climate as Covid – though I perceive their approach is similar.

    Regardless as to why he's bought into a given agenda, he's not leading as a "conservative". The party will have to decide what to do about the situation.

    As I noted here recently, trophy wives are expensive … in many ways.

    The new wife is from the family whose patriarch co-founded and looked the other way while the owners sold The Independent to the KGB?!?

    Good Lord.

  24. Chad says:

    I don't even remember how long ago I started reading this site.

    I started sometime around later 1999 or early 2000. I had been reading Jerry P's stuff and he posted a link to RBT's site.

    I wandered into here in probably 2000 or 2001 after getting a copy of PC Hardware in a Nutshell to assist in building my own PC. Though, back then I was more active on Forums.HardwareGuys.com than on the Daynotes side of things.

  25. CowboySlim says:

    Likewise, I was more active on the HardwareGuys site than here.

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  26. nick flandrey says:

    Funny thing is, I read RBT's posts for years before reading a comment…    I had given up on comments online as a waste of time and a negative net effect on my IQ and tolerance for my fellow human beings.

     Discovering the comments here was eye opening.

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  27. Lynn says:

    Yup, the demand in Texas is 60K MW right now.  ERCOT is forecasting 64K MW when every gets home at 5pm and turns on the heat and the stove.

          https://www.ercot.com/mp

    Lots of solar power right now so plenty of reserves.  Ain't no solar power at 5pm and beyond so they will have to make it up with gas turbines.

  28. Lynn says:

    It is only 42 F here in South Texas next to the world's biggest hot tub, the Gulf of Mexico.  Gonna be cold tonight though, 35 F.  Gonna go back to 50 F tomorrow and 30 F Friday night here.

  29. nick flandrey says:

    Daily cases are no longer included in these projections by the CDC. It represents a shift away from using daily case counts as a barometer for the current state of the pandemic in the U.S., as the rampant spread of a more mild variant has made daily case counts often appear much more worrying than they truly are. Some media organizations, like the Associated Press, have even abandoned reporting on new daily case records in U.S. states.

    A potential decrease in cases and deaths in the coming weeks has been on the cards for the U.S. Experts, including Dr Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, have predicted that daily cases in the country would eventually recede as the rapidly spreading Omicron variant would eventually run out of people to infect.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-10423011/CDC-forecasts-daily-Covid-deaths-drop-25-early-February.html

    –that part I bolded is the DEFINITION of herd immunity.

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  30. Lynn says:

    BTW, this is winter storm Jasper that we are experiencing here in The Great State of Texas.

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  31. Greg Norton says:

    Yup, the demand in Texas is 60K MW right now.  ERCOT is forecasting 64K MW when every gets home at 5pm and turns on the heat and the stove.

    Who runs the Griddy type scam in Texas these days?

  32. Ray Thompson says:

    Well, Holy crap Batman. Checked on the VA website for my information. The VA considers my knee replacement as service connected, 30% disability rating. Something does not make sense though. The VA, on their website, is listing my disability as 100%. I don't believe it as my current claims don't add up to 100%. I did not see my claim for PTSD and maybe that is affecting the overall rating. If the rating is truly 100%, and is correct, that will get me $3,517.84 a month tax free. Something ain't right. I am not spending the money yet.

  33. nick flandrey says:

    Dang it, I think one of the things that got stolen from my unit was a really nice pair of Planar ribbon speakers.  I can't find them anywhere.   I paid up for them too, knowing I could get an even better sale price on ebay.

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  34. Ray Thompson says:

    OK, more clarification. I was rated 100% for four months starting with the knee surgery. I did get 30% for the knee and the way the VA does funny math on disability ratings takes me to 60% disability. More than my goal of 50%. The PTSD is still being reviewed.

  35. lynn says:

    And I read Israel just hit a global record for infections. Aren’t they triple+ vax’d, masked and vax passported?

    Quadrupled vaxxed !

  36. lynn says:

    Same here. The Vizio in the living room died Sunday evening. After troubleshooting, it's likely the main board. No swelled caps. I can get a replacement for around $80, if it were in stock. I replaced it with an LG. There were 8 different EULA's to acknowledge. I connected it to the internet once to get a firmware update. So far it's happy living the offline life. Enough spying happens with the attached Roku, I don't want to pad LG's pockets too.

    I put the old Vizio aside to fix later, but I think I'll just recycle it.

    Dad's power board died on his five year old 65 inch Samsung ??? plasma so he bought a replacement power board.  I went for a weekend and replaced the power board for him.  Three hours later, the new power board fried itself AFTER frying the fuses.  The problem was the video generator, not the power board.  The video generator was pulling too much power (no idea why but a common problem in that TV).  The whole thing overheated because it was pulling so much power and not enough heat sinks to dissipate the heat.  Those plasma TVs generate an incredible amount of heat.   He bought a new 80 inch Samsung TV.

  37. Chad says:

    OK, more clarification. I was rated 100% for four months starting with the knee surgery. I did get 30% for the knee and the way the VA does funny math on disability ratings takes me to 60% disability. More than my goal of 50%. The PTSD is still being reviewed.

    I have heard they're cracking down on PTSD claims. Too much fraud. I'm not surprised. I personally know one guy that BS'd his way into 30% for PTSD. He even said the psychologist asked leading questions so he knew how to answer to qualify. That makes it harder for the guys who are legit. 🙁

  38. lynn says:

    Wow, wind is making 18,000 MW (out of 24,000 MW potential) in Texas at noon.  Solar is making 2,500 MW (out of 5,000 MW potential) due to the overcast sky.

         https://www.ercot.com/gridmktinfo/dashboards/combinedwindandsolar

    BTW, there is a boatload of solar coming on line in Texas this year and next. Maybe another 10,000 MW.

  39. lynn says:

    Yup, the demand in Texas is 60K MW right now.  ERCOT is forecasting 64K MW when every gets home at 5pm and turns on the heat and the stove.

    Who runs the Griddy type scam in Texas these days?

    I would not count Griddy as a scam. I would count them as hanging out there with infinite liability for the cost of power.  Griddy should have kept a reserve account on people to be able to pay excursions of cost up to $5,000/day up from the normal $100/day.

    And I have no idea if anyone is running a Griddy type operation. ERCOT is against this type of provider so I doubt that one is running.

    BTW, the bankruptcy lawsuit of Brazos Valley Electric Coop is proceeding.  I give it a 50-50 chance that ERCOT will be dragged into it.  If ERCOT is dragged in then many other suppliers will be dragged in also.  Not just electricity but natural gas suppliers also (Exxon, Shell, etc).

  40. lynn says:

    Yes, the Avon Vita Moist hand cream is still in stock.  I thought that we had 50 or so stashed in the wife's closet.  I cannot find any and she cannot find any.  This is the good stuff that works for me.

        https://www.avon.com/product/avon-care-vita-moist-holiday-hand-cream-74250

  41. Chad says:

    Yes, the Avon Vita Moist hand cream is still in stock.  I thought that we had 50 or so stashed in the wife's closet.  I cannot find any and she cannot find any.  This is the good stuff that works for me.

    I used Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream for years. It worked great on elbows too. I got some Kiehl's Ultimate Strength Hand Salve as a stocking stuffer, but haven't cracked it open yet.

  42. SteveF says:

    I would not count Griddy as a scam.

    Neither would I. I haven't heard a single supported claim of fraud on their part. They laid out their terms, including the customer having to pay more if the spot price went up. If customers signed up for that without understanding what it meant, that's their own fault.

    It was like self-insuring your house: Insurance companies make money, meaning that their policy holders on average lose money. If you're willing to gamble, on average you'll save money. If things go badly wrong, you can lose everything. You pays your money and you makes your choice.

    Griddy's customers bragged about how much they saved, month after month. Even I, 1800 miles away, heard some of it. They have no grounds for complaint when the odds turned against them.

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  43. Greg Norton says:

    Griddy's customers bragged about how much they saved, month after month. Even I, 1800 miles away, heard some of it. They have no grounds for complaint when the odds turned against them.

    The State of Texas bailed out Griddy's customers under a settlement arranged by the Attorney General. Looking at some of the backgrounds of the principals back when the excrement hit the AC, my guess is that Bankruptcy was the exit plan for the company all along.

    Clinton cronies. Why is it always the Clintons in the last 30 years.

    Of course, smelling blood in the water with the Texas Attorney General vulnerable due to the bailout and other stupidity, the Bush cronies are running “George P.” in the Republican primary in March, attempting to move him up from Land Commissioner. I think there is a “none of the above” candidate.

  44. SteveF says:

    The Griddy bailout was for the suppliers (for the public good) and the consumers (for their shortsightedness and greed), wasn't it? A number of the consumers couldn't or wouldn't pay their $5000 bills, which would have left Griddy unpaid and probably bankrupt, the consumers hit with liens, and the suppliers unpaid and possibly unable to continue operations. I haven't heard anything about Griddy or its owners making out like bandits from the bailouts. If anything, it was the consumers who made out like bandits with lower rates during good times and a taxpayer bailout in bad times.

    This is not much different than hurricane insurance in Florida and similar taxpayer subsidies for groups who manage to sway enough politicians.

  45. Ray Thompson says:

    I have heard they're cracking down on PTSD claims. Too much fraud.

    Yes, I know. My case has been referred for review. The difference is people that served during Vietnam. Because of the mood of the country, abuse suffered in airports, busses etc. while traveling, that is considered for PTSD. I answered the questions honestly about my claim. I don't think the interviewer was asking leading questions as I had to generally make my own statements. Whether it will do any good I don't know. I have to try.

    The shocker to me was the knee. The knee was not damaged in the service. I broke my back. Skeletal. Anything dealing with bones is lumped into one category. Thus the knee was considered damaged because of the back injury. I was not even going to apply until the veteran's service officer stated I should. I not only will get 30% for the knee, the disability was dated back to when the knee was replaced, not when I applied for the disability. Which is different that my other claims.

    I was also able to print out a letter from the VA indicating 100% disability. I took that to the motor vehicle registration and got DV (Disabled Veteran) plates for both vehicles. They are the same as handicap plates. The plate on the truck is permanent and I will never have to pay registration fees on that plate. The plate on the other car is renewed yearly the same as other plates. Not a big deal since in TN registration is $29.00 a year.

  46. paul says:

    30F this morning and the wind was howling.  The dogs had no interest in walking up the driveway.  So we wandered around the back yard and not for long, either.

    Back in the house, and the temp was 28F.  A bit later, 27F.  It has warmed up.  To 29F.  So much for the forecast high of 36F.

    I have a pot of chili on the stove.  No beans.  I remembered my secret ingredient.  Tastes good, just needs to simmer and get happy.  Might need a teaspoon of sugar to buffer the tomatoes.  Hey, chemistry.

    I'll make a pot of macaroni later and a batch of cornbread.  Maybe I'll be lazy and make one.

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  47. Chad says:

    30F this morning and the wind was howling.

    I have a pot of chili on the stove.  No beans.

    -1°F here this morning and beanless chili sounds damn tasty. What time is dinner?

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  48. paul says:

    What time is dinner?

    About 6PM or so.  BYOB.

    Oh.  It's snowing.  Not heavy.  Just flakes from about a half inch and down floating to the ground. 

    I'm ready for Summer.

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  49. lpdbw says:

    The knee was not damaged in the service. I broke my back. Skeletal. Anything dealing with bones is lumped into one category.

    I have a chiropractor friend who goes on and on about what he calls the "kinetic chain", or like that old song goes, "Hip bone connected to the back bone".

    If left uncorrected long enough, or not well enough, one problem can progress into multiple problems.  I can see how a broken back can lead to different posture or stride which could cause knee or hip issues after a time.

    Different people have different fragility.  

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  50. lynn says:

    The Griddy bailout was for the suppliers (for the public good) and the consumers (for their shortsightedness and greed), wasn't it? A number of the consumers couldn't or wouldn't pay their $5000 bills, which would have left Griddy unpaid and probably bankrupt, the consumers hit with liens, and the suppliers unpaid and possibly unable to continue operations. I haven't heard anything about Griddy or its owners making out like bandits from the bailouts. If anything, it was the consumers who made out like bandits with lower rates during good times and a taxpayer bailout in bad times.

    This is not much different than hurricane insurance in Florida and similar taxpayer subsidies for groups who manage to sway enough politicians.

    Then why didn't ERCOT bail out the city of San Antonio (half a billion dollars), Brazos Valley Coop (two billion dollars), etc, etc, etc ?  Something smells here and the federal bankruptcy judge may go wading in it.  Or not, hard to tell.

         https://www.reuters.com/legal/transactional/members-bankrupt-brazos-electric-question-strategy-amid-ercot-dispute-2021-12-02/

  51. Greg Norton says:

    I haven't heard anything about Griddy or its owners making out like bandits from the bailouts.

    I have no doubt the management received golden parachutes. The company was privately held and had just been through a forced housecleaning of the upper ranks in late 2020, only a few weeks prior to the freeze event according to reports in the media when the infamous $5000 bills started hitting.

    This is not much different than hurricane insurance in Florida and similar taxpayer subsidies for groups who manage to sway enough politicians.

    Nearly all of the state chartered property insurance carriers in Florida were technically insolvent when we left 12 years ago. The typical homeowner carrying a policy was (is?) subsidized by the state indirectly in the name of keeping rates "affordable" and preventing a crash in the real estate market.

    We paid the true, unsubsidized cost of coverage through Citizens, the state's carrier of last resort. My last quote for 2011 was $5000, but, fortunately, our house sold right before Christmas 2010.

  52. Alan says:

    >> 1. Determine the funding source.

    2. Analyze the zeitgeist, with special consideration of tenure and continued employment.

    3. Determine the outcome of doing the science.

    4. Write the report.

    5. (Optional) Do some of what used to be called science.

    You left out 6. "PROFIT"

  53. Greg Norton says:

    Then why didn't ERCOT bail out the city of San Antonio (half a billion dollars), Brazos Valley Coop (two billion dollars), etc, etc, etc ?  Something smells here and the federal bankruptcy judge may go wading in it.  Or not, hard to tell.

    The settement to cover Griddy's customers was in the tens of millions, not billions.

    Plus, Griddy management was poitically connected, starting with CEO Greg Craig.

    Interestingly he is not the same Greg Craig who worked for Obama and was hip deep in a Ukrainian banking scandal.

    Anytime I hear that name, I think of Marmalard in "Animal House". What was the line at the end of the flick? "Nixon White House Aide. Raped in prison, 1974"

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  54. Ray Thompson says:

    a broken back can lead to different posture or stride which could cause knee or hip issues after a time

    Indeed. I think that is the VA's position. Skeletal problems manifest themselves in other locations. I have never had stride issues, tend to walk slightly on the outside of my right foot. I never even considered applying for disability until the service officer said I should. I applied in December 2021, got the rating yesterday. That is fast for the VA. I don't if the other knee is good for another 30% or if the 30% covers both knees.

  55. nick flandrey says:

    Knee issues become hip issues, become low and upper back issues, become neck issues….  it will zig zag up your spine.

    My gait was all messed up when I didn't get enough corrective therapy after my motorcycle accident.  Messed me up for years.

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  56. lynn says:

    "IRS Website to Require 'Live Selfie' to Log In"

        https://www.pcmag.com/news/irs-website-to-require-live-selfie-to-log-in

    "If you have a login for IRS.gov, the site will soon require a lot more personal information to prove your identity."

    "A message on the IRS sign-in page confirms the coming change: "If you have an existing IRS username, please create a new ID.me account as soon as possible. We're bringing you an improved sign-in experience. You won't be able to log in with your existing IRS username and password starting in summer 2022."

    "What users are sure to take issue with is the type of information required to create an ID.me account. The verification process asks each person for a scan of their driver's license or other government-issued ID, a copy of utility or insurance bills, their mobile phone service information, and a "live selfie" of themselves."

    What could go wrong ?

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  57. Greg Norton says:

    "IRS Website to Require 'Live Selfie' to Log In"

    What could go wrong ?

    I wonder which one of the usual contractor racketeers landed that project.

  58. lynn says:

    "Energy Blog: Will Power Plant Retirements Green the Grid?"

         https://www.asme.org/topics-resources/content/energy-blog-will-power-plant-retirements-green-the-grid

    "Emily Grubert, an engineering professor at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, has observed that if existing coal and gas generating assets retire at their expected end of life, those retirements would eliminate some three-quarters of power sector carbon emissions by 2035. The rest would age out in the decade following."

    "With most things, building capacity is much harder than eliminating it, and that’s true especially with electric power infrastructure, which can be hard to site close to cities and towns where the power is needed. According (again) to the EIA, additions to the electric power system are expected to be robust in 2022, with 46.1 GW of new utility-scale electric generating capacity having been announced. Nearly 80 percent of that new nameplate capacity is zero-carbon, and the rest is fueled by natural gas, which has a much smaller carbon impact than the coal power it is replacing.
     
    The nameplate capacity can be misleading. 21.5 GW of solar power sounds like it should more than make up for the power plant retirements, but the capacity factor—the average amount of net electricity produced compared to its nameplate capacity—for solar ranged by month in 2021 from 16.2 percent to 31.9 percent, according to the EIA—and obviously solar produces no power at night. So realistically, the added solar is equivalent to around 5 GW."

    So, no extra power for all of these new electric vehicles.  And renewables don't work so well under 25 F.  I foresee regular blackouts in the far future.

  59. nick flandrey says:

    Went to the 'small'  HEB grocery to pick up some things for the Girl Scout weekend trip and for me…

    Cat food aisle, basically empty.  10-15ft of shelf floor to top, empty.

    Cold and flu OTC meds, cough drops (ex Ricola) wiped out.  Nothing but air.

    Frozen prepared potato products (hash  brown patties) 5ft of empty cooler.

    Asian, still decimated.

    Dry pasta, (ex spaghetti -first time in 6 weeks) nothing but air.

    Kids juice- empty.

    Soda, still limited selections and quantities.

    Rolls of biscuits, good but NO cinnamon biscuits at all, whole empty shelf.

    They had eggs, but milk was looking very thin.

    One cooler full of single faces of HEB brand rolled biscuits.

    Very little beef in case, hamburger just under $5/pound for 73/27…

    I did pick up a tube of pork tenderloin for <$3/ pound.  Cut two roasts, and 12 chops, ate 6 of them for dinner tonight.

    There were a lot of gaps in shelves.

    n

  60. drwilliams says:

    @Lynn

    Emily Grubert studies how we can make better decisions about large infrastructure systems, with a particular focus on societal priorities and energy and water systems in the US. Her major methods include life cycle assessment and interview and survey research. Grubert is an Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and, by courtesy, of Public Policy at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She holds a Ph.D. in Environment and Resources from Stanford University.

    Note the omission of dates in the bio. I’d guess PhD was 2017 or 2018.

    Grubert Contributes to New Report – "On the Path to an Equitable Energy Transition"

    And here you go, @Lynn, Emily tells y'all what you did wrong:

    LISTEN: Grubert Shares Expertise on What Went Wrong with the Electric Grid in Texas

    https://ce.gatech.edu/people/Faculty/7658/overview

  61. Greg Norton says:

    So, no extra power for all of these new electric vehicles.  And renewables don't work so well under 25 F.  I foresee regular blackouts in the far future.

    Let me see if I understand the math correctly. So, an F150 Lightning needs 8 hours of 19.2 kW to reach 100% battery capacity using the standard home charger.

    (For the sake of argument, assume that every home is wired correctly to deliver that amount juice to the trucks and that the grid can handle that much demand flowing across the wires.)

    If one million trucks are sold in Texas — they aren't going to be cheap, but I'll make another assumption — then the demand every night is 19.2k MW for eight hours.

    Three million trucks means a fleet consuming over 8 hours an amount of electricity almost equal to the entire Texas power generation infrastructure output as of today at noon.

    How many trucks are registered in this state?

    We’re gonna need a bigger boat. 🙂

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  62. SteveF says:

    Emily tells y'all what you did wrong

    That's one of my favorite things, an academic telling us in industry about all the wrong directions we're taking, the bad decisions we make, and the wrong way we do things.

    then the demand every night is 19.2k MW for eight hours

    Let's say, not at all hypothetically, that most of the "can" transformers are running at 300% of rated capacity, which is near to their absolute capacity, at peak hours. That makes them get hotter and hotter as they're used, and they need low-load, low-temperature nighttime hours to cool back down for the next day's load.

    But wait! Now we're running them hard at night, too.

    What could possibly go wrong?

    see also: Academics, activists, and politicians telling us in industry what to do based on "principles" which have nothing to do with engineering principles. 

  63. nick flandrey says:

    Add that the old cans are probably full  of liquid PCBs and that the fires will release that to  the atmosphere…

    n

  64. Greg Norton says:

    Let's say, not at all hypothetically, that most of the "can" transformers are running at 300% of rated capacity, which is near to their absolute capacity, at peak hours. That makes them get hotter and hotter as they're used, and they need low-load, low-temperature nighttime hours to cool back down for the next day's load.

    But wait! Now we're running them hard at night, too.

    What could possibly go wrong?

    No, I stated that the assumption is that the grid could carry the load. Of course it can't.

  65. Greg Norton says:

    Cold and flu OTC meds, cough drops (ex Ricola) wiped out.  Nothing but air.

    Some meme went around the Interwebs last week featuring a picture of Will Smith gesturing to a bolttle of Nyquil as if to suggest he endorsed it for treating Covid.

    I thought it was silly until I went in CVS on Saturday and bought the last bottle on the shelf.

    Nyquil was the only way I got sleep for two weeks. "Will Smith" may be on to something.

    My current supply chain issue is a CPU cooler I bought from Newegg which has been sitting in a UPS depot somewhere in Austin for over a week, waiting for pickup from USPS to complete delivery.

    And for some reason, the shipping bag that Amazon dropped off today containing a spool of plastic twine for winding weedeater spools had been cut open at some point prior to delivery. WTF?

    (I like a specific brand of twine that is easiest to order from Amazon. Or was.)

  66. lynn says:

    Let's say, not at all hypothetically, that most of the "can" transformers are running at 300% of rated capacity, which is near to their absolute capacity, at peak hours. That makes them get hotter and hotter as they're used, and they need low-load, low-temperature nighttime hours to cool back down for the next day's load.

    But wait! Now we're running them hard at night, too.

    What could possibly go wrong?

    No, I stated that the assumption is that the grid could carry the load. Of course it can't.

    Sure it can.  You just gotta upgrade all the transformers to two sizes up.  Or put water sprays on them (we used to do that in July – August on our 100 MW to 300 MW autotransformers).

    19.2 KW at 230 volts = 83 amps.  Any 150 amp or 200 amp panel can carry that for a while but, the transformer is suspect in the heat.  Especially the old 4,160 volt or 6,400 volt transformers.  I prefer the newer 20,000 volt transformers myself.

    My office building is wired for 400 amps.  My electric strip heaters (both of which are running right now intermittently) are pulling 10 KW each, 43 amps plus another amp or two for the blower.  Plus the lights and computers are pulling another 10 KW if the well pump is running.  30 KW at 230 volts = 130 amps.

    Who is going to pay for all of these new transformers ?  And conversion of the 4,160 volt and 6,400 volt distribution systems to 20,000 volt ?  And convert all of the double circuit 345,000 high lines to quadruple circuit ?  We are talking billions of dollars in Texas alone.  I shudder to think of the buried distribution systems in the older cities.

  67. lynn says:

    My Act! (contact manager software) file server is up and running 100% now.  New I5-10400 six core cpu, new crucial 16 GB ram, new MSI Z490 motherboard, new Be Quiet 600 case, and new Antec 650 watt power supply.  I reused the WD Blue 2 TB SSD and the WD 8 TB backup drive (I run a LAN backup every night at 10 pm to three PCs).  I also reused the Windows 10 x64 Pro retail operating system but nuked from orbit and reformatted the 2 TB SSD.

    This is my first Be Quiet 600 case.  Recommended, has rolled edges like the old Antec cases so you don't cut your fingers as often.  I like the pusher fan in front too.  I also like that the motherboard posts were preinstalled.  I have another one at home should I ever get off my lazy butt and build my new home pc since my old pc is slowly dying from the ten gallon deluge three years ago.

        https://www.amazon.com/quiet-BG022-Pure-Base-Silver/dp/B01N9ONQSK//p?tag=ttgnet-20

    This is the second MSI motherboard that I have used.  Me like, easy to install and configure.  Recommended.  I have a third MSI motherboard as home also.  My only concern is that there was not an DVI port on the I/O panel, just a DP (display port) and a HDMI port.  But I suspect this is the trend, I did have a DP monitor in my stash but no more.

        https://www.amazon.com/MSI-Gaming-Motherboard-Socket-Mystic/dp/B0876HBFVC//p?tag=ttgnet-20

  68. nick flandrey says:

    Some meme went around the Interwebs last week featuring a picture of Will Smith gesturing to a bolttle of Nyquil as if to suggest he endorsed it for treating Covid.

    doesn't need to be anything like that.  We're in the middle of what used to be called "cold and flu season" and with the weather changing every day, people get sick.  Doesn't take much additional demand, or much disruption in the supply, to have empty shelves.  That is a lesson everyone should take to heart.

    n

  69. nick flandrey says:

    whoohhheeee.   37F at the moment, with some rain pattering down.

    chilly and damp.  Joy.

    n

  70. Alan says:

    >> Emily tells y'all what you did wrong

    That's one of my favorite things, an academic telling us in industry about all the wrong directions we're taking, the bad decisions we make, and the wrong way we do things.

    What's the old saying? Oh yeah…

    "Those that can, do. Those that can't teach."

  71. Alan says:

    >> How many trucks are registered in this state?

    Quick peek at the Googles says about 4M.

    Next question is, how long for Ford to build that many Lightnings?

  72. nick flandrey says:

    35F and 'feels like' of 30F.  Citrus is indoors tonight. 

    n

  73. JimB says:

    Nick, may you and your family and the citrus be warm and sleep well tonight.

  74. MrK says:

    Rest in Peace, RBT.. (thanks Nick). Plus remembering OFD.

    It would have been interesting to hear his comments on all the current events.. Especially  whuflu..

    I too came here after reading one of Robert's computer books. I still have it (somewhere). Back then the range of knowledge and information was amazing. Plus everyone was so civilised, a rarity in most sites. 😀 So I am pleased that the trend still continues..

    Currently 40C (104F) @ 2pm in the land down under…

  75. Norman says:

    Big problem with alexas in the UK at the moment, many are failing to respond, downdetector is showing 1000's of reports. Luckily our backup dab radio worked or  I'd still be asleep

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