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California Here I Don’t Come – The Leftist Virus Unchained

17 October 2019 @ 17:52

The State Of California has always been ‘a little bit nutty, a little bit slutty’, a haven for Eccentric Ideas and Decadence, but in the past twenty years or so, it has gone-off the deep end.

The Leftist Policies that have been implemented over the past decades have turned the State into a Foul-Smelling Despotism.

Vodkapundit published a post on Monday, instant, that shows just how the Leftist Loonies have ruined a once great State and put people’s lives and fortunes in Serious Danger.

Some highlights…

The Scattered Power Outages:

Going solar isn’t necessarily any protection from California’s new “planned” power outages, and local residents and businesses are enduring a lot more than just a few inconveniences.

Bloomberg’s Chris Martin has a story on California’s troubles with one of my favorite headlines ever: “Californians Learning That Solar Panels Don’t Work in Blackouts.” Apparently, many of California’s would-be Earth-savers had no idea that just putting solar panels on their roofs doesn’t mean they’ll have power when PG&E switches it off. As Martin explains:

Most panels are designed to supply power to the grid — not directly to houses. During the heat of the day, solar systems can crank out more juice than a home can handle. Conversely, they don’t produce power at all at night. So systems are tied into the grid, and the vast majority aren’t working this week as PG&E Corp. cuts power to much of Northern California to prevent wildfires.

The only way for most solar panels to work during a blackout is pairing them with batteries. That market is just starting to take off. Sunrun Inc., the largest U.S. rooftop solar company, said some of its customers are making it through the blackouts with batteries, but it’s a tiny group — countable in the hundreds.

Martin quotes Sunrun Chairman Ed Fenster explaining that solar power with local battery storage is “the perfect combination for getting through these shutdowns,” although he fails to mention just what an expensive proposition that is, especially in the rural areas most affected by California’s return to the primitive. Fester, whose company sells those very batteries, expects battery sales “to boom” now that the promised blackouts have begun.

Corporatism [ie: Proto-Fascism]?

More:

At UC Berkeley, where you’d expect all this planet-saving to be applauded, at least one student is probably less than thrilled. ABC7 reports that biochem grad student Sarah Morris says that the recent outage — again, a planned and on-purpose outage — “may have destroyed two years of her ground-breaking cancer research, valued at $500,000…..

Lovely.

More fallout:

…The WSJ spoke with Melanie Bettenhausen, who runs the Eureka location of the local North Coast Co-Op grocery chain — at least for now. (Full disclosure: I was a regular customer in the early ‘90s.) The Journal reports:

Ms. Bettenhausen, 44 years old, worked 34 hours straight to keep the store open, using generators to run the registers and dry ice to cool the food.

When she arrived Thursday morning, the walk-in refrigerator was full of spoiled dairy products. All of it—tens of thousands of dollars worth of food—would have to be thrown away. “I don’t even know yet if we’re going to make it through this one,” she said. “Anyone looking at providing for their family and maintaining a living in this area has to be making plans.”

Indeed. The North Coast isn’t exactly California’s wealthiest region, long dependent on logging and fishing, which have both been curtailed by “experts” far away in Sacramento and Washington, D.C. Now, they can’t even keep the milk cold for their kids. Or as the WSJ put it, the area is “subject to the sort of abrupt blackouts normally associated with underdeveloped countries.”

Even Pacific Gas and Electric Company, which performed the blackouts, was effected:

Ironically, given that the blackouts are called “Public Safety Power Shut-Offs,” the California public is enjoying less safety every time the power goes off. Even PG&E, who you would think might be better prepared for its own planned blackouts, is affected. PG&E CEO Bill Johnson admitted last week, “Our website crashed several times. Our maps are inconsistent and maybe incorrect. Our call centers were overloaded.” He added, “To put it simply, we were not adequately prepared to support the operational event.”

Though investor-owned, PG&E has had a sad history since 1992.  It has gone Bankrupt twice, once on 2001 and, most recently, in January of 2019.  Contributing to it’s abject Failures is the fact the the California Public Utility Commission has placed Unfair regulations on the Company and PG&E has excepted bailout monies from the State Government [which it can never pay back].

Like all Public Utilities, it is bloated and top-heavy in it’s Bureaucracy.  This means that the latter are only looking to Cover Their Arses.  For many Decades it has been a Financial Disaster waiting to happen.

And it’s happening.

Do take the time to click here and read the rest of Stephen Green’s post.

The Outage has also taken a deadly turn.

From the New York Post, May Kay Linge reporting, we learn:

A man who relied on an oxygen machine to breathe died 12 minutes after a preventative power cut to his Northern California home — but the local coroner told his incredulous family that the outage did not cause his death.

“The power going off and him not being able to get to his oxygen is, I believe, is what did it,” said Marie Aldea, the daughter of 67-year-old Robert Mardis Sr., who died early Wednesday.

“I don’t understand why they turned off the power,” she said. “No winds at all. And because of that, my father is gone. Blaming them is not going to bring my father back, unfortunately.”

Mardis, who had severe coronary artery atherosclerosis, breathed with the help of a nasal tube. His family, who had been told by power utility PG&E to expect the planned outage, had battery-operated backup machines ready for him to use — but the timing of the sudden shutoff, at 3:30 a.m., caught them unawares.

Elected Officials, Bureaucrats, and the Crony Capitalists don’t care.

Streets covered in excrement, diseases like TB, Whooping Cough, Leprosy, Measles, and Typhoid spreading in the Cities, punishingly high Tax Rates, billions in wasted Tax Payer Money, and state and local governments pushing their Vision of Utopia, make a once-great, but quirky, state a Dystopia.

Be warned because California is What The Future Holds for us.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. 17 October 2019 @ 18:49 18:49

    The gentleman in Pollock Pines who died after the power was shut off was not reliant on an “oxygen” machine, but rather a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure), much the same as sufferers of sleep apnea use. He had a battery powered machine, too, but being awakened in the middle of the night, waking in complete darkness, he was not able to retrieve his back up machine in time.

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