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Essentially Flyertalk / Re: $100
« on: February 26, 2021, 09:02:58 AM »
Get a decent steak dinner, and a decent scotch if I was being selfish with it.

You'd be hard pressed to get both.

I said decent, not nice

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Essentially Flyertalk / Re: $100
« on: February 26, 2021, 08:29:13 AM »
Get a decent steak dinner, and a decent scotch if I was being selfish with it.

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The New Joe Montgomery Birther Pit / Re: MAGA
« on: February 25, 2021, 09:16:53 AM »
It's always crap like that that is the crack cocaine of the pubs/maga, taking potential real issues of changes in food and how it could affect their constituents (farmer/ranches) and changes it to the insane projection of they are pussifying you/they never want you to have steak. It's such a weird (but predictable) take.

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Essentially Flyertalk / Re: Signs of getting old
« on: February 25, 2021, 08:38:26 AM »
When I pop my neck or back most times it marginally makes me feel better, occasionally, (like this morning) it makes me feel years younger, and when it happens it's almost orgasmically good

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thune must be older than he looks.

Looked it up, he's 60, so, seems right on (with how he looks)

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Essentially Flyertalk / Re: New To Investing Thread
« on: February 25, 2021, 08:20:13 AM »
Jesus. We really are going to recreate the roaring speculating 20’s and the subsequent unfortunate 30’s, aren’t we.

yeah, might even have a dust bowl while we're at it.

https://www.npr.org/2021/02/24/967376880/new-evidence-shows-fertile-soil-gone-from-midwestern-farms

but in the meantime,  :fistpump: :cheese:

Unless we decide to go back to pre 1930's farming techniques and remove all the hedgerows and whatnot, I doubt we'll ever see it to the dust bowl levels again.

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Well given that it's the house of lords, the definition of irrelevant in the british parliament, yes, I would say it is retirement home

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Kansas State Football / Re: Gems of the Gamethread: We Own OU
« on: February 23, 2021, 04:23:01 PM »
MiR has where I would've picked, but I also never pissed outside because I am not scared of any bathroom.

That and I hung out all the time at Mae's, that bathroom wasn't great but it sure as crap wasn't the Lou

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Essentially Flyertalk / Re: Shows that have you by the balls, or vag...
« on: February 23, 2021, 04:13:10 PM »
The Good Place did a great job getting a number of seasons in what was a seemingly shallow premise.  The last line of the show kills me every time.

It was helped immensely that Michael Schur did not skimp at all on philosophy, which ultimately was the driving force of the show, without it seeing too weighty and overwhelming. That is a deft bit of writing ability to say the least. Also helps when the cast totally bought into it all and have great IRL chemistry.

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Other Sports (Tiger's Back) / Re: Tiger's back
« on: February 23, 2021, 04:09:42 PM »
He's had problems with pain meds before.  Easy to jump to that conclusion, given his recent surgery.

Hope he recovers ok, and gets help if he needs it.  Glad nobody else was hurt.

As someone who has had a surgery decently recently, and was given real pain meds for the first time, I can tell you holy crap, no way can I trust myself on that stuff, knocks you on your ass.

I am glad he seems to be alright, and hope it's nothing more (or not even meds related)

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Essentially Flyertalk / Re: Shows that have you by the balls, or vag...
« on: February 23, 2021, 12:56:17 PM »
I probably have 6 episodes left, and like normal I have a hard time "ending" a show, it's just something I don't like doing. I know it's just a story, and everything has to end but I really milk it.

I’m the same way. Ted Lasso is going to be really hard to end after just 3 seasons.

I recently went though the same with The Good Place, but they nailed the last few episodes so it wasn’t so bad.

The Good Place was the only one I didn't milk it as much coincidentally as I was fully taken by the balls with it but totes agree, probably one of the best ways to end that of show. Great show from start to finish.

I need to find a non apple tv way to get Ted Lasso, I enjoyed his character ever since it was an SNL skit.

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Essentially Flyertalk / Re: Shows that have you by the balls, or vag...
« on: February 23, 2021, 12:50:43 PM »
I think Schitt's Creek tried to pass off as american or at least not be explicitly Canadian.

And just spitballing but I bet a major reason they shoot in the summer in both of those shows because the weather is more predictable and consistent (and the schedules of the cast)

Trailer Park Boys is the same way.

And yes I agree with rusty that Schitt’s Creek kept the actual location of Schitt’s Creek fairly vague.  I don’t know that Canada was referenced at all throughout the series.

Oh yeah, I agree, I will say I can tell they do really hard to make it not be explicitly Canadian (but it's pretty easy to tell IMO it is) so that is fair, but there are definitely several Canadian things that sneak in due to the local

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Other Sports (Tiger's Back) / Re: KSU Booze Cats
« on: February 22, 2021, 02:40:42 PM »
They don't suck again!  :ksu:

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So, the woman asking him to not take the cart out also like, isn't going to be able to watch said cart as he gets his car?

Also yeah, that was way more about trying to keep employees from having to go out to get the carts than anything else, but it's absolutely fascinating people typed that crap up. What a world that that's what sets em off.

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Essentially Flyertalk / Re: Shows that have you by the balls, or vag...
« on: February 21, 2021, 12:02:42 PM »
BTW, I concluded Schitt's Creek last night.  That was a good television show, which is unsurprising given Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, and Chris Elliot.  The younger cast was also very good.

I probably have 6 episodes left, and like normal I have a hard time "ending" a show, it's just something I don't like doing. I know it's just a story, and everything has to end but I really milk it.

It is pretty damn good, though it took me a really really like time to end up liking Moira, not that Catherine O'Hara is a bad actress, it's just out of all of them her character flaws bugged me the most. David's, Alexis', and Johnny's bothered me the least or I thought were the most funny, like I really enjoyed Alexis' character, she definitely grew the most, and David wasn't far behind.

The town overall was great, all the characters and how they deal with the Rose's, I really like Stevie's character a lot.

A total aside, it always bugs me where somehow a show that takes place in Canada is magically summer like 9 months out of the year, (and Letterkenny does this too, where they are even more specifically trying to have a take on Canada like I think of the time they're all hanging outside in shorts and everything is green on St. Patrick's Day) it's not wholly bothersome (nor that it matters) but there are definitely little things like that I notice, probably my time spent there. It does make it all a little less immersive I suppose.

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The New Joe Montgomery Birther Pit / Re: MAGA
« on: February 20, 2021, 08:00:25 PM »
It's called being stupid

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Man, he's basically trump, the terribleness of this administration knows no bounds

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Other Sports (Tiger's Back) / Re: KSU Booze Cats 2015
« on: February 19, 2021, 09:10:21 PM »
If they can ball out like this all season it'll be fun

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Essentially Flyertalk / Re: Hey guys, let's discuss psychedelics
« on: February 19, 2021, 05:00:36 PM »
Marijuana freaks me out. I can't even imagine some of these other hipster drugs out there.

Finally tried it at the tender age of 32 a few weeks ago, granted it was a small hit and didn't take or huge draw, and probably held it in for 3 seconds, but it was enough to make me feeling something, eventually, but it didn't really overly change anything after, I was maybe more relaxed but it was already a Saturday night.

I did have though a pretty crazy dream that night about going on a run with Mahomes and then I had a rat chase me and try and chew my feet and hands though, but that was probably the only downside. Was an odd dream, very vivid, usually don't have those often.
I’m ok with smoking it from time to time, it’s the Colorado edibles that knock me on my ass. I had a panick attack in Breckenridge this year while riding a gondola with my family. It didn’t help I was hungover either. It was embarrassing. Mrs. Wacky had issues too.

For sure, I prefer to try edibles honestly, whatever the lowest dose in a gummy, and probably only eat half of it. If it messes me up, well, that's on me.

I just have hated the smoke smell since college, probably the biggest reason I never did it then. The guys who lived next to me smoked it all the time, and were so loud and obnoxious doing it too, just turned me off to the whole desire to try it until basically now. More did it just to say I did it. Still hated smelling that smell in my nostrils though  :Yuck:

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Essentially Flyertalk / Re: Hey guys, let's discuss psychedelics
« on: February 19, 2021, 04:39:51 PM »
Marijuana freaks me out. I can't even imagine some of these other hipster drugs out there.

Finally tried it at the tender age of 32 a few weeks ago, granted it was a small hit and didn't take or huge draw, and probably held it in for 3 seconds, but it was enough to make me feeling something, eventually, but it didn't really overly change anything after, I was maybe more relaxed but it was already a Saturday night.

I did have though a pretty crazy dream that night about going on a run with Mahomes and then I had a rat chase me and try and chew my feet and hands though, but that was probably the only downside. Was an odd dream, very vivid, usually don't have those often.

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The New Joe Montgomery Birther Pit / Re: The Biden (interim) Dictator
« on: February 19, 2021, 01:09:33 PM »
This is why I think that nothing should be done on the loan issue until the figure out the long term function and how that will change. 

College has just become too damn expensive.  I have heard a lot of arguments about it becoming so due to the fact that cheap loans and subsidies are a thing.  That partly makes sense to me, but I can also see how turning that tap off could be worse than having expensive college.

I don't think he should make a move on it unless they need to bolster the economy immediately, or until they figure out what will happen regarding loans, cost, or subsidies next.

This is part of my issue with it as well, I feel like forgiveness doesn't inherently solve the problem, it's just a giant loss and then you can rerack things up unless you got a plan to counter act it.

there was maybe a semi-justifiable economic (leaving the constitution out of it) argument for debt forgiveness as the only viable path or any stimulus if mcconnell controlled the senate, but with dems controlling the senate calendar, and already slating trillions in covid relief and stimulus and additional trillions for infrastructure there is absolutely none.

I'm sympathetic to the arguments about college dropouts and debt (I'm guessing that's where Bidens 10k is coming from and push for CC/trade school, as in not everyone needs to party at a 4 yr uni), but at the same time I get the counterpoint that these were personal choices as well with risk/responsibility attached.

Seems somewhat contradictory to say the loan program is terrible yet still want free college access because it's a public good. What I mean is the loan program would still likely provide a public service if it's allowing cheaper access but maybe the argument is more about price control through rationing really cheap/free from the supply side vs price inflation if the market can just grow through loans and push costs those onto attendees.

This is a plan (10k and push for CC/trade schools) to me I am in very in favor for. It balances forgiving a goodly part of the debt (I know it could be as little as 10% for many) but hey, it doesn't hurt, and probably gets a significant amount of people out of debt, or near even. Add in the trade and CC schools that will really help funnel a significant population who really shouldn't be going to a 4 year to get into education paths with good paying jobs, and allow those who do the 4 years be able to get gen eds done and save a ton at the 4 years, it'll also force the 4 years to compete which (could) lower those prices.

The only other thing (besides figuring out long term) would be to get outstanding loans all refinanced down to like 1% or 2%, and any debt accrued via the delta of what that loan would've been at that new rate vs what it was kicked back into that person's pocket as a second form of stimulus. That will get some back in those people's hands, and also allow them to know their loans aren't really going to grow appreciably compared to the 5-6-7% loans some might carry.

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Ast getting all huffy about Texas having four million people without power overnight and comparing it to the great plains doing 20-60 minute pauses is very texasy

Not huffy at all.  I was told Texas was having blackouts because Texas.

Apparently Kansas is having blackouts because Kansas.

Apples and oranges in scale.

And in case anyone was wondering, KY and KS are connected, all of the Eastern US, and a ton of Canada connected together.

And all of Western US connected together.

Not connected: Eastern US, Western US, and Texas,

Hence why Texas has 4 mill out, KS after dealing with this for 2 weeks decides "well we'll occasionally have outages every so often and not for everyone and only for like 3 hours a day for some people" Texas after it's exhausted all it's resources after 2 days: welp that's it isn't it but the power for emergency sources". That's the difference. That and natural gas for everyone (lol) is just poof, CO2 right now. And here I was told fossil fuels were the reliable ones.

Resiliency and grid reliability comes in numbers (for the most part).

And I was not trying to pick on you obv, you can't do anything about it, it's just really funny (to me) to have "we can do this on our own we're our own goddamn country" Texas brought to it's knees over a little cold in 48 hours time.

And that's with all the oil a Texan can shake at. At least it took KS 2 weeks to succumb to (occasionally) having to have (some) people go out (for 30-60 minutes). And most of that succumbing is due to Texas falling down at it's fat face sucking all the natural gas for itself as it huddles for warmth around the burnt out embers of it's pride cause it can't handle it.

I am glad you talked about apples & oranges in scale.  It is a great point.

Roughly the same number as or more people were out of power in Texas than the entire population of Kansas.  Maybe that brings to light the scale difference in how many people the Texas grid is providing power too.  To go even further, it looks like ERCOT services most likely twice as many people as SPP.

The infrastructure and houses are not built with this cold of weather in consideration.  Why?  Because historically there is not a need for it.  So when this type of event happens, there becomes way more demand per person/household than our northern counterparts.

This is in no way a post white-knighting ERCOT and it is becoming pretty apparent as this event unfolds they are a mumped ip group.  Several of its board members do not even live in Texas.  So this does not appear to be a Texas only mindset as has been implied heavily.  The chair and vice-chair live in Michigan and Germany so this is apparently not Texas only thinking.

For the record, going off of the little information that is available on their actions at this point, I hope that ERCOT is severely overhauled or even dismantled after the investigation into this event.


But to say you are comparing apples to apples in referring to the blackout in Kansas and Texas is just as disingenuous on your end.

All of your post is fair, the bold is really the crux of my issues of the "Texas being Texas." They decided to create their own grid, on their own, and play by their own rules. It is well and good, but, and as unfortunate as you all have to live with said consequences, you are seeing that. I get CEOs and others can live wherever to do whatever, but Texas still decided to go in it alone. And you are right, they should be investigated and dismantled for thinking they knew what they were doing. After all, it birthed the ability for companies like Enron to go around and selectively blackout people because of economics, instead of thinking of the welfare of their compatriots.

Where did Texas touch you?  Show it to us on a doll.  We won’t tell.
Uhhhh ast not sure about that post

Wow, we hating on South Park now too?  I am fine with the post.  It is probably pretty much inline with kicking people while they are down about a situation that they pretty much have no control over.

I really think you're confusing my disdain with Texas with anything having to do with you. I'm kicking the idea of Texas down, not you. We are literally having a meeting how Texas totally deemphasized the need to "be online" with making money in my company right now. Yes, you have nothing to do it, and you are learning about how behind the times your state is in the worst ways, lash out at me all you want. Nature just messed with Texas and won in 48 hours.

I guess I did forget my Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, for "How can you expect a man who's warm to understand one who's cold?"
The mistake in this case was a colossal one, but the solution seems incredibly simple. Texas just needs to enact and actually enforce regulations that require power producers to take precautions far beyond what might seem necessary (kind of like making sure an elevator can handle 4000 pounds and then saying the max is 2000 or something).

It’s not being on its own grid that caused the problem here (although obviously being on a larger grid would have helped). It’s the fact that each producer was pretty much left to their best judgment as far as what was needed to survive harsh conditions, and (as private businesses tend to do) many balanced preparedness with profit.

Being their own grid allowed them to more easily create the rules they play by, because if they were connected to the East or West they'd have to play by those rules, being such a small section of one exacerbated it. But agreed on all of that

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Ast getting all huffy about Texas having four million people without power overnight and comparing it to the great plains doing 20-60 minute pauses is very texasy

Not huffy at all.  I was told Texas was having blackouts because Texas.

Apparently Kansas is having blackouts because Kansas.

Apples and oranges in scale.

And in case anyone was wondering, KY and KS are connected, all of the Eastern US, and a ton of Canada connected together.

And all of Western US connected together.

Not connected: Eastern US, Western US, and Texas,

Hence why Texas has 4 mill out, KS after dealing with this for 2 weeks decides "well we'll occasionally have outages every so often and not for everyone and only for like 3 hours a day for some people" Texas after it's exhausted all it's resources after 2 days: welp that's it isn't it but the power for emergency sources". That's the difference. That and natural gas for everyone (lol) is just poof, CO2 right now. And here I was told fossil fuels were the reliable ones.

Resiliency and grid reliability comes in numbers (for the most part).

And I was not trying to pick on you obv, you can't do anything about it, it's just really funny (to me) to have "we can do this on our own we're our own goddamn country" Texas brought to it's knees over a little cold in 48 hours time.

And that's with all the oil a Texan can shake at. At least it took KS 2 weeks to succumb to (occasionally) having to have (some) people go out (for 30-60 minutes). And most of that succumbing is due to Texas falling down at it's fat face sucking all the natural gas for itself as it huddles for warmth around the burnt out embers of it's pride cause it can't handle it.

I am glad you talked about apples & oranges in scale.  It is a great point.

Roughly the same number as or more people were out of power in Texas than the entire population of Kansas.  Maybe that brings to light the scale difference in how many people the Texas grid is providing power too.  To go even further, it looks like ERCOT services most likely twice as many people as SPP.

The infrastructure and houses are not built with this cold of weather in consideration.  Why?  Because historically there is not a need for it.  So when this type of event happens, there becomes way more demand per person/household than our northern counterparts.

This is in no way a post white-knighting ERCOT and it is becoming pretty apparent as this event unfolds they are a mumped ip group.  Several of its board members do not even live in Texas.  So this does not appear to be a Texas only mindset as has been implied heavily.  The chair and vice-chair live in Michigan and Germany so this is apparently not Texas only thinking.

For the record, going off of the little information that is available on their actions at this point, I hope that ERCOT is severely overhauled or even dismantled after the investigation into this event.


But to say you are comparing apples to apples in referring to the blackout in Kansas and Texas is just as disingenuous on your end.

All of your post is fair, the bold is really the crux of my issues of the "Texas being Texas." They decided to create their own grid, on their own, and play by their own rules. It is well and good, but, and as unfortunate as you all have to live with said consequences, you are seeing that. I get CEOs and others can live wherever to do whatever, but Texas still decided to go in it alone. And you are right, they should be investigated and dismantled for thinking they knew what they were doing. After all, it birthed the ability for companies like Enron to go around and selectively blackout people because of economics, instead of thinking of the welfare of their compatriots.

Where did Texas touch you?  Show it to us on a doll.  We won’t tell.
Uhhhh ast not sure about that post

Wow, we hating on South Park now too?  I am fine with the post.  It is probably pretty much inline with kicking people while they are down about a situation that they pretty much have no control over.

I really think you're confusing my disdain with Texas with anything having to do with you. I'm kicking the idea of Texas down, not you. We are literally having a meeting how Texas totally deemphasized the need to "be online" with making money in my company right now. Yes, you have nothing to do it, and you are learning about how behind the times your state is in the worst ways, lash out at me all you want. Nature just messed with Texas and won in 48 hours.

I guess I did forget my Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, for "How can you expect a man who's warm to understand one who's cold?"

My deepest apologies but it is really hard to separate your disdain with Texas from what I have and am experiencing at this moment.  Maybe it is a timing issue.  Maybe it is full tone can not be determined over the internet issue.

Kicking “Texas” while it is down feels really a lot like kicking its residents while it is down.  Event if we do jot agree with the whole “Texas” mindset.

Sorry I got sideways but the whole conversation started when I was cold and my nerves were quite literally raw while trying to ratio firewood by candlelight without electricity while keeping my wife and baby warm with -15 windchills in a house not built for winter.

Have a good day and sorry for the confusion.

It's all good, I do apologize it came off that way, I have gone through 2 Canadian winters, experience -40F on a regular basis, and have my own house experience a week long outage during a winter storm in 2019, it truly sucks. It just upsets me to see a system that never has to be that way, and everywhere else plays by a stringent set of rules and Texas just went around acting like they didn't need to, and had 10 years to fix things too. It's shitty, really shitty.

That, and knowing due to their rule machinations created companies like Enron running around turning people's power off "for fun" back in the day, and then their subsequent collapse destroyed so many people's livelihoods and saving because of it. The system created a horrible monster and you and so many people have to live in this cold.

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Ast getting all huffy about Texas having four million people without power overnight and comparing it to the great plains doing 20-60 minute pauses is very texasy

Not huffy at all.  I was told Texas was having blackouts because Texas.

Apparently Kansas is having blackouts because Kansas.

Apples and oranges in scale.

And in case anyone was wondering, KY and KS are connected, all of the Eastern US, and a ton of Canada connected together.

And all of Western US connected together.

Not connected: Eastern US, Western US, and Texas,

Hence why Texas has 4 mill out, KS after dealing with this for 2 weeks decides "well we'll occasionally have outages every so often and not for everyone and only for like 3 hours a day for some people" Texas after it's exhausted all it's resources after 2 days: welp that's it isn't it but the power for emergency sources". That's the difference. That and natural gas for everyone (lol) is just poof, CO2 right now. And here I was told fossil fuels were the reliable ones.

Resiliency and grid reliability comes in numbers (for the most part).

And I was not trying to pick on you obv, you can't do anything about it, it's just really funny (to me) to have "we can do this on our own we're our own goddamn country" Texas brought to it's knees over a little cold in 48 hours time.

And that's with all the oil a Texan can shake at. At least it took KS 2 weeks to succumb to (occasionally) having to have (some) people go out (for 30-60 minutes). And most of that succumbing is due to Texas falling down at it's fat face sucking all the natural gas for itself as it huddles for warmth around the burnt out embers of it's pride cause it can't handle it.

I am glad you talked about apples & oranges in scale.  It is a great point.

Roughly the same number as or more people were out of power in Texas than the entire population of Kansas.  Maybe that brings to light the scale difference in how many people the Texas grid is providing power too.  To go even further, it looks like ERCOT services most likely twice as many people as SPP.

The infrastructure and houses are not built with this cold of weather in consideration.  Why?  Because historically there is not a need for it.  So when this type of event happens, there becomes way more demand per person/household than our northern counterparts.

This is in no way a post white-knighting ERCOT and it is becoming pretty apparent as this event unfolds they are a mumped ip group.  Several of its board members do not even live in Texas.  So this does not appear to be a Texas only mindset as has been implied heavily.  The chair and vice-chair live in Michigan and Germany so this is apparently not Texas only thinking.

For the record, going off of the little information that is available on their actions at this point, I hope that ERCOT is severely overhauled or even dismantled after the investigation into this event.


But to say you are comparing apples to apples in referring to the blackout in Kansas and Texas is just as disingenuous on your end.

All of your post is fair, the bold is really the crux of my issues of the "Texas being Texas." They decided to create their own grid, on their own, and play by their own rules. It is well and good, but, and as unfortunate as you all have to live with said consequences, you are seeing that. I get CEOs and others can live wherever to do whatever, but Texas still decided to go in it alone. And you are right, they should be investigated and dismantled for thinking they knew what they were doing. After all, it birthed the ability for companies like Enron to go around and selectively blackout people because of economics, instead of thinking of the welfare of their compatriots.

Where did Texas touch you?  Show it to us on a doll.  We won’t tell.
Uhhhh ast not sure about that post

Wow, we hating on South Park now too?  I am fine with the post.  It is probably pretty much inline with kicking people while they are down about a situation that they pretty much have no control over.

I really think you're confusing my disdain with Texas with anything having to do with you. I'm kicking the idea of Texas down, not you. We are literally having a meeting how Texas totally deemphasized the need to "be online" with making money in my company right now. Yes, you have nothing to do it, and you are learning about how behind the times your state is in the worst ways, lash out at me all you want. Nature just messed with Texas and won in 48 hours.

I guess I did forget my Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, for "How can you expect a man who's warm to understand one who's cold?"

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Ast getting all huffy about Texas having four million people without power overnight and comparing it to the great plains doing 20-60 minute pauses is very texasy

Not huffy at all.  I was told Texas was having blackouts because Texas.

Apparently Kansas is having blackouts because Kansas.

Apples and oranges in scale.

And in case anyone was wondering, KY and KS are connected, all of the Eastern US, and a ton of Canada connected together.

And all of Western US connected together.

Not connected: Eastern US, Western US, and Texas,

Hence why Texas has 4 mill out, KS after dealing with this for 2 weeks decides "well we'll occasionally have outages every so often and not for everyone and only for like 3 hours a day for some people" Texas after it's exhausted all it's resources after 2 days: welp that's it isn't it but the power for emergency sources". That's the difference. That and natural gas for everyone (lol) is just poof, CO2 right now. And here I was told fossil fuels were the reliable ones.

Resiliency and grid reliability comes in numbers (for the most part).

And I was not trying to pick on you obv, you can't do anything about it, it's just really funny (to me) to have "we can do this on our own we're our own goddamn country" Texas brought to it's knees over a little cold in 48 hours time.

And that's with all the oil a Texan can shake at. At least it took KS 2 weeks to succumb to (occasionally) having to have (some) people go out (for 30-60 minutes). And most of that succumbing is due to Texas falling down at it's fat face sucking all the natural gas for itself as it huddles for warmth around the burnt out embers of it's pride cause it can't handle it.

I am glad you talked about apples & oranges in scale.  It is a great point.

Roughly the same number as or more people were out of power in Texas than the entire population of Kansas.  Maybe that brings to light the scale difference in how many people the Texas grid is providing power too.  To go even further, it looks like ERCOT services most likely twice as many people as SPP.

The infrastructure and houses are not built with this cold of weather in consideration.  Why?  Because historically there is not a need for it.  So when this type of event happens, there becomes way more demand per person/household than our northern counterparts.

This is in no way a post white-knighting ERCOT and it is becoming pretty apparent as this event unfolds they are a mumped ip group.  Several of its board members do not even live in Texas.  So this does not appear to be a Texas only mindset as has been implied heavily.  The chair and vice-chair live in Michigan and Germany so this is apparently not Texas only thinking.

For the record, going off of the little information that is available on their actions at this point, I hope that ERCOT is severely overhauled or even dismantled after the investigation into this event.


But to say you are comparing apples to apples in referring to the blackout in Kansas and Texas is just as disingenuous on your end.

All of your post is fair, the bold is really the crux of my issues of the "Texas being Texas." They decided to create their own grid, on their own, and play by their own rules. It is well and good, but, and as unfortunate as you all have to live with said consequences, you are seeing that. I get CEOs and others can live wherever to do whatever, but Texas still decided to go in it alone. And you are right, they should be investigated and dismantled for thinking they knew what they were doing. After all, it birthed the ability for companies like Enron to go around and selectively blackout people because of economics, instead of thinking of the welfare of their compatriots.



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