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Saturday, March 06, 2021

The infrastructure was essential, ubiquitous and providing basic functionality for everything in daily life from water to heat and transportation. And in an instant it was gone, plunging tens of thousands of residents into a life-threatening crisis.

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...Both forms of infrastructure -- a state-run electrical grid and the 5G and "internet of things" future to which we are rapidly hurtling -- share three attributes.

First, their construction reflects a lack of imagination about the danger that can quickly coalesce when seemingly remote threat scenarios become real.

Second, compounding a lack of analytic imagination is an absence of preparedness.

Third, for both the Texas electrical grid and the emerging internet, public policy protections are either meager or completely absent....


#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-03-06 11:58 AM | Reply

Electricity is a communist plot to enslave Christians and corrupt their children.

The Bible doesn't mention electricity, so it is satanic.

The Amish had no problems.

#2 | Posted by bored at 2021-03-06 01:05 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

The real lesson is conservatism works great in theory and then immediately falls apart under real world conditions and leaves conservatives begging for help from liberals.

#3 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2021-03-06 05:39 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

The funny thing is that und Communism, this wouldn't have happened. They would have removed several superfluous oversight bodies making $800,000 for doing absolutely nothing but drawing a paycheck off the backs of the workers.

#4 | Posted by madscientist at 2021-03-06 05:48 PM | Reply

Seems pretty clear to me.

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Don't live in Texas.

#5 | Posted by donnerboy at 2021-03-06 09:52 PM | Reply

That's not the real lesson.

The real lesson is that we should NEVER let private business provide critical services. The entire grid should be nationalized, and Texass should be forcibly connected to either the east or west grid.

#6 | Posted by DarkVader at 2021-03-07 08:43 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

The Real Lesson of the Texas Power Debacle

don't own an Electric Car, won't be able to charge it

#7 | Posted by Maverick at 2021-03-07 09:35 AM | Reply | Funny: 2

don't own an Electric Car, won't be able to charge it

#7 | POSTED BY MAVERICK

Nifty little windmills, owned at home or even carried by the vehicle itself, master such problems.

It's not hard. Republicans just make it hard.

#8 | Posted by Zed at 2021-03-07 09:40 AM | Reply

Funny thing is that this is really very old technology. Republicans want big cars that go vroom, vroom. Like they want big guns that go bang, bang. They're children, really.

In fifteen years, most people will own electric cars and love them.

#9 | Posted by Zed at 2021-03-07 09:47 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

RE windmills on cars:
Perpetual motion is motion of bodies that continues indefinitely. A perpetual motion machine is a hypothetical machine that can do work indefinitely without an energy source. This kind of machine is impossible, as it would violate the first or second law of thermodynamics.

Seems hard LOL

#10 | Posted by phesterOBoyle at 2021-03-07 09:48 AM | Reply

#10 | POSTED BY PHESTEROBOYLE AT

Anything that can turn a magnet creates electricity.

Read it and weep. Gasoline engines will continue to be with us still, but progressively less important. The world isn't merely changing, it has changed.

#11 | Posted by Zed at 2021-03-07 09:51 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I can still hear (in my mind) the sounds from the wind blowing in North Texas. The sounds the wind made interacting with the house.
A melancholy sound.
An emptiness.
A reminder.
Strangely comforting
with the blanket pulled up
drifting off to sleep.

#12 | Posted by YAV at 2021-03-07 09:56 AM | Reply

"Whoever controls magnetism will rule the world"

You might not remember who said that but it was Dick Tracy's buddy that had a spaceship that was powered by magnetism.
His name was Diet Smith. He also invented the 2 way wrist radio.
This was in the 50's. :o)

#13 | Posted by phesterOBoyle at 2021-03-07 09:59 AM | Reply

The funny thing is that und Communism, this wouldn't have happened.

#4 | POSTED BY MADSCIENTIST AT 2021-03-06 05:48 PM | FLAG:

Communism is known for being efficiency in action.

#14 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2021-03-07 12:02 PM | Reply

The real lesson is conservatism works great in theory and then immediately falls apart under real world conditions and leaves conservatives begging for help from liberals.

#3 | POSTED BY SPEAKSOFTLY

Just because it needs to be stated again.

#15 | Posted by jpw at 2021-03-07 12:58 PM | Reply

Don't trust people looking to make Bank,to provide critical services duh. Seems pretty clear. Profiteers should be in other industries. Not medicine,power generation, education.

Investment banking is not everything. Some things are more important than "shareholder value".

#16 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2021-03-07 03:44 PM | Reply

In fifteen years, most people will own electric cars and love them.

#9 | POSTED BY ZED

I've had this argument on here before and I hope you are right I would love to be able to own an electric vehicle.

Just get one that will go 400 combined city/highway miles on a charge, while fully loaded, with the heat cranked to max . It needs a minimum 50 cu ft storage and that needs to be easily accessible to load and unload it 10 times a day. Oh and get it done for around 35k. Maybe in 15 years that will be possible I hope so, I would prefer it in 5-10 when I'll need to replace my current vehicle.

Until then all the wailing about "big gas guzzling cars" won't make me switch because it won't do what I need a car to do.

#17 | Posted by TaoWarrior at 2021-03-07 04:59 PM | Reply

Nifty little windmills, owned at home or even carried by the vehicle itself, master such problems.
It's not hard. Republicans just make it hard.
#8 | POSTED BY ZED AT 2021-03-07 09:40 AM | REPLY

You're on a thread talking about a power problem... in a place that's a world leader in wind generation.

The vehicle that reigned supreme: The Ford F-150 Hybrid, especially with the big generator upgrade and 220 out. It turns out that simply having a liquid fuel generator with your electric platform works out well. Who would have thought?

#18 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2021-03-07 05:43 PM | Reply

"Conservatives say government doesn't work, and then they get elected to prove it."
P.J. O'Rourke

#19 | Posted by SomebodyElse at 2021-03-07 09:48 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

14 Stizkrieg, I'm not describing North Korean-style autocratic/dictatorial communism. It's an authoritarian state.

What I'm describing is the Russian ability to get things done without having to bribe power generation systems to operate successfully by bribing Capitalist middlemen to do nothing jobs while drawing massive paychecks derived from its customers.

You remind me of Socrates arguing with Glaucon...Socrates: Glaucon, when you argue, you always take the stance of the worst possible outcome and attempt to make it the norm. There is no Justice in your argument.

--Plato's Republic.

#20 | Posted by madscientist at 2021-03-08 05:13 AM | Reply

What I'm describing is the Russian ability to get things done without having to bribe power generation systems to operate successfully by bribing Capitalist middlemen to do nothing jobs while drawing massive paychecks derived from its customers.

#20 | POSTED BY MADSCIENTIST AT 2021-03-08 05:13 AM | FLAG:

All Communist states are one-party authoritarian systems. Soviet Communism is famous for its bribery to get anything done, which should be a "bug" in communist designs but it's turned out to be a standard feature.

Russians have a cultural joke about their electricity situation under communism:

"Lenin coined a slogan about how communism would be achieved thanks to the political power of the soviets and the modernization of the Russian industry and agriculture: "Communism is Soviet power plus electrification of the whole country!" The slogan was subjected to mathematical scrutiny by the people: "Consequently, Soviet power is communism minus electrification, and electrification is communism minus Soviet power."

Also, good thing they have suicidal bravery to make up for when the system tries to kill them all.

#21 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2021-03-08 08:17 AM | Reply

Good article.

Some sobering realities in there.

#22 | Posted by eberly at 2021-03-08 09:14 AM | Reply

Quite right, however; Three mile island is calling on line 2.

I suppose, from what I've learned from working with a lady from Russia who has a Ph.D. in Chemistry, is that in America, there is an unneeded strata of corporate officers who do nothing but play games with employees and any fallout from their schemes is absorbed by the employees, costing more money for overtime as a result. She calls American Corporations worse than the Russian Mob. The wholesale economic repression of the masses institutionalized. Even Lenin couldn't forsee that. In other words, were all slaves indentured to monetary gain. The poor are worse than the criminals.

To be clear: I'm not Communist, but for a mixed controlled capitalist economic system with sturdy social safty nets available to all. At any time they're out of work so they and their families don't starve to death. The system, as it's set up, in Texas at least, ignores men between the ages of 18 and 50. Unless you have children. An enormous about of personal documentation is required to apply for assistance.

#23 | Posted by madscientist at 2021-03-08 09:21 AM | Reply

What's killing Western Democracy is greed and constipation:
Political, Moral, Aesthetic.

--John Le Carre, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

#24 | Posted by madscientist at 2021-03-08 09:28 AM | Reply

don't own an Electric Car, won't be able to charge it

#7 | POSTED BY MAVERICK

Solar panels and a power wall.

You are right. For you. Don't own an electric car. You won't be able to figure out how to even start it.

#25 | Posted by donnerboy at 2021-03-08 10:16 AM | Reply

She calls American Corporations worse than the Russian Mob.

#23 | POSTED BY MADSCIENTIST AT 2021-03-08 09:21 AM | FLAG:

Are they? Most American corporations, the vast majority, or just mom & pop LLCs, etc.

Russian oligarchs have bigger yachts extorting a much smaller GDP, and they'll just kill you if you don't like it.

#26 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2021-03-08 11:32 AM | Reply

" Most American corporations, the vast majority, or just mom & pop LLCs, etc."

People with Ph.D's in Chemistry don't usually go to work for small mom and pop companies.
If they do work for small companies, they're startups, which don't have the middle management layers.

#27 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-03-08 11:34 AM | Reply

"The Real Lesson of the Texas Power Debacle"

According to Conservatives, the lesson is that Communism is Bad.
There is no lesson that actually applies to Texas, or Capitalism.

#28 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-03-08 11:41 AM | Reply

The Real Lesson of the Texas Power Debacle

don't own an Electric Car, won't be able to charge it

#7 | Posted by Maverick

Ever tried to work a gas pump without electricity moron?

#29 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2021-03-08 11:57 AM | Reply

Your electric car could actually power your house when your republican leadership leads to massive power outages. Can your gas car do that?

#30 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2021-03-08 11:58 AM | Reply

#30 no, but your gas car can solve any carbon monoxide shortage you may be having!
Advantage: Gas.

#31 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-03-08 12:00 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Your electric car could actually power your house when your republican leadership leads to massive power outages. Can your gas car do that?

#30 | POSTED BY SPEAKSOFTLY AT 2021-03-08 11:58 AM | FLAG:

A gas powered Hybrid Ford F-150 does exactly that.

Plugging your Tesla into a house to power it voids the warranty.

#32 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2021-03-08 03:09 PM | Reply

gas powered Hybrid Ford F-150 does exactly that.

#32 | Posted by sitzkrieg

So does a hyundai EV. And good luck pumping gas when the power is out.

#33 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2021-03-08 04:21 PM | Reply

So does a hyundai EV. And good luck pumping gas when the power is out.
#33 | POSTED BY SPEAKSOFTLY AT 2021-03-08 04:21 PM | FLAG:

How sheltered are you? It's called a manual fuel pump. It's human powered you twit.

#34 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2021-03-08 06:06 PM | Reply

and no, EVs do not generate their own power, only Hybrids do. Fossil fuel cars with all of the advantages of battery cars and none of the drawbacks. The fastest race cars in the world are all hybrids at this point.

#35 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2021-03-08 06:07 PM | Reply

#34 I did not know Texas gas stations have manual fuel pumps.

I bet a lot of people choose Full Service in Texas!

#36 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-03-08 06:09 PM | Reply

#36 | POSTED BY SNOOFY AT 2021-03-08 06:09 PM | FLAG:

It seems there's a lot about living without electricity that most of you don't know lol.

#37 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2021-03-08 06:25 PM | Reply

Probably a good thing, except in an emergency.

#38 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2021-03-08 06:25 PM | Reply

How sheltered are you? It's called a manual fuel pump. It's human powered you twit.

#34 | Posted by sitzkrieg

I've seen a lot more solar panels than I have manual fuel pumps. I'm sure the line for one of those would only be a few miles/days long.

#39 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2021-03-08 06:29 PM | Reply

You don't store a couple jerrycans of gas for an emergency?

I keep 1 in each car and 2 in the garage, that gives me 80L of emergency fuel not apocalypse levels but plenty to get me through a few days of using the 115v plug in my car.

I harp on it with my wife and son to keep an eye on it and rotate it out monthly so the gas is never old.

#40 | Posted by TaoWarrior at 2021-03-08 06:43 PM | Reply

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