Thursday, December 29, 2022

Flotsam and Jetsam - Are You Ready for Rolling Blackouts?

So what's washed up on the wrack line today? Real news seems to be slowing down as the nation slowly recovers from its Christmas excesses, and looks forward to its New Years excesses. Elon Musk and Twitter are still hanging in there as topics, though.  Via the Wombat's  In The Mailbox: 12.28.22  Am Power wants you to know How Twitter Rigged the Covid Debate. But then, so did Google, Facebook, Reddit, Instagram, YouTube etc, etc. We're nowhere near the bottom yet. Also  In Response to the Twitter Files, Establishment Media Rushes to Defend the FBI. Nick Givas at JTN has Ten major revelations exposing extent of government pressure on Big Tech to censor Americans, "From the FBI to the White House, federal intervention shaped social media narratives from Hunter Biden to pandemic policy," while Brad Palumbo at Based Politics narrows it down to The 3 most disturbing revelations in the latest Twitter Files #1 The Biden administration specifically lobbied to have individual accounts banned, #2 Twitter censored credentialed experts who dissented on COVID-19, #3 Even the Trump administration lobbied Twitter to censor.  At Da Wire, Elon Musk On Big Tech Censorship: ‘Google Frequently Makes Links Disappear’. Yeah, Google is getting less and less useful when a subject is controversial. “Most people don’t appreciate the significance of the point Matt was making: *Every* social media company is engaged in heavy censorship, with significant involvement of and, at times, explicit direction of the government.” From Da Caller, ‘Only Just Begun’: Elon Musk Threatens Reputation Of ‘Legacy Media’ In Cryptic Tweet  “The legacy media should worry about its reputation. We have only just begun,” At I&I, Twitter, America’s Founders And Free Expression. At Transterrestrial Musings, a classic video, Job Hunting For Ex-Twitter Employees. Nick Arama at Red State suggests Elon Shows Pendulum May Be Swinging Back to Reality With Hilarious Babylon Bee Video, What Is a Woman?

At Da Fed, Margot Cleveland points out that the FBI Office Investigating Hunter Biden Sent Twitter Numerous Censorship Requests Right Before 2020 Election. Investigating or covering up? At Breitbart, Fmr. DNI Ratcliffe: I Confirmed Hunter Laptop Was Legitimate in 2020, But There Was ‘a Disinformation Campaign on Behalf of Joe Biden.’

From Hollywood in Toto, ACLU Silent on McInnes’ Free Speech Lawsuit, Twitter Files "Once mighty organization abandons core mission, focuses on woke causes." David Strom at Haut Hair thinks Economists should have had more influence in COVID mitigations than doctors. Both have a role. People need to listen to both, and make their own decisions. 

At Da Caller, Judge Rejects Incoming Arizona Gov Katie Hobbs’ Request For Sanctions Against Kari Lake. ET, Kari Lake Appeals Judge’s Ruling on Arizona Election Lawsuit. "Lake filed a notice of appeal with the same Arizona Superior Court judge on Tuesday to challenge the dismissal of her case. Lake will also seek a direct review by the Arizona Supreme Court, according to a court filing."  Sundance at CTH sees Fishy Business – Arizona Mandatory Recounts Revealing Significant GOP Gains, Hobbs Sealed Results Until After Her Lawsuit Completed. Significant, but not decisive. Hundreds, not thousands. Constantin Querard@CQuerard, "From reliable source in rural county - sizable # of votes found during recount. Net benefit to GOP candidates in the 100s possibly? Yikes! Maybe why recount results are being slow-walked by Hobbs? I’m not one for conspiracy stuff, but no process is perfect, so keep an eye on it!" Jay Valentine at Am Think thinks it's The End of Free Elections? "This week, leftists and RINOs admitted, under oath, that they changed the print settings, on election morning, so Republican votes would not be tabulated, on the one day most Republicans vote -- and the Maricopa County judge said “…it wasn’t intentional.” Via the Wombat's  In The Mailbox: 12.28.22, Vicky Marshal at Da Fed notes Harvesting Low-Effort Votes Is Working Great For Democrats, So They’re Going For More. Republicans must respond in kind. 

Jeff Lord at Am Spec explains why The Jan. 6 ‘Criminal Referrals’ Against Trump Are Political Bunk, "The committee should be investigated in the new Congress." Althouse catches Wa Poo, "Criminal prosecution is the wrong idea. Use the 14th Amendment on Trump." "Write Bruce Ackerman and Gerard Magliocca (in The Washington Post). . . Yes, hurry up! Wouldn't want to leave it to the voters to decide. Democracy is at stake. Atop Da Hill, Jan. 6 transcript: Mnuchin briefly discussed 25th Amendment removal of Trump. Althouse notices "We both believed that the best outcome was a normal transition of power, which was working, and neither one of us contemplated in any serious format the 25th Amendment" ""The only research I did out of curiosity was I googled it. I remember my general counsel asking me if we wanted him to do extensive research on it. I said, no, not at this point."

"The government wanted him to get a life sentence." That's what you get for listening to the FBI. at the Via the Wombat's  In The Mailbox: 12.28.22, the Weasel Zippers note how a DOJ Official Admits Targeting Pro-Lifers Is Response to Overturn of Roe. Ed Brodow At Am Think sees Biden’s Unopposed Imposition of Stalinism “The FBI is now an organization solely focused on destroying the domestic enemies of the Democratic Party,” At Am Great, Paul Gottfried wonders How long can the alliance between the surveillance state and what looks like an increasingly lunatic ruling class last?

Dave Catron at Am Spec decries The GOP’s Moronic House Speakership Fight, "A rump caucus of Republican malcontents take their own party hostage." Dan Gelernter at Am Great  worries about The Coming Split "What should we do when a majority of Republicans want Trump, but the Republican Party says we can’t have him?" Linc Brown says Utah’s Most Famous RINO May Fall Off the Fence "It makes perfect sense that Romney leans to the left and votes with the donkeys. He is betting on Democrats retaining power for the foreseeable future. He is also betting that Utah continues to drift blue and that he may be able to ride the fence to victory. And he just might." At Town Hall, Kurt Schlichter examines The Republicans’ Mitch McConnell Problem. Is the Murder Turtle past his use-by date?

At Da Wire, Florida Investigates Alleged ‘Sexually Explicit Performance Marketed To Children’: ‘A Crime In Florida’. Ace, Ron DeSantis, Now Investigating Sexually-Explicit "All Ages" "Christmas Drag Show" Staged in Florida, "Shouldn't have come to Florida. Florida takes a dim view of groomers, Groomers." From Da Caller, Michigan Court’s Shielding Of Teachers From Public Record Requests Raises ‘Transparency’ Concerns, Experts Say. Ben Bartee at PJ Media astonished when LGBTQ+++™ Pinocchios Now Claim Male-to-Female Transgenders Can Get Periods: 'I'm a Real Girl!' 2+2=5 peasants! Breitbart, Libs of TikTok’s Raichik: LGBTQ Community Is a ‘Cult’ – ‘Evil People’ Who ‘Want To Groom Kids’ Via the Wombat's  In The Mailbox: 12.28.22, Twitchy, Taylor Lorenz Handling Shout-Out From @LibsofTikTok’s Chaya Raichik As Well As You’d Expect and Louder With Crowder, Kim Kardashian whines about being ‘canceled’ over Balenciaga sexually exploiting children, and Twitter loves the fact Chaya Raichik bears a striking resemblance to archnemesis Taylor Lorenz. At Spec World, cited at Haut Hair, Rachel Levine demands Rachel Levine must explain ‘misinformation’ over ‘gender-affirming care’ "Is the public being lied to about transgender treatments? If so, how?"

At NRO, How Russia-Backed Environmentalism Is Leading to Blackouts in New England. The powers-that-be expect you to get used to rolling blackouts. Insty, THEY WANT YOU TO FREEZE IN THE DARK, AND ACCEPT IT: The New-Normaling of Blackouts. 
It already seems as if people are being conditioned to expect talk of rolling blackouts whenever the weather outside seems frightful.

To be very clear: rolling blackouts are not now, nor have they been, normal in the US. Therefore, having to expect rolling blackouts going forward would be abnormal. Nevertheless, as utility providers and power grid monitors have recently warned, the more grids are saddled with intermittent, unreliable wind and solar facilities, the more unreliable they are becoming. They’re more prone to capacity shortfalls and blackouts.

Hey, remember the baby formula shortage that disappeared from the news? Beege Wellborn at Haut Hair didn't, Get ready for renewed import tariffs on baby formula families still can't find.

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