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Although the failure of wind turbines and solar panels has dominated much of the discussion around Texas’ current power crisis, the story is more involved than ideologically-positioned news show hosts can comprehend. All forms of electricity generation and distribution have been affected by the widespread severe cold, including gas and oil.

Electricity distribution in Texas is not regulated and operates entirely by private entities brokering the exchange of electricity. Additionally, Texas operates its grid as an island; it cannot ship excess production to other states nor – more importantly – import electricity from other states on demand.

Due to profit constraints, power generation and transmission facilities have not been hardened against extreme weather, nor is the reserve margin (capacity above peak load) adequate to mitigate such weather eventualities.

As a result of the widespread power generation and transmission failures, grid isolation, and free market forces, electricity prices have spiked from $40 per megawatt hour to $9,000/MWH – a spike that will be passed on to consumers in the de-regulated system.

Far from being an argument against alternative energy, the situation in Texas is a case study for the public regulation of vital services.

There is a pervasive belief among government skeptics that the United States has been formed into a corporation and is not subject to the will and laws of the people, but to external parties such as international banks and the Vatican. It is difficult to determine the origins of this belief, but I would place the genesis during the McCarthy Era when society bifurcated into the philosophically modern left and right factions that we know and hate today.

Who Could Blame Them?

As the federal government increased its powers over the states in the interest of national security during the burgeoning of the Cold War (sound familiar?), people began to be wary of the government’s intentions and actions – justifiably. The military was fighting pseudo-secret wars around the world, the CIA was performing unsanctioned drug trials on unsuspecting college students and trying – and failing – to subvert governments around the world they determined to be subversive (confused yet?). The CIA coined the term Conspiracy Theorist to discredit anyone who disagreed with the findings of the Warren Commission Report as a passive-aggressive way of establishing hegemony over information and public opinion (is a familiar theme emerging?)

Is it any wonder people started to question the legitimacy of the government as a whole? I first read about the United States is a Corporation allegation in a book as a child, the title of which I cannot remember, but it asserted that FDR had sold out the United States to foreign bankers and thus corporatized the nation (no proof was offered, nor necessary, apparently).

Some people have a hard time believing Joe Biden won 81,283,098 votes.

Joe did not win ~157,216,902 votes.

And ~78,866,604 people didn't vote for any of the clowns in the circus.

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the asserted mastermind behind 9/11, has been detained in Gitmo for eighteen years.

The administration's rationale for offering the COVID-19 vaccine to Gitmo PoW's (ahead of most Americans) is to "expedite the legal process".

I dream of someday having a government that – if not fair and just – is at least competent enough to foist cogent lies upon the people.

Bill Gates is in a five billion dollar bidding war for a private jet company that operates 1,600,000 flights per year.

Gates' book How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need will hit the shelves next month.

It's nice to know where the little people stand.

For days, news outlets have been reporting on the Coronavirus Relief bill, AKA Covid Stimulus, etc. Sometimes described as a 5,000 page or 6,000 page bill (it’s 5,593 pages), reports focus on $600 payments to individuals, but the bill also includes extended unemployment payments, another $284B of Paycheck Protection Payments, and $25B of rental assistance, among other things.

Except there is no such thing as a Coronavirus Relief bill. These payments are earmarks in the annual government funding bill called the Consolidated Appropriations Act (2021) which is why it’s 5,600 pages long.

And what happens when Congress decides it cannot agree on the Coronavirus stimulus? The government shuts down.

Stop voting. It doesn’t work.

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