Archive for June 20, 2012
This morning at 9:50 a.m. the power went out at my house. I called Xcel Energy and got a recording about how they were “aware” there was an “outage in my area.” There was no wind. No snow. No rain. The power came back on at 11:15 a.m.
On May 27 at 7:40 p.m. the power went out at my house. I called Xcel Energy and got a recording about how they were “aware” there was an “outage in my area.” There was no wind. No snow. No rain. The power came back on at 8:45 p.m.
On May 12 at 7:45 a.m. the power went out at my house. I called Xcel Energy and got a recording about how they were “aware” there was an “outage in my area.” There was no wind. No snow. No rain. The power came back on at 9:10 a.m.
Three power outages in six weeks?
Xcel’s CEO, Benjamin Fowke III got a $500,000 bonus last year (his total “compensation” (note how they don’t call it a salary anymore like they do for us Little People) was $5,974,445) because of his great work.
So, yo Mr. Fowke. Could you make it so my household doesn’t have to shut down for an hour or two every few weeks?
Thanks in advance.
The party-line vote by the Oversight Committee was 23 ayes (Republicans) to 17 nays (Democrats).
More than 200 people around the world entered TckTckTck‘s Date with History competition for a chance to speak truth to power and tell world leaders about the future they want at the Rio Earth Summit in June 2012. Out of all the entries, the public and our diverse jury of environmental leaders, activists and celebrities, 17-year-old Brittany Trilford of Wellington, New Zealand was selected as the winner.
And today, Brittany Trilford stood up and spoke to 130 heads of state in Rio. This is what she said:
On behalf of all the children I know, thank you Brittany. You nailed it.
OMG. The righties are going nuts over the faux controversy over Fast and Furious (a program begun during the Bush administration in 2006 and then called Operation Wide Receiver) because hello, don’t look now but it’s an election year. Woo hoo!
Anyway, they’re freaked that an uppity Obama invoked his executive privilege to stop an uppity Eric Holder from turning over documents, some of which are, by law, mandated to be kept secret (like grand jury testimony).
Meanwhile, this is at the top of the Drudge Report right now, a leader of the wingnut brigade:
Cute huh? Comparing Obama to Nixon for God’s sake as if executive privilege hasn’t been invoked since Watergate. Drudge knows his audience is stupid just like Fox does otherwise he wouldn’t try to pull this s–t. The fact is, Bill Clinton invoked executive privilege 14 times and George W. Bush invoked it six times.
This is the first time Obama has used it.
Crazy goes mainstream.
Here’s a story from my local newspaper:
Nederland police and Colorado Parks and Wildlife rangers tranquilized and relocated a young moose who wandered into the town’s skate park this morning.
Officials said the juvenile bull moose walked into the bowl of the skate park and couldn’t get out. He was trying to climb up the steep sides, and rangers were worried he might break a leg and have to be put down.
The moose was tranquilized and moved to a more appropriate area, officials said.
Poor thing. I hope he’s old enough to be separated from his mama.
Amazing factoid from Talking Points Memo:
Ever heard of hydraulic fracturing, a.k.a. fracking – the controversial practice of extracing natural gas and oil from rock by pumping highly pressured water and other liquids under the Earth? If not, you’re in good company. A whopping 35 percent of some 2,400 in a representative sample of the U.S. conducted by the University of Texas Austin had “never heard of” the process, while another 28 percent “were not familiar” with it, meaning that 63 percent of the nation doesn’t know what the process is.
Thanks American media!