Heatwave…we’re sizzling in the southwest.  Rolling blackouts are coming.  Sadly, I’ve already had to go through these during the winter.  I have lots of blankets to help with that, but summer?  Yikes!    California, Arizona, and Texas are all experiencing terrible heat right now.  Best to be prepared.

According to Reuters:

California will have its first test of plans to keep the lights on this summer…

With record-setting heat and air conditioning demand expected in Southern California, the state’s power grid operator issued a so-called “flex alert,” urging consumers to conserve energy to help prevent rotating power outages – which could occur regardless.

Electricity demand is expected to rise during the unseasonable heatwave on Monday and Tuesday, with forecast system-wide use expected to top 45,000 megawatts, said the California Independent System Operator (ISO), which manages electricity flow through the state. That compares with a peak demand of 47,358 MW last year and the all-time high of 50,270 MW set in July 2006.

That could put stress on the power grid, particularly with the shut-in of Aliso Canyon, following a massive leak at the underground storage facility in October [Editor’s Note: which was not stopped fully until mid-February 2016].

The large-scale natural gas disaster – which curiously escaped media frenzy and widespread environmental concern – has resulted in the shutdown of key storage facilities that supply most of the power for the southern portion of the state.

As summer demand for electricity to cool homes and businesses kicks into high gear, power plants are planning to shut down, with supply shortages triggering controlled blackouts and brownouts.

Reports say that “all customers” should expect to be without power a total 14 days – 2 weeks time – out of this summer. Some 21 million Californians stand to be directly affected:

All customers, including homes, hospitals, oil refineries and airports are at risk of losing power at some point this summer because a majority of electric generating stations in California use gas as their primary fuel. In April, millions of electric customers in Southern California were warned they could suffer power outages on up to 14 days this summer due to the closure.

Unlike some other gas transmission systems that can store large amounts of so-called linepack gas in pipelines, like PG&E Corp in northern California, SoCalGas cannot function with only pipeline or storage supplies.

Prepare for the Problem

  • To be proactive, begin using perishable foods in the freezer and refrigerator to minimize food spoilage. Also, to keep items as cool as possible during rolling black, limit the amount of times the refrigerator or freezer door is opened. If you are concerned that the meat may spoil, preserve it beforehand, by either the canning method or the dehydration method.
  • Freeze soda bottles filled with water and when the rolling blackouts occur, place the frozen soda bottles in the refrigerator to maintain the optimum temperature.
  • Stay indoors and try and keep your body temperature as cool as possible. See tips below.
  • Close window blinds and curtains to keep the heat out.
  • If the home is too hot to stay in, try and beat the heat and head to the local pool.

Stay Cool

After exposure to extreme heat for extended periods, the body loses its ability to cool down naturally through sweating and evaporative cooling. Because heat-related deaths are preventable, people need to be aware of who is at greatest risk and what actions can be taken to prevent a heat-related illness or death. The elderly, the very young, and people with mental illness and chronic diseases are at highest risk.  Remember to drink lots of water to stay hydrated. If you exhibit any of the symptoms listed below, be sure get to a cool location, and if symptoms persist, seek medical attention.

  • Dizziness
  • Severe headache
  • Nausea
  • Hot, dry skin without sweat
  • High pulse rate
  • High body temperature
  • Unconsciousness
  • Fatigue
  • Slurred speech or hallucinations

Typically, the duration of the black outs may only be for an hour or so. During that time, follow these tips to stay cool:

  • Wet your hair.

  • Take a cool bath.

  • Wear a bandana.

  • Keep a spritz bottle filled with water in the refrigerator.

  • Stay in the lowest part of your home.

    This certainly helps,

but, this scanner makes me uneasy…whatever happened to “due process?”

“If you can prove can prove that you have a legitimate reason to have that money it will be given back to you. And we’ve done that in the past,” Vincent said about any money seized.

Oklahoma has new readers that can scan cards and then take possession of what you have.

State Sen. Kyle Loveless, R-Oklahoma City, said that removes due process and the belief that a suspect is presumed innocent until proven guilty. He said we’ve already seen cases in Oklahoma where police are abusing the system.

“We’ve seen single mom’s stuff be taken, a cancer survivor his drugs taken, we saw a Christian band being taken. We’ve seen innocent people’s stuff being taken. We’ve seen where the money goes and how it’s been misspent,” Loveless said.

Loveless plans to introduce legislation next session that would require a conviction before any assets could be seized.

“If I had to err on the side of one side versus the other, I would err on the side of the Constitution,” Loveless said. “And I think that’s what we need to do.”

Follow the money.

It shows the state is paying ERAD Group Inc., $5,000 for the software and scanners, then 7.7 percent of all the cash the highway patrol seizes.


Apparently, these are not the only famous celebrity ducks.  There is a penthouse crew called The Peabody Ducks in Memphis.


This asshat has decided to ban the taking pictures with cats.  Really?

A senior Saudi cleric has banned taking photographs of cats in a bid to stop people trying ‘to be like Westerners’.

Sheikh Saleh Bin Fawzan Al-Fazwan issued the order after being told of a new trend of animal lovers posing for pictures with their pets.

After being informed of the craze, he said during a televised broadcast: ‘What?! What do you mean pictures with cats? Taking pictures is prohibited. The cats don’t matter here.’

He also has a problem with chess.  You know us westerners, we love to love to play chess and strategize.  As for the kitties?  They are sheer love.  Perhaps that smelly looking man should get a pet and learn about animal’s unconditional love.

What they tend to omit is the fact that most of the “newly insured”—about 60 percent—have merely been dumped into Medicaid. According to the Congressional Budget Office, Obamacare has added only 8 million people—just 2.5 percent of the U.S. population—to the private insurance rolls.

When it comes to ogarbagecare, the MSM carries that ocean of water for the administration.

And at what cost? Well, the CBO says that the Obamacare subsidies for private insurance will cost $43 billion this year alone. That’s an average of $5,375 per person for those who have been added to the private insurance rolls—or $21,500 per family of four. Meanwhile, the typical 36-year-old (or younger) who makes $36,000 a year (or more) gets $0 under Obamacare. Such everyday Americans instead get to help finance that $5,375-per-person cost for those who get private insurance under Obamacare, while facing far higher premiums and significantly narrower doctor networks themselves.

If this wrecking ball was such a great deal, why wasn’t POTUS, Congress and the rest of the federal government forced into this crap?  Personally, I don’t think that any of this can be “fixed.”

I hear that the premiums are going to rise another 30% for the upcoming year. I’m not surprised.

…if consumers like their third different plan in three years, many of them won’t be able to keep that one, either.

They laughed knowing full well that they were lying to the public.



Well, I wonder what will happen now that a federal judge has ruled that dear leader unlawfully decided to hand out subsidies to the insurers?


Feral dog gets rescued, feral dog rescues wee bit hummingbird, human helps out and a miracle happens.

WHITTIER (CBSLA.com) — A man in Whittier has gone the distance for a tiny hummingbird his once-feral dog helped rescue.

As Ed Gernon explains, last year he adopted a German shepherd mix named Rex, that at the time “fought other dogs and killed cats.”

“He was dangerous,” said Gernon of Rex. “He was an animal that had learned to live on the streets and to survive on his own hunting ability, I guess.”

So, one can imagine the shock Gernon experienced when one afternoon just a month after Rex’s adoption, the dog became the rescuer, saving a very tiny and sick hummingbird.

“And he suddenly stopped and he would not move,” he recalls. “I mean it’s tiny and it’s dead as far as I’m concerned. It’s covered in ants. It’s got no feathers.”

But that’s not where the story ends.

Hummer as she is called is now living in Gernon’s home a year later.

“It’s crazy. You live with Tinkerbell. It’s like that’s what this is like,” he said.

But it’s been a long road.

In fact, Gernon had to nurse Hummer back to health (quite literally).

(credit: CBS)

He feeds her a special formula every 15 minutes from sun up to sun down and even taught her how to fly using a hair dryer.

“You find yourself doing stuff you never thought in a million years you would do,” he said.

And even Rex is willing to share his water bowl with Hummer.

“It was this little creature. This fragile creature that the whole world wanted to kill and he was trying to protect her so I thought I’d go the distance,” said Gernon of Hummer, who has even let him steal a kiss.

It’s been more than a year since Hummer arrived and Gernon knows eventually she will spread her wings.

“It’s time for her to start mating and I keep leaving the doors and windows open thinking she’ll leave,” he said.

But while she’s here, he says her little wings have made a big impact.

“I rescue this dog. He rescues the bird. The bird rescues all of us in a weird sense and it’s just a miracle,” Gernon said.


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