It's been three days now with no power and my front porch looks like a Geek Squader's basement.
I put out a couple power strips on the porch so neighbors could plug in their cell phones to charge and so now there are cell phones all lined up getting charged. Down to just one now but it's been as many as six-eight out there. Also I've given out several butane cans to folk that have little camp stoves and on Coleman Propane bottle to a neighbor who had a camp stove but no propane.
For Christmas this year I gave my sister a big heavy weighted blanket and a butane one burner stove. Here apartment is all electric and in her area it's not just no power but they are also under a "Boil the Water" alert. That just ain't happening when there is no electricity.
No idea when power will return and the local Charter/Spectrum cable tv/internet/phone folk are down and will not even begin restoring service until the power is back. I'm using my cell phone as a hot spot to get internet service but boy is it slow and laggy.
To be more precise.. the various plants were not winterized. Things got deregulated, so they didn't keep up with maintenance and good design. Texas it their own power grid for 'independence, so their ability to import power from other states is curtailed. To a large degree, it's because of the libertarian polices of the last two governors in Texas.
I hear the Texas governor has already conceded that it wasn't green power that brought down the Texas grid. How did he imagine the northern parts of the country are able to get windmills and solar power to work? Did he ever really believe such an absurd charge was going to stick?
Fun fact about solar: solar cells are less efficient at higher temperatures. Though the north gets much less sun than the south, especially in winter, its solar cells run about 15% more efficiently on average because of lower operating temperatures.
Many of the news reports out of Texas mention very low inside temperatures (in the 30's) and burst pipes, so it sounds like Texas homes might tend to have little or no insulation, and that they might not avoid running water pipes in outside walls.
Re: When the going gets tough the liars get going!
IOW, Ted Cruz has gone from being a "Goon from Saskatoon" to being a "Goon in Cancún".
I learned the "goon from Saskatoon" phrase in my childhood from the zoot-suit Tom & Jerry cartoon (standard double features in pre-1970 theatres, especially matinées, included a cartoon between the two features. A lot of the cartoons were a couple decades old).
Cruz was born in Canada (in Calgary), so that's close enough to Saskatoon. And applying the "goon" part to him is so self-evident that it writes itself.
Where are the Jewish Space Lasers When Texas Really Needs Them?
Texas Republicans are just too cheap-ass to pay for that service. They'd rather have their own people die than to spend anything to help them.
And if the Texas "leaders" were to pay for that life-saving Jewish Space Laser service, what you wanna bet that they'd only thaw out the red districts and leave the blue districts to die. Because that's how Republicans roll.