I keep imagining the White House with a big, really big neon sign TRUMP across the top of the roof.Count me as fully supporting the candidacy of Donald Big Mouth Trump. Why? Because for a long time we have had a delusional democracy, the product of a political system destroyed by both major political parties and the moneyed interests supporting both of them. Trump is the only possible president capable of productively disrupting this fake democracy, actually a plutocracy. It is more rational to fear whatever conventional Democrat or Republican won the presidency than to fear Trump. More of the same is far more frightening than nothing like this before. Moreover, there are sufficient constitutional checks from the other two branches of the federal government to curb fears of nutty actions by President Trump.
Net metering, or net energy metering, is an electricity policy which allows utility customers to offset some or all of their energy use with self produced renewable energy. Net metering works by utilizing a meter that is able to spin and record energy flow in both directions. The meter spins forward when a customer is drawing power from the utility grid (i.e., using more energy than they are producing) and spins backward when energy is being sent back to the grid. At the end of a given month, the customer is billed only for the net energy used.
Net metering works only for grid-tied systems and what makes it so beneficial, besides offsetting a home’s energy consumption with a renewable source, is that excess energy sent to the utility can be sold back at retail price. Usually any surplus energy is credited on the customer’s account toward the next billing cycle. If at the end of the year a surplus remains, then the customer is paid for the difference.
Net metering is gaining recognition as a simple and effective renewable energy incentive. Several states have net metering laws. Before net metering, two meters were used to measure grid and homeowner energy flow. The customers were then forced to sell their excess production at a rate much lower than retail. Because net metering allows one meter to flow forward and backward, the customer is getting retail prices and surplus energy to the provider is banked for later usage when necessary.
This simple system is low-cost and easily administered. It is a valuable program for prospective investors in solar power and other renewable sources by allowing customers to maximize the value of their electricity production. The vast majority of states have net metering laws in effect to varying degrees. States such as California, New Jersey, and Colorado are known for their progressive programs. The easiest way to find out about net metering laws in your area is to ask your local solar supplier or installer.
OR REFER TO THIS REFERENCE:
Net energy metering (NEM) or simply net metering is a service to an electric consumer under which electric energy generated by that electric consumer from an eligible on-site generating facility and delivered to the local distribution facilities may be used to offset electric energy provided by the electric utility to the electric consumer during the applicable billing period.
Net metering policies can vary significantly by country and by state or province: if net metering is available, if and how long you can keep your banked credits, and how much the credits are worth (retail/wholesale). Most net metering laws involve monthly roll over of kWh credits, a small monthly connection fee, require monthly payment of deficits (i.e. normal electric bill), and annual settlement of any residual credit. Unlike afeed-in tariff (FIT), which requires two meters, net metering uses a single, bi-directional meter and can measure current flowing in two directions. Net metering can be implemented solely as an accounting procedure, and requires no special metering, or even any prior arrangement or notification.
Net metering is a policy designed to foster private investment in renewable energy.
Read much more at this link, including the situation in different states and even internationally.
VIDEOS AND ARTICLES FROM FACEBOOK AND WEB POSTS REMEMBERING
KATRINA AFTER 10 YEARS
Compiled by Thomas Baldwin, Biloxi, MS , August 29, 2015.
Ten years after Hurricane Katrina, memories are made very vivid in observing all of the posts with pictures and videos Before, After, and Now. This blog gives much more information than corporate media on how Mississippians suffered too, as well as the tremendous damage caused to New Orleans from failed levees.
Katrina video from East Biloxi fire station
Images of Biloxi taken before and after Hurricane Katrina and ten years after the storm
Katrina aerials shot ten years ago showed massive destruction, photos of the same areas ten years later show a mixed bag of rebuilding
A look back at Hurricane Katrina on the 10th anniversary and where the Coast is heading.
How Hurricane Katrina changed peoples views of Mississippi.
Ten years after the storm, Sun Herald employees remember Katrina’s strength, destruction and impact on South Mississippi.
Pres. George W. Bush, Haley Barbour and others honor First Responders at Katrina observance.
Waveland assistant police chief Michael Prendergast and Chief David Allen explain a life-or-death decision made during Hurricane Katrina
Waveland assistant police chief Michael Prendergast Chief David Allen talk about their thoughts while clinging to a tree during Hurricane Katrina.
Waveland assistant police chief Michael Prendergast and Chief David Allen talk about surviving surreal sights after Hurricane Katrina
Waveland assistant police chief Michael Prendergast and Chief David Allen talk about surviving Hurricane Katrina by clinging to a tree in front of their station on U.S. 90.
Photos from Before/After Hurricane Katrina focusing on Biloxi and the MS Gulf Coast
“Ten years after Hurricane Katrina, a new documentary from The Laura Flanders Show and teleSUR English explores the race, class and gender outlines of the reconstruction of New Orleans.
At least seventy-one billion dollars in federal money has been spent. But has every opportunity been seized to bring back not just the place, but its people, so they’re stronger and healthier than before? From the grassroots, the 25-minute documentary explores systemic changes in housing, econ…
New Orleans: Recovery or Removal?
by Laura Flanders
Ten years after the historic landfall of Hurricane Katrina, how have federal, state and city policies affected the people of New Orleans?
“This week is the 10th anniversary of the destruction of the southeastern gulf coast by Hurricane Katrina.
More than 1,800 people died. There is no estimate for the number of pets and wildlife. Damage was estimated at more than $100 billion.
About 80 percent of New Orleans was flooded. In Mississippi, the water surge flooded as much as 10 miles from the beaches.
When Destin, Florida sculptor Marlin Miller volunteered to come to the Mississippi Gulf Coast to carve two trees destroyed by Hurricane Katrina; he had no idea what this gesture would eventually mushroom into. He is now three years and counting into this project that has turned mighty oak trees destroyed by a storm into stunning works of art that line the Mississippi Gulf Coast from Waveland to Pascagoula.
Western Democracy Is An Endangered Species On Its Way To Extinction
The British Labour Party no longer represents the working class. Under UK prime minister Tony Blair, the Labour Party became a vassal of the One Percent. The result has been a rebellion in the ranks and the rise of Jeremy Corbyn, a principled Labourite intent on representing the people, a no-no in Western “democracies.”
Corbyn is too real for the Labour Party Blairites, who hope to be rewarded with similar nest eggs as Blair for representing the capitalist One Percent. So what is the corrupted Labour Party doing to prevent Corbyn’s election?
The answer is that it is denying the vote to Corbyn supporters. You can read the story here:
The illegal Egyptian military dictatorship that overthrew on Washington’s orders the first democratically elected government in Egyptian history has issued an edict prohibiting journalists from contradicting the military dictatorship. In brief, the dictatorship installed by Washington has outlawed facts.
Washington rejected the government that the Egyptian people elected, because it appeared that the democratically elected government would have a foreign policy that was at least partially independent of Washington’s. Remember, according to the neocons who, together with Israel, control US foreign policy, countries with independent foreign policies, such as Iran, Russia, and China, are America’s “greatest threats.”
The Egyptian military thugs, following Washington’s orders, have more or less eliminated all of the leadership of the political party that was democratically elected. The party was called the Muslim Brotherhood. In the presstitute Western media, the political party was described more or less as al Qaeda, and how are the ignorant, brainwashed, and propagandized Americans to know any difference? Certainly neither “their” government nor the presstitute media will ever tell them.
With the military dictatorship’s edict, independent news reporting no longer exists in Egypt. Washington is pleased and rewards the dictatorship with bags full of money paid by the hapless and helpless American taxpayers.
Americans should keep in mind that most of the dollars that they pay in income tax are spent either spying upon themselves and the world or killing people in many countries. Without resources taken from American taxpayers millions of women, children, and village elders would still be alive in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Yemen, Pakistan, Ukraine, South Ossetia, and other countries. America is the greatest exporter of violence the world has ever known. So wear your patriotism on your sleeve and be proud. You are a depraved citizen of the world’s worst killer nation. Compared to the USA, Rome was a piker.
France herself seems to be collapsing as a democracy and no longer respects her own laws. According to this report from Kumaran Ira on World Socialist Websitehttps://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/08/19/fkil-a19.html ,
“In the name of the “war on terror,” the French state is dramatically accelerating its use of clandestine operations to extra-judicially murder targeted individuals. French President François Hollande reportedly possesses a “kill list” of potential targets and constantly reviews the assassination program with high-ranking military and intelligence officers.
“This program of state murder, violating basic constitutional rights in a country where the death penalty is illegal, underscores the profound decay of French bourgeois democracy. Amid escalating imperialist wars in France’s former colonial empire and deepening political crisis at home, the state is moving towards levels of criminality associated with the war against Algerian independence and the Vichy regime of Occupied France.”
Where do you suppose the socialist president of France got his idea of an illegal and unconstitutional “kill list”? If you answer from “America’s First Black President,” you are correct.
The French people should be outraged that “their” president is nothing more than a murderer and an agent of Washington. But they aren’t. False flag operations have made them fearful. The French like other Western peoples, have ceased to think.
Every western democracy is gone with the wind. Washed up, Finished. Every value that defined Western civilization and made it great has been flushed by power and greed and arrogance.
Proconsuls have replaced democracy.
I certainly do not believe that Western civilization was ever pure as snow and devoid of sins and crimes against humanity. But it is a fact that in Western civilization, despite the numerous injustices, reforms were possible that improved life for the lower classes. Reforms were possible that restricted the rapaciousness of the rich and powerful. In the US reforms made the impossible come true: ladders of upward mobility made it possible for members of the lowest economic class to become multimillionaires. And this actually happened.
The governments in Washington committed many crimes, but on occasion Washington prevented crimes. Remember President Eisenhower’s ultimatum to Washington’s British, French, and Israeli allies to remove themselves from the Suez Canal in Egypt or else.
Today Washington pushes its allies to commit crimes against humanity. That is what NATO and the National Endowment for Democracy are for.
In my lifetime Americans have always had a good opinion of themselves. But in the 21st century this good opinion has hyper-jumped into hubris and arrogance. If you haven’t been around very long in terms of a human life, you don’t see this. But older people do.
Just as the Roman Empire ended in the destruction of the Roman people, the American Empire will end in the destruction of the American people. Judging from histories, Roman citizens were superior to American citizens; yet, Rome failed.
Americans shouldn’t expect any other outcome. The price to be paid for insouciance, self-satisfaction, and complicity is high.
Originally posted on The Peace Resource:
Republicans work for the corporate elite and brag about it. Democrats work for the corporate elite and lie about it.
And the American people are too often led like sheep into the corporate fold… or respond like lemmings… dashing over the brink of lesser evilism into endless wars for the corporate bottom line. We can do better.
Here is a great piece on Hillary (Hawk)Clinton. Just like Obama was able to do more damage than George Bush, Hillary has the capacity to do more damage than Jeb Bush.
The piece varies, but this salient point is the rub:
“A vote for Clinton is a vote for austerity, for imperialism, and for the augmented perpetual war regime established under her tenure as Secretary of State.”
~And a vote for Bush or whatever Republican is the same thing. But we have a choice in…
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Originally posted on People's War:
Part 1 of this piece dealt with whether or not pro-Sanders and Sanders-skeptics could work towards common ends despite our differences.
What happens to the Sanders campaign after the nomination fight is over has yet to be determined; its future is to a large extent what campaigners make of it since the official campaign’s three offices (one in Burlington, Iowa, and New Hampshire) can hardly control 100,000 volunteers in 3,500 groups in all but 12 of the country’s 435 Congressional districts.
If Sanders loses to Clinton, his campaign faces three basic evolutionary possibilities:
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