Power and the Powerless

Last Week Tonight: John Oliver discusses the incredible amount of power we give electric utility companies, how weakly regulated they are, and why they get such bad Yelp reviews.


23 thoughts on “Power and the Powerless”

  1. depressing thought about the party currently in power politically:

    dems could be just a stroke away from losing it

  2. The mother of all depressing thoughts is the fact that there are so many stupid, ignorant, and hateful hate-filled people in America. 

  3. The great replacement.  Just what the hell is it they think is going to be taken from them?  
    Very dreary.  

  4. They want to belittle my being “woke” while telling me that they’ve been “born again”. So basically they have a problem with what things are called.

  5. https://www.texastribune.org/2022/05/16/texas-harvey-disaster-aid-land-office/

    “Of the more than 300,000 homes in Texas damaged by Hurricane Harvey in 2017, none were in Coryell County.”

    “Nevertheless, Coryell is slated to receive $3.4 million under the plan by the Texas General Land Office and its commissioner, George P. Bush.”

    “Residents in the counties that will benefit most are also significantly whiter and more conservative than those receiving the least aid, an outcome some Democrats view with suspicion as Bush competes for the Republican nomination for attorney general this month.”

    “Why does some community 200 miles from the coast get a new water system when you’ve got neighborhoods that have flooded four or five times in the last decade in a coastal community?” Henneberger said. “It’s a very cynical — and we think illegal — use of the funds.”

    “Harris County, home to more residents than the other eligible counties combined, received 9% of the funds. That’s despite its ranking as the fourth most disaster-prone county by the state’s own metric — the Composite Disaster Index, which ranks all 254 Texas counties based on their history of seven types of disasters over the past two decades.”

    “Whatever goodwill Bush may have built inland came at a cost. Republicans in Houston were irate at how little money Harris County received. Republican Harris County Commissioner Tom Ramsey, a retired civil engineer, said that before the land office announcement, he had “never seen a more dysfunctional attempt to evaluate projects than this.” He accused Bush’s team of inventing criteria to justify diverting aid from Houston.”

    “Bush sought safer political ground. After claiming, falsely, that the Biden administration was to blame for the outcome, he decided to give $750 million of the remaining funds directly to Harris County.”


  6. https://www.cnn.com/2022/05/16/europe/russia-ukraine-education-intl-cmd/index.html

    “Ukrainian officials say educators in newly Russian-occupied areas of the country have reported increasing cases of intimidation, threats and pressure to adapt school programs to align with pro-Russian rhetoric.”

    After searching her home, Nina said the soldiers — who forced her to speak Russian — “gave me a minute to dress and took me to the school.”

    “Reports of threats against educators in newly occupied regions have been steadily growing as the conflict has escalated.”


    “In several states, apps and the companies that run them have been targeted by conservative parents who have pushed schools and public libraries to shut down their digital programs, which let users download and read books on their smartphones, tablets and laptops.”

    “The terrifying thing is that they can be censored with the flip of a switch, without due process, without evaluating the substance of the claims,” said Deborah Caldwell-Stone, the director of the Office for Intellectual Freedom at the American Library Association.”

    Not all battles come with a body count.

  7. Yeah…  it was 90 degrees here in NH yesterday.  But when I saw what the temps were in most of the country, I have to admit I didn’t feel so bad.  Glad I’m not in Texas!

  8. Doesn’t sound good. Fetterman won’t be at his election night party Tuesday night since he will still be resting at the hospital, his campaign says. His wife, Gisele, and others will speak at the primary night party

  9. Liz Cheney just tweeted: “The House GOP leadership has enabled white nationalism, white supremacy, and anti-semitism. History has taught us that what begins with words ends in far worse. GOP leaders must renounce and reject these views and those who hold them.” 

  10. The REA –
    When FDR was elected there were 39 companies  making what was known back then as “Wind Chargers”.  All designed to bring power to farms and ranches.
    As part of the New Deal, the Rural Electrification Act was passed , enabling the  Co-Op system to come about, thus the wiring of places far from the existing grid.  What made these things go was the terms of their funding , super cheap money from the Feds .
    By 1940 the wind charging companies were all done.
    I bought one of these  in Denver at a thrift store once. The top 6 feet of the tower the generator , complete with a 2 bladed prop made from Sitka spruce. 

  11. The Co-OP system  worked pretty well until Dick Army and Tom  Delay came a long , and under the banner of “Deregulation”,  allowed them to be swallowed up , and looted by big fish , and get their hands on that cheap money they had access to. 

    Remember Eron ? All part of the same sewer.

  12. Listening to all the nonsense from the “replacement theory” proponents is immediate time travel ride.  They might as well be passing around copies of the Chronicles of the Elders of Zion.  It was all garbage then and it is all garbage now.  People got killed then.  People are dying now.


  13. white supremacists have it backwards in re “replacement theory” – in the scheme of things they’ve been the replace-ers, NOT the replace-ees   


    See the source image

    and as jamie just said: “People got killed then. People are dying now.”

  14. Trump is tossing Madison Cawthorn a bone ahead of his primary fight tomorrow, urging his supporters to give the congressman a “second chance” 

  15. God almighty, I hate the MAGA king and his butthole worshippers. 

    Biden is going to reopen Cuba and get rid of TFG’s “tough” (there’s a laugh) anti Cuban people policy.

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