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  • “The major problem—one of the major problems, for there are several—one of the many major problems with governing people is that of whom you get to do it; or rather of who manages to get people to let them do it to them.

    To summarize: it is a well-known fact that those people who must want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it.

    To summarize the summary: anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.”

    Same sentiment, funny presentation. What is it with British authors and this line of thinking?

    I’ve been thinking that the way around this problem would be to abolish elections and decide all offices by random lottery. Single terms, and can’t be refused or avoided.

  • Joe Biden ends re-election campaign
  • Other countries have whole campaign seasons that are shorter. We’ve just gotten used to multi-year campaigns and never-ending reelection efforts. It wasn’t always like this, and I don’t think it’s good for us long-term.

  • Kamala Harris Holds Emergency Call With Dem Donors
  • Why is everyone acting as if she’s an heir or something? All delegates to the convention have already been elected. If Biden steps down, they can vote for whoever, and Dem party rules state that the superdelegates can’t jump in until the 2nd vote if no one wins the first.

  • That sickening feeling of sunk cost fallacy
  • I hope not, someone in a different thread made the point that it would shake people’s confidence in the Dem party even more, and it would be better if he just owned up and said he was stepping aside for the good of the nation.

  • Behind the Curtain: Top Dems now believe Biden will exit
  • Could they even get another primary going before the convention?

    It’s not for another month, but…no. I don’t think so. I really hope there’s at least some semblance of voting before all the superdelegates start mouthing off in the press about their preordained candidate.

  • I joined a community choice power provider with 100% renewable power, and my bill went down

    I just got my first bill since going to a community choice power provider. Here in California, the investor owned utilities (commercial companies, not the publicly-owned utilities) act as retailers of energy. They buy power on the open market from generators, then sell it to their customers. They bill both for the cost to generate the power, and also for power delivery (which includes maintaining the grid). An option that recently became available is for a city government to join a community choice power provider, which then buys power from generators on our behalf. The utility still delivers it, so it’s not real competition, but partway there. The community choice provider then bills the utility, who passes that bill along to individual customers.

    So, the generation cost went down by about 30% for power used during the day, and a few percent for power delivered at night (three different time-of-use categories). Our community choice provider has an option for 100% renewable power, which I chose, so this is a pretty tangible demonstration that renewable power really is cheaper than fossil fuels.

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    Seems suspicious at SDG&E…

    I noticed that my projected bill will be much cheaper than my last, even though I haven’t changed my habits, so I did some math. At this same point in last month’s billing cycle (71.4% through the cycle), I used a net of 550kWh. As of the end of the day yesterday, I have used 122.5kWh. As I said, I haven’t changed my habits and have even used my electric oven more since I have family visiting that likes to bake. SDG&E has long said that they don’t make money on the generation charge, just the delivery charge, but none of that would change how much power they say I am using. Even though they have a natural monopoly on power delivery with regulatory capture of CPUC guaranteeing them whatever increases they ask for, I wouldn’t put it past them and Sempra to fuck around with how much power they say we are using. I don’t think any of us would be surprised to wake up some day to headlines about SDG&E and Sempra under investigation for fraud.

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