Sunday Train: Portfolio Theory vs the Myth of Intermittent Wind Power

This last week, in the comment section of the EnergyCollective, I saw the same myth that I have seen time and time again regarding wind power:

Fact 1: renewables are aleatorically intermittent, and so unreliable.

Fact 2: due to Fact 1, they cannot provide energy when it is needed, but only when and in the quantity they can

Fact 3: users have to get energy when they need it, not when it is aleatorically provided

Fact 4: to date, there is no storage system that can be useful for a complex industrial society

Fact 5: due to facts 1 to 4, renewables need to have a back up system that can cope with the needs of the users.

Fact 6: that back up system cannot be just stopped and then put to generation in a few seconds or minutes, and usually have to generate at low efficiency to maintain the back up at call point, generating added costs, besides the usuals as maintainance, lost profits, complex distribution grid, etc.

... not surprisingly ending with climate crisis denialism in "Fact" 8, since the name of the game here is clearly not arguing by starting with facts and seeing what conclusion you arrive it, but rather is myth creation and propagation in support of an already selected conclusion.

While many people don't know what "aleatorically" means, many would actually share the misconception that windpower is an intrinsically intermittent resource. However, for wind power, the "Fact 1" is in many cases "Falsehood 1". Even though individual wind turbines are intermittent, for many wind resource regions, it turns out that a substantial share of wind power is not intermittent at all, in either their "by chance (aleatorically) and unpredictable" component or their "by chance (aleatorically), though predictable" component.

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Talking to us and about us

The Philadelphia police have a new policy intended to eliminate the divide between the the city's transgender citizens and the people sworn to protect them.

Historically police the world over have tended to use the wrong honorific (sir instead of ma'am or vice versa) and/or have declined to use our adopted names.

It's enough to put fear into you or make you feel uncomfortable or uninvited.

--Samantha Dato, director of Philadelphia's Trans Health Conference

The new policy, formally called Directive 152, was originally announced in December and addresses how officers will interact with transpeople and the housing, transportation, and processing of transgender inmates. It also addresses how to speak with reporters about transgender offenders or victims of crime.

In cases where a transgender victim has died, the policy states officers should "use pronouns and titles of respect appropriate to the individual's gender identity as expressed by the individual."

We were vulnerable because we had no real policy in place.

--Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey

For officers to start addressing people with their proper pronoun, that to me is totally amazing. I do want to see them come through with this.

--Dato

It is amazing to me that we would be amazed at being treated respectfully. People should not get Brownie Points for not being rude.

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To the Sycophantic Morons Barking About the Courts to Get You to Vote

Guess what? So far, just 10 of Obama's judicial nominations, and less than 4%, have worked as lawyers at public interest organizations, according to this report from Alliance for Justice (pdf). It also shows that only 10 nominees have had experience representing workers in labor disputes. 85% have been either corporate attorneys or prosecutors. Yeah....your pseudo knowledge of civics sure showed us the importance of this issue:

"OMGZ vote! The SCOTUS and the courts, stupid!"

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Partisans and Their "Most Important Election of Our Lifetime" Crap

When partisans start in with the "most important election of our lifetime" nonsense, it shows how little they really care about your lifeline. The 2000 election qualifies, but it was stolen, and not by Ralph Nader. It was stolen by the Kangaroo SCOTUS, Katherine Harris, and the entire Bush family. What does that tell you? 

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Introducing priceman's Rants: No Real Choices for the People

Democrats disgust me now more than Republicans or the tea party with very few exceptions. Republicans and the tea party (barring some agreements on civil liberties and ending the wars) stand for something truly awful, but it is something. You have to respect that.

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Gender Prison: On Spreading Love...for Valentine's Week

I'd like people to read an Op-ed by Lucian Clark that was published in the Advocate this morning: Why Are Narratives Around Transgender People Always So Negative?

Clark has his own website, called Gender Terror.

People like me are terrors to people who hate trans* people. My very existence shatters many of their beliefs. I literally terrorize their definitions.

Similarly, my own Tuesday column, which I label Gender Prison is not about any prison I am locked in. It is about the prison you allow yourself to be incarcerated in...which I attempt to point out...because your imprisonment always works to our detriment.

I hope people have noticed that I search for positive news stories about us to mix in with the usual stories of us being assaulted and/or murdered. I mean, we can't ignore what happens to people like Islan Nettles and Cece McDonald and the others who have gotten less coverage…but whose lives are nonetheless deserving of having their existence acknowledged. But it is necessary to also share the lives of those who are…or could be…role models for the transpeople who are struggling to build meaningful lives.

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#StopTheNSA

The Day We Fight Back

Today is the day we fight back. It's only the beginning, but at least it's a start. We need to form broad coalitions to push back against the increasingly technologically advanced surveillance state we've let this nation become. Let's discuss some actionable goals each of us could take in order to initiate this push, either individually or together. We must prove that we are more than simply the aggregate of our data. We are also the small initiators of great change, if only we put our minds, bodies, and souls up to it.

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Sunday Train: Taking That High Speed Train in Georgia

I saw this news back in early January (Columbus Ledger-Enquirer 8 Jan 2014):

A high speed rail line between Columbus and Atlanta would cost between $1.3-$3.9 billion over the next 20 years to build, but once up and running would more than pay for its operations and maintenance, a consultant said today.

It could also have a huge economic impact, according to Kirsten Berry, project manager consulting firm HNTB Corp., which performed the $350,000 study of the economic feasibility study of high speed rail between Columbus and Atlanta. The study was funded with a $300,000 Georgia Department of Transportation grant and the rest in private donations, according to city Director of Planning Rick Jones.

Now, the actual feasibility study itself has not been released, although the overview presentation to the Columbus GA stakeholders has been released, and I was going to wait until that feasibility study was available to talk about this on the Sunday Train. But then this happened:

Atlanta (CNN) -- Empty streets, shuttered storefronts and abandoned vehicles littering the side of the road. That was the scene across much of metropolitan Atlanta on Wednesday as people hunkered down to wait out the aftermath of a snow and ice storm that brought the nation's ninth-largest metropolitan area to a screeching halt.

... and given the severe state of auto-dependency in the greater Atlanta area, I concluded that the state of plans for HSR in Georgia merits a closer look.

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Utah Republicans caught with their tweets down

Republican Utah lawmakers Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, R-Sandy, and Rep. Jacob Anderegg, R-Lehi, decided to act like twelve-year-old boys on twitter last Monday. And I mean no offense to 12-year-old boys.

At least one intern was blamed for the "embarrassing situation."

Anderegg posted that a private men's room near his office was occupied and went on to add that he was "strongly considering a gender identifying change to use the open women's."

Niederhauser's account was quick to respond, chiding Anderegg for a computer glitch that last week mistakenly listed him as a co-sponsor of a bill that would ban discrimination against GLBT Uthans:

Switching your gender identity? Just can’t keep up with you! You’re a new man. Er … woman.

Within an hour of the exchange, Brandie Balken's telephone began to ring. Balken is the executive director of Equality Utah, which advocates on behalf of the GLBT community in Utah. Many of the phone calls were from staff members of lawmakers.

They said, ‘We’ve got a problem here."

--Balken

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