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88% fully vaxed and new cases still risi   The Serious You: How Current Events Affect You

Started 10/20/21 by WALTER784; 18851 views.

Well, they say,

When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves in the course of time a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.

That is why at work we are rigging up some new 400 amp 480 volt 3 phase distribution circuit bus bars in the shop, using some special cable tray circuit breakers that feed branch circuits which can be plugged and unplugged like gigantic electrical plugs.

any of the positions can handle the full current, but most actual pluggable breaker boxes are about 20 to 30 amps. This allows various CNC machines to be relocated without having to either re-wire part of the building, or more importantly, to shut down production of something just to move other equipment about.

Avgas (100LL or 80/87) was somewhere around 70 to 90 cents a gallon, at a time it was maybe 40 cents to fill up the car.

I remember in May 1978 in Lubbock, the last time we saw 50 cent a gallon gas at the pump, after which by 1980 it hit $1 in many places and just kept on going. It was the pain at the pump which was one of the big reasons that many of us college students voted for Reagan, and the Carter-Mondale team were almost as in shock as Hillary was 36 years later.

Although admittedly, Carter's crew and newscasters and the various celebrities of the day didn't melt down like 3 year olds who dropped their ice cream in the dirt like the generation of spoiled brats did in 2016.

.That was delicious to watch, a kind of schadenfreude because the temper tantrums of the radical left were so totally over the top. Hard to believe that was 5 years ago.

And back to gas prices, at the depths of the pandemic lockdowns, it never did quite dip to the $1.29 I saw after the price collapse of 2008, following the summer peak of right at $4 a gallon when the bubble burst. I think $1.54 was the lowest I saw it go, and it has doubled since then as of this past week.

Jeri (azpaints) said:

Ten years of overcharging came down to a $75 refund. And it was applied to my bill.

Should have been more like $7500. So they kept the other $7425.


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Ours got down to $.99 but not for long.now the question is, are these prices now going to be permanent.

Jeri (azpaints)

From: Jeri (azpaints)


Yes, 400 total.  Regular home installation is 200 amp; bigger homes have bigger amp requirements obviously.

DH is from Ky and has been following the news closely.  Damage not near his family (nor mine n Illinois), but appears to be catastrophic.

Jeri (azpaints) said:

I was told installation cost and repair cost. If the pipes broke there was a mess at the least, but also danger of boiling water hitting nearby people.

Depends on what the pipes were made of. Antifreeze raises the boiling point quite a bit. It can make the system safer as then there's no pressurized fluid.

I am thinking really hard about maybe getting a 500 foot roll of half inch irrigation poly pipe since I now have most of the awning done. That is a vast 24 x 30 foot surface that is bright reflective white, so a bunch of this stuff laid out on top will make one heck of a solar collector.

Since that roof is R-panel, I can use ordinary one hole rigid conduit clamps between some of the lap screws and their rubber gaskets to secure the runs of pipe.

I'd probably use 1 inch to 1.5 inch pipe along the east and west edges, and put T fittings every foot, to run 1/2 inch pipe between them. I could even find a good bulk lot of T fittings and put them every 6 inchees.

The other option is to order a precision carbide hole saw from China that is about 0.005" to as much as 0.010" interference fit (smaller than the OD of the half inch pipe) and practice my plastic welding skills, or even just press fit the pipes into position and let their own springiness form the seal.

Then they just go into the sides of the 1.5 inch pipe and run across the awning. 

If I had the budget of NASA I'd cover the entire array with sheet of acrylic or polycarbonate so the light gets in and heats the pipe but the air warmed up around it is trapped.

Showtalk said:

now the question is, are these prices now going to be permanent.

I'd budget transportation as if it is going to be permanent.

With all the green mandates, there will be a steady tightening of the noose when it comes to fossil fuels. And of course there's a finite amount of the stuff in the ground to begin with.

So the price may dip a few times but it will just keep ratcheting up until demand collapse happens. Then it might have yet another bubble burst. But there will be a permanent trend of higher highs and higher lows with a few deep short-lived dips.

And of course California - well, while it can't go all the way to infinity, it will just push the cost of getting from affordable housing to jobs that pay a living wage, beyond the reach of more and more people. So California prices will only go one way - up and up until things totally break down.


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Some suspect CA could go bankrupt and it would all reset. It nearly did but the Feds bailed them out during Covid.

Showtalk said:

Some suspect CA could go bankrupt and it would all reset. It nearly did but the Feds bailed them out during Covid.

The problem with socialism is sooner or later they run out of other people's money.

It just delays the inevitable and makes it implode more violently when it finally does.

I heard that gasoline has hit $7 or $8 a gallon in some of the more heavily gentrified places in the DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Kalifornia).