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            Sunday, May 24, 2015



  


PREVIOUSLY
"... anyone know anything about VIVINT.SOLAR?"




: The deal with Vivant is, in our case, is they will sell us energy collected from "their panels" for 10.5 cents per kwh. Pur current cost is around 36 cents. If we use less than what is generated, the excess is sold back to BG&E and credited to us. There are ZERO costs involved for the installation; there are no battery devices involved. This all sounds pretty sweet. However, even while the sales guy was pitching us I Googled them. While there were just a few entries on the consumer page, all were negative. Yesterday the surveyor was here a 8AM and did a full roof sun collection survey on our roof and told us when he was finished that he's sure we will qualify and get panels. On the upside is the promise of reducing energy costs, and but also the positive effect it ought have when we sell. I sent the contract to our son who now living in Utah (Vivant's home). While going through the packet I noticed that the salesman did not leave his workup sheets. I feel uneasy which is why these queries.  - April 28th

Had many requests for updates on Vivint's offer of free solar panels .  Here's a brief summary of how this made sense for us after some due diligence.

The People's State of MD (some other states are also on board with this) are fining BGE about one million dollars a day until they show proper progress toward promoting renewable energy.  That right there is the incentive.  BGE not only pay agents like Solar City, Vivint, et. al., to find good candidates (lots of sun), they supply the panels.  They allow the agent (Vivint) to sell generated electricity to the homeowner at, in our case, 10.5¢ kWh (we currently pay about 35¢).  In effect then, Vivint is renting our roof for 20 years.  Vivint will also collect all federal and state rebates.  There are no batteries; nothing is saved locally. 

Our initial concerns were an abundance of bad Googled reviews from people who'd dealt with Vivint.  Most were about not getting response back about what was going on; probably people who failed the test (a guy comes out and surveys your sun footprint), and the sales person was not considerate enough to tell them.  One claimed that after a few months they were actually paying more for electricity than before.  That's only possible if the owner started using considerably more power, like buying room air conditioners for every room when they had none before.  Another claimed the installer damaged his roof.

Vivint is a Utah company with a good history, but  new to the solar game. Fortunately we have a son who's a big shot corporate lawyer, and who just bought a home in Utah.  Sent him the contract to check it out.  They passed muster. We said okay.

We were scheduled to have our install on June 30, but our salesman called Friday and said they had a crew available to install this Saturday.  Since you can opt out of the deal up to the point where they're climbing the ladder, I'm guessing someone did just that.  We said OK.  They showed up around noon, and less than three hours later had installed 34 panelsworth $44,000 according to the state permit and were gone.  Now we await BGE's installation of the collection meter. 

FWIW, the installer said his mom had the panels installed.  Her first month's bill was 6¢.  We'll see.  The pitch of our roof is such that we can't see the panels unless we go across the street, which is the view you see.


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            VIVINT SOLAR ENERGY Posted by Rodger the Real King of France | 5/24/2015 10:07:00 AM | PERMALINK Back Link (3) | Send This Post | HOME
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Separate from the White House, John Roberts now leads a Supreme Court that very clearly can be persuaded by PR campaigns and is now constantly targeted to do what is right in terms of public relations and not necessarily the law or constitution. Erick Erikson

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Anything to do with "renewable energy", i.e., wind and solar, is 90% horse doovers, 10% tomatos.

It ain't working now, and it won't, ever, until there is a better photovoltaic device.

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Took me a minute before I noticed the full moon.
 
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Yeah, that collection meter in the upper right window is sure a keeper!
 
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            Saturday, May 23, 2015





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            STONED Posted by Rodger the Real King of France | 5/23/2015 11:01:00 AM | PERMALINK Back Link (6) | Send This Post | HOME
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Separate from the White House, John Roberts now leads a Supreme Court that very clearly can be persuaded by PR campaigns and is now constantly targeted to do what is right in terms of public relations and not necessarily the law or constitution. Erick Erikson

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Of course not. It's printed.
Lt. Col. Gen. Tailgunner dick (who writes in cursive) (and sometimes curses when he writes)
 
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...carved.
 
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Missed you!
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Brilliant Return!
 
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I disagree. Many things are written in stone, but time, corrosive water, and a loss of the written word turn brilliant observations into insignificant scribbles as profound as hemorrhoid ointment advertisements in the local paper.
 
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            Wednesday, May 20, 2015


TIME TO REINVENT MYSELF

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            I'm in the workshop Posted by Rodger the Real King of France | 5/20/2015 12:45:00 PM | PERMALINK Back Link (9) | Send This Post | HOME
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Separate from the White House, John Roberts now leads a Supreme Court that very clearly can be persuaded by PR campaigns and is now constantly targeted to do what is right in terms of public relations and not necessarily the law or constitution. Erick Erikson

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Your Don Draper moment.

Casca
 
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Maybe this will help

"Nothing is yet in its true form" C.S. Lewis

or this

"I'm a multidimensional person and that's the freedom of fashion: that you're able to reinvent yourself through how you dress and how you cut your hair or whatever." Emma Watson

Luigi
 
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Again?
 
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Reinventing or restoring?
Think of yourself as a classic car.
After a certain age and mileage, you flaunt your dated design and aim for comfort and reliability.
Make the whippersnappers think "good old days."
 
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You just enJOY yourself. A regained sense o' humor is a precious thing!

We'll be here.

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Rodger, maybe a relocation to a nice southern state and blog about family and puppies. Since my beloved Florida has gone over the edge, I'm seriously considering a move to escape the craziness.
 
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My Dad used to call that 'goofing off'.
 
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As a teenager, I was freakin bee-yootifull. Flat belly, limber back, head of hair, great golf swing, 20-20 vision, able to leap small obstacles at a single bound.

In my mid-20s, I re-engineered myself; became a husband, father, heavy drinker, chain smoker, and serious threat to the nation's cholesterol supply.

As a 40-something, I began to notice stuff beginning to fall -- teeth, hair, pecs, butt -- so I gave up tobacco, cut way back on spirits, and told the Navy I'd had enuf.

Just before hitting 60, my main circ pump developed some sludged-up pipes, so I completely revamped my diet: no pork, no sausage, no eggs, no salt, nuthin fried, no fun.

At setenta y cinco, I finally admitted to myself that I'm not immortal and am headed into the final lap. To quote a well-known voice, "At this point, what DIFFerence does it make!"

So I continue to throw my daily sh-- against the wall, no longer caring if any of it sticks or not. If people don't like it, they know where the "delete" key is.

Long ago I wrote a poem which ended with this quatrain:

It's like my Granddad told me, "Son,
When you have seen your whole life's run
And never pissed off anyone,
You haven't got much said or done."


 
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Something like Dr Whoo?

--mech
 
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            Tuesday, May 19, 2015



 
Drinks on the house!




This blogging thing.  I'll guess that most everyone who participates in "social media" is prone to a conceit that what they say can actually matter.  Change things.  But, we've reached a point, IMO,  where truth is an ethereal concept open to individual interpretaion.  So we're fucked.  I forget that sometimes, and get terribly frustrated even though I know better.  My "About" page states, simply:

"This blog is really like a neighborhood bar.  That explains everything.  Sooner or later you'll be happy,  pissed off, laughing, and then disappointed. Drinks are not free. Neither is the Prozac. Also, all professional democrats are liars. "  

Okay then.

A young blonde woman is distraught because she fears her husband is having an affair, so she goes to a gun shop and buys a handgun. The next day she comes home to find her husband in bed with a beautiful redhead. She grabs the gun and holds it to her own head. The husband jumps out of bed, begging and pleading with her not to shoot herself. Hysterically the blonde responds to the husband, ''Shut up...you're next!''

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            HARK! Nihilism Posted by Rodger the Real King of France | 5/19/2015 10:36:00 AM | PERMALINK Back Link (2) | Send This Post | HOME
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Separate from the White House, John Roberts now leads a Supreme Court that very clearly can be persuaded by PR campaigns and is now constantly targeted to do what is right in terms of public relations and not necessarily the law or constitution. Erick Erikson

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The blonde joke is a classic.
Tim
 
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Just look how many lives were saved in that joke because of the three day waiting period for handguns.
 
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Provoking Racial Unrest
                                                               
 




ACORN’s successor group in Missouri has been paying protesters $5,000 a month to generate civil unrest in Ferguson ....



MORE is the rebranded Missouri branch of the former Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) which filed for bankruptcy in late 2010. That ACORN state chapter reconstituted itself in December 2009 as MORE under orders from ACORN’s national headquarters. President Obama used to work for ACORN and he represented it in court as a lawyer. (See my previous article on MORE.)

MORE has been active in the Ferguson protests and in efforts to free jailed demonstrators so they can continue vandalizing businesses, intimidating perceived adversaries, setting fires, throwing projectiles and human waste at cops, and engaging in the Left’s usual modes of so-called nonviolent protest. MORE believes that protesters should be given a blank check to inflict whatever harm they wish on the community in pursuit of social justice.

The unpaid rent-a-mob operatives complain that MORE stiffed them the same way ACORN did to hired protesters throughout its 40 years of radical left-wing rabble-rousing. The ACORN network’s leadership was always predominantly white while its foot soldiers were mostly non-white, a fact that caused tension within the criminal community organizing outfit. [More Front Page]

http://tinyurl.com/ACORN-SLIME

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            ACORN By Any Other Name is ...... Posted by Rodger the Real King of France | 5/19/2015 08:50:00 AM | PERMALINK Back Link (2) | Send This Post | HOME
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Separate from the White House, John Roberts now leads a Supreme Court that very clearly can be persuaded by PR campaigns and is now constantly targeted to do what is right in terms of public relations and not necessarily the law or constitution. Erick Erikson

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Why is it that I can so easily assume the photo of Obama in the "acorn beret" is NOT Photoshopped?


 
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Res Ipsa Loquitur       

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            DADS ARE COOL Posted by Rodger the Real King of France | 5/19/2015 07:21:00 AM | PERMALINK Back Link (1) | Send This Post | HOME
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These are truly amazing.
 
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            Monday, May 18, 2015










I'd say it's time we got on a war footing.  Whilst searching for an appropriate WWII poster to make my point,  I found the winner at America’s Disgusting & Idiotic Propaganda Posters of World War II! Was so annoyed I decided to comment, and there, right at the top, somebody had reached into the future and captured word for word what I was going to say.

You are incredibly ignorant. We were at war with these people. There was nothing disgusting or idiotic about these posters. You obviously have not studied any history. Heaven help you, if it wasn’t for the people who fought, you would be speaking Japanese or German. You are disgusting and idiotic, and brainwashed.

Reminding us that we face another problem in the likes of site owner Andrew Anglin who espouses seeking " revolution through the education of the masses. When the information is available to the people, systemic change will be inevitable and unavoidable."

A nice thought ... if you're teaching catechism to second graders.  Like POGO said ...

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            THEN AND NOW Posted by Rodger the Real King of France | 5/18/2015 09:07:00 AM | PERMALINK Back Link (6) | Send This Post | HOME
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They are so smart and so right and they care so much (not like you, ya caveman) that through the mere force of their will they can make society better. If us philistines would just do as we are told!
Tim
 
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I believe that people should be judged by their actions. Read the book The Rape on Nanking and you'll realize the posters are far too tame to describe the atrocities carried out by the Japanese.
 
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Iris Chang would agree with you.
 
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Yep, the Japanese Army made the Nazis look like pikers for sheer wanton disregard for human life.
 
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"Fly Boys" by James Bradley, author of "Flags of Our Fathers" is this generations version of "Rape of Nanking". If you are historically minded, you must suffer through it. The Japanese persona illustrated in these posters, were at least mildly accurate. So many of them were vastly more unhuman. -Anymouse
 
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Acvtually, the Nanking atrocity, committed by Hiro Hito's own brother,
were denounced and PROVED photographically by gherman nazis, disgusted by Japanese bestiality...for instance, German dog trainers had to watch their dogs made to eat alive people buried to their waist...Japs did the exact same thing or worse in Hong Kong but there, they killed everybody...Canadian troops on Kay Tak island across the harbor report listening to the whole city's cries of agony...Cannibalism was the rule with Japanese troops and it's no wonder whole Japanese population committed suicide after the war, expecting to be treated the same as their own soldiers were bragging of doing.
 
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