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Ginormous Navajo Generating Station coal plant to shut down soon

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The Navajo Generating Station in Paige AZ on Navajo land generates 2,250 MW of coal power, equal to the output of some nuclear plants. Coal of course is incredibly dirty and is now more expensive than less dirty natural gas plants. So, the utilities that own the NGS have decided to shut it down.

Let’s be clear, the closure is primarily due to coal no longer being cost-efficient and not over environmental concerns. About 750 employees, mostly Navajo, who work at the coal plant and coal mind will lose their jobs. This is a huge hit for them. I hope somehow, someway, new jobs can be found for them.

Salt River Project bought 21.2% of NGS from LA DWP is 2015, raising its share to 42.9% It thought the plant could run until 2044. But the low price of natural gas cratered those plans.

When SRP made that deal in 2015, officials said it would help keep the plant running through 2044 because they could “retire” the Los Angeles and Nevada portions of the plant, or one generator, in 2019 to comply with environmental regulations. That would allow another 24 years of operations at the two remaining generators.

But cheap natural gas has thrown a wrench into those plans. Over the course of the past year, SRP has gone from fighting to keep the plant open to arguing for its closure.

Also holding a stake in the outcome is the Central Arizona Project, which uses some of the Bureau of Reclamation’s share of the power to run pumps on the canal to bring Colorado River water to Phoenix, Tucson and tribes in central Arizona.

CAP released a presentation Monday that concludes it would have saved $38.5 million in 2016 if it had bought power on the open market rather than from the Navajo Generating Station.”

Intelligence community takes down Flynn. Alinksy on means vs ends

Flynn broke the law. So did the leakers. How you view what happened probably depends on your political viewpoint. Glenn Greenwald thinks IC destroying Flynn was mostly vindictive. I think it was they saw him as a serious threat, didn’t have many options, so they used the weapons they had. They also sent a clear message that attacking them will have consequences. Flynn is now smoking rubble.

Saul Alinsky on means vs ends. 1), 2), 5), 6), and 9) are especially relevant to the leakers and Flynn.

1) One’s concern with the ethics of means and ends varies inversely with one’s personal interest in the issue, and one’s distance from the scene of conflict
2) The judgement of the ethics of means is dependent upon the political position of those sitting in judgment
3) In war, the end justifies almost any means
4) The judgement of the ethics of means must be made in the context of the times in which the action occurred and not from any other chronological vantage point
5) Concern with ethics increases with the number of means available
6) The less important the end, the more one engage in ethical evaluations about means
7) Success or failure is a mighty determinant of ethics
8) The morality of a means depends upon whether the means is being employed at a time of imminent defeat or imminent victory
9) Any effective means is automatically judged by the opposition as being unethical
10) You do what you can with what you have and clothe it with moral garments


Gen. Flynn has many enemies throughout the intelligence and defense community. The same is true, of course, of Donald Trump; recall that just a few weeks ago, Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer warned Trump that he was being “really dumb” to criticize the intelligence community because “they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you.”

It’s very possible — I’d say likely — that the motive here was vindictive rather than noble. Whatever else is true, this is a case where the intelligence community, through strategic (and illegal) leaks, destroyed one of its primary adversaries in the Trump White House.

But no matter. What matters is not the motive of the leaker but the effects of the leak. Any leak that results in the exposure of high-level wrongdoing — as this one did — should be praised, not scorned and punished.

With any luck Flynn may take Pence down with him, maybe even Trump

Flynn was fired as head of DIA in 2014 because of his abusive style, inability to manage, and deranged conspiracy theories. Yet Trump hired him as National Security Adviser. Now, multiple intelligence officials say Flynn did indeed, as a private citizen, negotiate with Russia about the sanctions. This is a felony and might arguably be treason. Pence is doing a Sgt. Schultz and says he knows nothing. We shall see about that. Because in D.C., it’s often the cover-up that takes you down, not the actual event. And both Flynn and Pence are terrible liars.

That runs directly counter to the information The Post gathered from nine (!) intelligence officials who were granted anonymity to speak candidly. This passage is particularly damning:

“All of those officials said ­Flynn’s references to the election-related sanctions were explicit. Two of those officials went further, saying that Flynn urged Russia not to overreact to the penalties being imposed by President Barack Obama, making clear that the two sides would be in position to review the matter after Trump was sworn in as president.”

“Kislyak was left with the impression that the sanctions would be revisited at a later time,” said a former official.”

On Flynn being fired from DIA

“He was reportedly effectively forced out of the DIA after clashing with superiors over his allegedly chaotic management style and vision for the agency. In a private email which was leaked online, Colin Powell said that he had heard in the DIA (apparently from later DIA director Vincent R. Stewart) that Flynn got fired because he was “Abusive with staff, didn’t listen, worked against policy, bad management, etc.” According to the New York Times, Flynn exhibited a loose relationship with facts, leading his subordinates to refer to Flynn’s repeated dubious assertions as “Flynn facts”

Logan Act

“is a United States federal law that forbids unauthorized citizens from negotiating with foreign governments having a dispute with the U.S. It was intended to prevent the undermining of the government’s position.[2] The Act was passed following George Logan’s unauthorized negotiations with France in 1798, and was signed into law by President John Adams on January 30, 1799. The Act was last amended in 1994, and violation of the Logan Act is a felony.”

Self-important vanity building

Hey, let’s create a skyscraper that deliberately looks unstable so we can show how clever we are. Further, let’s give no thought to foolish concerns like long-term maintenance and let’s situate it someplace where traffic in and out of it will cause maximum congestion. This will just be totally epic. We also need to insure that no icky people or even normals think they are free to enter, so we’ll need lots of guards and cameras. It’ll be a giant wobbly phallus reaching to the sky and will surely make a Statement.

This is a building that will never be renovated… that has no capacity for adaptive re-use, which is the foundation of enduring urbanism. That’s the trouble with these CAD stunts: they produce buildings so unprecedented that there is no extant knowledge about their long-term maintenance and renovation. It’s especially problematic where contemporary fabricated modular materials are concerned because the builders assume that these things will be available far off in the future. #Big Mistake. #Faulty Assumption. The bottom line will be a stupendous waste of money and, sooner rather than later, another techno-narcissistic white elephant cluttering up the urban scene.

My favorite touch in the rendering, though, is the eight-lane expressway that the building is located on. They complement each other perfectly.

From the comments, heh.

Computer-aided-design? Looks to me more like alcohol-aided-design.

Also gonna be a bitch to do those windows with standard scaffolding.

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