Far-right killers at school are being recruited

There have been far too many extreme right-wing students who go violently crazy and start slaughtering their fellow students for it to be random, or mental illness, or that they are copycats.

The reality is they are being recruited in dark and slimy places on the internet like 4chan and right-wing online forums and chat rooms.

Yes. Recruited. This is done deliberately and methodically. Most don’t understand the process. An example: I once joined a far left group. After a few months I realized the leadership put serious time and resources into recruiting. The potential recruitee is unaware of it. The Internet makes recruiting easier. 4chan, I’m sure, has recruiters from various groups in the forums, as do other far-right sites. Also, the hard left uses front groups to recruit. I’m sure the hard right does too.

David Neiwert has been researching and writing about the far right for years and knows the territory.

Besides the settings, methods of violence, and kinds of weaponry used, distinct agendas seem to have undergirded them. But they all appear to generally fall under the far-right ideological umbrella.

They also have something important in common: They were all committed by young white men who had apparently been radicalized online.

That’s no accident. The surge of radical-right organizing by the mostly online alt right in recent years has, in fact, been consciously directed at precisely that demographic: white men between about 14 and 30, underemployed and frustrated with their lives.

Eric Garland has a fine Twitter thread on this. Some excerpts:

Now, if you understand provokatsiya and horseshoe political warfare, you need another side to fight with. And then the predictable fights break out between “Gun Sense” and “Gun Grabbers.”

America then seizes up with traumatic horror, and it’s hard to focus on much else.

All these “pro-gun” NRA-funded politicians saying “oh but good guy guns, you can kill with spoons.”

They don’t give a fuck about guns. They care about their bosses’ owning this country.

And they know that more guns equals more deaths. They have the data.

St. George UT has a growing water problem

St. George UT is about 2 hours north of Las Vegas on I-15. It has spectacular scenery, is a nice place to live, and has been growing fast for years.

Unfortunately, it has a water problem, made worse by residents using way more water per capita compared to other cities that are also in semi-arid areas and deserts. And Utah politicians seem to think a fine solution would be to drain Lake Powell and the Colorado River even more by building a very expensive pipeline.

Maybe. But first, St. George needs to do what Las Vegas, Tucson, and Phoenix have already done. Encourage water conservation and xeriscaping. Create tiered rates charging those who use excessive amounts of water more. The higher the tier, the more costly (not less) it is.

The result is Las Vegas, Tucson, and Phoenix now use less water in total then they did twenty years ago, despite much larger populations. Vegas has been toilet-to-tap for years. It can be done.

It’s your turn now, St George.

Remarkably cheap rates mean that residents of an area with only eight inches of annual rainfall are using tremendous amounts of water. An average St. George resident uses more than twice as much water as the average citizen of Los Angeles.

Political leaders at the state and local level view this primarily as a supply issue. Their preferred solution is a gargantuan $1.4 billion pipeline that would connect the region with Lake Powell, a reservoir along the Colorado River.

Amelia Nuding, senior water analyst for Western Resource Advocates, believes regional leaders should focus on three strategies to achieve quick conservation success: better data collection, higher water rates, and building codes that require water-smart construction and landscaping. Not only would that meet St. George’s water needs, according to Nuding’s group, but it would avoid further depleting an already burdened Colorado River.

Blatant Trump corruption exposed. More is coming.

You didn’t really think intelligence communities, governments and those who don’t want Trump to start a war with Iran were just going to sit by and do nothing? Trump is now out-of-control reckless and desperate to divert attention from his insurmountable legal problems.

They’ve been holding their most damaging intel on Trump to be released if needed and when it does the most damage. Some of it has just been released. Many more, far more damaging releases are coming. Trump declared war on IC and governments., They are responding in kind.

Trump is deeply corrupt and is going to fall. Our job is to do everything we can to hasten the process.

“Michael Cohen ‘asked Qatari investor for millions of dollars’ which he said he would ‘pass to Trump family members’ at Trump Tower meeting – and Qatar’s foreign minister was there too”

China Contributing $500 Million to Trump-Linked Project in Indonesia

Just about everything is odd about Trump’s support of Chinese firm ZTE

Useful links for toppling Trump

Louise Mensch’s Team Impeachment Twitter list.
Everyone’s favorite “unhinged British witch.” She’s been correct and early many times on Trump / Russia. Her public Twitter list has about 60 members, all of whom are actively working to topple Trump. If you want to get up to speed on what’s happening, start here.

Mad Dog PAC.
Claude Taylor. Democratic operative. Goes for the jugular. Mad Dog PAC put up billboards, including the “Impeachment Now” in Mar-A-Lago. Other billboards include “NRA is a terrorist organization” and multiple billboards attacking sleazy Republican incumbents. @TrueFactsStated on Twitter.

Committee to Investigate Russia. Investigative journalism.

Eric Garland. Twitter. His game theory rant helped kickstart things.

John Schindler. 20 Committee. Former NSA.

Jay McKenzie. Investigative journalism on Trump, Putin, and the mob.

Rick Wilson. Daily Beast articles. Howlingly funny at times.

Stand Up Republic. Evan McMullin, Mindy Finn. McMullin is one of the people who took down Milo.

Democratic Coalition. Scott Dworkin.
“Nation’s largest grassroots organization dedicated to holding the Trump administration accountable.”

California mandates solar panels on new homes starting in 2020

This is disruptive innovation in several ways.

1) Plentiful new solar PV on residential roofs means utilities must change to deal with it. The traditional model was power flows one way, downstream from big generating plants to users. That is no longer true. Power flows upstream now too. This means utilities have to do things differently. A big question is, who pays for the system upgrades?

This is not a trivial question. One a sunny summer day in California, solar PV production soars and goes into the grid where the utilities have to do something with it immediately, because the grid must always be in balance between supply and demand.

2) New homes with solar PV will cost more, however utility bills will be less. Thus the homes will be sought after, even if they cost $10,000 more. In a place like L.A. or S.F. that’s an inconsequential amount of the total price of a new house.

3) Most of these homes will have battery storage. This will increase demand for batteries, which will spur more R&D, and the price of batteries will keep dropping.

4) Solar PV is already the cheapest form of power and prices continue to drop. Battery prices are falling too. Merging the two together is the future. This also applies to wind farms storing excess generation in batteries.

The code includes incentives for energy storage while mandating that the construction of new homes include advanced energy efficiency measures and rooftop solar. The mandate could require between 68 and 241 MW of annual distributed solar buildout, according to ClearView Energy Partners’ research using 2017 data. All told, the new code is meant to save Californians a net $1.7 billion on energy bills, while advancing the state’s efforts to build-out renewable energy, the commission said

On Wednesday, the Golden State became the first in the U.S. to require solar panels on almost all new homes. Most new units built after Jan. 1, 2020, will be required to include solar systems as part of the standards adopted by the California Energy Commission. While that’s a boost for the solar industry, critics warned that it will also drive up the cost of buying a house by almost $10,000. Solar shares surged on the decision. Homebuilders fell.