Message from UOC in Realism #general

2017-05-24 13:55:39 UTC  


2017-05-24 13:55:47 UTC  

a hive

2017-05-24 13:55:51 UTC  


2017-05-24 13:55:54 UTC  

dalit hive

2017-05-24 13:56:03 UTC  

I am in a small town for the first time and it's a world of difference

2017-05-24 13:56:17 UTC  

well yeah you live on the scale people were meant to live

2017-05-24 13:56:33 UTC  

we are moving right now and we have to be home so dalits can come into our place and look at it

2017-05-24 13:57:16 UTC  

yeah. it feels that way. I have plans to move back to a city in a year or two but I'm trying to slither out of it. after a year of walking to work I can't imagine getting in a car and joining the freeway of ants

2017-05-24 13:58:01 UTC  

it's funny how a long commute --> magnets --> no seratonin

2017-05-24 13:59:27 UTC  


2017-05-24 13:59:37 UTC  

hellish life->???->omg brain chemicals 😦

2017-05-24 13:59:48 UTC  

maybe, just maybe, we are people and this is an unacceptable way to live

2017-05-24 14:00:00 UTC  

just a thought I guess

2017-05-24 14:56:17 UTC  

a person I work with has been out of the office for two days at a critical time

2017-05-24 14:56:22 UTC  

due to an asthma attack

2017-05-24 14:56:45 UTC  

which would normally not bother me except that knowing he has asthma really makes his thrice daily smoke breaks look pretty fucking stupid

2017-05-24 15:00:47 UTC  

@UOC your job seems to be evil

2017-05-24 15:00:51 UTC  

How do you cope

2017-05-24 15:01:42 UTC  

Or is it not an issue?

2017-05-24 15:01:57 UTC  

The only people hurt by my job are the corporate structure of power companies

2017-05-24 15:02:11 UTC  

who have a state-granted monopoly on a service area

2017-05-24 15:02:44 UTC  

I see. Does it not introduce a large amount of bureaucratic inefficiency

2017-05-24 15:02:55 UTC  

Leading to effects ar the bottom

2017-05-24 15:03:07 UTC  

I.e. workforce of those power companies?

2017-05-24 15:03:24 UTC  

They need to by federal law

2017-05-24 15:03:37 UTC  

Ensure a portion of power gen is renewable right?

2017-05-24 15:03:41 UTC  

Man. I could go on about this for days. It all starts with the concept of how power companies make money.

2017-05-24 15:04:17 UTC  

I appreciate the part where power structures receive pressure

2017-05-24 15:04:28 UTC  

But as the governing standards are evil

2017-05-24 15:04:38 UTC  

Meant to promote waste etc

2017-05-24 15:04:42 UTC  

The state sets a price that includes a certain percentage of profit. This gives power companies a perverse incentive to develop unnecessary projects then recoup those costs + profit margins through raised electricity rates.

2017-05-24 15:04:50 UTC  

It seems a greater evil than power company evil

2017-05-24 15:05:00 UTC  

Go on

2017-05-24 15:05:32 UTC  

To answer your question, there is a ton of bureaucracy. De-regulation could solve a lot of that but also presents certain problems.

2017-05-24 15:06:21 UTC  

I think it's unlikely that the grid is developed enough that everyone could have reasonably affordable power on demand with a fully de-regulated grid right now. Maybe in the near future.

2017-05-24 15:06:40 UTC  

What is your own opinion on renewable energy

2017-05-24 15:06:45 UTC  

In general

2017-05-24 15:07:56 UTC  


2017-05-24 15:09:44 UTC  

Also another set of questions

2017-05-24 15:09:50 UTC  

From a climate change standpoint, I'm not really qualified to address the question. I am skeptical of climate models. On the balance though, I would prefer a power source with non-deleterious effects on my local environment. I respect nature and think there are good reasons to preserve it.

The problem is more of an economic and political one. Renewable energy is not developed right now to the point that you can simply replace high-capacity baseload generation (coal, natural gas) with renewables and have all the nice things we have now, like all the power we want for cheap whenever we want it. This is true because we haven't solved certain fundamental problems (efficient transport, storage, intermittency).

2017-05-24 15:10:03 UTC  

Nuclear power could solve many of our issues but is politically unpopular.