TAMPA BAY, FL — Authorities are warning that the destructive power of Hurricane Ian is so severe that it could cause Florida to experience water and power shortage almost as bad as they have in California.
“This deadly storm could cause near California-levels of suffering,” said NOAA Chief Meteorologist Storm McSerge. “This is absolutely devastating.”
Local residents pointed out that they had always wondered what it’s like to live in California, and they look forward to finding out. “We’re preparing the way we always do,” said local Florida man Buggs Crullers. “By stocking up on enough beer, cigarettes, and lotto tickets to last us a couple of weeks! If it gets as bad as a normal day in Cali, we’ll be ready!”
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis attempted to quell fears, noting that even if power outages get as bad as they do in Gavin Newsom’s state, at least Florida parents won’t have to worry about their kids getting indoctrinated with CRT and trans ideology behind their parents’ backs. “That’s gotta count for something!” he said.
Sources also confirmed that if essential services and law enforcement resources are strained by the hurricane, it could cause Florida to have almost as much crime as New York City.
It’s so dire in the ‘new green deal’ state of California that they went from Level-2 to Level-3 grid emergency in just a few hours.
There is no irony in California’s recent declared ban on the sale of all new gas cars by 2035. This is all done by design.
The unsustainable and insulting farce that are electric vehicles which generate far greater pollution, require significantly more “dirty” energy and emit far more CO2 (the only good thing) than any ICE car ever could is yet another component of PSYOP-CLIMATE-CHANGE.
Electric cars will be directly tethered to the social credit score and if the AI threshold for good behavior is for whatever depraved reason not sufficiently met, then the ride share trip (remember, in the future you will happily not own a car, home or your very own body) will be rerouted straight to the reeducation camp. But before this grim reality arrives the power grid must be completely overhauled, which by design it will not be.
This is too funny, and nobody deserves to be laughed at more than Californians who have left themselves in this hole. From Ben Zeisloft at dailywire.com:
Days ago, officials in California unveiled a plan to phase out new gas-powered cars. Now, officials are asking residents to avoid charging their electric vehicles in the interest of not overwhelming the power grid.
The western United States is facing a likely “prolonged and record heat wave” that could lead to temperatures as high as 115 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the National Weather Service. As a result, the California Independent System Operator is seeking to bring all available resources online to handle higher electricity demand and expects to issue “voluntary energy conservation” notices over the Labor Day weekend.
“The top three conservation actions are to set thermostats to 78 degrees or higher, avoid using large appliances and charging electric vehicles, and turn off unnecessary lights,” according to the American Public Power Association. During a “Flex Alert,” residents are encouraged to reduce energy consumption from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm — the hours in which “demand for electricity remains high and there is less solar energy available.”
California also experienced a round of blackouts during last year’s Labor Day weekend. The state issued Flex Alerts because grid operators predicted “an increase in electricity demand, primarily from air conditioning use” related to extreme temperatures.
California used to be a great place to live and practice medicine. Now it’s on the road to totalitarian police state. From Tyler Durden at zerohedge.com:
In January of this year the California state government formed the “Vaccine Work Group” which was tasked to construct a series of draconian bills designed to silence the large percentage of the population that refuses to comply with covid lockdowns and vaccine mandates. Most of these bills have since been attempted and have failed to pass or have been shelved. They included:
A bill that would have required all schoolchildren to get vaccinated against COVID, another that would have made all employees in California show proof of vaccination, and legislation that would have required local law enforcement officials to enforce public health orders.
All of these measures fell apart for obvious reasons, but for the sake of clarity let’s consider these facts:
1) School children are at virtually no risk of facing extreme illness or death from covid and the vaccine does nothing to prevent transmission of the virus. So, there’s no legitimate scientific reason to vaccinate them.
2) Proof of vaccination is what we call a “vax passport.” They are using this system now in China to apply even more oppression to the citizenry, and that type of thing is just not going to fly here in the US, not even in California. Furthermore, if the vaccines actually work, then the vaccinated have nothing to fear from the unvaccinated. If the vaccines don’t work, then there’s no reason to force people to take them in the first place.
3) Finally, they can pass any law they want to pressure law enforcement to bully people with covid mandates, but these would still be unlawful orders according to the constitution. Beyond that, what is the Vaccine Work Group going to do if LEOs still refuse? Fire them? You can’t fire a Sheriff. You can fire a city cop, but who are you going to replace them with if large numbers do not comply? And there are plenty of other LEO jobs in other states waiting for them if they do get fired. The state government has zero leverage; they are scrambling desperately for control that they will never achieve.
California has long been the template for auto and auto emissions rules for the rest of the country. Will that be the case with California’s ban on all cars not electronic after 2035. From Eric Peters at ericpetersautos.com:
California has just decided that nothing other than electric cars will be sold in America by 2035 – which is actually much closer to now than 13 years from now, because the car companies have to make plans for the coming model years many years before the calendar year gets here.
The 2023 models are already arriving at showrooms and the ’24s are in the “pre-production” stage, which means they’ve already been designed and the first of them are being built and tested right now, in preparation for less than a year from now. The 2028 modes are the ones being designed right now – and that brings us within spitting distance of 2035 – which as you can now see really isn’t that far from now, in terms of what is called product planning.
What do you suppose the car companies are planning to invest their resources – their money – in given that they know whatever they design that isn’t a “zero emissions” (ha!) electric car will be illegal to sell only a few years after it has been designed, at tremendous cost? Would you build something you knew ahead of time would be effectively worthless not long after you built it?
Nobody is either going to save the Democrats or save us from the Democrats. From Joel Kotkin at unherd.com:
Reality will catch up with America’s Great White Hope
Burdened with a decomposing President and a clearly overmatched Vice President, the Democrats are on the hunt for a saviour. For many in the party, Gavin Newsom, the 54-year-old perfectly coiffed Governor of California, seems like the perfect solution. No doubt, given his recent trolling of Florida’s Republican frontrunner Ron DeSantis, he feels the same.
But Newsom’s ascendency faces some severe challenges. First, to get nominated, he must not only depose Biden, but also see off Vice President Kamala Harris. And she has three things Newsom lacks: she’s a woman, she’s black, and she has Asian Indian ancestry. Newsom, on the other hand, is white, was born into a well-connected San Francisco family, and is married to a film-maker and scion of a very wealthy Bay Area family.
Perhaps more importantly, things have not been particularly good for the minority Californians he was voted in to look after. In the Golden State, African-Americans and Hispanics do far worse economically than their counterparts elsewhere in the country. Black residents, on a cost-of-living basis, make about as much as they do in Mississippi, and far less than in states such as Texas, Florida, or Arizona.
LOS ANGELES, CA — Governor Ron Desantis has responded to Governor Gavin Newsom’s political ads in Florida by running political ads of his own in California. While Newsom’s ads were urging libs to move to California, Desantis is begging the libs in California to stay put.
“Listen, folks, it’s simple really — in Florida, we believe in clean sidewalks, and shrinking the homeless problem — NOT growing it!” said Governor Ron DeSantis in his California statewide ad. “So to all the woke libs out there let me be clear: do not come to Florida. Stay in California and indoctrinate your own kids — that is if you actually have kids you haven’t aborted.” Viewers are then treated to a shot of DeSantis wrestling an alligator.
“Here in Florida, we do not want more crime, or taxes, or a racist school curriculum. We want citizens that are BASED and red-pilled,” continued DeSantis’s ad. “Still thinking Florida is right for you, Cali libs? Well, just remember that we have American flags all over our state, we LOVE guns — and most importantly — President Trump lives here permanently.” The commercial ends with a shot of DeSantis and Trump throwing commies out of helicopters.
Upon watching these ads, millions of Californians fainted on the spot. According to sources, they were so triggered by the alarming levels of patriotism that their California brains couldn’t handle it.
At publishing time, many of the libs who saw the ads are now trying to sue Ron DeSantis for emotional damage and trauma. Ron DeSantis has responded with plans to run the same ads on CNN and MSNBC.
Now California is trying to turn independent contractors into employees and raise business costs, particularly those of the trucking companies. Many will join he exodus of companies leaving the state. From John Kingston at Freight Waves via zerohedge.com:
It is going to be a radically new world in California’s trucking sector with the imposition of AB5, and it isn’t clear what parts of the industry — if any — are ready for it.
“Most immediately, motor carriers must evaluate and adopt alternative operating models to mitigate risk if they intend to continue to do business in California” was the admonition from the Benesch law firm in the wake of the Supreme Court decision in the case of California Trucking Association vs. (state Attorney General) Bonta. The decision opens the door for the imposition of AB5, the law on independent contractors that leans heavily toward classifying workers as employees rather than ICs.
“Motor carriers should immediately evaluate their California operations to determine what steps, if any, should be taken to respond to the changed backdrop for trucking” was the call to action from the trucking-focused Scopelitis law firm.
On the other side of the divide, there was celebration, including a victory lap by Lorena Gonzalez, the former and future labor leader who successfully pushed for AB5’s passage in the California legislature in 2019.
California looks like it is reaching its long-term objective: make it impossible to do business within the state. From Tyler Durden at zerohedge.com:
Meat-packing giant Smithfield Foods announced a 1,800-person pork processing plant in California would shutter operations next year, citing the rising cost of doing business in the liberal-run state.
Smithfield, owned by Hong Kong-based pork conglomerate WH Group Ltd., “will cease all harvest and processing operations in Vernon, California in early 2023,” the company said in a Friday press release.
“Smithfield is taking these steps due to the escalating cost of doing business in California,” the company continued.
WSJ explains the company’s reasoning behind winding down operations at the Vernon plant is due to a multitude of factors, including the cost of energy to power plants is 3.5x higher per head to produce pork than any of its 45 other US plants.
“It’s increasingly challenging to operate efficiently there,” company spokesman Jim Monroe told WSJ. “We’re striving to keep costs down and keep food affordable.”
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