Stephen Michael Kellat firstname.lastname@example.org
Amateur Radio Operator (General Class). Basic Trained ICS Staffer. Lapsed Podcaster. Former GS-8 Bureaucrat. Occasional Domestic Missionary. Information Specialist. An oddity in the Stone-Campbell world. Ubuntu Member. TeX User Group Member. Comrade Academician in hiding.
Law Profs Argue The Wealth Tax
A vacancy is set to arise in my city ward councilor's position due to his being elevated to one of the two at-large positions.
The city charter specifies that the county central committee of the party of the last occupant of the office gets to choose the replacement.
That would be the Republicans.
Why yes, of course I threw my name in for consideration! The dude has under two years left on his term. There is CHAOS to be prevented...
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Judgmental Headline Sampling
No, it doesn't look good in California right now.
Having a "smart home" in a place like California where wildfires happen and "public safety blackouts" occur seems like a really stupid idea nowadays. If Alexa can't unlock your door and you don't have a manual override...aren't you in a very bad position?
Beccaro, Tom Del. “Tom Del Beccaro: California’s Power Blackouts, Energy Nightmare and More Are Coming Your Way, America.” Fox News, October 25, 2019. https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/california-power-blackout-energy-nightmare-tom-del-beccaro.
Chavez, Nicole. “PG&E May Cut Power to Nearly 1 Million Customers in California. It Could Be the Largest Planned Outage.” CNN, October 25, 2019. https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/25/us/california-fires-weather-power-outages/index.html.
Colby, Clifford. “How to Survive the PG&E Power Outage and Keep Your Devices Charged.” CNET, October 25, 2019. https://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-survive-the-pg-e-power-outage-and-keep-your-devices-charged/.
Dillon, Nancy. “Mass Blackouts Make $499 Generators the New In-Demand Appliance in California.” nydailynews.com, October 26, 2019. https://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/ny-planned-power-outages-continue-in-dry-windy-california-20191025-yxsaong6qfd3xg67d37xsfdyja-story.html.
The Mercury News. “Editorial: Gov. Newsom, You Own This Crisis of Fires and Outages,” October 25, 2019. http://www.mercurynews.com/editorial-gov-newsom-you-own-this-crisis-of-fires-and-outages.
Epstein, Kayla, Andrew Freedman, and Faiz Siddiqui. “Dangerous Winds Increase Wildfire Risk in California as Millions Face Power Outages.” Washington Post, October 26, 2019. https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2019/10/26/california-wildfires-power-outages-kincade-tick/.
Finney, Michael, and Simone Chavoor. “What to Do Right Now to Prep for a Planned Power Outage.” ABC7 San Francisco, October 26, 2019. https://abc7news.com/5647161/.
Gecker, Jocelyn. “California Power Outage: What Happens When the Lights Go Out.” SFGate, October 9, 2019. https://www.sfgate.com/news/education/article/California-power-outage-What-happens-when-the-14502841.php.
Gerber, Marisa, and James Rainey. “The Terrifying Experience of Escaping Wildfire with the Power Shut off: ‘It Was Pitch Black.’” Los Angeles Times, October 26, 2019. https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-10-26/power-outages-residents-miss-fire-evacuation-alerts.
Kilgore, Tomi, and Ciara Linnane. “PG&E Stock Plunges toward Record Low after Citi Warns It Could Be Worthless.” MarketWatch, October 26, 2019. https://www.marketwatch.com/story/pge-stock-plunges-toward-record-low-after-citi-warns-it-could-be-worthless-2019-10-25.
MarketWatch. “Millions in California Facing Fire Danger, More Blackouts,” October 26, 2019. https://www.marketwatch.com/story/millions-in-california-facing-fire-danger-more-blackouts-2019-10-26.
Myers, John, and Taryn Luna. “News Analysis: California Utilities — Not Lawmakers — Are Calling the Shots on Power Outages to Prevent Wildfires.” Los Angeles Times, October 26, 2019. https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-10-26/california-utilities-politicians-wildfire-power-outage-analysis.
Nguyen, Daisy, and Stefanie Dazio. “Millions in California Facing More Blackouts, Fire Danger.” NBC New York, October 26, 2019. http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/national-international/Bigger-Longer-Blackouts-Fires-California-563898911.html.
CBS Sacramento. “PG&E Power Shutoff Survival Guide,” October 25, 2019. https://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2019/10/25/pge-power-shutoff-survival-guide/.
Romero, Dennis. “As Many as 2 Million in California May Have Power Cut as Fires Rage.” NBC News, October 26, 2019. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/many-2-million-california-may-have-power-cut-fires-rage-n1072366.
Shalby, Colleen. “Power Outages Leave Those with Disabilities Especially Vulnerable. Help Remains a Work in a Progress.” Los Angeles Times, October 25, 2019. https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-10-25/problems-disabled-help-power-outages.
Defense of Speech Freedoms...By An Australian?This just reads oddly. See: http://www.abc.net.au/news/about/backstory/news-coverage/2019-10-20/us-correspondent-conor-duffy-farewells-washington/11585244
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Hillary Clinton is the Richard Stallman of the Democratic Party
Alrighty then. Coming out and accusing not one but two politicians of being Russian assets (Tulsi Gabbard and Jill Stein) as well as claiming that Vladimir Putin has compromising leverage material over POTUS is getting to be a bit much. Of course now that Mrs. Clinton is attacking people in the Democratic primary campaign as well as in the Green Party the possibility of her being parachuted in at the last minute for a re-match with Mr. Trump cannot be discounted.
Bernstein, Sharon. “Gabbard Calls Clinton ‘personification of the Rot’ as War of Words Heats Up.” Reuters, October 19, 2019. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-gabbard-idUSKBN1WY003.
“Clinton: Russia ‘grooming’ Democratic Candidate.” BBC News, October 18, 2019, sec. US & Canada. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-50104958.
Fredericks, Bob. “Hillary Clinton Revives Allegation That Tulsi Gabbard Is Russian Plant.” New York Post, October 18, 2019. https://nypost.com/2019/10/18/hillary-clinton-revives-allegation-that-tulsi-gabbard-is-russian-plant/.
There are several messes in DC. No longer being a fed can be a wonderful thing. Avoiding the on-coming disaster of the broken appropriations process is such a relief.
Werner, Erica. “Failed Senate Vote Sets up Big Fight over Border Wall, Budget.” Washington Post, October 17, 2019. https://www.washingtonpost.com/us-policy/2019/10/17/latest-failed-senate-vote-sets-up-big-fight-over-border-wall-budget/.
Everybody on Capitol Hill is choosing to ruin Thanksgiving. They can have at it. It isn't my direct problem any longer. The problem won't be resolved in any real respect until January 20, 2021. I don't have to worry about having my pension taken away if it is already vaporized through maladministration.
Test RunCurrent conditions at Ashtabula County Airport, OH Last updated Oct 10, 2019 - 06:53 PM EDT / 2019.10.10 2253 UTC Temperature: 59.0 F Relative Humidity: 77% Wind: from the ENE (070 degrees) at 3 MPH Sky conditions: clear
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“Seems OK. Some newlines might be desired 😁”
I tried to get spigot to work and it kept breaking down. I installed "p" and it is working. I'm just trying to figure out how to best replicate spigot's functionality using just "p" at the moment.
Some Repositories I'm Keeping
List of RSS feeds I'm reading: https://code.launchpad.net/~skellat/+git/FeedReadingFeeds
What podcasts I'm listening to: https://code.launchpad.net/~skellat/+git/Podcasting
Guts of a dummy package to make using equivs when installing youtube-dl via pip3: https://code.launchpad.net/~skellat/+git/ydl-dummy
Status ChangeI suppose I should make the website more exciting. My time as a federal civil servant closed out as of 1245 UTC on Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019. I am available for contract work again as Uncle Sam is not my employer.
I suppose I should get back in touch with the bank about their neat payment processing platform that is cheaper than Stripe.
“» Stephen Michael Kellat:
“[...] should make the website more exciting [...]”
I don't know about "exciting", but please, not so white 😵”
In due time. Horrible things such as designing a logo have to be accomplished. Said logo will need to include an anvil in homage of Wil E. Coyote, though.
Work continues, I suppose. There is no budget for FY2020 adopted. The crazy people in Congress are proposing that the President be impeached. Nobody wants to do their job at the highest command levels whether in Congress or the White House.
My ability to continue in my job is compromised. This is specifically on grounds of health. Sadly this is not a unique issue in my line of work. I'll be abandoning the employer before the end of the year it appears.
Work has been rough enough that I've had very bad bouts of bruxism. I've destroyed four mouth guards in just under four months. This is not a sign of good health.
Life has been dominated by "Uncle Stupid" to the point that I have very little life away from work.
I'm pushing for things to improve. Making good on that is the next step. Sometimes I remember to update the blog, too.
Everything Is On Fire
The countdown clock is running until appropriations run out.
Nobody in DC seems concerned with something as mundane as paying the bills as they're all concerned with gun control. While it may be all fine and good to adopt a program like that having the legislature failing to pay the bills let alone the bureaucrats does lead to the absurd yet real situation that nobody would be around to administer said whiz-kid propositions. Senator Warren of Massachusetts seems to have plans for everything little concern under the sun except paying the bills.
The Internal Revenue Service will structurally collapse in terms of operational effectiveness if we slip into another funding crisis or indeed another shutdown and no fancy enactments or pronouncements from Capitol Hill would make that go away. While overall bureau-wide we're only down a couple percentage points on personnel the division that does the heavy lifting actually interacting with citizens and processing 1040s (where the majority of federal revenue is derived) is down 25% in terms of personnel. Another shutdown or even a hiring stoppage due to a continuing resolution would cripple the agency as staff are getting fed up and even though we cannot strike we are not conscripts either. Attrition has been high enough to make generals from history like Ulysses S. Grant look askance.
Are any of the candidates talking about the hard stuff like this? Nope. Medicare For All! Grab All The Guns! Green New Deal! That's all that's being discussed in all these candidates debates. It would be bitterly ironic if there's next to no functioning bureaucracy left because most of us quit in disgust at the antics of both parties.
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