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Roger Ek
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Power Outage

Some may have noticed that we have a deteriorating infrastructure in Maine. It has been nearly two decades since THE ICE STORM OF 98. People have died, moved away and others have come to Vacationland to live. Our institutional memory is nearly gone. The old Bangor Hydro went belly up and the remains were bought by a Spanish company unfamiliar with ice storms and keeping dead trees away from power lines.

Emera Maine says, "Maybe Friday" up here. People are lowering buckets at the bridges and bringing water home so Mother can flush the toilet. Old folks can't do that. Check on your elderly neighbors. We found one man on the floor. He had a stroke and his wife has Alzheimer's. Life as they knew it is over.

As to the Maine DOT reticence to move downed trees, jcall the local volunteer fire department. They will just take a 12 gauge and blow the wire off. Then move the tree. We're a little beyond administrative procedures at this point. Folks with propane generators are running out of propane and the propane plant in Bangor has no power. It seems that a large propane plant that fills propane delivery trucks would have an alternative power source.

This is not rocket science. Has everybody forgotten the Ice Storm of 98? You new folks, talk to your neighbors. A lot of people are sharing their generators. They bring power to their neighbor's freezer and refrigerator for six hours and take the generator back to their own house. Leave the doors shut on the appliances until the generator comes back. If your 4 year old can't remember not to open the door, duct tape the door.

Everybody should have a 2500 watt inverter in their vehicle. you can run stuff off your vehicle. Forget the clothes dryer. Put up a clothesline like your grandma had. Put the clothesline in the house. The increased humidity will make your plants happy. Wash your socks and skivvies by hand.

Good grief people; What would you do after an EMP?

(Edited for typos and Emera Maine now says "maybe Saturday" for us.)

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The elderly exempted, many

The elderly exempted, many people would rather bitch and moan because the government doesn't do enough rather than prepare for these things themselves.
Liberals think government can do it all.
Conservatives do it themselves.

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People have a right to bitch

People have a right to bitch when there are corporate directives and the state/federal/local officials just sit around with their thumbs up their ass waiting for someone else to solve the problem. not my job, really, seems.

Small inconveniences like a few days without power show how incompetent not only the citizenry are by and large, but shine the light on how companies and state officials could give a rat's ass as to what's going on.

With this episode, it should give everyone pause as Roger says what happens when the shit really hits the fan.

Jezz I've got no business because everything is on computer, we will take cash but only small bills, on and on .......................can't work this damn calculator

I'm thinking I better move north

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Ahhh MIke.

Ahhh MIke.
Part of the answer to your question is , the Sipsey Street irregulars would deploy ,from the bunker immediately after taking trash out for motehr.

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As I drove by the NB truck

As I drove by the truck inspection station in York yesterday, it was completely full of utility trucks waiting for dispatch. Needless to say, I hope CMP was/is organized so those line crews don't have to wait long before going out to help the folks get their power back.

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All things considered I

All things considered I believe CMP is doing a great job getting power back on. Let’s face it the majority of people are either too lazy , too ignorant or simply without the resources too be prepared for a long term outage. Lucky, us who do have the resources,ability and the realization that in a long term situation there isn’t enough emergency services to go around......We are going to get by.
Maybe this post should do something positive like share some simple tips that help?...
For instance ,if you do have a gasoline powered generator,you should start it and run it every couple of months......sounds obvious but ......

Roger Ek
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Probably a quarter of a

Probably a quarter of a million people have lost their frozen food and had other food spoil. Supermarkets were loading dumpsters with food they cannot keep cold. Some supermarkets gave the food to people who can freeze it. MANY business are simply closed because they need power to operate.

People just don’t think. Lots of people in Mane could have given their frozen food to neighbors who could use it. The same neighbors could have stored it for the people who own it providing that there was room in those freezers. Of course, that would require neighbors to actually talk to one another and neighborliness is becoming a lost trait in our nation.

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Ahhh Bruce

Ahhh Bruce

Emera sucks, a bunch of dump Canucks and former peter principle bangor hydro employees, who can't tell us when they are going to fix things, got no planning, no communications. They all should be sitting in the state house, where they would fit right in.

Melvin Udall
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Brunswick has been hit hard;

Brunswick has been hit hard; out since early Monday am at our place.

Kohler standby doing a great job; got the LPG tanks filled yesterday. Having been taking drives around town more or less every day, and saw my first CMP truck today, and it was not repairing; instead, looked to be conducting a line survey.

Tomorrow? Saturday? Who knows. Ice storm at same house was 3 days without.

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Found this article

Found this article interesting .explains a cause .
ww.pressherald.com/2017/11/01/perfect-storm-of-factors-took-unexpectedly-destructive-toll-on-maines-trees/

I live in a traditionally wet location . Rarely is there a rain storm even light, that does not fill my sump up.
Given the rain we have had recently including this weekend I was amazed that sump was dry until this am.
Pump has yet to run .

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'sump? I always thought that

'sump? I always thought that was the way Mainers pronounce 'sup?

Melvin Udall
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24 hours later, still no

24 hours later, still no power.

ROM propane burn rate = 1 gal/hr; est cost of no power $70/day.

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Not making light of anyone’s

Not making light of anyone’s lack of power, but for perspective.......think about those poor people in Puerto Rico.....it will be months .

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So long as powerlines are

So long as powerlines are above ground and above ground lines are in the possible path of falling trees or not designed to withstand high winds there will be power outages. Fortunately some of us have invested in generators, mine is whole house, the interruption does nothing except cost us a little extra for the power we do use. It is a cost tradeoff that we make as do businesses and government. Burial for high voltage lines is uneconomical let alone very unsafe so the power companies make a tradeoff by designing transmission lines that withstand high winds and have rights-of-way wide enough to avoid falling trees. The State regulates the power companies as monopolies and can easily require the when someone builds a house and wants to connect to the monopoly power company it should come with a generator that can supply at least enough to power light, heat, air conditioning and refrigeration. The home buyer would bear the cost and be responsible for its maintenance, just as they are if they have their own well and sewage system.

My system cost a little over $9,000 installed and is rated at 12 KW which is enough to power everything I have including the water and sewage system that is not connected to the public system. If everyone had to have these installed and it was the responsibility of one agency regulated by the government it would undoubtedly have cost less to have had it installed when the house was built.

My point being that those who complain had an alternative and chose not to spend the money and suffer the consequences. It is not the government's (taxpayers) responsibility to mollify their choice and they should suffer in silence.

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There is a sign as you come

There is a sign as you come across the green bridge from NH.

Welcome to Maine
The way life should be.

Somebody modified the sign this week.

Welcome to Maine
Bring a generator.

Melvin Udall
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Sorry I didn't seek your

Sorry I didn't seek your advice, pmcon.

I have a 14KW whole house unit, and it cost me ~ $5K.

Do you have a chapter on the subject in "The Real Economy?"

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We got our power back at

We got our power back at approximately 1900 hours BDT.

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Mel: You can't be sorry you

Mel: You can't be sorry you didn't seek my advice because you already figured out the answer to the power outage problem. You probably bought your generator when you built your house which was much earlier than my purchase which was only three years ago when my old one finally bought it. There is also a difference between quality in units and extra features which might account for some of the difference in cost. I always knew you had some sense because you went to Rutgers and they just don't admit anyone.

I find it strange however that you seem to need to respond in a negative way to every post I make. Yes, its in the book. I explain why the dollar continues to lose value. It is because it is not consumed but accumulates and therefore decreases in value with each new issue. What is happening to the dollar is exactly what happened to the Mark after World War I, only much slower so it is not as noticeable but is happening none the less. When the government spends more than it takes in in taxes and borrows (prints) to make up the shortfall , it adds even more dollars to the system than is added by what really backs the currency, the kcal. If you would read my book you would learn how and why this happens and if you read my latest on the Constitution you would also know how the politicians have caused all this to happen in order to placate those who keep them in power.

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Purchased and had mine

Purchased and had mine installed in 2014.

It does not include a built in food processor, a BBQ smoker, a 42" HDTV, a certainty tester, or any other "extra features" yours might have.

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"I find it strange however

"I find it strange however that you seem to need to respond in a negative way to every post I make."

Likewise ,when this has been explained to you numerous times, it should have been obvious we were trying to help
but that doesn't work, it is strange and beyond strange.

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I believe I've invoked the

I believe I've invoked the word "style" on a number of occasions, to no avail.

Bruce Libby
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Numerous times Mel.

Numerous times Mel.

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Mel and his little mini-me

Mel and his little mini-me have an odd resentment towards pmcon that goes beyond jealousy and leans toward obsession. Sad.

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Unlike with the Smegma twins

Unlike with the Smegma twins our obsession is solely directed at helping him, to understand what he finds strange.

P.S. be cautious Smegma , his mother knew all about you and he will show you.

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Can't wait for the book on

Can't wait for the book on those two..........

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Speaking of books, maybe

Speaking of books, maybe Ugenedouche could get Bruce a copy of Strunk and White.

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Have you noticed how Mutt and

Have you noticed how Mutt and Yesper use the same rhetorical flourishes as pmcon, though the latter is a bit more refined in articulation?

So now the real puzzle is who taught condescension to whom.

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But notice they do not seem

But notice they do not seem to have read his book/s !

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Please. Pmcon wouldn’t know a

Please. Pmcon wouldn’t know a rhetorical flourish if it kicked him in his assonance. And he’d flunk freshman comp if he had to take it over.

But at least he’d get admitted, unlike UDouche’s little illiterate lover.

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I bet pmconusa's mother

I bet pmconusa's mother wouldn't have spoken highly of you.

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CMP has done a great job with

CMP has done a great job with storm restoration

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