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Disgusting.  Kochs trying to buy laws to make it illegal to sell your personal solar power back to the grid.
 
The Yiddish word "chutzpah" means gall and utterly arrogant nerve. It should be re-spelled to "koch-spah" after this news… that the ever-meddlesome Koch brothers are now funding a major campaign against state efforts to ramp up solar energy.  It would be one thing if they limited their attacks to ending tax rebates and minor subsidies for solar and wind… hypocritical, given how much they have benefited from vastly larger oil-gas-coal subsidies, tax breaks and almost free access to resources on public lands. 

No, they are also targeting "net metering" which is the law allowing a homeowner who owns a rooftop solar unit to sell excess power back to the utility.
http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-solar-kochs-20140420,0,7412286.story#axzz2zSLfKKoM

Please read that again.  The Koch brothers do not want you selling your excess power to the market.  Their beef is with filling energy markets with millions of little-guy producers.  Their "institute" proclaims that its aim is to "preserve the public utility power company concept" -- a state mandated monopoly system in which single companies control all access to energy.  Some enterprise capitalists! Some libertarians!

But let's dig deeper to the heart of it.  WHY are the Kochs (and their Saudi partners) doing this right now?  Because solar energy is taking off.  Because efficiency and durability rates have been skyrocketing, in part because we had the wisdom to use some mild incentives to boost an important new industry, the way US Postal contracts stimulated air travel, in the 1920s, or public roads spurred the rise of the automobile.

Only with this difference: renewable energy systems are improving far FASTER than airplanes or automobiles did, in their nascent days. And more spectacular tech advances loom on the horizon, that they can see coming fast.

Dig it well.  The Kochs would not be doing this if renewables weren't taking off and a looming threat to the brothers' bottom line.  Millions of autonomous citizens, generating and selling their own power is no longer a sci fi pipe dream.  It is coming true fast… and the parasite dinosaurs are bellowing.
The Koch brothers and large utilities have allied to reverse state policies that favor renewable energy.
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Here's another Yiddish word for those men: gonifs
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Plus they're easier to be awake for +Shaun White
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Bird on a post, free lensed with iPhone and binoculars
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Not to bad +Peter Schmidt I must give to a go
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These are great, actually. I am using one now at my desk to help with a muscle pull.
 
+QVC tomorrow at 1pm eastern, you'll have a chance to call in about getting back pain relief with QiPillow.

 May one of you be the winner the $250. Watch & save by calling us on QVC this Tuesday April 15 @ 1 PM ET! The QVC tel is 800-345-1515. QiPillow item #: V-32265. Tell your friends about this opportunity, too. See you then, on air or on live stream.

#qipillow   #backpainrelief  #qvc 
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Pillow seemed like the safer long term bet
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Tasha, springtime
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Glad I could fix that for you, +lynn hughes :-)

Thank you +Shaun White , she was a racer in Alabama until we adopted her.  Running is still her favorite thing, and she jogs with my wife a couple times per week.  I think that's keeping her pretty fit.  She's turning 12 this year, so we may only have a couple years left with her.
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Making our flights even better, especially for folks with back pain:
 
As Air Taxi > airline
QiPillow > back support cushion
As part of our ongoing goal to make every air taxi flight as enjoyable as possible, Linear Air equips every flight with a QiPillow.
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Actually, I am +Kara Chickering  - I have been using one at my desk to help with a recent muscle strain, and it is way better than any other cushion I've ever tried.
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Beautiful flying day at KLWM Lawrence, MA
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Sweet. C[__]
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Wait, snow???
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GW is only part of what's wrong with DT's hair. ;-). C[__]
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I found this whole essay vey well framed.

Among the most important sources of happiness are: a sense of security; a good outlook; autonomy or control over our lives; good relationships; and skilled and meaningful activity. If you are unhappy, there’s a good chance that it’s for want of something on this list.
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Very good article.  I bookmarked it for another read.
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Hah hah, but also makes you wonder if some people couldn't adapt?

via +Gina Drayer 
 
Enjoy the #Monday  folks!

Here is a fun video for all the people needing a help desk.  :-)

#Helpdesk  
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