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January 5, 2008

Bureaucrats Take Control of Your Thermostat

To the already Byzantine environmental requirements of construction projects in California will soon be added a mandate to install "programmable communicating thermostats." Like the Telescreens in 1984, these will be linked directly to the offices of Big Brother, who will decide for you what the temperature should be in your house.

As always, the liberal elites who impose these outrages will be largely insulated from the miserable effects suffered by the little people. Joseph Somsel at American Thinker observes:

Come the next heat wave, the elites might be comfortably lolling in La Jolla's ocean breezes or basking in Berkeley by the Bay, while the Central Valley's poor peons are baking in Bakersfield and frying in Fresno. California's coastal climate, where the elites live, seldom requires air conditioning.

Like most government meddling, this will wreak havoc on the market forces that would naturally result in more electricity being generated as needed.

It looks like Ronald Reagan didn't defeat the Soviet Union after all. It just relocated to California, from where it promises to spread like a cancer unless America finally wakes up and rebels.

Next after "programmable communicating thermostats" — Telescreen monitors in every home.

On tips from Bill V and Nanc.

Posted by Van Helsing at January 5, 2008 2:43 PM


Forget oil, the new global crisis is food

BMO strategist Donald Coxe warns credit crunch and soaring oil prices will pale in comparison to looming catastrophe

And that I agree with. My take on cooking oil is coming true. All that non-sense on biofuels is causing the food crisis.

Posted by: hutchrun at January 5, 2008 6:50 PM

Looks like we need another one of those sledgehammers through the video screen, a la the Apple ad in 1984. To anything proposed by a lib: do the exact opposite. If they complain, vote 'em out of office; if they continue to impose their idiot Moonbattery on you, it's time for Thomas Jefferson's "a little revolution."

Posted by: jc14 at January 5, 2008 10:50 PM

hutchrun, your alarmism bullshit will be proven wrong in the short-, mid-, and long-term. Oil prices are unsustainable at these levels, and whatever the hell the mysterious refernece to "cooking oil" is, it is no doubt caused by the bullshit focus on ethanol. You may not be a ledtard hack...I don't really know...but your comment has some crazy shit going on.

Posted by: skh.pcola at January 5, 2008 11:16 PM

The Australian Crime Commission is going to pay for plastic surgery for a prisoner whose ear was bitten off by a police dog when he was arrested in 2005.

"He conceded it was probably unfair that the taxpayer would be paying for his surgery but believed the dog attack was an assault and warranted compensation..."

Posted by: Panday at January 6, 2008 5:37 AM

it is no doubt caused by the bullshit focus on ethanol. You may not be a ledtard hack...I don't really know...but your comment has some crazy shit going on.

Actually, I believe he was referring to the looming food crisis that will occur due to the US's increased ethanol 'demands'. I've said it before on this blog, the world's poor are gonna starve if we're not careful with our grain surpluses due to chasing that fool's errand called ethanol.

Posted by: Brooklyn Red Leg at January 6, 2008 8:26 AM

this i know firsthand as my husband used to work for an "ENRON" affiliate - when he was working on one of the larger power plants about six or so years ago in southern california, there were certain times of certain days they were told to "power down" so to create "brownouts" - my husband told me he thought it was criminal as there was enough power to serve the world in california. something to think about...

Posted by: nanc at January 6, 2008 8:35 AM

These things are going to be run on FM transmitters for which are cheap as dirt at the relevant power levels. The hacking potential with real life consequences are going to be rather unpleasant and you can bet that the data protection scheme will not be impenetrable.

Posted by: TMLutas at January 6, 2008 8:48 AM

Somsel's statement has it pegged: these measures have nothing to do with concern for resources, but everything to do with "Liberal" Elites' insatiable quest for monopolization and ever-increasing profits and power.

Posted by: Toa at January 6, 2008 9:03 AM

I'm the author of the article....

The state government is offering us a false choice here - give up control of your home or face blackouts. The real choice is lose your freedom or build more generation.

Our energy policy is based on "conservation first." That all sounds so wonderful, and smart, and painless!

Here is the second case (after CFLs) where the citizens face the reality of that policy. Like Cheney said, conservation is a private virtue - this is government compulsion. And there's more where that came from.

I think the electric grid and the government is to serve the needs of the citizens and consumers, not the other way around.

Posted by: Joseph Somsel at January 7, 2008 1:38 PM