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Yeah, the Isles of Shoals are pretty - but, man, check out that microgrid! - Granite Geek
Would you rather hear about battery chemistry, recharge rates and load-balancing, or would you rather hear about bird poop on solar panels?

Yeah, that’s what I thought.
concordmonitor  brooks  microgrid  appledore 
july 2018 by eversourcenh
Opinion | Republican or Conservative, You Have to Choose - The New York Times
Market fundamentalism is an inhumane philosophy that makes economic growth society’s prime value and leaves people atomized and unattached. Republican voters eventually rejected market fundamentalism and went for the tribalism of Donald Trump because at least he gave them a sense of social belonging. At least he understood that there’s a social order under threat.

The problem is he doesn’t base his belonging on the bonds of affection conservatives hold dear. He doesn’t respect and obey those institutions, traditions and values that form morally decent individuals.

His tribalism is the evil twin of community. It is based on hatred, us/them thinking, conspiracy-mongering and distrust. It creates belonging, but on vicious grounds.

In 2018, the primary threat to the sacred order is no longer the state. It is a radical individualism that leads to vicious tribalism. The threat comes from those two main currents of the national Republican Party. At his essence Trump is an assault on the sacred order that conservatives hold dear — the habits and institutions that cultivate sympathy, honesty, faithfulness and friendship.
trumpworld  wk75  brooks 
june 2018 by dpb
Opinion | The Rise of the Amnesty Thugs - The New York Times
What’s most significant is this: The Trump administration immigration officials have become exactly the kind of monsters that conservatism has always warned against.

For centuries, conservatives have repeated a specific critique against state power. Statism, conservatives have argued, has a tendency to become brutalist and inhumane because a bureaucracy can’t see or account for the complexity of reality.
trumpworld  wk74  post  brooks 
june 2018 by dpb

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