Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Hunter S. Thompsonesque

This article brings me back to the previous blog, lengthy, which is a quote from Hunter S. Thompson on a black-night meeting with Justice Clarence Thomas in Utah, I believe.

When I first read the Hunter S. Thompson piece -- I was up in Canada on vacation -- I wondered how Thompson avoided a libel suit. It's the most incredible piece, accusing Justice Thomas of unbelieveable debauchery and violence.

Reading the reviews of Justice Thomas' new book, I now wonder...maybe Thompson's piece is true!

Justice Thomas is a fascinating and not altogether unsympathetic figure to me, a plaintiff's discrimination lawyer. Some of his employment law opinions are quite good for the plaintiff's bar. Swierkiewicz v. Sorema N.A., for example

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Duke Energy -- For Upcoming Winter -- Laurel Bill For September

Submitted usage from Tbilisi October 3, 2007 @ 5 pm Tbilisi time, so it was morning of October 3 in Cincinnati, the day of normal meter reading. Reading the meter yesterday I figure I was 250 kwh high on my submitted meter read of 63603.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Clarence Thomas Book Review

click on title.

Then go back to my earlier blog repeating the words of Hunter S. Thompson.

Maybe that's why Hunter S. Thompson was not sued for libel -- it was all true!

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Strickland Plan for Re-Regulation

Utilities rip Strickland's plan
Biggest companies say competition exists for energy deregulation
Friday, October 5, 2007 4:17 AM
By Paul Wilson
Electricity customers in Ohio could face much higher bills if Gov. Ted Strickland's energy plan is approved, the leader of the state's largest utility said yesterday.
Tony Alexander, president and chief executive of Akron-based FirstEnergy Corp., said there's enough competition for electricity customers to keep prices from rising sharply when markets are set to be deregulated in Ohio at the end of next year.
"The push to change Ohio law should be driven by facts, not fear -- fear that competitive markets don't exist for electricity, which simply isn't true," Alexander said in testimony before the state Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee.
Strickland and others say the governor's plan would keep rates from skyrocketing. Under the plan, utilities would be forced to prove they have competition for selling electricity before they could move to market-based pricing.
Ohio and many other states have moved to deregulate their electricity markets. The hope was that customers could buy electricity from independent power providers instead of just the utilities whose wires are connected to their homes.
Proponents believed that competition would lower prices. But Strickland and others -- including some manufacturers, labor leaders and the Ohio Farm Bureau -- say competition never emerged in states where deregulation already has taken place. They also fear what might occur when full deregulation is set to take effect in Ohio in 2009.
"I don't know of anyone other than the utilities that are saying it's a competitive market," Strickland said. "That's a difference of opinion. What we're saying is (the utilities) have got a responsibility to demonstrate that there is a competitive market, and if they can do that, then they can go to market."
Calling it a "hybrid approach," Strickland wants to give utilities the choice of returning to a regulated environment by having the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio approve their rates or opting for market pricing -- but only if they can prove to the PUCO that a competitive market exists.
Columbus-based American Electric Power joined FirstEnergy this week in saying that Strickland's proposal doesn't provide utilities with that choice. Craig Baker, AEP's senior vice president of regulatory services, told legislators that the option was "illusory and, in reality, represents merely another regulated price option."
"AEP Ohio submits that this approach is shortsighted and prematurely abandons the decision to pursue market-based competition for Ohio customers," Baker said. FirstEnergy and AEP are the largest and second-largest electric utilities in the state, with about 3.5 million customers.
But not all of the state's utilities are in lock step on this issue. Dayton Power & Light and Duke Energy support Strickland's hybrid approach, although they asked for some changes. Their position pleased the Ohio Coalition for Affordable Power, a group affiliated with the Ohio Manufacturers' Association.
DP&L and Duke, in contrast to AEP and FirstEnergy, also support Strickland's proposal to diversify how electricity is generated in Ohio. Strickland wants 25 percent of electricity to come from "advanced" sources, such as wind and solar power, by 2025.
Dispatch reporter Mark Niquette contributed to this story.
"I don't know of anyone other than the utilities that are saying it's a competitive market."Gov. Ted Strickland

Friday, October 5, 2007

Duke Energy -- For Upcoming Winter -- Greenville Bill For September

Monday, October 1, 2007

Fallacy of Comparing an Index From Time of 1987 Crash

I read this yesterday:

"But $10,000 invested in the Dow on Friday, Oct. 16, the last trading day before the crash, and held until the present would still have more than quintupled."

This is bunk and has been pointed out many times. The Dow is an index with many companies going bankrupt. When the end approaches these stocks fail the measures that enable them to be listed stocks on the NYSE. They are taken out and replaced with a healthy stock.