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The power is out! I am pecking this out on my phone, my only link to the civilised world.

Actually, I’m not. I’m using speech to text because I am lazy – which works remarkably well except every time I say comma, it types karma.

No doubt they will find some way to blame the power outage on the heat. It’s 90 something today. The news is claiming that cars and garden sheds are spontaneously bursting into flame and the tarmac at the airport has melted.

You never heard such hand-wavy bullshit.


Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: July 18, 2022, 7:33 pm

OMG !!!!!!!!!!

The temperature on the EB deck has just hit 95ºF on a July afternoon at 3:30 PM !!!!!!!!

It must be summer (which I just had to correct from simmer).

*EB deck is short for ExpressoBold deck.

Comment from Some wilted vegetable
Time: July 18, 2022, 8:36 pm

It is105° F here according to the outdoor thermometer…Nothing has caught on fire nor melted…well… except the cat who has dissolved into a big sleeping lump of cat hair and fat, but you sort of have to expect that during the Cat-Days-Of-Summer.

Hope you get your power back soon – I am sending windy thoughts towards your power grid!

Comment from QuasiModo
Time: July 18, 2022, 8:58 pm

Assholes are trying to keep everybody scared, there should be a law against that.

Comment from BJM
Time: July 18, 2022, 9:03 pm

103 here, 104 yesterday…but that’s not too bad for mid July.

However it must be miserable across the pond where many don’t have A/C or heat tolerance. This is when a big ole claw-foot bathtub comes in handy.

Back in the day we Valley folk ran swamp coolers…spent many a summer afternoon laying on the floor in front of the register reading. They were actually pretty cool…low 80’s is bearable.

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: July 18, 2022, 9:18 pm

Here I thought y’all (and Europe) were just raising the thermostats to make your Middle Eastern and African permanent guests feel more at home!

Comment from Tim Carlson
Time: July 18, 2022, 9:35 pm

High 80s / low 90s here. Humid and rainy. Typical weather for the Philippines in July.

Used to live in Phoenix, Arizona, where it is going to get into the mid-110s. Again, typical for July. Call me when it goes over 125 and the tarmac at the airport starts to melt.

The news is all panic-mode bullshite – how else to part you from your hard-earned cash? Gotta keep the elites well fed and firmly ensconced in power, di ba?

I PREDICT: A major confluence of chinese crud and monkey pox before the mid-term elections. With mask, social distancing, and stay-in-your-damn-house mandates. And lots and lots of mail-in ballots.

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: July 18, 2022, 10:16 pm

And expect a bunch of not deep blue states to tell the CDC, the NIH, and little Joey Biden to FOAD when they try for round three of Plandemic insanity.

Then we’ll see how it all shakes out state by state. Continued insanity party, or change to the “pretend we’ll fix it” party.

Comment from Subotai Bahadur
Time: July 18, 2022, 10:38 pm

Tim Carlson and Durnedyankee.

I am expecting something similar, probably accompanied by yet another declaration of a state of national emergency and that we needn’t bother to try to vote because they will do it for us, and it will be 150% of the vote being Democrat. I suspect that we will find out what we are made of.

Subotai Bahadur

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: July 18, 2022, 11:03 pm

The summer of 1976 in Olde Blighty… compliments of Watts Up With That…

Comment from Drew458
Time: July 19, 2022, 1:27 am

Just checking in to see if you’ve spontaneously combusted yet. Just read the NBC News feed from your Met Office
“Most of Britain is just waking up to the reality of extreme weather that’s exacerbated by humanmade climate change.”

Oh shut up.

Maybe, if this keeps up and those poor UKers have to deal with actual summer and actual winter, they’ll do something radical … like get actual heat and actual air conditioning. And maybe even screens on the windows. Oh, the huge manatee.

Map shows your end of the island in RED Extreme Heat. OMG!!
A LEVEL 4 national emergency!!! Total hype. “There was a 50% chance the UK could record its hottest temperature to date”. 50%. Which means it might, or might not. Duh.

When are y’all going to riot and burn down the media offices for their fear mongering?

And that once proud stiff upper lip, and the whole art of muddling through? “But Britain is simply not materially, culturally or psychologically equipped to cope.” Sorry your whole nation has become a bunch of weak kneed Frenchmen.

“Some public health experts have predicted that hundreds, if not thousands of people could die before the temperatures cool into the high 70s Wednesday.” So … TWO HOT DAYS and you all drop dead? Holy clap. This is why you have a basement, underground where it’s cooler. This is why you have a bathtub and ice in the freezer. This is why you really should have a couple box fans … but of course they shut off the power to protect the grid (no, really to make you suffer more and surrender to their socialist green nude eel agenda). Like I said, where are the riots?

Comment from Tim Carlson
Time: July 19, 2022, 6:45 am

“Sorry your whole nation has become a bunch of weak kneed Frenchmen”.

HA! *snort* I think half of my drink is in my nasal cavity!

Yeah, you should riot. All of you. Especially if the authorities are dense enough to cut the power. Then, maybe, they will use fire hoses to cool you off – ah, er – teach you a lesson!

There’s going to be a Great Reckoning one day – I hope I’m around to see it.

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: July 19, 2022, 10:47 am

Wow, according to the Daily Fail British History is only a couple of hundred years long.

Has no one pointed out to these whiny weather Karens that mechanisms for inducing panic by allowing temperature to be measured, sorta, have only existed since just before the turn of the 17th century, and only relatively accurately, using an actual calibrated scale(Fahrenheit), since the early 1700 hundreds?

But of course history for the chattering class and a lot of their readers, viewers, and listeners, only goes back as far as when Napoleon started World War One by leading his Viking troops on an invasion of England by attempting to drive a convoy of Nissan Armadas through the Chunnel.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: July 19, 2022, 11:56 am

As if the attempts of the BBC to generate hysteria and panic weren’t enough to quite put me off my worm pie, Stoatie and I also had to cope with a three ring circus called Network Power, which (allegedly) looks after the cabling and so on.

Given that the power should never have failed in the first place, they managed to get us back into the 21st century after a few hours, but all the while we were being bombarded with gooey text messages from their desk jockeys, telling us how much they cared, how much they felt our pain and a pile of misinformation that flatly contradicted what the gentlemen wearing the hard hats and fixing the problem were explaining. Even two hours after we were illuminated, the kids in the office were still texting us with ‘We’re ever so sorry, really’ messages. I almost hope none of them were moved to self-harm.

What we are witnessing here isn’t really a loss of the famous stiff upper lip (which was always a bit suspect, anyway). It’s the result of decades of nannyism and creeping touchy-feely-leftie hypocrisy which, of course, is a velvet glove wrapped around a socialist fist.

Fear not. Good, sturdy, hard-headed Anglo-Saxon scepticism is still remarkably common over here. For now, at any rate. But they’re working on it.

Comment from BJM
Time: July 20, 2022, 5:31 pm

BTW- when the grid goes down the water & sewerage pumping stations do too. So keep a foot or so of water in a bathtub and jugs for drinking.

We installed a 2800kw whole house generator (w/ 1000 gal propane tank) cuz blackouts during fire season, a transfer switch for the solar arrays, 30 cords of oak, large veggie garden and a well and septic…so we’re pretty much self-sufficient but the one life lesson I’ve learned is you can never count on backups when the shite hits the fan.

I am beginning to wonder if we will push back, or just feebly fade into a Hunger Games scenario.

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