Following the recent release of Mötley Crüe biopic The Dirt, headlines about the pioneers of the have been everywhere. The band member who’s been the most active on interviews and social media is the notorious group’s co-founder, writer, photographer, radio host, songwriter and, of course, the bass player, Nikki Sixx. Nikki was and still is open to sharing his opinion on what he thinks about certain aspects of our reality. Here are six sets of six Sixx quips on six different topics.1. Darkness1) “When you can’t climb your way out of such a hole, you tend to crouch down and call it home.”2) “What can I say that will make people that are in recovery want to stand up and support Recovery Month? A friend of mine said, ‘You know, the fact that you did a really honest book and it changed people’s lives, that’s something to talk about.’”3) “In ’85, I went through rehab and I wasn’t ready. If you’re not ready, you’re not ready. You don’t want to hear the truth, and you’re gonna keep doing what you keep doing.”4) “When the addict gets recovery, his family gets recovery, right?”5) “If you don’t deal with your demons, they will deal with you, and it’s gonna hurt.”6) “I love Starbucks. Maybe that’s a bit sad. But I definitely need my caffeine. It’s what gets me out of bed in the morning.”2. Positivity1) “Beauty, to me, is kind, generous, and people that are humble.”2) “Even as a kid, I saw the world in my own way and thought most things that were different were beautiful and magical. Even things that other people thought were horrifying and disgusting and weird.”3) “What inspires me? I am so inspired every day. I am inspired by thinkers. I am inspired by rebellion. I am inspired by children. I have been inspired by love.”4) “Through recovery, I’ve been able to do so much good stuff.”5) “Every day, I wake up, and the first thing I think of is my kids.”6) “Love those who hurt you the most, because they are probably the ones closest to you. They, too, are on a path, and just like you they are learning to walk before they can fly. Imagine of everybody you hurt in life turned their backs on you? You would be playing a hell of a lot of solitaire. Love them no matter what.”3. Cynicism1) “Life is like a long ride to nowhere in particular.”2) “I forgive my mom for being a psycho and my dad for being a loser.”3) “It’s interesting. People go to an animal shelter and pick a dog that’s been kicked, beaten, and has lost a leg and an eye, and they’ll take that dog home and give it love and support, but they don’t do that with people.”4) “I do believe that I’m an addict on one level or another at all times.”5) “People say I have a distorted lens. I think I see things as they really are.”6) “It takes all kinds to make the world go ’round. If everyone was straight-laced and uptight, it would sure be a drag. We need a little tug of war in society.”4. Motivation1) “We all fall off the wagon. It’s only one day; it’s not the rest of your life. Pick yourself up and go again.”2) “I had to find the courage to turn my life around.”3) “You can get through anything if you want it bad enough.”4) “You can’t pee like a puppy if you wanna run with the big dogs.”5) “Ego is the great enemy. Ego will hold you back every single time.”6) “I’ve got so many mountains to climb and goals to conquer. I’ve got so many scars I want to leave on the planet. I just feel like I’m not there yet. I feel like I am just getting started.”5. Industry1) “Celebrities, movie stars and rock stars are losing their mystique.”2) “The industry needs to be run by artists, because we are the only people that care about art.”3) “They say the music you listen to in your formative years stays with you and leaves an impression for the rest of your life. For me, the things that I fell in love with happened in the ’70s, when artists were nurtured by record companies and it wasn’t about singles.”4) “The industry is a menace to artists.”5) “Artists are very young, and say, Um, ok, to these industry dudes.”6) “What’s scummy about the music industry is that everybody loves you when you’re dead.”6. Mötley Crüe1) “If you actually dissect the lyrics in ‘Motley Crue’, you’ll notice that there’s a lot going on beneath the surface.”2) “If you were on the phone with me and Tommy [Lee] right now, we would probably forget you were there, we’d just be cracking jokes. It’s like Beavis and Butthead.”3) “It’s about what happens on stage, whether we can deliver it in a hungry way that is who we are in our hearts.”4) “The thing is that I’ve known the guys from Motley Crue longer than just about everybody.”5) “Do I think anything I ever do will be as big as Motley Crue? It’s impossible.”6) “There’s a sound with Motley Crue, and it comes with Vince [Neil]’s voice, which is such an important part of the show, and Mick’s guitar. And the way Tommy and me play together is an important part of it.”The Dirt – Official Trailer Zack Hargrove is a blogger and remote editor. You can always catch him up on Twitter @zackhargrovejr. If you get anxiety during computer classes, feel free use his tips on programming help and get professional service on his website.
by Alan Panebaker vtdigger.org In legislative committees on Natural Resources and Energy this session all the buzz is about two bills that would require mandatory renewable portfolio standards. Until now, Vermont utilities have voluntarily purchased renewable energy; the utilities receive credits verifying that the power is renewable and then they sell most of those renewable energy credits to other utilities out of state.Under several new bills before the legislature utilities would no longer be allowed to sell as many renewable energy credits to other utilities out of state. Other New England states mandate that utilities to show they have a certain amount of these renewable energy credits. Vermont doesn’t require that utilities retain the credits.Searsburg wind towers, courtesy GMPA renewable portfolio standard is a mechanism that requires electric utilities to supply customers with a certain amount of ‘renewable’ power. If utilities do not produce a set percentage of renewable power in their total load, or ‘portfolio,’ they are required to pay a fine essentially known as an alternative compliance payment.According to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 29 states and the District of Columbia have renewable portfolio standards and goals. Vermont is the only New England state without one.Although a statute has been on the books since 2005, utilities have not been required to purchase ‘renewable’ energy per se. Instead, the state set goals, and if utilities do not meet them, a mandatory renewable portfolio standard kicks in in 2013 if utilities did not meet these goals.Vermont’s approach encourages developers to build renewable energy projects like wind and solar farms without requiring utilities to keep what are called Renewable Energy Certificates, or ‘RECs.’When a renewable electric generation project sells electricity, it sells the juice ‘ and it sells the value of the credits separately. These ‘green’ credits are basically a label that utilities buy with the power to verify it meets ‘renewable’ standards set by a state.The proposed Vermont legislation is slated to shake up the whole system by requiring utilities to keep some of the credits, which they currently sell to other states.Paul Belval is an attorney in Connecticut whose firm Day Pitney is counsel to the New England Power Pool, the organization that owns and operates the renewable energy credit system in the region.Belval compares the regional transmission grid to a bucket of water. You can poke a bunch of holes in the bottom of the bucket and drain it into cups, but you cannot pinpoint the exact hole the water came from. In a similar fashion, it is essentially impossible to determine where power comes from once it reaches the grid. Enter the RECs. When someone buys power from a generator, they also buy the RECs. This is a way of accounting for how much renewable energy there is out there.‘The whole issue here is in an integrated transmission system, it is not possible to know which electrons come from which generator,’ Belval says.This is where Vermont comes in. The state’s Sustainably Priced Energy Enterprise Development program encourages utilities to obtain a percentage of their power from qualifying renewable energy projects in the state. The utilities can then sell the credits to other states, and in the majority of situations, this is what happens. The energy counts toward the SPEED program, and utilities can sell the RECs for cash to other states.Everyone wins, right? Not quite.Kevin Jones, Smart Grid project leader for the Institute for Energy and the Environment at Vermont Law School, says this double counting is a sham.‘The fundamental problem with the SPEED program is it’s a brown power program, not a green power program because it encourages utilities to sign contracts with renewable energy developers, then it allows them to sell the RECs out of state rather than to keep them for their customers’ benefit,’ Jones says.Jones, who said he does not represent the law school’s position, has been an outspoken critic of the program.‘Traditionally what states have tried to do is to allow their customers to purchase clean renewable energy,’ he says. ‘In order to do that, the RECs must be procured and retired for the benefit of customers.’Allowing renewable energy to be counted once for SPEED and once for a renewable portfolio standard undermines the confidence of Vermont consumers who think they are buying green power, when it is technically ‘brown’ power from the grid ‘ meaning it comes from coal, nuclear or some other nonrenewable source, according to Jones. If Vermont is going to allow utilities to sell RECs to Massachusetts and Connecticut (where the majority end up), it should not call the SPEED program a renewable energy program, he says.‘If the goal of the SPEED program is to procure renewable energy for use by Vermonters, that goal is not achieved, given sale of Renewable Energy Credits out of state,’ Jones said. ‘If the goal is to procure brown power for Vermonters at high rates but provide cash payments to in-state renewable developers, then the SPEED program is very successful.’If Vermont really wants to procure renewable energy for its residents, it needs an renewable portfolio standard, Jones says.The Costs and the CompromisesDespite its critics, for utilities, like Green Mountain Power, the Vermont system has been successful, says spokesman Robert Dostis.The SPEED program requires utilities to enter contracts with developers who are building renewable projects, providing them some level of certainty that they will be able to pay off the costs of construction.‘SPEED is working,’ Dostis says. ‘If the goal of a renewable portfolio standard is to promote more renewable generation, SPEED has worked very effectively to do that.’Selling the credits out of state also helps keep rates down for Green Mountain Power customers, Dostis says. If the goal is to claim renewable energy credits, he says, there are cost implications.The value of the Renewable Energy Credits is not chump change. Dostis says value RECs for projects that will go online in 2013 are worth about $10 million in today’s market. If the utility had to retire those RECs, it would represent a 4 percent rate increase for customers, according to calculations from the utility.The catch for utilities is that once they sell the RECs, they cannot call the power renewable any more under Federal Trade Commission rules called Green Guides. Once they are sold, even though the power might be bought from a wind farm, it is technically ‘brown’ power off the grid made up of some amalgamation of fossil fuels and nuclear. It is also cheaper.If the state implements a renewable portfolio standard, power from new projects like the controversial Kingdom Community Wind project in Lowell and the Granite Reliable Power Windpark in New Hampshire would be more expensive since the utility could not sell the credits, Dostis says.Some power in the state is technically ‘renewable’ already. For example, Green Mountain Power has a program where customers can opt to pay more and retire the RECs. Otherwise, they are sold to other New England states.John Spencer facilitates the SPEED program under an appointment from the Public Service Board. He gave testimony last week along with many others. Spencer says most, but not all, credits from SPEED projects like Sheffield Wind are sold to Massachusetts or Connecticut.Spencer emphasizes that he is neutral on whether the state should shift to a mandatory RPS. One advantage that it will lose, he says, is the ratepayer cost savings.‘I think as a theoretical policy issue, people like a renewable portfolio standard,’ Spencer said. ‘It’s complex. It’s global. It’s very enticing to them for those reasons. From a practical standpoint, the State of Vermont is already doing a good job of incentivizing development of renewable power.’After all, utilities could choose to retire the RECs in state to retain the environmental attributes. The just don’t.The Vermont Department of Public Service and the Public Service Board have weighed in as well.In the Comprehensive Energy Plan, released in December, the department recommended a renewable portfolio standard with a 75 percent renewable goal by the end of a 20-year period.Department of Public Service Commissioner Liz Miller said including all ‘renewable’ sources in the 20-year target rather then making distinctions between different types (for example large versus small or new versus old) would help smooth the rate trajectory.‘It’s an all-in suggestion by the department in the energy plan that rather than creating a number of carve-outs or technology preferences or age preferences that the Legislature instead focus on what we heard Vermonters wanted in the energy planning process,’ Miller said. ‘That was clean energy that helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions that relies on our natural resources, rather than the system we have now where renewable energy can be built here even though the renewable credit attributes can be sold out of state.’A renewable portfolio standard does not come cheap. In the Public Service Board report to the Legislature, it estimated a proposed RPS would cost between $311 million and $435 million above the status quo ‘ a number highlighted by some conservative politicians and business groups as a reason not to implement an RPS.For now, the two committees begin the process of grinding through the muck to create legislation.Senator Ginny Lyons, D-Chittenden, is the chair of the Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee. She introduced renewable portfolio standard legislation this session.During a break between committee presentations, Lyons said the challenge is achieving a balance between steady electricity rates and ensuring Vermont does its share of reducing its carbon footprint.‘We want to make sure that both ratepayers and utilities are protected economically,’ Lyons said. ‘Allowing for RECs to be used at will by the utilities may not be in the best interests long term for ratepayers, and i think that’s what we’re hearing, that we need to make adjustments.’The critical issue, Lyons said, will be offsetting environmental effects. This means possibly redefining Hydro-Quebec as a separate tier from other renewable sources and clarifying differences between large and small projects in state as well.Lyons said the House will most likely take the lead on introducing a renewable energy bill to the floor. Top Photo: AllEarth 2.2 MW Solar Farm South Burlington, Vermont Business Magazine.January 9, 2012 vtdigger.org
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The senior Southold Town Justice Court clerk resigned this week before facing allegations in Suffolk County court that she stole bail and other funds she had been tasked with managing, authorities said.Christine Stulsky will be arraigned Friday before Judge James Hudson, but prosecutors did not specify what charges she is facing for the alleged thefts.District Attorney Tom Spota said his investigators “found evidence of asset misappropriation” committed by Stulsky, whose duties also included the collecting and depositing fines generated by the closure of court cases.The 64-year-old New Suffolk woman, who has worked for north Fork town court for 34 years, is Southold town’s second-longest serving employee, according to The Suffolk Times, which first reported the story earlier this week.The Southold Town Justice Court handles over 5,000 matters annually, including traffic violations, criminal offenses, town code violations, landlord and tenant cases, civil actions and small claims actions, according to the town website.Spota said that the investigation, which includes an analysis of voluminous paper and electronic records, is continuing.
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Accidents involving autonomous cars could slow the advance of the technology and demonstrate the need for tougher federal standards, a leading highway safety advocate said Thursday. US investigating fatal Tesla crash in California This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. A January survey by the American Automobile Industry found 63 percent of consumers were fearful of riding in a totally autonomous car Explore further Citation: Tougher US rules needed on autonomous cars: advocate (2018, March 29) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-tougher-autonomous-cars-advocate.html “Having some basic rules of the road that everyone follows will benefit everyone because if one company fails at ensuring safety, it will affect all companies and consumer support,” said Catherine Chase, president of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety.In an address to a safety conference at the New York Auto Show, Chase alluded to last week’s fatal accident in Arizona involving an Uber vehicle and called for tougher federal standards and an overhaul of autonomous driving legislation moving through Congress. Besides the Uber accident, questions about self-driving cars surfaced after another fatal crash last week in California in which a Tesla owner died. Both accidents are under investigation.Highway safety advocates are bullish on the potential for autonomous driving technologies to help stem the rise of roadway deaths. US road fatalities rose 5.6 percent to 37,461 in 2016, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.Some cars already employ automatic braking, steering and other safety-oriented innovations.The thinking is that broader application of these mechanisms—and the arrival of fully autonomous vehicles—could avert crashes caused by drunk driving or inattention and other human errors.Choosing words carefullyWall Street and automakers are also eager to push the technology, but surveys suggest the broader public is skeptical but curious about the technology as it becomes more widely discussed.A January survey by the American Automobile Industry found 63 percent of consumers were fearful of riding in a totally autonomous car, down from 78 percent a year earlier.Chase said car companies had pointed to the prevalence of human-caused accidents to push for quick deployment of autonomous driving technology. But she warned it could backfire.The US Department of Transportation has issued “only voluntary guidelines which are toothless and result in companies handing in what are essentially glossy brochures for their vehicles,” she said.”We believe this doesn’t go far enough to ensure safety, reliability and consumer confidence,” she said.Kelly Nantel, vice president of the National Safety Council, said autonomous technology had the potential to “revolutionize” auto safety but that carmakers should make clear what the technology can and cannot do.”We have to be very careful how we name things,” she said. “Calling something ‘Autopilot’ sends a message to the lay consumer that the system is capable of something it isn’t.”Safety regulators criticized Tesla’s Autopilot after a May 2016 fatal crash, finding that the driver relied too heavily on Autopilot that was made possible under Tesla’s design, according to a September 2017 National Transportation Safety Board report. © 2018 AFP