Late stage capitalism is a corporation having the ability to turn off electricity for a region of over 7 million people at will because its faulty equipment can't stop setting fires.

As someone who grew up in a place where utility companies are not responsible for ravenous fires that burn down entire towns, this boggles my mind.

I just remembered that the state of California uses prison labor to fight wildfires so also California is trash and I'm no longer surprised.

@pagrus @guerrillarain it's wild to me that they're not even investing in fixing the faulty infrastructure, they're just shutting it off to avoid getting sued some more 🙄​

@guerrillarain They probably won't care much until somebody reminds them that we, their customers, are the ones who send money their way. Once a dent gets put in their revenue they might start paying attention. Might.

@guerrillarain Don't forget that they will also get automatic approval to hike rates 10% or more to pay for the fires they keep setting, which will then be used to pay the executives tens of millions of dollars, after filing bankruptcy to evade court judgments after buying their way out of criminal negligence charges.

@rootwyrm @guerrillarain that's OK, with everything I've heard about electricity rates in that region, that'll just accelerate the move to community solar+battery microgrids
@guerrillarain Because it's far, far cheaper to do that than to fix the faulty equipment, or to pay out lawsuits from the fires it causes.

@guerrillarain more good times from the company that brought you such hits as "groundwater contamination: the musical" and "honey, our gas pipeline just blew up san bruno" /s

@guerrillarain omg could u imagine the reaction to the gov doing that? Wtf does nobody talk about how shit big privatization is when IT fucks up?

@guerrillarain Can't wait to have my power turned off because of this. Fuck. Being a homeowner in this shitty state sucks so hard.

@guerrillarain not only that, prisoners can't even apply to be firefighters for the city when they're released. they're good enough to defend rich peoples homes and horses when they're slave labor but not when they need to be paid 🤷

@guerrillarain and then they bare former inmates from joining the fire department.

They train them for a dangerous job, make them do it for basically no money, and then dgaf when those people have served their time.

I mean we need to abolish the prison system but, as that will take a long time, I could also go for reforming bullshit like this (and abolishing for profit prisons, making communication with an inmate free, etc.)


I'm blissfully ignorant of everything in this thread, yet somehow I'm now livid.


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