Dr. Wattson\u2019s advice to her clients often falls on deaf ears, including her admonition to not take life\u2014real or virtual\u2014too seriously. Alas, Southern California Edison was unable to do that just in response to a satire released last week on YouTube by consumer advocates claiming it and the other utilities continue to undermine California\u2019s \u201cmillion solar roofs\u201d initiative funded with $3 billion of ratepayer dollars. Dr. Wattson witnessed the utility\u2019s spike in blood pressure given its missing-in-action sense of humor. Edison fired off a cease-and-desist letter Aug. 16 to the video perps\u2014Presente.org and the Other98.com. In the group\u2019s one minute clip, a serious-looking faux Edison honcho announces that Edison is \u201ccommitted\u201d to rooftop solar\u2014that is \u201ccommitted to keeping them off your roof.\u201d The bogus Edison salesman continues that while solar roofs \u201csave you money,\u201d It also \u201cthreatens our bottom line. And that isn\u2019t cool.\u201d The recipients said Edison\u2019s cease-and-desist letter insisting the video be yanked was a \u201cjoke\u201d\u2014and not an amusing one at that. \u201cInstead of trying to divert the public\u2019s attention by threatening to take legal action against our video parody, Edison and other utilities need to tell the public why they\u2019ve spent nearly $900,000 lobbying Latino legislators,\u201d said Arturo Carmona, Presente.org executive director. \u201cAttacking rooftop solar means putting at risk solar jobs and energy savings. And it perpetuates our reliance on dangerous energy sources like coal, natural gas, and nuclear,\u201d added John Sellers of The Other 98%. She\u2019lock Holmes was ironically amused because Edison\u2019s letter, in fact, added fuel to the activists\u2019 not-so-funny fire. On Aug. 21 a coalition of Latino groups, clean energy and health advocates protested outside Edison\u2019s Rosemead headquarters. The rally aimed at \u201cpushing back against the big utilities\u2019 lobby targeting the Latino caucus in Sacramento to undermine the economic value of installing solar panels on homes,\u201d according to Presente. Their ire focused on an amended AB 327 by Assemblymember Henry Perea (D-Fresno) that would add fixed charges to energy bills for residential solar projects in Pacific Gas & Electric, Edison, and San Diego Gas & Electric territories. These fixed charges would amount to $10\/month, warn the advocates. She\u2019lock watches California Public Utilities Commission president Mike Peevey from afar in London, and finds him an interesting fellow. Picking up the Fleet Street papers, she noticed that he was the focus of an exposé by NBC\u2019s Bay Area Investigative Unit. NBC highlighted Peevy\u2019s $165,185 in gifts, including international travel, he has received over the last six years. Apparently none of those visits were to 221B Baker St., London. The tab for six of 16 pricey trips was picked up by the partly utility funded California Foundation for the Environment and the Economy. The business trips include two trips to Australia in 2010 and 2011, \u201cwhich each cost $12,577; an excursion to New Zealand in 2008 at a cost of $13,065; a week-long trip to Spain in 2009 at a cost of $14,106; and a 15-day adventure to South Africa in 2007 at a price tag of $14,998,\u201d according to NBC. Assembly Speaker pro Tem Nora Campos (D-San Jose) wrote a letter questioning the expense of the trips, \u201cundermining\u201d the spirit of the rule. The gifts were reported on Peevey\u2019s \u201cstatement of economic interest\u201d and their legality has not been questioned by Campos or others. At issue for many is the ethics of the matter, including Wattson et al. In spite of Wattson or She\u2019locks concerted efforts, they could find no humor in the two Major issues\u2014nukes and wine. This week, She\u2019lock got decked out with notebook in hand to meet the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in Eureka for a virtual meeting on the progress of decommissioning the Humboldt Bay nuke. She\u2019lock discovered that the commission not only didn\u2019t webcast or offer a phone-bridge for those unable to make it to the remote area of Northern California, but it hadn\u2019t even notified the local media. Calls and emails to the commission organizers were not answered. Now we know NRC staff flew all the way from Maryland to Eureka so they could \u201csay\u201d they had a public meeting. She\u2019lock smokes a pipe filled with tobacco, but what were these guys smoking? Her mood worsened in response to bad news about the expected loss of California\u2019s famous wine regions because of climate change. The main problem is water supply constraints and warmer temperatures, forcing the relocation of vineyards, according to a National Academy of Sciences analysis. Beer is better for the British, anyway, we assume. While Napa could become a one wine bar town, all is not lost, according to a Napa wine consultant, who considers the NAS analysis a grape report. \u201cIt's right on," Steve Matthiasson told the San Francisco Chronicle. \u201cIt's time we think hard about it so we growers can move out of the abstract. Remember, grapes are very adaptable. Even now they're growing grapes in the Coachella Valley, where it's really hot.\u201d Grapes may be adaptable but bureaucracies are not. Consider that in a major island country, power to more than one million people was cut off. No, it wasn\u2019t a weather-driven blackout. It was no more Mr. Nice Guy for the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines. In response to lack of utility bill payments, it blacked out 160,000 households, according to news reports. \u201cWe are used to devastations brought about by typhoons and volcanic eruptions, but this will be the first time a man-made disaster such as this hit our province,\u201d Edcel Lagman, in the Philippine House of Representatives told the press. Obviously he wasn\u2019t in California in 2000-01.