Last night I was channel surfing and caught this interesting documentary on PBS, it was called POWERTRIP.The documentary was about all aspects of electricity production,transmission, and distribution in the country of Georgia formerly part of the Soviet Union.
After watching the documentary all I can say is God Bless America! I thank God everyday that I live in this wonderful country!
Apparently regional culture in that area has precipitated some interesting problems when it comes to paying for electric power. If one does not have immdeiate cash for settlement of a bill, it is considered socially acceptable to pay your financial obligation in “raw goods,” like maybe a cartful of last season’s potatoes or cotton bales. It then becomes the collector’s problem of handing the logistics of conversion to hard cash. Nonpayment has become a serious issue where the debtor is a nuclear-defense base, or the refrigerated tomb of a former Soviet high official.
[This message has been edited by Bjarney (edited 01-26-2005).]