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September 11, 2010

San Bruno residents reported gas smells three weeks before the explosion, but PG&E ignored them

How much damage is done every year because of infrastructure failure? Lives lost, lives ruined from gas explosions, bridge collapses, levees breaking. Compare that to how many American lives are lost to terrorism, which hasn't really killed many people in 8 years. What would be a better investment, safer infrastructure, or fighting "terrorists" in foreign lands? Infrastructure, you say? Ask the city of San Bruno why we need it | Crooks and Liars
There will be investigations and there will be denials and equivocation, but I've managed to put this much together from tweets and reports posted to journalists' blogs: * The ruptured main belongs to Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) * The pipe that ruptured was installed in 1948 * Residents in the area had smelled gas for 3 weeks. When it was reported, some were told to shut their garage doors; others were told not to worry about it. (note: those tweets were people reacting in real time to TV reports and interviews) * People are still missing. Expect the death toll to rise. * The force of the explosion also stopped the water supply, making it much more difficult to fight the fire. * PG&E's president was interviewed, but managed to cover himself and duck any hard questions in the process about whether reports of a gas leak had not received priority attention. * At the time of this writing, it is reported that 45 homes have been lost with hundreds more damaged.

September 10, 2010

Detroit Lives

... and my already high opinion of Johnny Knoxville goes up 1,000 percent I know. This is to sell boots. But at long last, SOMEONE is finding the good in Detroit and letting us all know. Detroit | Palladium Boots

In celebration of the Jewish New Year, Dave-o wrote this column for the Ann Arbor Chronicle

The Ann Arbor Chronicle -- Column: Our Swimsuits, Ourselves We...

Gang of twelve men charged for murdering people, keeping body parts for souveniers

U.S. troops charged with murder of Afghan civilians - Yahoo! News
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Twelve U.S. soldiers have been charged with gruesome crimes in Afghanistan ranging from murdering civilians to keeping body parts as war trophies -- revelations that the Pentagon said on Thursday damaged America's image around the world. The infantry soldiers from the 5th Stryker Brigade based in Washington state deployed to Kandahar province a year ago and the murders occurred between January and March, according to charges by army prosecutors made public this week. "Allegations like this are ... very serious," Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell told a news briefing. "Clearly, even if these allegations are proved to be untrue, it is unhelpful. It does not help the perceptions of our forces around the world." Morrell declined to comment on the specifics of the charges because the case is still in the military justice system. Five soldiers were charged in June with the murder of three Afghan civilians in Kandahar province. But new charges disclosed to the media on Wednesday show seven others have also been charged in the case and face accusations that include conspiracy to cover-up the crime.

September 09, 2010

Massive explosion sets San Bruno on fire

This is just south of San Francisco. And here is the live video. Multiple homes on fire after San Bruno explosion | abc7news.com
SAN BRUNO, CA (KGO) -- Mulitple homes are on fire after a large explosion in the area near highways 280 and 380, Skyline Boulevard and Sneath Lane in San Bruno. A large fireball up to 50 feet in the air continues to burn out of control in the Crestmoor Two area. Fire crews are attacking the fires from the air and ground. It is believed that a 24-inch PG&E high-pressure gas line is the source of the explosion and fire. The FAA says they do not believe it was a plane. SFO spokesperson Mike McCarron says no plane from SFO is involved. People as far as one-half mile away say they felt the boom and heat of the explosion. There are reports of mulitple evacuations. People in the area of the fires should be prepared to evacuate.

A Rosh Hashanah gift from the Quran-burning FLA Christians

Pastor Terry Jones Calls Off Koran Burning, Ground Zero Mosque...