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Coast Guard ends search for 2 after oil rig fire

Source: USA Today

8:14PM EST November 17. 2012 -

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Coast Guard on Saturday evening called off its search for two workers missing after a fire broke out on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico, sending an ominous black plume of smoke into the air reminiscent of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion that transformed the oil industry and life along the U.S. Gulf Coast.

Chief Petty Officer Bobby Nash told The Associated Press that the search was ended at about 5:25 p.m. CST.

Coast Guard officials said in a news release Saturday that helicopters were searching for the missing workers from the air, while a cutter searched the sea.

The blaze, which started Friday while workers were using a torch to cut an oil line, severely burned at least four workers. Their burns were not as extensive as initially reported, said Leslie Hoffman, a spokeswoman for Black Elk Energy, which owned the platform.

Read more: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2012/11/17/coast-guard-ends-search-for-2-after-oil-rig-fire/1711719/
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Sat Nov 17, 2012, 09:20 PM (14 replies)

Ohio woman ordered to wear 'idiot' sign for driving on sidewalk to avoid school bus

CLEVELAND - A woman caught on camera driving on a sidewalk to avoid a Cleveland school bus that was unloading children will have to stand at an intersection wearing a sign warning about idiots.

Court records show a Cleveland Municipal Court judge on Monday ordered 32-year-old Shena Hardin to stand at an intersection for two days next week. She will have to wear a sign saying: "Only an idiot drives on the sidewalk to avoid a school bus."

The judge ordered her to wear the sign from 7:45 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. both days.

Hardin's license was suspended for 30 days and she was ordered to pay $250 in court costs.


Includes video:

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Thu Nov 8, 2012, 01:29 AM (6 replies)

GasBuddy develops Sandy gas availability site

Finding gasoline in the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy has been about as easy as finding a needle in a haystack, which has led GasBuddy developers to come up with an innovative way to track where gasoline (diesel availability is not covered at this time) is available.

The tool is immediately available for those in the affected regions by visiting http://www.gasbuddy.com/sandy from a web broswer via desktop, or mobile phone connection. Due to the approval process for smartphone apps, this tool will be web-based only at this time, but GasBuddy is looking into ways to permanently have such a feature in its smartphone apps as well.

GasBuddy spotters in the region are urged to update the fuel availability information so that motorists looking for gasoline can find it. GasBuddy is also working with some gas stations to keep their information updated, but as word gets out about the new tool, use and reporting will likely continue to increase.

Read more at http://blog.gasbuddy.com/posts/GasBuddy-develops-Sandy-gas-availability-site/1715-518011-1435.aspx#1hCcxxeVVWr1bSAh.99


I think this is very cool! Tried this and it really works! Spread it around!

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Mon Nov 5, 2012, 01:39 AM (6 replies)

Sweden runs out of garbage, forced to import from Norway

Photo: Smath/Flickr

Sweden, a recycling-happy land where a quarter of a million homes are powered by the incineration of waste, is facing a unique dilemma: The nation has run out of much-needed fuel.

Sweden, birthplace of the Smörgåsbord, Eric Northman, and the world’s preferred solar-powered purveyor of flat-pack home furnishings, is in a bit of a pickle: the squeaky clean Scandinavian nation of more than 9.5 million has run out of garbage. The landfills have been tapped dry; the rubbish reserves depleted. And although this may seem like a positive — even enviable — predicament for a country to be facing, Sweden has been forced to import trash from neighboring countries, namely Norway. Yep, Sweden is so trash-strapped that officials are shipping it in — 80,000 tons of refuse annually, to be exact — from elsewhere.

You see, Swedes are big on recycling. So big in fact that only 4 percent of all waste generated in the country is landfilled.

Good for them! However, the population's remarkably pertinacious recycling habits are also a bit of a problem given that the country relies on waste to heat and to provide electricity to hundreds of thousands of homes through a longstanding waste-to-energy incineration program. So with citizens simply not generating enough burnable waste to power the incinerators, the country has been forced to look elsewhere for fuel. Says Catarina Ostlund, a senior advisor for the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency: “We have more capacity than the production of waste in Sweden and that is usable for incineration.”

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Sun Oct 28, 2012, 02:52 AM (3 replies)

Recall: Sunscreen could burst into flames on skin

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- A recall is underway for Banana Boat products that could give new meaning to the word sunburn.

Energizer Holdings (ENR), the consumer goods conglomerate that produces Banana Boat products, announced Friday that certain of the brand's sunscreen sprays may potentially burst into flames on users' skin if they come in contact with a flame or spark before the spray is completely dry.

Energizer said it has received reports of four "adverse events" in which the sprays have caused burns in the U.S., and one in Canada. The company said it believes the problem stems from the fact that the spray valves on the products in question dispense more than is typical in the industry, meaning that the spray takes longer to dry.

"If a consumer comes into contact with a flame or spark prior to complete drying of the product on the skin, there is a potential for the product to ignite," Energizer said in a statement.


Maybe not so great for your active lifestyle.

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Sun Oct 21, 2012, 03:44 AM (4 replies)

Schumer calls for Social Security safety measures

Source: (Albany) Times Union

NEW YORK — Sen. Chuck Schumer says scammers are stealing thousands of senior citizens' Social Security payments, often with just one phone call.

The New York Democrat on Sunday urged the federal Social Security Administration to take safety measures to curb the fraud.

As of August, the senator says, there have been more than 19,000 reports of attempted identify thefts. That's about 50 each day.

The payments are directly deposited into private bank accounts. Scammers divert payments by obtaining account information, then making a phone call to reroute the money to their own accounts.

Read more: http://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Schumer-calls-for-Social-Security-safety-measures-3948279.php

As if seniors didn't have enough to worry about from the Republicans...
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Sun Oct 14, 2012, 11:18 PM (22 replies)

K&R! More good ones:

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Sun Sep 16, 2012, 11:18 PM (0 replies)

FYI, Michelle Obama is appearing on Letterman tonight!

You can tell that he really likes her and they always seem to have a good time. Here's a preview:

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Wed Aug 29, 2012, 10:42 PM (7 replies)

Sensata workers protest at Romney campaign event in Bettendorf, Iowa

Workers facing outsourcing by Bain Capital at the Sensata Technologies plant in Freeport, Ill., and supportive community members protested Aug. 22 outside presumptive Republican nominee for president Mitt Romney’s campaign event at a manufacturing facility in Bettendorf, Iowa.

Inside the event, workers raised a banner urging Romney, the former Bain CEO, to help save their jobs and asked him directly whether he would intervene to stop their jobs from being outsourced. Romney didn’t respond — making this the second time he has ignored questions about Sensata at campaign events.


Aug. 13, Romney’s campaign staff called the police on Sensata workers trying to deliver their letter at the campaign’s headquarters in Madison, Wis.

Meanwhile, public support for the workers’ campaign continues to grow. In July, the Freeport City Council unanimously passed a resolution calling on Romney to come meet the workers and use his influence at Bain to intervene on their behalf. Aug. 21, U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., joined the workers to deliver a petition with more than 35,000 signatures to Bain’s offices in Evanston, Ill.

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Thu Aug 23, 2012, 03:31 AM (11 replies)

Meet Paul Ryan: Climate Denier, Conspiracy Theorist, Koch Acolyte

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), Mitt Romney’s vice-presidential pick, is a virulent denier of climate science, with a voting record to match.

A favorite of the Koch brothers, Ryan has accused scientists of engaging in conspiracy to “intentionally mislead the public on the issue of climate change.” He has implied that snow invalidates global warming.

Ryan has voted to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from limiting greenhouse pollution, to eliminate White House climate advisers, to block the U.S. Department of Agriculture from preparing for climate disasters like the drought devastating his home state, and to eliminate the Department of Energy Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA-E):


Paul Ryan Argued Snow Invalidates Global Warming Policy. In the same anti-science, anti-scientist December 2009 op-ed, Ryan argued, “Unilateral economic restraint in the name of fighting global warming has been a tough sell in our communities, where much of the state is buried under snow.” Ryan’s line is especially disingenuous because he hasn’t been trying to sell climate action, he’s been spreading disinformation.

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Sun Aug 12, 2012, 03:07 AM (7 replies)
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