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Americans lead in Brazilian exhibition sport "Summer Curling", go USA!

Posted by marble falls | Tue Aug 9, 2016, 12:01 PM (2 replies)

Verruckt, where child died Sunday, operated with little government oversight

Verruckt, where child died Sunday, operated with little government oversight


Open records show no federal or state inspection of deadly slide

Posted: August 8, 2016 - 3:33pm


This Nov. 2013 file photo shows Schlitterbahn's new Verruckt speed slide/water coaster in Kansas City, Kan. A 10-year-old boy died Sunday on the Kansas water slide that is billed as the world's largest, according to officials. Kansas City, Kan., police spokesman Officer Cameron Morgan said the boy died at the Schlitterbahn Waterpark, which is located about 15 miles west of downtown Kansas City, Missouri. Schlitterbahn spokeswoman Winter Prosapio said the child died on one of the park's main attractions, Verruckt, a 168-foot-tall water slide that has 264 stairs leading to the top.
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Patty Davis, press secretary for the Consumer Product Safety Commission, said federal agencies have no jurisdiction to inspect or investigate stationary water parks.

“This is a fixed-site amusement park. We don’t have jurisdiction over that,” Davis said. “We only have jurisdiction over traveling sites.”

State regulations of water parks are guided by the Kansas Amusement Ride Act, which took effect in 2009. The law requires owners of amusement rides to conduct their own testing, post a certificate of inspection, retain inspection records and submit an annual itinerary to the Kansas Department of Labor.

Though KDOL has authority under the law to inspect amusement rides at random, there is no indication the state has inspected Verruckt in the two years since it opened.

Instead, Schlitterbahn was allowed to inspect its own rides to determine if they were safe.

An open records request for inspections at Schlitterbahn — filed by The Topeka Capital-Journal and answered by a KDOL attorney Monday morning — contains no state inspections of Verruckt. The only inspection reports provided by KDOL are from 2012, prior to Verruckt’s opening.

When a KDOL inspector visited the park in 2012, he was told by Schlitterbahn’s resident inspector that nondestructive testing — or NDT — data wasn’t available. Instead, the park was watching its rides to test their safety.

“In lieu of NDT, visual inspections are conducted annually and daily,” wrote Joe Montague, the KDOL inspector.

Since 2009, state law has required NDT testing for amusement rides in Kansas. As the Kansas Amusement Ride Act states, “No amusement ride shall be operated in this state unless nondestructive testing of the ride has been conducted.”

Montague’s inspection in the summer of 2012 is the last inspection KDOL conducted at Schlitterbahn, according to the state agency’s response to the open records request. Schlitterbahn is required to conduct daily inspections at the park but those inspections aren’t public records, according to KDOL staff attorney Heather Wilke.


At first, Schlitterbahn required Verruckt riders to be 14 years old but that requirement was later dropped by Schlitterbahn’s owners, who believed it was unnecessary. Height and weight requirements were implemented instead.

The cause of Sunday’s accident is under investigation and the slide remains closed pending the results, as required by state law. If the water park’s operators are found to have violated the Kansas Amusement Ride Act by operating Verruckt without proper inspections, they could face misdemeanor charges, according to the state statute.


This. May. Make. You. Throw. Up.


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Every American has #Right2Vote #VRA
Posted by marble falls | Sun Aug 7, 2016, 08:55 AM (8 replies)

Trump’s slander of Captain Khan’s family is horrifying, even for Trump

Putin Logic

Posted by marble falls | Fri Jul 1, 2016, 08:07 AM (0 replies)

Democratic Senator Caught On Video With $70,000 In Drug Money

Democratic Senator Caught On Video With $70,000 In Drug Money
It’ll probably give him a bump in the polls back in Oregon. (Note: Please read this story before putting it on Facebook.)
06/30/2016 07:53 am ET

Ryan Grim Washington bureau chief for The Huffington Post

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), a high-profile supporter of Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, has been caught on video with $70,000 in drug money. The footage, provided exclusively to The Huffington Post, also captures Rep. Earl Blumenauer, another Oregon Democrat, as well as a prominent local businessman, Tyson Haworth.

The video, however, was not a sting operation run by the Drug Enforcement Administration or FBI. Instead, it’s an effort to highlight a gaping and dangerous hole in national cannabis policy, if such a thing even exists.

Under federal law, marijuana is a Schedule I controlled substance, meaning it is deemed to be highly dangerous with zero medical benefit. Even in states that have legalized cannabis, such as Oregon, possessing it remains a federal crime, as is possessing any revenue derived from dealings related to it.

That puts businesspeople like Tyson Haworth, an owner of Oregon’s Finest and sofresh farms, in tricky territory on a number of fronts. The most glaring danger, highlighted by the video, is that $70,000 in cash sitting on the table in front of Merkley, Haworth and Blumenauer. It’s money that Haworth owes in local taxes, but he can’t cut a check, because banks can’t legally work with drug dealers. Banks tend to take that law seriously when rejecting mom-and-pop pot shops, but somehow manage to look the other way for Mexican drug cartels that funnel billions through those same banks.


Are you three not letting us see you sweat, or has the transition really, really gone well?

Its been painless for us.

Just had my first jury:

It went like this:

1. No true Democrat supports TTP
2. The President support TTP
3. So?

So? was alerted on.

Of course I can't read the results.

I used the results from the old system to measure my response to evolving values here, which was one of the admin's purposes of instituting the jury system to begin with. With this one I am in the air.

I support not cutting Democrats, but I also know the TTP is contentious to Democrats and progressives. And in your new rules you say that constructive criticism is no grounds for hiding or banning. So this presents a dilemma: is the statement "No true Democrat supports TTP" hidable on its face, or is not supporting TTP mean someone is not a supportive Democrat?

My vote was leave it alone, that the comment was close to line line but not hidable. In light of my questions above I now think my vote vote should have been "Close, but hide anyway."

I take my jury duty very seriously, and I truly appreciate my privilege in being allowed to be a member. But being in the dark is not helpful.

Maybe simply a sanctioning on reprinting jury results would have answered a lot of your concerns on keeping a controversy going?
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