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Gender: Female
Hometown: Washington state, for half my life
Home country: USA
Current location: SW Alabama. for the rest of my life
Member since: Wed Feb 27, 2008, 02:09 PM
Number of posts: 59,693

About Me

Long time political activist, working to tint my lil "Mayberry" more blue. Collector of strays of various species and minds.

Journal Archives

CEO of Texas chemical plant that just exploded: "Toxicity is a relative thing."

From Juanita Jean:

Arkema Group, one of the world’s largest chemical companies, warned us yesterday that their chemical plant, 30 miles from Houston, was likely to explode this morning because the plant has been without electricity since Sunday. As a precaution, a one and half mile area around the plant was evacuated.

Early this morning the first in what is expected to be several explosions sent plumes of smoke in the air.

Brock Long, administrator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said Thursday that evacuations are based on “plume modeling,” which is used to predict the geographic extent of a hazard area from an explosion.

“By all means, the plume is incredibly dangerous,” Long said of what’s occurring in Crosby.

However ….

Company officials said the smoke is believed to be a “nontoxic irritant,” authorities added.

This morning, the CEO of the company responded on tv — “Toxicity is a relative thing.”

No it is not. Either it’s gonna hurt you or it ain’t. And whether it hurts you or kills you ain’t even relative — it’s one or the other.

Remember when Texas decided it was not going to monitor chemical plants any longer because that was too heavy a burden on free enterprise? So this right here is your Dan Patrick Memorial Toxic Plume.


Here Are Ways You Can Help People During Hurricane Harvey

Good list, from online edition of Texas Monthly.

I had not thought about the need for babies, but there is actually a service which focuses on just that.

Here's the very comprehensive list:

Texas shelter for about 100 evacuees now flooded.

Pics at link


Remember the scandal about the Red Cross, post Sandy?

I do not donate to them any longer because of this, and the horrible reports about them in Haiti.

The Red Cross botched key elements of its mission after Sandy and Isaac, leaving behind a trail of unmet needs and acrimony, according to an investigation by ProPublica and NPR. The charity’s shortcomings were detailed in confidential reports and internal emails, as well as accounts from current and former disaster relief specialists.

What’s more, Red Cross officials at national headquarters in Washington, D.C. compounded the charity’s inability to provide relief by “diverting assets for public relations purposes,” as one internal report puts it. Distribution of relief supplies, the report said, was “politically driven.”

During Isaac, Red Cross supervisors ordered dozens of trucks usually deployed to deliver aid to be driven around nearly empty instead, “just to be seen,” one of the drivers, Jim Dunham, recalls.

“We were sent way down on the Gulf with nothing to give,” Dunham says. The Red Cross’ relief effort was “worse than the storm.”

During Sandy, emergency vehicles were taken away from relief work and assigned to serve as backdrops for press conferences, angering disaster responders on the ground.

I did find other programs to donate to using charity screeners like these:

Global Giving, a group that vets local nonprofits and distributes funds to those that actually work.

Charity Navigator: https://www.charitynavigator.org/

Just remembered Katrina hit Aug. 29th.

because of this Tweet comment:

Trump said we’ve never seen anything like this before. ON. THE. ANNIVERSARY. THAT. KATRINA. HIT. NEW. ORLEANS. TO. THE. DAY.

I don't like how much anger I am feeling towards that creature in the WH.

There is a real obvious reason that she wore the FLOTUS hat.

It's to help Trump remember who she is.
I am almost half serious about this.

Oh helll....if THIS is not our Fukishima, it is too damn close for comfort:

1.....Arkema chemical plant faces explosion risk after Harvey floodwaters...

2,.......Houston’s flood threatens to turn polluted Superfund sites into a toxic gumbo:
With its massive petroleum and chemical industry, Houston, part of the “Chemical
Coast,” presents a huge challenge in a major flooding event

3......Video shows the Chevron Phillips plant in Baytown, Texas underwater in the midst of historic Harvey
. https://twitter.com/ABC/status/902670790512037890

All Texas DU folks...how can we help?????


What a crowd, what a turnout, Trump, addressing storm victims.


Go Fund Me account for Houston area pet rescue and housing:


4 Paws Farm has partnered with I Love My Dog’s community of over 5.2 million dog and pet lovers in an effort to help maximize our ability to help as many pets as possible in all of the areas impacted by Harvey. 4 Paws Farm is a registered 501C(3). All funds will be held by 4 Paws Farm and dispersed across the impacted area. 4 Paws Farm is run by Executive Director, Nancy Stoorza, who serves with the Texas Animal Health Commission and who has worked as a corporate treasurer and comptroller assistant for 26 years.
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