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Kali and Vishnu to Divorce or Bridget Jones's Suttee
Renee Zellweger and Kenny Chesney met in the wake of the Boxing Day tsunami. Now they are splitting-up as Katrina's flood waters recede. Be gone you vampires of global disaster, your satanic love-match has been a blot on all humanity, be happy with your hideous toll and bedevil us no more. Go suck the life force out of some other green world you dwarfish harbingers of the popocalypse.
Tuesday, September 13, 2005
Inductee, Spokesperson Hall Of Fame
LOS ANGELES – Workers who accidentally triggered a massive lunchtime blackout were upgrading the city power system during peak daytime hours because the city was "cutting corners" and reluctant to pay higher wages at night, a union official claimed Tuesday.
Almost 2 million people, from downtown Los Angeles to the city's San Fernando Valley, lost power Monday for as long as 2½ hours.
Brian D'Arcy, an official with the union representing 8,200 utility workers, said technicians should have made the improvements at night, when power usage is lower and there is less potential for wide-scale shutdowns.
...However, city officials were reluctant to pay the higher wages required for work at night, he claimed.
"They're cutting corners," said D'Arcy, business manager for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 18. "They shouldn't have done it in the middle of the day when people are coming back from lunch and turning their computers on."
And an honorable mention to Ron Deaton:
At Tuesday's City Council meeting, some officials wondered if the workers caused the shortage intentionally as a threat, though Ron Deaton, the utility's general manager, said it was nothing more than an honest mistake by several technicians.
"That's all there is, there ain't no more," Deaton told city officials.
Update: In light of compelling new evidence, and after careful reconsideration, the committee has decided to award Mr. Deaton full induction into the Spokesperson Hall of Fame, as well. Be proud, SoCal.
(Reuters)...City leaders said they were disappointed that Department of Water and Power officials -- who determined quickly that the problem was human error -- waited several hours to share that information with city residents.
Ron Deaton, DWP general manager, told council members the power grid was designed to shut down to avoid even larger problems -- like the 2003 East Coast blackout that left some 50 million people in the dark.
"I still maintain and truly believe that the system did what it was supposed to do," said Deaton, who promised an outside review.
(I forget which post previous to this one I regret most. I suffer from a kind of shame amnesia--suffer is the wrong word of course. But for as long as I can remember my joke here--a day? a day and a half?--I will feel remorse.)
Sunday, September 11, 2005
I added the daily readings for Solar X-Ray and Geomagnetic Field activity to the left side of this page a couple weeks ago. NOAA provides the updates. I first saw the readings on the page of a Christianist shortwave radio station. It makes perfect sense that they would highlight the current status of solar activity since it directly affects their broadcast reach. It makes more perfect sense that I would highlight sunny misbehavior since I like the way the update buttons look. But here I went and set off a solar flare blizzard with my don't-know-my-own-strength blogger voodoo.
Oh, and you thought Katrina was a mean girl? Her anonymous solar sisters are just waiting for a crack in the planetary levee to show us gawky earthlings how far out of the in-crowd we really are.