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  • BoxTurtle commented on the diary post Over Easy: Letty Owings, Age 89, Recalls More New Orleans History by Crane-Station.

    2014-09-17 08:13:27View | Delete

    720Kv is the highest transmission voltage I’m aware of and is used mainly to move electricity from the TVA area (Remember the TVA?) across the country. How much is 720KV? The ENTIRE output of the Zimmer power plant, 1300mw, travels across just three 720Kv lines from the powerplant to the switchyard. About 4K amps. Boxturtle [...]

  • BoxTurtle commented on the diary post Over Easy: Letty Owings, Age 89, Recalls More New Orleans History by Crane-Station.

    2014-09-17 07:12:56View | Delete

    In terms of electricity, there are many points where a bad bolt or sabotage could do way more damage. Hit the 720K line that runs along the Ohio border in an out of the way place, it could take days to fix. And that’s a LOT of power. It appears that the shrimp industry along the [...]

  • BoxTurtle commented on the diary post Over Easy: Letty Owings, Age 89, Recalls More New Orleans History by Crane-Station.

    2014-09-17 06:55:00View | Delete

    staffed isolation facilities

    Can you say “leper camp”? Sure you can! – Mr. Rogers (paraphrased) You’re right, but they need to be more than places where people can go to die without infecting others. They need to have access to power, water, and communications. Outside of South Africa and Egypt, there are perhaps 6 cities [...]

  • BoxTurtle commented on the diary post Over Easy: Letty Owings, Age 89, Recalls More New Orleans History by Crane-Station.

    2014-09-17 06:49:10View | Delete

    Ah, but the infrastructure I was referring to is invisible to most folks. Some examples: 1) The pipe system that loads/unloads tankers. This is mostly just barely underground and extends from the port area to the refineries inland. Some of those refineries are also at risk to rising waters. 2) The pipe system that moves [...]

  • BoxTurtle commented on the diary post Over Easy: Letty Owings, Age 89, Recalls More New Orleans History by Crane-Station.

    2014-09-17 06:25:04View | Delete

    It does need a vector to transmit. In the case of the plague, it was rats and fleas. This virus doesn’t survive in the gut of any known parasite, digestive juices kill it.

    Boxturtle (Wonder why Sen Graham isn’t worrying about AQ members getting infected and traveling)

  • BoxTurtle commented on the diary post Over Easy: Letty Owings, Age 89, Recalls More New Orleans History by Crane-Station.

    2014-09-17 06:19:59View | Delete

    Right now, 3 per month is probably a pretty safe estimate. If the virus goes airborne, those troops will be trapped along with the rest of the continent.

    Boxturtle (No government will risk THAT plague)

  • BoxTurtle commented on the diary post Over Easy: Letty Owings, Age 89, Recalls More New Orleans History by Crane-Station.

    2014-09-17 05:57:12View | Delete

    You’re correct about the levees, other than a few have been rebuilt better after being taken out and the ones that failed during Katrina being rebuilt tougher. There is no intent to rebuild that hospital, except among neighborhood activists. Even the N.O. city government gives it lip service at best. Boxturtle (And it needs to [...]

  • BoxTurtle commented on the diary post Over Easy: Letty Owings, Age 89, Recalls More New Orleans History by Crane-Station.

    2014-09-17 05:45:19View | Delete

    This is why attention is turning. They are seeing evidence in rare cases of airborne transmission, which would really widen the risk. If that bug goes fully airborne, We’ll likely have to quarantine any COUNTRY where it shows to contain it. Boxturtle (And that would inconvenience the US Special Forces who are not admitted to be [...]

  • BoxTurtle commented on the diary post Over Easy: Letty Owings, Age 89, Recalls More New Orleans History by Crane-Station.

    2014-09-17 05:40:45View | Delete

    Best way to protect your data is to keep it all on a stick and keep the stick with you. One priest I know has his stick built into his cross. If he says “Jesus Saves” when inserting the stick ONE MORE TIME…. I’ve seen ‘em in belt buckles. Built into the spines of books. [...]

  • BoxTurtle commented on the diary post Over Easy: Letty Owings, Age 89, Recalls More New Orleans History by Crane-Station.

    2014-09-17 05:33:50View | Delete

    I do enjoy these insider stories. They give a view that no outsider would detect. I fear for New Orleans. Cold math says that a large portion of the city should be evacuated, as climate change will put it under water for good even if the next hurricane doesn’t. Even the shipping infrastructure is in [...]

  • BoxTurtle commented on the blog post Speaking Truth to Glower

    2014-09-17 04:50:51View | Delete

    You need to follow through to the Slate piece to get the full story. The reason why would be interesting, but the bottom line is that regardless of why, the dark ice will melt faster, retain more heat over the winter, and start melting sooner next year.

    But that’s a good thing, as it opens up large areas of Greenland to oil and mineral exploitation. Right?

    Boxturtle (If Greenland is smart, they’ll implement a “deport on sight” on oil prospectors)

  • BoxTurtle commented on the diary post Jury selection will be the most important part of the Michael Dunn retrial by Masoninblue.

    2014-09-17 04:37:05View | Delete

    Most trials with a racial component are won or lost at jury selection and this one will be no different. If I’m defense, I want white family men/women. If I’m prosecution, I want professional black males. Neither will get what they want. The last time I was in jury selection (in a trial with no [...]

  • BoxTurtle commented on the blog post Speaking Truth to Glower

    2014-09-17 03:45:01View | Delete

    The Clintons are more loyal to Israel the Clintons than they are to America.

    If Hillary were told she had to kiss Bibi’s ass in public to get elected, her only question would be “Which lipstick should I wear?”.

    If America suddenly wakes up to what’s going on over there, she’d turn against Israel in a second.

    Boxturtle (She’s starting to admit she’s considering running)

  • BoxTurtle commented on the blog post Speaking Truth to Glower

    2014-09-17 03:41:03View | Delete

    Bill Clinton can now speak his mind. He’s not running for anything and never will.

    Hillary has to toe the pro-Bibi line and she’s going to have to get her husband to shut up.

    Boxturtle (Good luck with the latter)

  • BoxTurtle commented on the diary post Over Easy: Radio as Art by cmaukonen.

    2014-09-16 13:29:49View | Delete

    If I’d been on staff when that happened, I’d have added a new dimension to the word “panic”.

    Boxturtle (Who says cats aren’t smart?)

  • BoxTurtle commented on the diary post Over Easy: Radio as Art by cmaukonen.

    2014-09-16 08:06:50View | Delete

    Story: My grandfather was VERY German. Before WWII, he listened to every one of Hitlers speeches in German on the radio and hollered to anyone who would listen how dangerous the man was and how much influence he was building. Nobody listened. WWII starts and the FBI shows up at his door because they think [...]

  • BoxTurtle commented on the diary post Over Easy: Radio as Art by cmaukonen.

    2014-09-16 07:51:44View | Delete

    Dunno where everybody went. And Rush is there because he said something stupid again.

    Boxturtle (Dunno why Rush saying something stupid is news, FWIW)

  • I think it was the National Media. Available data suggests STRONGLY that Obama has no shame.

    Boxturtle (It is scary to think that the National Media has a better conscience than the president)

  • Because you’re embarrassed to be seen giving the advice. It’s like advising a rapist the best way to select a victim, then telling the rapist how to best get away with the act.

    Boxturtle (An honorable person would hold the rapist until the police arrive)

  • I think it’s a good idea for Obama to run his speeches by professionals, he sometimes sounds like he’s whining. The NYT sold Iraq to America, they can probably do the same for Syria.

    inaccurate, hyperbolic, and manipulative.

    So, pretty much like every other speech he or Bush has given.

    Boxturtle (If Bush were to ask if I missed him yet, I’d respond “It’s like you never left”)

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