Archive for the ‘public safety’ Category

Fences Up at the Supreme Court

May 6, 2022

Supreme Court, May 5th; Victoria Pickering

After the recent leak of Samuel Alito’s draft decision, the Supreme Court Building was surrounded by security fencing to prevent the Justices from breaking out and inflicting further damage.

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Boeing Screwed Up 737 MAX, Blamed Pilots

December 8, 2021

Boeing Screwed Up 737 MAX, Blamed Pilots

When it became clear that the Boeing 737 had reached the end of its lifecyle and couldn’t compete with newer Airbus A320, the company’s aerospace engineers wanted to design a new model from scratch to maximize performance and safety. Corporation executives, focused on costs and shareholder profits, insisted that they tarted up the old 737 and called it the “737 MAX.” Worse, Boeing facilities, once centralized in Seattle, were now scattered around the country, so designers, engineers, and test pilots couldn’t communicate as readily.

When the “new” 737 MAX planes began falling out of the sky, Boeing executives quickly blamed the failures on “pilot error,” not their own disasterous decisions.

More:

“Boeing knew doomed 737-MAX plane was ‘pig with lipstick’ but still let it fly,” Gavin Newsham, NY Post

“How Shareholder Capitalism Crashed a Plane (Two, Actually),” Moe Tkacik, New York Magazine

“Boeing built an unsafe plane, and blamed the pilots when it crashed,” Peter Robison, Business Live

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Fire Country Homeowners Think They’re Prepared. Nope.

June 29, 2021

Fire Country Homeowners Think They're Prepared. Nope.

University of Colorado researchers surveyed residents of a mountain country housing subdivision about wildfire risk to their homes. Professionals rated 61 percent of households as high fire risks, while 22 percent of residents did. 70 percent of residents said their houses were at low or moderate wildfire risk, while experts said only 19 percent of housewere. 50 percent said they had 100 feet of defensible space around their homes, but only 17 percent did.

Hope springs eternal, but wildfire does, too.

More:

“Mountain residents underestimate wildfire risk, overestimate preparedness,” Kelsey Simpkins, CU Boulder Today

Related:

“Burn. Build. Repeat: Why Our Wildfire Policy Is So Deadly.” Jeffrey Ball, Mother Jones

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Boeing Stops Production of 737 Max 8 Passenger Planes

December 16, 2019

Boeing Stops Production of 737 Max 8 Passenger Planes

Boeing has stopped production of 737 Max 8 jets until FAA regulators say they’re safe to fly. Two of those planes crashed, killing 346 people, after FAA regulators originally took Boeing’s assurances that the planes were good to go. De-regulation kills.

More:

“Boeing suspends production of 737 Max model involved in fatal crashes,” Dominic Rushe, The Guardian

Related:

“How Did the F.A.A. Allow the Boeing 737 Max to Fly?” John Cassidy, The New Yorker

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Stupid and Deadly: America’s Wildfire Policy

October 8, 2019

Stupid and Deadly: America's Wildfire Policy

Forest policy, climate change, and real estate development combine to create deadly fires.

“Today’s monster fires result largely from three human forces: taxpayer-funded fire suppression that has made the forest a tinderbox; policies that encourage construction in places that are clearly prone to burning; and climate change, which has worsened everything.”

“Society masks the costs of building on the edges of the forest, a zone that planners call the “wildland-urban interface,” or the WUI. With its vast forests and penchant for sprawl, California is the epicenter of WUI wildfire damage. Between 2000 and 2013, fire destroyed more buildings in California’s WUI than in all similar areas in the United States combined, and more than 75 percent of all buildings destroyed by fire in California were in the WUI, according to a University of Wisconsin–Madison study.”

— “Burn. Build. Repeat: Why Our Wildfire Policy Is So Deadly.” Jeffrey Ball, Mother Jones

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Japan Tests Its Disaster Warning System With Folk Tunes

August 15, 2019

A 5PM each evening, Japan tests its emergency alert system by playing folk tunes. If there’s an earthquake, they’ll play someting less melodious.

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Happy Birthday Smokey Bear

August 9, 2019

Happy Birthday Smokey Bear

“Smokey Bear, the U.S. Forest Service’s symbol of fire prevention, turns 75 on Friday. Smokey is the longest-running public service ad campaign, first appearing on a poster on Aug. 9, 1944.”

— “Careful With Those Birthday Candles, Smokey: Beloved Bear Turns 75,” Brian Naylor, NPR News

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Trump Opposed NYC Fire Sprinkler Regulations

April 10, 2018

Trump Opposed NYC Fire Sprinkler Regulations

A fire at New York’s Trump Tower killed a resident and injured six firemen last Saturday evening. The victim of the fatal 4-alarm blaze, art dealer Todd Brassner, had lived in his 50th-floor apartment since 1996. Donald Trump’s triplex residence is on floors 66 to 68 — it’s really not so lofty, since the numbering skips floors 6 through 13.

In a tweet, President Trump praised the responding firefighters and bragged about his “well-built building.” Maybe, but it’s a building without sprinklers on residential floorsMr. Trump fought  proposed regulations which would have mandated them in residential units built before 1999. We do not know if the Trump penthouse was retrofitted with sprinklers when it was later remodeled.

More:

“Trump once fought legislation requiring sprinklers in NYC buildings,” Nicole Hensley, NY Daily News

“Trump bragged that his tower withstood a fire — but has been silent about the man who died in it,” Amy B Wang, Washington Post

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Equal-Opportunity Fascist Steps Down

September 4, 2017

Equal-Opportunity Fascist Steps Down

Milwaukee sheriff David Clarke, tough-guy lawman, plagiarist, souvenir pin collector, Trump fan, and alleged torturer, resigned from his post without explanation last Thursday. He had one year left in his 4th elected term.

Maybe he’ll be get a job in the Trump Administration; maybe he’ll be indicted along with the jailers he supervised. He won’t run for the senate in Wisconsin, but maybe he’ll move to Arizona and try to take over where elderly thug Sheriff Joe Arpaio left off.

More:

“Fascist Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke Resigns,” Eric Levitz, New York Magazine

Related:

“The Troubling Sheriffs’ Movement That Joe Arpaio Supports,” Robert L. Tsai, Politico

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Turkey Terror Stalks America’s Cities!

May 12, 2017

Turkey Terror Stalks America's Cities!
There’s a new gang terrorising the streets of Boston: Meleagris gallopavo. That’s right, wild turkeys are attacking people and vehicles, and the police do nothing. Thanks, Obama Trump!

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