Thursday, January 23, 2014

A few points on snow....

I don't know if "Plowgate" is real in NYC. There should clearly be a simple plan.

Preset the plows in proper areas.
After the highways, First plowed are the streets used by ambulances. The main thoroughfares by hospitals.
Second, Firehouses. We don't want anyone dying from accidental fires.
Third, I am sure every city knows their high traffic streets utilized by commercial vehicles that provide necessities (fuel & food).That means workers at fuel depots, and food warehouses can also get to work. Bus Depots and railyards would be high priority. Each city would obviously make their own priority list. Nothing would be set in stone, but logic should rule, not the whim of an elected official.
Fourth, high traffic streets for those that commute,which would include all bus routes. In NY, obviously, the main avenues. Flatbush Ave, 125th St. Hylan Blvd, etc. come to mind. It would include the North South Streets in Manhattan. It would include all those streets at highway entrances and exits. It would include the main crosstown traffic ares.
Fifth, every street must be prioritized by daily usage, and expected usage in a snow storm. If a school is closed, it has a lower priority. If the school will be used for shelter, it has a much higher priority. The priority must be justified. The justification could be XYZ is located there, or the plow has to turn around. Every street should be prioritized with a reason.
The snow is only a problem for a few days. There are supervisors, managers, chiefs, etc, allover NYC. They have MONTHS to plan these events. The #1 guy at the Department of Sanitation should be sitting there saying , "Why?" to each facility boss all the way down the line. Realistically, the operation of the city should not be based on who lives upon a street.It should be published. Copies sent to local councilmembers. They should be able to add input as to why a street should have greater priority.   It should be based on the use of the street. The street with the multimillionaire who has the only house on a cul-de-sac should be way down on the list. The multimillionaires who live on the upper East side, next to the hospitals should be way up there. Not because of who they are, but where they are. The very poor people who live right by the highway exit in downtown Brooklyn, should have far greater priority than the poor people that live in the middle of Redhook. Again, because of where they are, not who they are. (Just as an aside, I lived on a cul-de-sac. I shoveled the road in front of my house.I was asked "Why?" I said we are on a dead end. If everyone pitched in we would not have a problem.We are probably way down on the counties list. "But I pay taxes!" I said the taxes won't get the ambulance thru any quicker today.)
You might have noticed that I did not say police precincts. I think that the police should have additional planning. They should have an alternative. They are going to have to overcome the snow by other means than the department of Sanitation. They are going to go to situations in areas that have low priority in regard to the city as a whole. They might have to go out to an area where there is a crime or a health issue, far sooner than a plow will get to that street. They will need chains, or maybe 4 wheel drive vehicles, or access to an emergency plow. They might have to get down a loosely populated residential street that sanitation won't be plowing until the 8th, 10th, 12th hour of a storm. Emergencies need an alternative. They are usually there before the fire department and ambulances. The police planning should include access by these other agencies as the need arises.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Some oldies but goodies

Sophia LorenMarilyn Monroe
Kim Novak
Carole Lombard
Raquel Welch

Jennifer Coolidge...A Tooo Broke Trip Through Time....

She first made to an episode of Seinfeld over 20 years ago.....
She came to America's attention as Stiffler's mom in 1999...
The same year she hung out with Austin Powers...
She bent and bounced in Legally Blonde two years later...
She appeared in American Pie Reunion and Zoolander....
She has popped up here and there in between....
Now she is a big part of 2 Broke Girls......





How can the EPA be involved in this?

I understand the regulatory agencies have powers. I understand that land titles are sometimes questionable. BUT HOW CAN THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH THIS LAND GRAB!!!

Reading the story, you wonder what happened in the distant past. What happened in the 19th century. You are left pondering why the law was enacted in 1905.

But that doesn't explain WHY THE EPA IS INVOLVED????


EPA overrides Congress, 

hands over town to Indian tribes



Have you heard the story of the residents of Riverton, Wyo.? One day they were Wyomingans, the next they were members of the Wind River tribes — after the Environmental Protection Agency declared the town part of the Wind River Indian Reservation, undoing a 1905 law passed by Congress and angering state officials. The surprise decision was made by officials of the EPA, the Department of Interior, and Department of Justice early last month, and has invoked the ire of Gov. Matt Mead, who has vowed not to honor the agency’s decision and is preparing to fight in court. “My deep concern is about an administrative agency of the federal government altering a state’s boundary and going against over 100 years of history and law,” Mead said in a statement. “This should be a concern to all citizens because, if the EPA can unilaterally take land away from a state, where will it stop?”

Read more here

Hey Global Warming Cultists.........EXPLAIN THIS


Silly people!!! Don't you realize it is so cold because it is so hot?

While the ongoing cold snap is breaking records from Minnesota to Florida, it will not go down in history as the most significant Arctic outbreak in U.S. history, not even by a longshot. Scientists said the deep freeze gripping the U.S. does not indicate a halt or reversal in global warming trends, either. In fact, it may be a counterintuitive example of global warming in action.  So says the UK Guardian

See more over at Telegraph blog

Friday, January 3, 2014

The Luddites are taking over. Stopping energy bit by bit

First they attacked coal. 
It is making electricity far more expensive. 
Now they are going after oil.....
Obama's answer to energy

"............Federal officials said Thursday that crude oil being shipped by rail from the Northern Plains across the U.S. and Canada may be more flammable than traditional forms of oil.
A safety alert issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation warns the public, emergency responders and shippers about the potential high volatility of crude from the Bakken oil patch. The sprawling oil shale reserve is fueling the surging industry in eastern Montana and western North Dakota, which is now the nation's second-largest oil producer behind Texas.
Thursday's announcement declares that the Bakken's light, sweet crude oil may be different from traditional heavy crudes because it is prone to ignite at a lower temperature. Experts say lighter crudes, which contain more natural gas, have a much lower "flash point" — the temperature at which vapors given off by the oil can ignite."
See more here