Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: emergency generators, energy, Hurricane Sandy, nuclear accidents, nuclear plant, nuclear power, Oyster Creek, radiation dump, radiation leak, Salem
While worriers worried about Oyster Creek, several plants in the path of the storm experienced “events.” Salem: atmospheric steam dump…
NRC: Current Event Notification Report for October 30, 2012
MANUAL REACTOR TRIP FROM 100% POWER
“This report if being made under the requirements of 10 CFR 50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B), Actuation of the Reactor Protection System While Critical, except preplanned, and under the requirements of 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A), Valid Actuation of Listed System, except preplanned.
“Salem Unit 1 was operating at 100% reactor power when a loss of 4 condenser circulators required a manual reactor trip in accordance with station procedures. The cause of the 4 circulators being removed from service was due to a combination of high river level and detritus from Hurricane Sandy’s transit.
“All control rods inserted. A subsequent loss of the 2 remaining circulators required transition of decay heat removal from condenser steam dumps to the 11-14 MS10s (atmospheric steam dump). Decay heat removal is from the 11/12 Aux Feed Pumps to all 4 steam generators via the 11-14 MS10s. 11/12/13 AFW pumps started due to low level on all steam generators due to shrink from full power operation (this is a normal response). All safety related equipment functioned as expected. No one has been injured. As an additional note, Hurricane Sandy had recently moved past artificial island. Salem Unit 1 is currently in Mode 3. Salem Unit 2 reactor is currently in its 2R19 refueling outage and is shutdown and defueled with no fuel movement in progress.”
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Bartali, Coppi, fascism, fascists, Giro d Italia, Lion of Flanders, Magni, TDF, Tour de France
In Italy, Magni was known as “the third man,” the chief competitor of the Italian cycling gods Fausto Coppi and Gino Bartali. He was not their equal in popularity – partly because of allegations that he had collaborated with Fascists during the war – but he won his share of races.
“In life, defeats are more likely to happen than wins,” Magni said.
“Losing to Coppi and Bartali, and therefore congratulating them, is an experience that I am happy to have had – an experience that taught me a lot.”
Magni won 7 Tour de France stages and the Giro 3 times and some other stuff. He may also have been a fascist, but then, it turns out, so are most Americans.
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: FRED, highway spending, highways and streets, public spending, transportation
Highways and streets: blue
Education construction: orange
Health care construction: red
amusements and rec: green
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Battery Park, hurricane, Hurricane Sandy, New York City, NOAA forecast flooding, Sandy, storm surge, subway flooding, subway system
at Battery Park.
Filed under: maps | Tags: climate, hurricane, hurricane track, landfall, nhc noaa gov, Ocean City, Sandy, storm surge, storm track, tropical storm
Filed under: Uncategorized
Consumer price index for energy, US (red) vs. France (blue) vs. NZ (green) vs. Japan (yellow) in the world cup of energy prices. 1980 = 100.
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: art of urban cycling, bike crashes, streetcar tracks, toronto, traffic accidents, transportation, urban cycling
An impressive tally.
However, 96 of the 690 crashes studied in downtown Toronto and Vancouver directly involved streetcar or train tracks. Eighty-seven of those accidents were in Toronto, accounting for 31.5 per cent of all bike accidents in the city that led to an injury that required a visit to an emergency department.
Filed under: maps, Uncategorized | Tags: cone of probability, Hurricane Sandy, hurricane track
The cone of probability.
As of 10/24 afternoon.
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: bicycle infrastructure, Bike accidents, Canada, cycle tracks, cycling, risk, Teschke, toronto, traffic accidents, transportation, urban cycling
Objectives. We compared cycling injury risks of 14 route types and other route infrastructure features.
Methods. We recruited 690 city residents injured while cycling in Toronto or Vancouver, Canada. A case-crossover design compared route infrastructure at each injury site to that of a randomly selected control site from the same trip.
Results. Of 14 route types, cycle tracks had the lowest risk (adjusted odds ratio [OR] = 0.11; 95% confidence interval [CI] = 0.02, 0.54), about one ninth the risk of the reference: major streets with parked cars and no bike infrastructure. Risks on major streets were lower without parked cars (adjusted OR = 0.63; 95% CI = 0.41, 0.96) and with bike lanes (adjusted OR = 0.54; 95% CI = 0.29, 1.01). Local streets also had lower risks (adjusted OR = 0.51; 95% CI = 0.31, 0.84). Other infrastructure characteristics were associated with increased risks: streetcar or train tracks (adjusted OR = 3.0; 95% CI = 1.8, 5.1), downhill grades (adjusted OR = 2.3; 95% CI = 1.7, 3.1), and construction (adjusted OR = 1.9; 95% CI = 1.3, 2.9).
Conclusions. The lower risks on quiet streets and with bike-specific infrastructure along busy streets support the route-design approach used in many northern European countries. Transportation infrastructure with lower bicycling injury risks merits public health support to reduce injuries and promote cycling. (Am J Public Health. Published online ahead of print October 18, 2012: e1-e8. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2012.300762)
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Constitution Party, Don't Taze me Bro, Gary Johnson, Green Party, Jill Stein, larry king, Libertarian Party, Obomney, presidential candidates, Robama, Rocky Anderson, Virgil Goode
The debate nobody’s heard about. Maybe Larry King will get arrested and/or tazed for taking part.
Taze Larry King!
Tuesday, October 23rd 8pm
Moderator: Larry King
Invited and Confirmed for the Debate:
- Rocky Anderson, Justice Party
- Virgil Goode, Constitution Party
- Gary Johnson, Libertarian Party
- Jill Stein, Green Party
Invited but Unconfirmed:
- Barak Obama, Democratic Party
- Mitt Romney, Republican Party