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Other Things That Suck

There is another well blow-out in the Gulf of Mexico. Since this is a report from the CBC, there are maps included so you can see where the well is located, pretty much the center of the Louisiana coast and 55 miles off-shore.

It was a natural gas well, and there is no sign of a sheen, but Methane [natural gas] is an order of magnitude worse than CO2 as a greenhouse gas. Currently the gas is burning off, but we don’t need a fire in the Gulf in July.

It is a small driller, so the company that owns the well is not going to have the resources to deal with the problem quickly.

Then there is Susan Crawford of the Roosevelt Institute shredding a couple of telecom industry op-eds in the New York Times. The bottom line is that contrary to what the telecoms want people to believe, broadband access in the US is slow and expensive compared to pretty much anywhere in the First World in those areas of the US where it is available.

The markets are divided up to minimize competition, so there is no incentive to reduce prices or improve service.

July 24, 2013   Comments Off on Other Things That Suck

Tropical Storm Dorian

Tropical Storm DorianPosition: 15.1N 33.2W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: West-Northwest [285°] near 20 mph [32 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 50 mph [ 80 kph].
Wind Gusts: 60 mph [ 95 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 45 miles [ 75 km].
Minimum central pressure: 1002 mb.

Currently about 615 miles [ 990 km] West of the Cape Verde Islands.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

July 24, 2013   Comments Off on Tropical Storm Dorian