Well, NJ may be 3rd highest in teacher salary, but both my daghter and my
son-in-law, despite master's degrees don't make that much. Which means
they are lucky (they know it) that grandma can babysit. And part of the
high cost is that teachers get easily promoted away, since the seniority
system does not take teacher success into account.
On 2/5/2011 8:17 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
About 20? years ago, I read a very chilling thriller novel about that
very concept- terrorists bring an LNG tanker into a harbor (forget which
one) that fronted a wide river that happened to have enough cliffs and
such to make a natural bowl to contain a gas cloud, and somehow vent it
off without the safeties kicking in. They also timed it for the exact
worst possible weather conditions (hot muggy still day, etc) so wind
would not disperse it. I can't remember how it came out- the hero
probably pulled off a save at the last second or something- but they
claimed even a small LNG tanker could produce a gas cloud big enough,
that if it could be kept intact long enough to light off, would do
similar damage to a small nuke.
Author coulda been speaking out of his ass for all I know, but the data
presented seemed consistent with my limited knowledge of pyro and
explosives and flammable gases.
There have been documentaries about harbor security (since 9/11, of
course) and the NG tankers used as targets. Seems they discussed the
explosive force in terms of a large proportion of whatever city it was.
Domino effect, as well, I believe.
Back in the 1970's the operator of the orchards surrounding our place
would bulldoze out the channel and dam the creek that ran behind our
place. I cannot imagine how ballistic the econuts would go if someone
tried that today.
Within the past week the local newspaper had a story about a local
farmer who put up a couple windmills. The quotes from a neighbor
objecting to ruining the view could be predicted with 110% accuracy.
Something similar a few years ago in rich and liberal Marin County, CA
where the hypocritical residents forced the windmill to be built out of
I find the econuts to be pretty transparent about their goal of
obstructing any and all projects. It's commercial interests that
disguise their motives behind eco complaints.
Somehow, and I'm not sure how, the kooks have taken over the country.
Oh, yeah. A number of years ago our local power company proposed a new
generating station. Part of the plan called for a cooling pond and a
discharge canal into a neighboring bay - about a mile away.
The environmentalists went nuts. This heated water (about 4-5 degrees above
ambient) would surely kill every aquatic thing from Houston to Mexico!
After much litigation, the facility was finally built.
Turns out shrimp LIKE the warmer water and congregate at the outlet of the
canal as well as IN the canal all the way back to the several-acre cooling
pond. Further, fish that eat shrimp (and don't mind the warmer water) also
gather in the same locations. Sometimes it looks like piranhas eating a cow!
Bottom line, fishermen are lined up shoulder-to-shoulder on the canal and
Presumably the fish that DON'T like the warmer water go elsewhere. If there
are any. For sure, the environmentalists went elsewhere.
They are probably concerned with heavy machinery traffic that any type of
sizable construction would require: a couple of big trucks and a heavy
crane with diesel engines and hydraulic fluids leaking near the stream. I
think that's what they'd be concerned about, not an operational
Never hurts to ask the TWP directly though.
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