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Fire Pensions: Big Trouble in the UK (Part 2)

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It seems that David Cameron and his Coalition partner, Nick Clegg, wish to give UK firefighters a drubbing in the latest pension dust-up. Some Significant UK/NA Pension Differences UK and North American firefighter pensions are roughly comparable up to a point but then significant differences emerge.† UK firefighters operate under a tiered benefit system: the […]

Fire Pensions: Big Trouble in the UK (Part 1)

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United Kingdom public sector workers, including firefighters in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are engaged in a titanic national struggle with the ďCoalitionĒ government made up of the Conservative Party and Liberal Democrats. The Coalition is currently set on weakening pension benefits. (These Liberal Democrats are not the ones your mother warned you about, […]

Fukushima: Lessons LearnedóConclusion

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A Level 7 Incident After the explosion involving reactor facility 4, the decision was made to evacuate all ďnon-essentialĒ personnel and 650 workers left the site, leaving just 70 to continue the stabilization work. In addition to the three reactors, there was also concern that the spent fuel pools might be losing water thus allowing […]

Fukushima: Lessons Learned (Part Four)

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Explosions As March 12th dawned the reactors continued out of control with the plant largely reliant on the built-in design safeguards to cope with surging pressures and temperatures. †There was a vital need for electricity so that operating parameters could be observed and maintained, if possible.† In addition, aligning valving for water injection or controlled […]

Fukushima: Lessons Learned (Part Three)

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Flying Blind The incoming tsunamis, much larger than planned for, had destroyed back-up electrical generation capability when the diesel generators were swamped and electrical switch gear wetted.† Electricity was vital in order to monitor the conditions within the reactor vessels and to take actions to prevent a catastrophic event. Plant personnel were now faced with […]

Fukushima: Lessons Learned (Part Two)

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Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant The plant is located on the northeast coast of Japan about 120 miles from Tokyo. †It consists of six (6) GE-designed Boiling Water Reactors. †The steam energy from the boiling water is used to drive turbines which create electricity. †The steams cools and condenses back into water for re-use.††The 860-acre site […]

Fukushima: Lessons Learned (Part One)

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Today begins a five-part series on the events which unfolded at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant as workers tried to simultaneously stabilize three out-of-control reactors after the deadly earthquake.† Fukushima will surely stand as one of the most complex emergency events ever as technicians improvised solutions in an attempt to counteract the run-away physics […]

Buckeye Bull’s Eye: Unions Score a (Defensive) Win

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It†is a measure of our times when the hoopla over a very important union victory is really grounded in the fact that we managed to simply reclaim ground lost in a recent brazen attack on collective bargaining rights in a key state. This week’s 61-39 vote to overturn the draconian Ohio anti-union bill championed by […]

Politics Afield: Brits Eat Young, Too.

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Immigration is the current “hot tamale” in US politics with states passing restrictive legislation faster than Herman Cain can say “I reject all those charges.” We hear so much about our “open” border that we think we own the issue and it’s nice to learn we don’t. †It’s also nice to realize that amidst all […]

Go Along, Get Along

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The New York Times reports this morning that the feds are finally charging some folks as the result of an amazing series of stories they completed back in 08 about fraud at the Long Island Railroad to the tune of $1 Billion, with a B. They reported that “every career employee of the railroad was […]

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Bill Hand
Nepal: Disaster On A High Pass
Thanks for the story Eric. I knew that you had been there, but never heard any of the stories. Got any other mountains on your bucket list?
2014-10-22 02:34:59
Eric Lamar
Film: When “D” Stands for Dog
Thanks, Betty. Super seeing you. Eric
2014-10-22 01:24:29
Betty K
Film: When “D” Stands for Dog
Eric, you are so right. Keep up the good work and thanks for the visit.
2014-10-21 18:47:57
Eric Lamar
Nepal: Disaster On A High Pass
Thanks, Tom. High praise from a professional editor.
2014-10-21 02:06:55
tom walter
Nepal: Disaster On A High Pass
Very informative, Eric, and good background for the recent tragedy. Especially striking your description of the sky and mountains before dawn. Tom
2014-10-20 12:13:45
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