RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) California workplace safety officials have fined Chevron Corp. $1 million in connection with a fire last year at the company’s San Francisco Bay area refinery that sent a cloud of gas and black smoke over residential areas.
The state’s Division of Occupation Safety and Health said on Wednesday that its investigators found “willful violations” in Chevron’s response before, during and after the Aug. 6 fire in Richmond.
The agency says the company didn’t follow the recommendations of its own inspectors and scientists to replace the corroded pipe that ultimately ruptured and caused the fire. They also charged the company with not following its own emergency shutdown procedures when the leak was identified.
Smoke and gas from the fire prompted thousands of people to seek medical treatment, with many complaining of eye irritation and breathing problems. [In Full]
H/t to ChrisM my MP3Angel for supplying the audio files.
[After the commentary… By 1967 that FU was made musical by… Who? [video]. Courtesy of the respective artists.]
«o»Today is the much vaunted New Hampshire primary elections. Details and predictions.
«o»The Supreme Court has handed a ruling banning foreign nationals from contributing to US elections back to the appeals court it came from untouched. The lower court ruled that the ban stood, and for now that seems to be the case.
«o»The president of Iran is on tour of nations friendly, and business related to his country. Right now he’s in Venezuela discussing oil interests and refinery development. The next stop is Nicaragua where he will discuss the potential for a pipeline and then to Ecuador where he will discuss the potential for getting a piece of EXXON’s action in the country. EXXON was just fined billions of dollars by Ecuador for polluting their land and waterways, and may just leave instead of fessing up, manning up, and paying for their share of that country’s industrial pollution problem. Then Iran’s president will visit Cuba to meet it’s new leader.
«o»Pakistan is experiencing a series of attacks on police and army units in their Northwest frontier region with thirty five killed overnight in a bomb attack. It’s apparent the Waziris don’t want to be part of Pakistan anymore, and the territory’s constitution/charter does allow for their secession
In OTHER News:
From Congressional Quarterly’s Behind The Lines Homeland Security Newsletter.
“A document posted to the DHS website confirms the operation of an extensive media monitoring program since at least 2010”:
In a document posted to the Department of Homeland Security’s website, the agency confirmed the existence of an extensive media monitoring program. Since at least 2010, DHS has been collecting personally identifiable information on “anchors, newscasters, or on-scene reporters who are known or identified as reporters in their post or article or who use traditional and/or social media in real time to keep their audience situationally aware and informed” and “current and former public officials who are victims of incidents or activities related to Homeland Security.”
In-house media monitoring reports created by DHS are also being shared with private sector and international partners… [More @ FastCompany]
This is Razer Raygun saying ‘Happy Motoring America…’
Remember… Capitalism has a gun at your head every moment you’re alive:
H/t to ChrisM my MP3Angel for supplying the audio files. «o»There were two Republican debates within twelve hours over the weekend. Saturday evening’s debate was polite, but the Meet The Press debate on Sunday morning was, in political terms, a free for all. Details and itinerary for their dog and pony show in the
«o»Fort Lewis Washington is on full lockdown with no one entering or leaving the base after it was discovered over the holiday that a large amount of high tech infantry equipment including the latest in night vision goggles are missing from inventory.
«o»In Yemen the cabinet has voted immunity from prosecution for the reluctant-to-vacate former president Saleh and all of his cabinet. Meanwhile a full scale civil war rages in the streets of towns and villages throughout the country.
«o»Another Afghan soldier has killed a NATO soldier. That makes eleven such incidents this month. One a day. Some say it’s a tactic by the Taliban or the al-Haquanni network, but this exchange on yours truly’s twitter feed the other day is more telling:
abumuqawama: RT @SubMedina: Shit White Girls Say to Arab Girls http://t.co/3yFRo4BS @thehoopoe AuntieImperial @abumuqawama
AuntieImperial: @SubMedina @thehoopoe Shit White Boy U.S. Ambassadors say to Afghan tribal elders http://t.co/IpLnHb43
spacer01: @AuntieImperial @abumuqawama @thehoopoe @SubMedina you don’t even want to know about shit USMIL say to/about Afghan dudes ….
AuntieImperial: @spacer01 Here’s an example from Iraq. I’ll bet these guys wonder why their parents were shooting at them: http://t.co/Mbt2vzSL
Could it be ABUSE of the Afghan soldiers by their NATO advisors and counterparts that has this effect?
Note the jock-like arrogance by a regional analyst in regard to the Iranian claim that they would prevent another US aircraft carrier from entering their territory and apply it to soldiers in the field:
abumuqawama Be scared, USN: these two are bullet magnets. RT @cjchivers: w/ @TylerHicksPhoto aboard the USS Stennis, the carrier threatened by Iran 4 Jan
AuntieImperial @abumuqawama @cjchivers @TylerHicksPhoto Doesnt underestimating your ‘enemy’ (with the emphasis on YOUR) seem a bit Sophomoric… dangerous?
I received no reply…
«o»Abu Dhabi and the Sultan of Oman have cut a deal for a pipeline to the Indian Ocean which would allow 25% of the oil in the region to bypass the Straits of Hormuz… controlled by the Iranians. Oil refineries are planned as well. More in the commentary
In OTHER News:
Local homeless issues in the news. Let it be noted that last year’s census of the local homeless showed MOST of them were working and housed here at the time they became houseless:
New Santa Cruz mayor urges more permanent housing for homeless Don Lane also pledges to maintain economic development
By J.M. Brown - Santa Cruz Sentinel
SANTA CRUZ - Mayor Don Lane says the biggest step the community can take to reduce homelessness is to fund more low-cost permanent housing rather than focus primarily on providing temporary shelter, treatment programs and meals.
After returning to the mayor’s seat for the first time in 20 years, Lane told a packed City Council Chamber in December he would make ending homelessness his top aim in 2012. Coming on the heels of a year marked by his predecessor’s economic initiatives, Lane said his push would not come at the expense of business development, budget balancing, environmental issues, public safety and other concerns shared by council colleagues.
Now, a month later, Lane has outlined how he’ll go about tackling homelessness while still leading the seven-member body toward raising revenue and grappling with the loss of redevelopment funding. [In Full]
Unfortunately, without jobs to match that housing, the best that could be hoped for is ‘warehousing’ the homeless, which the new mayor believes would get them off the streets, but most importantly to the local businesses and government, keep them away from the rapidly failing downtown shopping area. That will not happen. Without work they will STILL go where the potential for earning some money by panhandling or street performance exists.
The comments on that Santa Cruz Sentinel article show a disgusting level of hatred for these poster’s former neighbors and other forms of ignorance… claiming that a local police officer told the poster that ‘90% of the local homeless were hard drug addicts’ and other such propaganda.
This is Razer Raygun saying ‘Happy Motoring America…’
Remember… Capitalism has a gun at your head every moment you’re alive
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