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Message 2111575 - Posted: 16 Dec 2022, 15:12:05 UTC

And for this one...


Add air circulation filters, or let people continue to suffer coughing and spluttering?

See what you think?...

Inhaled metal Tube dust can enter bloodstream...
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The air in London's Tube network is polluted with metallic particles small enough to enter the human bloodstream...

... High levels were found of a type of iron oxide called maghemite.

The academics did not investigate whether the particles pose a direct health risk...



Note that this is an ongoing story from many years ago...

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Message 2111579 - Posted: 16 Dec 2022, 15:20:52 UTC - in response to Message 2111574.  

Since the aquarium had been in place for a few years I would add fatigue failure to your list.
Or just "blame the cleaner" and claim on the insurance......
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Message 2111585 - Posted: 16 Dec 2022, 16:27:49 UTC - in response to Message 2111575.  

Note that this is an ongoing story from many years ago...
That's the understatement of the century.
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Message 2111591 - Posted: 16 Dec 2022, 18:16:27 UTC - in response to Message 2111585.  

Note that this is an ongoing story from many years ago...
That's the understatement of the century.

Which century?
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Message 2111593 - Posted: 16 Dec 2022, 20:13:52 UTC - in response to Message 2111591.  

Take your pick, you have a choice of 3.
All equally applicable.
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Message 2112170 - Posted: 28 Dec 2022, 19:53:41 UTC
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Here in the real world...

Unfortunately, the mother of one of my friends fell over a few days ago. She was bruised but nothing broken and hopefully not concussed, but was taken to hospital to get checked.

... Whereupon, she was found to need a longer recovery although nothing life threatening.

SO... We have our hospitals here very badly overstretched with patients held in tents outside in the car park and on trolleys in the corridors...

So, there was a big pressure to move here on as soon as possible to anywhere else...

That "anywhere else" was out to a private care home for a short term stay.

... Which is a whole different world of "care only for profit" (pun deliberately designed in there).

So... The procedure is that there is a care package of tick boxes 'agreed upon' and the care staff there are ruthlessly programmed only to do whatever it is that is paid for.

She's deteriorating. Slightly improved care was given on the day my friend visited and stayed the day to see for himself what the 'tick boxes' meant in reality. However, there is no feedback possible and the individual staff are programmed on a per 'tick box' basis. Unfortunately, there is no flexibility "in the (profitable) system" for any variation of care as needs may change and as human desires may change. The 'tick boxes' are also overly specific and limited.

He's over there again today to work through the bureaucracy and get things moving before she completely seizes up to never be able to leave the place...


We've cynically joked that the 'tick boxes' have been deliberately designed to ensure the 'clients' remain forever quietly entrapped to maximize profits for minimum care, and their well-being be damned...

Here's hoping for a positive update tonight...

Stay healthy folks!
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Message 2112183 - Posted: 28 Dec 2022, 23:27:36 UTC - in response to Message 2112170.  

We've cynically joked that the 'tick boxes' have been deliberately designed to ensure the 'clients' remain forever quietly entrapped to maximize profits for minimum care, and their well-being be damned...
The legally binding fiduciary duty to the shareholder to maximize profit.
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Message 2112336 - Posted: 31 Dec 2022, 21:00:45 UTC
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This is the clearest summary that I've seen for what should never have been a problem:


The Largest Airline Meltdown in Aviation History! 29 Dec 2022
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Over 15,000 flights cancelled by one airline (as of 29 Dec 2022)...

How could the CEO and the Management and the bean counters get that so very badly wrong?

There are an awful lot of badly abused people from all that...

All for the sake of short term greed? And sustainability and workforce and passengers, all be damned??...



Fly safe through that?...
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Message 2112341 - Posted: 31 Dec 2022, 21:14:51 UTC - in response to Message 2112336.  

It's a horribly convoluted trail that led to this event.
Under investment in their crew and aircraft management system.
A scheduling philosophy assumed that everything would run every day of the week. No crew going off sick, no crew delayed by traffic, no aircraft having a problem that prevented them from flying on time, weather prefect. Aided by the highly convoluted routing of crews and aircraft, and local staff not being allowed to say "We've got a plane that's ready (but it's the wrong one) and we've got a crew kicking their heals in the crew room (but it's the wrong one), and we've got a slot available in one hour to xxxxx". All in all a system that looks like one that looks to fail whenever a butterfly flaps its wings at the wrong speed.

What happened?
Crew members were off sick (injuries and illness), crews couldn't get to their start airport, real extreme weather.
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Message 2112342 - Posted: 31 Dec 2022, 21:21:10 UTC - in response to Message 2112341.  
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My reading of the story suggests that the final trigger was abusive Management causing the walkout of 200 ground handlers that then toppled the remaining dominoes to then have all the aircraft grounded.

All highly suggestive of isolated Management in plush offices pushing spreadsheets rather than actually being involved in the operations and being connected with the people that actually make things work...


No surprise at the impossible outcome where noone wins.

Fly safely elsewhere folks!
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Message 2112349 - Posted: 1 Jan 2023, 0:13:16 UTC - in response to Message 2112341.  

Wonder if the software developer charged by the maximum number of disruption events a day was possible? Management picked 200 because it is a reasonable number 98% of the time and when they had many less flights a day. At 201 all hell breaks lose for the reasons Juan Browne pointed out. Very same thing happens in long haul trucking in the USA. Multiple different hours on the clock timers but in trucking it is just on the driver, not maintenance inspections on the truck that take a day to complete.

While Juan pointed out the calculation involved, it isn't getting a go/no go that is hard, it is finding a combination of moving parts that is a go that is hard and having them arrive together at the same "right" time.

Now no one has mentioned seniority and route preference in this. I don't know if that is a factor, but for some airlines it will be.
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Message 2112362 - Posted: 1 Jan 2023, 6:50:32 UTC - in response to Message 2112342.  

It's a runaway freight train that is going to take a lot of effort to stop.
Many of us in the logistics trade saw this coming back in 2001.
NO ONE listened to us.
All we got told was that we was talking out of our rear ends.
That runaway has already ploughed through our trucking industry & is now ploughing through our bus system.
Just wondering what's next.
BTW Happy New Year.
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Message 2112378 - Posted: 1 Jan 2023, 16:38:04 UTC - in response to Message 2112362.  

The bean counters (manglement) can't see their noses because of the rose colored glasses they all wear.

Manglement refuse to listen to the daily workers when working conditions are pushed to extreme levels, expecting them to work like robots.

Best summary: The almighty $$$ to the bottom line is all that's important to bean counters.
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Message 2112910 - Posted: 12 Jan 2023, 17:06:01 UTC
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Don't look too deep into an "extinction event" for the sake of 'Developing' new profits?...


Political tensions rise over Teesside crab deaths
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When thousands of crabs began washing up dead off Teesside and North Yorkshire's beaches in October 2021, it was a tragedy for the local fishing industry, and the environment.

But it also set off a row that shows little sign of dying off...

... At stake is not just the health of sea life, but also the future of a key part of the government's levelling up agenda - the creation of a freeport offering tax breaks to lure businesses to Teesside

An investigation by the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said the most likely cause of the 2021 die-off was a naturally-occurring algal bloom. Devastating for fishing, but seemingly unpreventable...

... In September 2022, those academics concluded that the crabs were more likely to have been poisoned by pyridine - an industrial chemical that is present in the river's mud... stirred up by what's called maintenance dredging...

... Preventing that could threaten the first economic fruits of the freeport...

... There has already been concern about transparency. Ms Coffey has not revealed who is sitting on the panel, or what its frame of reference was, even though she has been urged to do so by the Conservative environment committee chairman Sir Robert Goodwill. There is every chance yet that its conclusions may not satisfy Labour MPs or the fishing industry that there is no attempt to cover up a scandal...



The really stupid aspect is that pyridine poisoning is well known, just as is lead poisoning and arsenic poisoning in water, and the pollution is well known to be a consequence of the industries there spewing out into the River Tees for decades. (Very glad to have turned down a job at one of those plants up there many years ago... Far too polluted... So much so it stripped the paint off cars...)

... So why not the obvious fix of testing for pyridine before dredging? Or at the very least, treating the silt before dumping?...


Or is all that too much of an 'inconvenience' for the operators?...

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Message 2113265 - Posted: 19 Jan 2023, 16:04:45 UTC

No surprises here:


Tesla faked self-driving demo, Autopilot engineer testifies
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Allegations that Tesla staged a 2016 video demonstrating full self driving have resurfaced,...

... "The intent of the video was not to accurately portray what was available for customers in 2016. It was to portray what was possible to build the system," .... "so in that sense … it was not trying to portray what was the then state of Autopilot," he added...

...the route was planned and 3D mapped in advance, it took multiple takes to get a run without the need for human intervention, and – according to the engineer – the car even hit a fence when trying to demonstrate automatic parking. 

Of the video, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said at the time: "Tesla drives itself (no human input at all) thru urban streets to highway to streets, then finds a parking spot." Tesla's page for the video describes it as an example of the full self-driving hardware that comes standard in all Tesla's...

... a fatal 2018 Tesla accident involving Autopilot...

... sued Tesla, alleging that Autopilot was defectively designed, misrepresented and falsely advertised...

... Tesla is currently dealing with numerous Autopilot-related lawsuits and government investigations. 

Among other battles, Tesla is being sued by police in Texas who allege defects in Tesla's safety features, which they claim were overlooked to "pump Tesla's share price and sell more cars" that led to a Model X smashing into two parked police cruisers at 70mph (112kph) during a traffic stop...



What regulations?...

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Message 2113295 - Posted: 20 Jan 2023, 2:07:48 UTC - in response to Message 2113265.  
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What regulations?...
Same as TDI diesel?
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Message 2113317 - Posted: 20 Jan 2023, 16:22:43 UTC - in response to Message 2112910.  

Don't look too deep into an "extinction event" for the sake of 'Developing' new profits?...

[...]

The really stupid aspect is that pyridine poisoning is well known, just as is lead poisoning and arsenic poisoning in water, and the pollution is well known to be a consequence of the industries there spewing out into the River Tees for decades. (Very glad to have turned down a job at one of those plants up there many years ago... Far too polluted... So much so it stripped the paint off cars...)

... So why not the obvious fix of testing for pyridine before dredging? Or at the very least, treating the silt before dumping?...


Or is all that too much of an 'inconvenience' for the operators?...

In response, this looks to me like a desk-based fishing trip to dredge up any/all excuses possible:

Shellfish deaths possibly caused by new disease - report
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A disease or parasite new to UK waters may have caused the deaths of thousands of shellfish along the North East and North Yorkshire coast, a report said.

A panel of 12 experts found it was "about as likely as not" a new pathogen caused the die-off in late 2021. They said it was "very unlikely" regular dredging of the River Tees caused it...

... The government previously blamed harmful algae, while fishers commissioned a report which suggested it was due to pyridine, an industrial chemical...

... The mass die-off of marine life on 40 miles (70km) of coastline from Hartlepool to Whitby saw crustaceans washed ashore between October and December 2021...

... "We haven't found evidence of a new pathogen - we're just saying there could be a new pathogen."...

... "This is a desk-based study. We've tried to explore all those avenues." However, he said this report "puts the pyridine story to bed"...

... The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee had expressed concerns over a lack of transparency and communication about the report, including - at the time - revealing which experts were chosen to make up the panel...

... He said the deaths had been "devastating" for the fishing community and it was essential the government supported fishermen and helped them recover.

However, Stockton North's Labour MP Alex Cunningham said he considered the matter "very much not closed", calling for further investigations and Andy McDonald, Middlesbrough's Labour MP, said the report "resolves nothing".

To me, that sounds and smells like a total cover-up.


How conveniently convenient?

Don't look too deeply??


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Message 2113336 - Posted: 20 Jan 2023, 21:27:56 UTC

How the rich avoid paying for their due by offloading their liabilities.

Koch gets $2.5 billion in dividends from unit that offloaded asbestos liability.

Industrial conglomerate Koch Industries received nearly $2.5 billion in dividend payments last year from its Georgia-Pacific unit, which had spun off a subsidiary that took on its liability from asbestos litigation and then filed bankruptcy to limit lawsuit payouts, according to documents filed in a U.S. bankruptcy court in North Carolina.

Koch unit Georgia-Pacific used a corporate bankruptcy maneuver known as the Texas two-step, forming a new Texas subsidiary, Bestwall, that took on the company's asbestos liability. Bestwall declared bankruptcy about three months after its founding. The latest court documents, filed on Wednesday, provide new detail about how Koch has benefited from the case.

Georgia-Pacific faced thousands of lawsuits over the years accusing executives of concealing knowledge about the dangers of asbestos in its building products. In 2017, Georgia-Pacific became the first company to execute a Texas two-step.

Several major companies, including Johnson & Johnson and 3M Co, have turned to the bankruptcy courts in an attempt to manage their mass tort liabilities, a practice Reuters detailed last year. Plaintiff attorneys have called the cases an improper manipulation of the bankruptcy system, while the companies say the Chapter 11 filings are aimed at compensating claimants fairly and equitably. All the bankruptcies are pending.

U.S. bankruptcy law requires that creditors must be fully repaid before shareholders. Equity investors, with limited exception, are almost always wiped out in Chapter 11 cases. However, most of Georgia-Pacific’s assets went to another newly created entity, called New Georgia-Pacific, which did not file for bankruptcy and has continued paying dividends to Koch Industries, court filings show.

New Georgia Pacific paid four quarterly dividends to Koch Industries in fiscal year 2022 totaling $481 million, plus a one-time special dividend of $2 billion, the court filing shows. Koch has received more than $5 billion since Bestwall filed for bankruptcy in 2017.....
Some changes are required to stop these greedy acts from happening.
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Message 2113593 - Posted: 26 Jan 2023, 15:33:27 UTC

Scary and deadly:


NTSB Preliminary Report Ramp Agent Fatality 31 Dec 2022 Montgomery Al.


Incredible... Multiple times over incredible.

To-the-minute deadlines and ruthlessly tracked performance targets and overly ruthless management have turned the airport ramp people into automated droids?...

So much so that one person was driven into walking into a powered up jet engine!???


Time and profit and the safety of people be damned...?

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Message 2113901 - Posted: 1 Feb 2023, 14:03:21 UTC - in response to Message 2113317.  
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... To me, that sounds and smells like a total cover-up.


How conveniently convenient?

Don't look too deeply??

Will this uncover the reality?


Shellfish deaths: Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee calls for investigation
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Further investigations must be carried out into the deaths of thousands of shellfish off the North East and North Yorkshire coast, a committee has said.

Since late 2021, thousands of marine life, including crabs, have washed up between Hartlepool and Whitby.

In a letter to the Environment Secretary, the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee said an urgent study into the mass die-off was needed...

... "Indeed, as the independent panel highlighted, a conclusive result from the broad diagnostic screening of samples would significantly affect the level of confidence in the novel pathogen theory."...

... Measures should include "thorough sampling and testing for chemical pollutants such as pyridine," it said.

The committee also called on the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs to "swiftly complete" its analysis of the economic impact of the incident and, pending its outcome, provide financial support to those affected and for the regeneration of crab and lobster stocks.

It said it was hoping for a response within two weeks...



Here's hoping that coverup has been blown soon enough!

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