Thursday, October 04, 2012

Don't they know they're hurting Mother Gaia?

In linking al-Qaeda to the deadly wildfires, Mr Bortnikov pointed to calls to launch a "forest jihad" by various extremist websites which he said also publish detailed instructions about how and where to best carry out arson. 
He said it was very difficult for special services to find and prosecute such arsonists.

On the 'Only Ones trained enough' front,
Armed Internal Revenue Service agents need more thorough firearms training and they need to be more consistent in reporting accidental firings of their guns, said the tax-collecting agency's watchdog on Tuesday.

"Special agents not properly trained in the use of firearms could endanger the public, as well as their fellow special agents, and expose the IRS to potential litigation over injuries or damages," said J. Russell George, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.
A: If' they're 'not properly trained', then why the hell did you turn them loose with sidearms and police powers?
B: Just how many 'accidental firings'(what we call 'negligent discharges') are we talking about here?  Inquiring minds want to know.
C: You maybe get the feeling they're more concerned about being sued than about the other stuff?

Found at the Irishman's

To the ladies out there: why do so many women seem to consider that act of checking tire pressure to be something done, oh, every few months or so?  If they think of it?

Oh, and to people like Tingles Matthews,


Marja said...

Eh, somebody you know had problems with tire pressure?

Okay: I usually check the tires when I visit a service station during the day, when the air machines with the gauges are available. At least here that means during the day, at night they are usually behind locks.

Problem being I usually get gas during the night from the automatic stations because I mostly drive only during the night, my work hours being between about two and six.

I know, I should buy a gauge. Those service station gauges tend to be in a bad shape most times anyway. I think I check the oil and coolant fluid (or whatever it's called in English, my vocabulary is a bit deficient when it comes to car terms) more often than I check the tires. But I do make a point of checking before starting on any longer drives. :)

Firehand said...

Over the last few years, several women I know: you notice their tires seem low, ask and "I think they're ok." Then you get a gauge and the damn things are anywhere from ten to twenty psi low, "Oh, I guess it has been a while since I checked."

'Coolant fluid' works, so does 'anti-freeze'.

Marja said...

Well, my father owned a garage so maybe I'm a bit better taught to check. In some ways he was a lousy teacher, one of those men who always rushed to the scene if he saw me doing anything with my car, and then did it for me, and didn't even try to teach how but just told me to stand aside while he did whatever, but since he still keeps asking about my car when I see him I have gotten into the habit of checking at least some things.

You know, for older women it could be because we tend to see cars, or at least fiddling with them, as more of a guy thing. And for younger because we are told that you SHOULD not do anything with the newer cars yourself, just take them to a garage if there seems to be something wrong because they have all those computers and stuff in them and if you touch anything yourself you will probably just break it. :)

Firehand said...

" because we tend to see cars, or at least fiddling with them, as more of a guy thing";I know that is exactly it for many. Which is a real problem if they don't have a guy(father, son, hubby, boyfriend) around.

markm said...

And sometimes it's just laziness. My brother-in-law is a mechanic and the son of a mechanic, but there have been many times I've noticed his tires so low the rims are almost touching the ground.