Monday, February 13, 2017

You would tend to think an emergency spillway would be kept clear,

in case of emergency.  Apparently the people in charge didn't bother:
Thing is… No one has been doing the kind of maintenance one ought to do if o ne actually believed that an “emergency” spillway would evar be used. Brush and full-growed trees cover the spill area. PG&E even built high lines there — which are now being “temporarily” removed. …since they would end up down the Feather River somewhere.
That's bad.  And makes you wonder if any other maintenance had been neglected.

If I had a relative interested in modeling, I'd consider locking them inside their room.

Especially something to read in current conditions: 15 Actionable Tips for Staying Safe During Times of Civil Unrest.  One of the things that a lot of people have real trouble with(I confess to some difficulty myself)
  1. Know that you ARE NOT safe: These rioters who trash their own cities and attack women? They ARE NOT like you. The Antifa thugs, Communists, and far-left progressives don’t like people like you. They hate freedom. They don’t care if children get hurt, or if you’re with your family; so don’t try to reason with them, because it won’t work. They are not rational, so don’t expect any favors. Valueless people act in valueless ways, and you could be shown no mercy. Know your enemy.

Yes, NBC is lying.  Again.  And have a former ATF agent to help.  Anybody surprised?

Ok, this is clearly unpossible: (fG)Britain has all the Right Laws and doesn't allow guns in, so how could they seize all these?

Especially after taking those lethal cap & ball pistols out of circulation?


Arthur said...

"If I had a relative interested in modeling, I'd consider locking them inside their room."

Or at least consider going into hardcore fetish porn instead and maintain some sort of dignity.

Peter B said...

The State of California said the emergency spillway was "safe and stable.


More than a decade ago, federal and state officials and some of California’s largest water agencies rejected concerns that the massive earthen spillway at Oroville Dam — at risk of collapse Sunday night and prompting the evacuation of 185,000 people — could erode during heavy winter rains and cause a catastrophe.

Three environmental groups — the Friends of the River, the Sierra Club and the South Yuba Citizens League — filed a motion with the federal government on Oct. 17, 2005, as part of Oroville Dam’s relicensing process, urging federal officials to require that the dam’s emergency spillway be armored with concrete, rather than remain as an earthen hillside.

tweell said...

Take a look at John Ringo's Facebook if you can - he notes that the dam was redesignated from an electricity production dam (which was how it was made, expecting to be max 60% fill and at 100% only in an emergency) to a water retention dam (which expects to hold 80%-100% for long periods of time), with no changes to the structure. That's like taking a light bridge designated for cars only, no trucks, and making it a railroad bridge, with no upgrading.

The 'main' spillway was designed and built as an emergency only spillway, it was not made for the heavy continuous use that a reservoir dam spillway would see. The 'emergency' spillway was a backup to the backup. Both spillways should have received upgrading and maintenance when the dam was re-purposed.

The dam wasn't designed to hold over 60% for any length of time. If an earthquake happens by...