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First Chevron, Now Shell's California Refinery Issues "Civil Emergency"

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UPDATE: Local Police have said that this is a false alarm and there is no emergency at the Shell Refinery.

In what can only be the strangest and most worrisome coincidence, the Shell refinery in Martinez has just issued an Immediate-Severe-Likely public "Shelter-in-Place" emergency alert:

RESIDENTS IN MARTINEZ. ARE ADVISED TO SHELTER IN PLACE. GO INSIDE. CLOSE ALL WINDOWS AND DOORS. TURN OFF ALL HEATERS. AIR CONDITIONERS AND FANS. IF NOT USING THE FIREPLACE. CLOSE FIREPLACE DAMPERS AND VENTS. AND COVER CRACKS AROUND DOORS AND WINDOWS WITH TAPE OR DAMPED TOWELS. MEDIA NEWS NETWORKS WILL CONTINUE TO CARRY UPDATED EMERGENCY INFORMATION. STAY OFF THE TELEPHONE UNLESS YOU HAVE A LIFE THREATENING EMERGENCY.

 


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Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:33 | Link to Comment SilverTree
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WTF

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:34 | Link to Comment SHEEPFUKKER
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Pull it.  

Sincerely yours. 

Mr. Silverstein

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:35 | Link to Comment Randall Cabot
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I love the smell of benzene in the morning.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:47 | Link to Comment Turd Ferguson
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UPDATE:

Just checked KRON-TV in SF. Apparently a false alarm. 

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:51 | Link to Comment Jason T
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things got roudy in town event.. http://www.kron4.com/Article.aspx?ArticleID=4628

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 11:11 | Link to Comment Randall Cabot
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"UPDATE:

Just checked KRON-TV in SF. Apparently a false alarm."

 

I believe them.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 13:30 | Link to Comment smiler03
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Just because they're talking about you doesn't mean that they're not out to get you.

It was a false alarm. Keep calm and carry on.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 13:42 | Link to Comment Randall Cabot
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The fire at the WTC is now a false alarm too!!!

World Trade Center 'fire' was false alarm

http://www.myfoxphilly.com/

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 14:10 | Link to Comment derek_vineyard
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Tyler, You live down here in Bay Area.  i can tell by your familiarity with the area.  Richmond and martinez refineries seem to have problems every year.; they are friggin old....but fit in well with surrounding neighborhoods.   Actually, the Martinez refinery is somewhat detached from the city.  Whatever, those refineries are dinosaurs.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 11:28 | Link to Comment LongSoupLine
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must be a quick trade prank "call in" by the Goldman crude futures deesk again.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 11:01 | Link to Comment Ying-Yang
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Since the Mossad and CIA planted Stuxnet in Iran, would it be make since that Stuxnet might have something to do with these 2 events? They said they would hit back against those who did it. Stuxnet is designed to show normal, non-emergency settings on monitors. Things can be turning very bad but the screens show no emergencies until something gives.

Or in this case a false alarm......

 

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 11:09 | Link to Comment NidStyles
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Fire alarms are all hardware deadman switches. There is no software involved in the actual switches themselves, only the end-user station uses software to control anything, and it controls are the resets. They are done this way to prevent that exact situation you are describing from happening. 

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 13:57 | Link to Comment Benjamin Glutton
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Fire alarm systems report off premise to central stations using software...this is one of my areas of experience.

 

Siemens is a big time player.

 

http://w3.usa.siemens.com/buildingtechnologies/us/en/fire-products-and-s...

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 12:50 | Link to Comment earleflorida
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thumbsucker memory sticks can do alot of muckety uppity long after stuxnet gave iran its anal probe

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:54 | Link to Comment malikai
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More like: I love the smell of HF gas in the morning. Do they run an alkylizer  there?

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:36 | Link to Comment Inibo E. Exibo
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Indeed.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 11:37 | Link to Comment JohnKozac
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Chevron is lucky it didn't build that.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:57 | Link to Comment oklaboy
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Breaking News Accidentental CWS alert

Last updated: 7:30am Wednesday, Aug 8 2012

There is no shelter-in-place in Martinez. There was an accidental activation of the Community Warning System.

 

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:57 | Link to Comment oklaboy
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Breaking News Accidentental CWS alert

Last updated: 7:30am Wednesday, Aug 8 2012

There is no shelter-in-place in Martinez. There was an accidental activation of the Community Warning System.

 

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:32 | Link to Comment Yellowhoard
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This is starting to sound like its not accidents that we're talking about.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:37 | Link to Comment Clayton Bigsby
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that was my first thought

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:42 | Link to Comment WoodMizer
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Plus a fire broke out at WTC 1 this morning

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 11:26 | Link to Comment fredquimby
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You gat a serious A+ for the Max Headroom avatar (NO, he does not look like Mitt Romney on a good day;)

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:42 | Link to Comment tmosley
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What's that old saying?  Once is happenstance, twice is coincidence, thrice is conspiracy.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:47 | Link to Comment CPL
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Indeed.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 11:02 | Link to Comment old naughty
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...so, we can expect a third one coming.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:54 | Link to Comment Ying-Yang
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Rule #10... there are no coincidences

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 12:53 | Link to Comment mick_richfield
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It's so weird you should say that.  I was just thinking the same thing!

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:34 | Link to Comment Winston Churchill
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Revenge for Stuxnet ?

 

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:43 | Link to Comment Turd Ferguson
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My thoughts EXACTLY!

Once the stuxnet "genie" was out of the bottle, rewriting it for use back against us was/is inevitable.

Watch this RIGHT NOW:

http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7400904n

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:48 | Link to Comment Dr. Richard Head
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We need a Turdnet Virus at the CFTC. 

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:53 | Link to Comment Turd Ferguson
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Perhaps The Wicked Witch picked up the Turdnet Virus after our last coital encounter.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:56 | Link to Comment Dr. Richard Head
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You know silver has antibacterial properties.  Rub firmly on affected area. 

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:52 | Link to Comment Ignorance is bliss
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Excellent video...could easily be the case.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:52 | Link to Comment WhyDoesItHurtWh...
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Sponsored by wait for it .......... Goldman Sachs.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:58 | Link to Comment Ying-Yang
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It is the same thing with drones. We deployed these to kill people driving the tech and speeding up others to match us. How soon before a drone comes into the US from sea or Mexico? How about a ship launched drone skimming 15 feet above the water coming in from a tanker?

Viruses and drones, we can thank our leaders for hastening the adoption of both.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 11:00 | Link to Comment magpie
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Don't forget to store vital information in a Cloud.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 11:03 | Link to Comment Ying-Yang
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The Woz said the same thing. The cloud is a BAD idea.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 12:29 | Link to Comment monkeyboy
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In news today, Skynet has now become self-aware.

Now here's Tom with the weather.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:34 | Link to Comment azzhatter
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Bizarre and unlikely coincidence

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:41 | Link to Comment scatterbrains
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I wouldn't be surprised if the gov's "secret plan"  is to add more corn to the blend (corn up gasoline down... oops corn up gasoline up maybe less then other wise) ?  Or secret orders to pump out 24/7 until november and redlining the refineries.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:34 | Link to Comment magpie
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Those electric cars have to be sold some way.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:37 | Link to Comment Dr. Engali
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Damn if that's not an oh shit moment what is?

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:35 | Link to Comment EL INDIO
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Somebody forgot to declare war ? !

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:49 | Link to Comment Dr. Richard Head
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That is sooooooo WWII.  Get with the program.  We have UN resolutions to ignore or act upon depending on which way the wind blows from the various POTUS anuses. 

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 11:00 | Link to Comment Ying-Yang
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Yes we declaired war on Iran with the sanctions. Sanctions are war. The war has already begun and our kids will bear the brunt.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 11:13 | Link to Comment kridkrid
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Sanctions are war, and whoever down-voted you is an idiot. Another thing that is war... assassinating scientists... another thing that is war... drone flights that kill "insurgents" especially after we redefine an insurgent to be, well, anyone killed by a drone strike. why are we afraid to call it what it is?

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:35 | Link to Comment realtick
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Long Shelter In Place

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 12:57 | Link to Comment mick_richfield
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Except pretty soon it'll be Shelter In Place Someplace Else.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:35 | Link to Comment valkir
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Very soon Beverly Hills properties will be 2 for 1 $.After everyone realises what is comming from Fukushima.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:36 | Link to Comment Clayton Bigsby
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rut-roh

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:36 | Link to Comment Deathrips
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Maybe we could get all those talking head windbags from all over the globe and they could suck it all up ....or blow it all away.

 

All joking aside..this sucks.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:38 | Link to Comment divide_by_zero
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Big Sis shoulda been watching them real terrorists a bit closer and not so focused on patting down granny. Chem and Refinery plants were known primary targets.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:38 | Link to Comment azzhatter
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Hell Jerry Brown probably invited them if they'd just pay a little taxes

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:47 | Link to Comment BliptoP3
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The more they pat granny down the more refineries she blows up - when will they learn: "The more you tighten your grip - the more star systems will slip through your fingers."

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:47 | Link to Comment BliptoP3
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DP

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:52 | Link to Comment Taint Boil
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I often thought that refineries would be an easy terrorist target. 50 Towel Heads with 50 calibers (what’s their range?) could probably do a lot of industrial damage. Next up: key transformers in the power grid?

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 12:47 | Link to Comment LFMayor
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how about one wiith the welding supply company truck he just jacked, loaded with o2 and c2h2 weld cylinders?   That's less overhead and lots more bang for the buck.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 13:04 | Link to Comment mick_richfield
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50 cal M82 Barrett has an effective range over a mile.

Key transformers are EHV giants near large power stations, waiting time of 3 years for a new one, and no spares to speak of in the country.  They are huge things, and I doubt 50 cal would harm them much, but not sure.   They are the things we are woried about in case of large EMP event.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 11:11 | Link to Comment NidStyles
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Big Sis is in on the game, so why would she rat out her own crew?

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:36 | Link to Comment Hype Alert
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Conditioning.  Stay indoors.  Do not attempt to move about.

In the past they would evacuate people.  Maybe there is no where to go?

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:54 | Link to Comment Dr. Richard Head
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No shit.  Stay put....we are from the government and we are here to help.

Just like the military training excercises taking place on each corner of Amerika.  The traning is not for the military, but for the plebes. 

Step 1. Condition population that military activity on US streets normal.

Step 2. Condition population to stay put during any and all situations and wait for further directions from government.

Step 3. Start PR campaign "All Aboard To Auswitch" - We restrict your calories so you don't have too.  You will love it.  (credit to Gerald Celente."

Step 4. Collect gold teeth, shoes, and disenters.

Step 5. PROFIT!!!!

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 11:10 | Link to Comment Winston of Oceania
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Why do you suppose that playgrounds at the local indoctination centers ALL have fences with gates around them now. Conditioning for the sheep so that they feel safe and secure.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:37 | Link to Comment Central Wanker
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co·in·ci·dence/k??ins?d?ns/ Noun:
  1. A remarkable concurrence of events or circumstances without apparent causal connection.
  2. Correspondence in nature or in time of occurrence.
Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:46 | Link to Comment francis_sawyer
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Well... Passports seem to hold up well against kerosene fire, pulverization, & nano thermite... So benzene ought to be a cinch!

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:37 | Link to Comment SheepDog-One
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Nothing to see here...certainly not an attack...all is well move along people resume buying stocks.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:37 | Link to Comment wcvarones
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Q. What do you call a shutdown at the Shell refinery?

A. A dry Martinez.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:38 | Link to Comment francis_sawyer
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We're from FEMA & we're here to help...

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:39 | Link to Comment Dr. Engali
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There are no coincidences. Why is gas and food cost rising? It's certainly not because of QE forever......it's that pesky drought and old refineries.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 11:15 | Link to Comment NidStyles
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I've always wondered how a giant steel structure that is not exposed to elements that would cause it's deteriation would wear out or become obsolete. It's also worrying that even that same structure was updated regularly to maitain safety standards. They must have been using steel from the WTC pours. 

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:39 | Link to Comment SheepDog-One
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'Worrisome'? Nonsense....muppets resume your normal daily activity of buying stocks.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:39 | Link to Comment azzhatter
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Helluva job Brownie

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:40 | Link to Comment q99x2
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Hide the guns, women and children.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:41 | Link to Comment Börjesson
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To have an emergency at one refinery may be regarded as a misfortune; to have an emergency at two smacks of carelessness.

 

(With apologies to Oscar Wilde.)

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:50 | Link to Comment Mysteerious Roo...
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Dear Aunt Augusta:

LOL! +10.

Mysteerious Rooshian Vooman

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:41 | Link to Comment 101 years and c...
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jacking up oil due to refinery problems is just another way to "turn risk on".  to hell with the people that may suffer.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:43 | Link to Comment francis_sawyer
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Maybe the Syrian situation isn't going as well as planned since the Russians showed up...

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:46 | Link to Comment magpie
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I thought they already abandoned Syria, right until the Rebels deciced to blow up a general of theirs yesterday.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:50 | Link to Comment francis_sawyer
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Central Planning is hard when the central planners want paid vacations in their bennies packages...

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:42 | Link to Comment zilverreiger
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SCADA viruses backfiring? ;p

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:43 | Link to Comment Ignorance is bliss
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The Iranians did it. Let's bomb them back to Babylon !!!

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:44 | Link to Comment Sean7k
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Refineries are having a baddddddd month. Wisconsin, Chicago, Oklahoma, and now two in the bay area. Major media reports? Stay tuned, looks like it's going to get interesting- especially since Congress is on vacation and the EU is on vacation.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 11:16 | Link to Comment NidStyles
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I notice that all hell breaks lose when Congress is not in session. I wonder why that is...

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:45 | Link to Comment The Wizard of Oz
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Inadvertent alert. All is okay. Please continue to buy WTI. 

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:46 | Link to Comment You Didn't Buil...
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What will the leukemia cancer rate be in California in ten years? Oncology may be the next growth industry.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:49 | Link to Comment francis_sawyer
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Then they'll have to take out the marijuana plantations & the apricot orchards too...

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:46 | Link to Comment dow2000
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Iran claims resposibility for these two attacks in response to the Stuxnet virus deployed by the currecnt US administration against Iran...

Check to you...

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:47 | Link to Comment WTF_247
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No way that is coincidence.  Sounds like sabotage to me but what do I know.

California has not allowed anyone to build a new refinery in over 30 years - they have made it so cost prohibitive to the point no one will do it.  Just the environmental studies to do so would likely take a decade, then end up in endless litigation in court from every environmental group out there (which all use gasoline and drive cars to the courthouse ...)

Even if every refinery shut down and gas went to $12.00 per gallon I doubt the retards that run this state would even care.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 11:04 | Link to Comment Winston of Oceania
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They're long bicycles the bastards...

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 11:13 | Link to Comment LouisDega
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Huffy Biatchezz

images

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:49 | Link to Comment DeFeralCat
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Knight algos doing community out-reach.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:50 | Link to Comment WarPony
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false alarm

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:53 | Link to Comment francis_sawyer
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So that makes two 'false alarm' fires on 8/8 just before the hour of 8 (the other one was the 88th floor of WTC1)...

Where's #3 going to come from?

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:52 | Link to Comment strongband
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There was a misprint - it was meant to end with

 

STAY OFF THE TELEPHONE UNTIL YOU HAVE A LIFE THREATENING EMERGENCY.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:52 | Link to Comment moonman
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If they keep blowing up these True Blood factories what will the vampires feast on?

 

 

 

 

 

Oh yeah us

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 11:02 | Link to Comment Bugsquasher
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Is that you Dirtdigger?

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:53 | Link to Comment dcb
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false alarm as of two minutes ago

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 11:01 | Link to Comment MichaelNY
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This was only a drill.  If there is anything to worry about, they'll tell us.

 

Didn't they have a drill in Oklahoma City, on 9/10 in New York, and 7/7 in London?

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 11:03 | Link to Comment slewie the pi-rat
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as i said re the richmond fyrePyre:  L0L!!!

oil is bid and T's are being sold off from their morning wood

this bullshit is better than the smell of rumpoystiltskins in the morning, BiCheZ!

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 11:04 | Link to Comment notadouche
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"Fool me once shame on me, er uh fool me twice...uh er uh well uh, you don't get fooled again"   an old Tennessee saying as quoted by GWB.  

 

This was a petrie dish event to see how the citizens would react to an emergency alert that sounded as ridiculous as one could be.  I wonder what the results were?  

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 11:12 | Link to Comment Madcow
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If they can make fossil fuels seem dangerous - as dangerous and unpredictable as nuclear - then it will be easier for them when the time comes to nationalize enegry writ large.

There are abundant new energy technologies capable of economic harvest of unconventional hydrocarbons.  There's enough oil to support growth for many hundreds of years.  80% of the worlds hydrocarbon resources have been locked up in deep, cold formations that have not - until now - been possible to mobilze. 

i can't understand the irrational "war against hydrocarbons" threatening to choke off the new technologies.    Don't waste your time sending me a "its not possible due to EROI" - yes, it is. you just have to look in to the science. 

 

 

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 11:37 | Link to Comment JR
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The propaganda fits their “world governance” agenda, pricewise, control-wise, and population-wise.

“Complex technology of any sort is an assault on human dignity. It would be little short of disastrous for us to discover a source of clean, cheap, abundant energy, because of what we might do with it.” - Amory Lovins, Rocky Mountain Institute

“The prospect of cheap fusion energy is the worst thing that could happen to the planet.” -- Jeremy Rifkin, Greenhouse Crisis Foundation

"A total population of 250-300 million people, a 95% decline from present levels, would be ideal.” --Ted Turner, who donated over a billion dollars to the United Nations specifically to fund the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 12:01 | Link to Comment Renewable Life
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Ohhhhhhh, that's hippy talk!!!!!!

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 11:12 | Link to Comment batz
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Chavez!

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 11:13 | Link to Comment JR
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False alarm or no, it’s a good reminder of the agenda of the eco-speakers who’ve been working these many years to reduce the West’s standard of living through taxes and massive legislation and a wholesale transfer of wealth to under-developed countries that they’ve politically commandeered. Here’s the view of a Club of Rome member who advocates forced world change via an engineered global monetary crisis that would destroy the developed nations’ economic systems…

“One of the worst problems in the United States is energy prices—they’re too low……

“It is clear that current lifestyles and consumption patterns of the affluent middle class…involving high meat intake, consumption of large amounts of frozen and ‘convenience’ foods, ownership of motor-vehicles, numerous electric household appliances, home and work-place air-conditioning…expansive suburban housing…are not sustainable.” -- Maurice Strong, opening speech at the 1992 Rio Earth Summit

“Isn’t the only hope for the planet that the industrialized civilizations collapse? Isn’t it our responsibility to bring that about?” - Maurice Strong, founder of the UN Environment Programme

By the way, Maurice Strong is one of the wealthiest men in the world with great personal wealth derived from the oil industry in Canada.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 11:19 | Link to Comment Stuck in California
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I work 3 blocks from the Valero Refinery in Benicia and have a visual across the water of the Martinez refinery.  See nothing unusual over there.  The Valero refinery has been off-line since 7/26. They started firing it up on Tuesday and the flares coming from the stacks where crazy.  They say that is the normal part of the start up routine.  It should be back on line soon.  Can't wait. The Valero refinery is not very secure, IMO.  It is right in the middle of an industrial park and you can actually drive along the big pipes that bring oil from the ships in the bay.  You can't get onto the plant property without going through security but the plant is just a stones throw from busy street traffic.  I always worry about something happening there.  Shelter in place my butt... I'd hop in the car and get the heck out of Dodge! As of yesterday gas has gone up about 11 cents since Sunday and it will probably be at least 10 cents more on my way home tonight. I'm really not a fan of coincidence.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 11:21 | Link to Comment btdt
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Tyler,

Take this article down.

 

This was a false alarm.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 11:24 | Link to Comment Tree of Liberty
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I can assure you it is not a false alarm.  Shell is very litigation wary, generally safer operated than its counterparts and does not alarm the public without cause.  I have worked for them for 20 years and when they make a public anouncement regarding safety there is generally a risk.  The Martinez facility is very old and suffers from deffered maintenance.   

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 13:37 | Link to Comment smiler03
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Come back and reaffirm your opinion tomorrow.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 11:32 | Link to Comment Tree of Liberty
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The emergency alert system that Shell uses has numerous layers of protocol that prevents false alarms; numerous internal alerts and validations occure before the public is ever notified thru the authority alarm system.  What I believe has occured is the gas leak has been resolved. 

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 11:56 | Link to Comment jplains04
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This is all to program the sheeple of California to stay indoors before the brwon shirts come for their neighbors

 

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 12:10 | Link to Comment cocoablini
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All I have to.say is who went long oil before rumor and.sold before retraction.
Everyone including government is running some Enron scam.
If I wanted oil prices to stabilize higher I would blow up a refinery like they do in Fucking Nigeria and claim militants. Or start saber rattling Iran. Now its trash refineries and create disasters in California the biggest oil market in the US.
Chevron had their permit to expand denied by a judge over environmental questions in Richmond. So, blow the fucker up.and create a supply squeeze in oil and watch how they get the permit anyway. Clearly someone went long oil and was worried their position didn't ramp up high after Chevron. A diesel leak? Really?

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 14:00 | Link to Comment Disenchanted
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Distant Early Warning - Rush - From the album "Grace Under Pressure" - released in 1984

 

An ill wind comes arising
Across the cities of the plain
Theres no swimming in the heavy water
No singing in the acid rain
Red alert
Red alert...

 

Cruising under your radar
Watching from satellites
Take a page from the red book
Keep them in your sights
Red alert
Red alert

 

Left and rights of passage
Black and whites of youth
Who can face the knowledge
That the truth is not the truth?
Obsolete
Absolute...

 

 

Absalom, absalom, absalom

 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OlyKwXND5xs

 

As I monitor current events such as what's in this thread(including comments), and then suddenly recall bits of music from yesteryear like the above Rush tune...it gives me the frigging chillbumps.

But maybe it's just me.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 14:01 | Link to Comment Benjamin Glutton
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Fire alarm systems report off premise to central stations using software...this is one of my areas of experience.

 

Siemens is a big time player.

 

http://w3.usa.siemens.com/buildingtechnologies/us/en/fire-products-and-s...

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 15:27 | Link to Comment Jaman
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Chevron reporting a "small secondary fire" now...

 

Fire extinguished in "minutes"...

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