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Started 10/20/21 by WALTER784; 18850 views.
Jeri (azpaints) said:

I thought there was some movement to stop that practice.

Probably the hapless people caught in that don't have the deep pockets to purchase Senators and Congressmen to vote for fair legislation in that area. While Big Pharma and Big Medicine can throw tens of billions of dollars to purchase the legislation they like.

"When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in a society, over the course of time they create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it." - Frédéric_Bastiat

He went on to later say,

"When under the pretext of fraternity, the legal code imposes mutual sacrifices on the citizens, human nature is not thereby abrogated. Everyone will then direct his efforts toward contributing little to, and taking much from, the common fund of sacrifices. Now, is it the most unfortunate who gains from this struggle? Certainly not, but rather the most influential and calculating."


When law and morality contradict each other, the citizen has the cruel alternative of either losing his moral sense or losing his respect for the law.


It is a rather singular argument to maintain that, because an abuse which has been permitted a temporary existence, cannot be corrected without wounding the interests of those who have profited by it, it ought, therefore, to claim perpetual duration.


It is impossible to introduce into society a greater change and a greater evil than this: the conversion of the law into an instrument of plunder.


Showtalk said:

That’s the time to hire an attorney and take it public.

Problem is, most people in that trap don't have any money.

Jeri (azpaints) said:

From my personal experience Dental insurance is a complete joke.


A passport is a valuable way to deal with dental needs, just across the border, where cash and carry costs are far less than the copays on even a gold plated plan and a US clinic.

Before Covid messed up the border crossings, I got a root canal and 2 crowns for about $700. And the crowns done in Mexico held up far better than those done in the US.

Jeri (azpaints)

From: Jeri (azpaints)


IIRC the facility had been Shut down for years.  The leak originated from a Shell Oil storage tank and had nothing to do with the government other than some of the damaged land was government owned

Jeri (azpaints) said:

The leak originated from a Shell Oil storage tank and had nothing to do with the government other than some of the damaged land was government owned

so it was similar to the Exxon Valdez

That's what they have pipeline patrol planes for, that fly out of here every day.

they have specific spectrum infrared cameras aboard that are tuned to see the normally invisible plumes of hydrocarbons and the wavelengths that oil and other flammable liquids absorb.

So normal terrain looks bright in these wavelengths but a plume of gas looks almost black, as does that given off by evaporating petroleum and petroleum distillates.

The planes are of course also equipped with gps units, and all the infrared imagery is precisely geotagged. they have a computer in the plane that captures all the imagery but also has a huge database of oil lease ownership and related land information and contact addresses and numbers.

so a machine compares imagery from day over day and week over week of the region, and when the camera picks up a small (or large) spill, the computer looks up whose oil well, tank battery, flow line, pipe line, etc. is at the GPS coordinates.and sends that to a server on the ground somewhere - maybe by a satellite link - where then someone's phone gets a text - or a list of people get a text all automatically without human intervention.

They have at least 21 aircraft that I have detected, all of them ubiquitous Cessna 172s. I suspect it's because the C172 is cheaper to acquire and operate than the faster 182, and generally they fly those routes at only about 1000 feet off the ground in a grid search pattern about a half mile or so between passes that are typically about 12 to 15 miles per leg.

UThe airplane has a good payload and performance profile for this kind of work, and they are relatively easy to fly, fast enough to cover a reasonable amount of terrain, but also fuel efficient enough to stay up for 6 to 7 hours at a time and still slow enough that if something is detected, the pilot can easily maneuver back over the spot and make a couple of extra close-up passes to get more angles of the spill to better pinpoint where the leak is on an oil well site.

Jeri (azpaints)

From: Jeri (azpaints)


I meant the Shell leak was on land and the Valdez was in the ocean.

Jeri (azpaints) said:

I meant the Shell leak was on land and the Valdez was in the ocean.

It was.