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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A59539-2003Aug14.html

Kent Brockman: "Professor, without knowing precisely what the danger is, would you say it's time for our viewers to crack each other's heads open and feast on the goo inside?"

Professor: "Yes I would, Kent."

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We use more electricity in the Summer than in the Winter. This is because of the power that air conditioning units and fans require. A large part of this problem is the construction of new homes in a style that looks good, rather than ones which are functional and designed to keep cool. Or to put it another way, if you live in a nice looking house with lots of wood in it, you need air con to keep it cool in the Summer (Californians may recognise this problem). Conversely, a stone cottage is far cooler and will last longer.
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Stone structures are cooler during the day, but during the night they tend to retain the heat from the day's sunlight. What we need are collapsable stone houses that you can fold away during the night.

I was watching CNN, and one of their reporters had decided to use one of the pay phones to get the reaction "from the people in the streets". As you can see in the picture in the article, there were huge queues of people wanting to use the pay phones to call home, and they didn't appreciate it being used to go live on CNN. All you heard on tv was "yes, and I can confirm that the electricity in all the buildings is out, including lifts and th...get off the damn phone! <click>".

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So it's true - Americans can actually walk when they have to.
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I can't imagine the sort of hell it must be for people in the big cities. I can recall days where I had trouble getting out of DC because one of the metro lines was down. I can't imagine New York with everything kaput.
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quote:
A large part of this problem is the construction of new homes in a style that looks good
Really? I hadn't noticed.
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Still, authorities warned that they may not be able to restore full normalcy in time for Friday's rush hour as some areas braced for a longer recovery.
Sounds strange. "Hurry up, goddamnit, we want to get back home in crowded subway trains, miles-long static traffic jams in blistering heat and crowds of rampant oncoming pedestrians who'll walk over your skull as soon as look at you!"

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Paul, those Scandinavian style eco-homes are mainly made of wood and they perform very well in term of insulation and conservation of heat/cool.

For a few months, I walked past a Barrats construction site. The way they build those cheap houses is a disgrace...

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Does terrorism have to be ruled out immediately when anything happens in the USA nowadays? I mean, absolutely anything. Britain's just in the last throws of a heatwave. If it was across the Atlantic, it would have to be stressed that this weather "was not linked to terrorism" as soon as the fucking sun shines.

Please tell me it's just the media and the government being paranoid and trying to portray this "woe r us" attitude time and again.

It used to be a joke, but now it's just irksome.

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For a few months, I walked past a Barrats construction site.
Big one, was it?
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One shouldn't seek to make light of what is obviously a pretty distressing situation, but, ooh, the ironies pouring forth from this one. The US currently has a Government of energy executives by energy executives, and the country's power supplies suffer their biggest fuck-up ever. I should imagine, too, that people in Iraq, whose power has been intermittently on the blink ever since Bush launched his Noble Crusade in March, might also afford themselves a wry smile at all this too.

Now where's that 'dying rage of empire' thread we did a while back?

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Why is this such a big story? A question for that media thread, I think.

I can understand why it's discussed on OTF as we have people who live in affected places, but all over the news in the UK? Madness.

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Nah about a dozen houses. Noticed how small the rooms were and how the walls had the mingiest insulation material put in. I remember going to visit my mother in-law on the site she was working (she sells houses) and noticed the cold draft from the entry door straight away. Apparently not a problem I was told, just turn up the heating...

Very good question Jimsky, with all due respect to those affected, why should we care for them more than the for our neighours in Europe suffering fires, heatwaves, water restriction, etc ?

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Only minutes after John Pienaar and some other bod have a chinwag on Five Live about how Britain would cope through a huge power cut (the same as we've done through all the other ones, really), we get one at work! Life imitates...er, life.
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Good, if obvious, points MM and Jimski about the superior news value in Britain of American lives. It's the same with things like natural disasters: a hurricane rips its way through a dozen underdeveloped Caribbean islands, destroying lives, crops, livelihoods and economies and it's "see page 94" stuff; as soon as the same hurricane so much as overturns a fucking barbecue in Florida it's headline news.
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