Undertoad Saturday Jul 12 05:00 PM
7/12/2003: Bridge over foam
Cochese Saturday Jul 12 06:40 PM
So chemical Z is fighting chemicals A through Y. Wonderful.
OnyxCougar Saturday Jul 12 06:51 PM
That's unreal. Is that the best cleanup solution they can come up with?
joydriven Saturday Jul 12 09:54 PM
Just to keep the foam down in the area directly under the bridge? It seems like a narrow swatch. I wonder how tall the rest of the foam gets.
xoxoxoBruce Saturday Jul 12 10:11 PM
chrisinhouston Sunday Jul 13 09:58 AM
Reminds me of my youth. We'd be out running wild on a Saturday night and toss a laundry detergent soap pellet into a local city fountain.
Undertoad Sunday Jul 13 10:16 AM
If Count Zero is still reading he surely knows more about this -- it's just south of where he lives. CZ, got some better facts?
dave Sunday Jul 13 12:53 PM
Yes. The foam was caused by the Bush administration.
elSicomoro Sunday Jul 13 01:12 PM
It's a WMD which we will use as justification for going to war against Brazil.
Torrere Sunday Jul 13 02:47 PM
Wow! Now that would be a sight to see. It looks post modern, apocalyptical. The dark and gloomy image that UT posted creates such a better mood than the ones from Bruce's link.
xoxoxoBruce Monday Jul 14 10:42 PM
Oh sure, you always liked UT best.
Undertoad Monday Jul 14 11:57 PM
Hah! I'm better at stealing stuff than you!
xoxoxoBruce Tuesday Jul 15 12:25 PM
You ARE Dumbledore.
Torrere Tuesday Jul 15 01:31 PM
xoxoxoBruce Tuesday Jul 15 06:41 PM
Torrere Wednesday Jul 16 04:45 AM
Well, you would have to modify the business plan a little bit. Mostly, he would have to stop stealing free stuff -- of course there wouldn't be any money in that!
Count Zero Wednesday Jul 16 07:03 PM
The most bizarre thing is that by the time it reaches the ocean, it's absolutely clean! A friend of mine actually swam in the river and drank water from it several (and several) kilometers away from the city, and the fact that he is still alive and not horribly mutated proves it was quite clean. He said the water was transparent, but I wouldn't dare coming close anyway. This proves a very depressing (and a bit hopeful) point that the only measure necessary to unpollute the river is to stop polluting it, and nature will take care of the rest.
The government started a movement to unpollute it about 10 years ago (they even hired the same company that supposedly did a good job on the Thames), but it went stale, since the amount of work in the sewer system necessary to stop the pollution was absolutely huge.
Chris MC Sunday Jul 20 05:16 AM
Hi there just noticed your reference to the Thames River (which is clean now by the way) and thought I'd post This Link for your information ... my I'm feeling helpful today
xoxoxoBruce Sunday Jul 20 09:38 AM
Excellent link, Chris.
Undertoad Sunday Jul 20 10:30 AM
"Julie said to jim why don't we jump in
OnyxCougar Sunday Jul 20 11:58 AM
That's a great link, but I've been there, and there is NO way you could get me into that water.
modernhamlet Tuesday Jul 22 09:22 AM
At least it hasn't caught fire yet.
xoxoxoBruce Tuesday Jul 22 09:48 AM
On the upside, there's no mosquitos.
OnyxCougar Tuesday Jul 22 10:24 AM
OK, this may have been discussed before, but I've always wondered:
xoxoxoBruce Tuesday Jul 22 10:48 AM
The problem with any unchecked fire is collateral damage. That river fire only burned for 20 minutes and still managed to damage two railroad bridges.
OnyxCougar Tuesday Jul 22 11:54 AM
I understand that, but I don't feel any pity for that "collateral damage". If the railroad had interest in the river, maybe they should have been part of a solution to ensure things like that didn't happen.
dave Tuesday Jul 22 12:07 PM
The problem is that it's never that simple. That railroad could be delivering essential grain and other foodstuffs to people that need it. Or it may be the most affordable way for a poor woman to make it across the country to visit her dying son.
OnyxCougar Tuesday Jul 22 12:12 PM
Another good reason why everyone should be involved in keeping our planet in good condition and for ALL of us to be concerned about these types of problems.