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  •  Cannot commend you enough for this. (18+ / 0-)

    Especially this:

    In my experience working in the environmental industry, stuff like the West fertilizer plant explosion doesn't happen unless you have a really serious and ingrained climate of sloppiness, lack of maintainance, and safety provisions that are just plain missing, all of which can usually be blamed on management's bad decisionmaking and wilful neglect, and that in turn is usually due to either management not caring, not understanding (two problems we have a lot more of nowadays, since plant managers USED to be mostly engineers rather than MBAs), or not  wanting to spend the money.
    Perfect. Disasters like this don't just happen. So many failures to adhere to even standard procedures and protocols that it begins to look (almost) planned.

    Not saying they blew this thing up on purpose but there comes a level of neglect and incompetence where, functionally, there's very little difference.

    This is a crime. If such blatant disregard for safety (fucking common sense!)  isn't criminal presently in Texas, then it should be from this point forward.

    And this isn't a RedState problem. This isn't just Republicans. There are states like Wyoming and North Dakota and Kansas that are every bit as GOP-dominated where things like this are much less likely to occur. This is a particular Texas brand of Republican-Libertarianism. Markos nailed that. Ron Paul. Ted Cruz. Like that.

    See also, Louisiana, Mississippi.

    I doubt even John Cornyn can stomach visiting this disaster site with Cruz (which happened Friday, I think) without realizing that something is very very wrong.  Now, knowing that and doing something are two different things, but at least he'll be damned uncomfortable.

    It rubs the loofah on its skin or else it gets the falafel again.

    by Fishgrease on Sun Apr 21, 2013 at 04:19:38 AM PDT

    •  Wrong, Fishgrease. (4+ / 0-)
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      Texas Republicans just don't get it, and continue to spew their anti-regulatory nonsense and push for even less regulation.

      While the facts of the plant explosion and the death and injuries are being counted, they double down. In Austin, Thursday, a Senate committee (Republican stacked) voted  6-3  for legislation “streamlining” (read: weakening) the process that communities and environmental groups can use to challenge permits to pollute.

      And speaking of permits, it seems once you get one you're good for life.  No routine inspections etc.

      I have to get my car inspected annually in order to get a licence and drive it.  How is it that a business like this has no routine inspection?

      Be the change you want to see in the world. -Gandhi

      by DRo on Sun Apr 21, 2013 at 06:03:00 AM PDT

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    •  Just have to say this too..... (3+ / 0-)
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      Fishgrease, you are my hero.  I still re-read your Fucking Proper Fucking Booming posts.....

      But yeah, I've been involved in several industrial kaplowies here in MA...a very blue state.... among others, a paint factory that blew up (and which somehow killed nobody!!!), a tire retread factory that hemorrhaged  gods-know-what all over the neighborhood when it burned down, and a foundry that blew itself off the map with a dust explosion.  The retread plant was probably arson but the other two were institutional failures that lead to hardware failures.  

      In fact, the paint factory incident prompted a new statewide regulation for permit approvals, inventories, and inspections for business handling certain hazardous materials.

      Irony is the ultimate cop-out way of turning something you didn't mean into something you did...the last refuge of the scoundrel.-- Julian Cope

      by Thunderthief on Sun Apr 21, 2013 at 09:07:43 PM PDT

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