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  •  Why don't you submit your correction to (2+ / 0-)
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    Rashaverak, KenBee

    the Montreal Gazette? What is the point of posting a rude comment reply to me? The Gazette has a dozen or so breaking stories right now on the tragedy. I don't know what the correct metric measurement for oil tankers is--why chide me about it? Why don't you look it up? People are fucking dead; a town is destroyed. What purpose is served by posting rude comments to a blog? Help the Gazette out by emailing them so they can correct their error.


    Ho'oponopono. To make things right; restore harmony; heal.

    by earicicle on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 02:28:38 PM PDT

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    •  How is it rude to point out that (0+ / 0-)

      a story is patently absurd?

      Seriously if the Montreal Gazette has so little interest in ensuring that they put out accurate information that they'd print something like that, why bother contacting them?  They clearly don't give a flying fuck.

      Or if the option is that they were implying that the cars were empty, they should have out and out said that.  

      •  Patently absurd, or simple typo? (3+ / 0-)
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        KenBee, earicicle, SoCalSal

        In the US, Federal regulations (49 C.F.R. §179.13) limit  the capacity of tank cars built after November 30, 1970, to 34,500 (U.S.) gallons, or 263,000 pounds Gross Weight on Rail.

        The same rule forbids tank cars (built before that date) from being   converted to exceed 34,500 gallons capacity or 263,000 pounds Gross Weight on Rail.

        Since it is common for freight cars to cross the border between the U.S. and Canada. all freight cars are probably built to common specifications.  And Industry Canada probably has a similar regulation.  

        One (U.S.) gallon is 3.785 Litres.

        If the tank cars had capacities of 26,420 gallons, and if fully loaded, each one would be carrying 100,000 Litres.

        •  Thanks for doing the research & math. (1+ / 0-)
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          Sadly, poutrage and conspiracy theory are the flavors du jour around here. Amazing that some find these flavors appetizing even in the face of such terrible tragedy.

          Ho'oponopono. To make things right; restore harmony; heal.

          by earicicle on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 05:48:52 PM PDT

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          •  For fuck's sake how am I pouting (0+ / 0-)

            when I gave exactly the same information (i.,e that the cars were 1% full if they were holding 1,000 liters - which is essentially the same as saying they have a capacity of 100,000 liters)?

            The point being that if the newspaper can't get a basic AND EASILY CHECKED  (common sense, really) detail like this correct, why believe * anything * they print?

      •  I'm sure the Gazette is not at all busy with the (1+ / 0-)
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        2000 evacuees, 500 homeless, 5 dead and 40 or more missing human beings in a remote idyllic township--so shockingly devasted--200 km from where they go to press. I mean...who would make a math error in the face of all that?

        FYI: There is little to no cell service in that part of L'Estrie. Which might make reporting just a tad more difficult.

        Ho'oponopono. To make things right; restore harmony; heal.

        by earicicle on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 05:53:24 PM PDT

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