Wednesday, April 17, 2013

What ever happened to OpSec?

 I do not understand .... "FBI photos that have been leaked". Really????

Secret stuff is supposed to be secret stuff. Remember when people used to have annual OpSec and ComSec training?

And if the FBI just wants lots of people to have information, just put it out there -- don't "leak" it....ARGHHHHHH

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Safety & SOP

I spoke with my brother about hearing that non-union utility folks from AL had been turned away from NY/NJ.  I figured him working 30 yrs at a utility company (gas side, but also up to his eyeballs in safety committee for years so knows lots about the electrical side as well.  This utility was non-union for years and years, and has now been union for almost 10 yrs.  He has not heard the story, but would believe it about NY but more doubtful about NJ.  But he did provide insight....

Apparently there is a reason why crews from other states (union or non-union) don't like to work together -- safety. 

At first blush it might seem like it would be easy enough to incorporate other line people in with the regular crews, but when you factor in that these folks are working with high voltage and could potentially kill people 5 miles away by not following safety protocols should give you pause.

While union employees all have to go through the same education and training standards, the non-union linepeople may/may not have had the same level of training.  Doesn't mean "go away", but may make a difference in what they are permitted to work on.

Bigger reason has to do with each company's SOPs being slightly different.  While the outcome would be the same in 6 different companies, they may all have totally different means to get the job done, including when/how they deenergize the system or bring it back on line.

Most of the electrical companies have rules against working in a "blended" (read multiple companies) crews and that jobs/sections of the grid need to be designated and assigned to one company (home or visitor).

So, while I cannot confirm nor deny if the story is true or not, this is at least new information for me in terms of "why"

Monday, October 29, 2012

Post-Sandy

Well, so far so good.  Worst of the rain and wind behind me now, I know I had one piece of siding trim come loose and a few damp spots in the basement, but otherwise I think I came through unscathed.  Recon after daybreak will tell me more....

My big question for the night though:
Why was the goofy CNN reporter in Atlantic City standing in the low spot of the road all night up to his knees in waves?  His cameraman had the good sense to be 50 yards away NOT standing in the ocean -- just sayin'.......

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Awaiting Sandy

Milk - check
Toilet paper - check
Bread - check
Car filled with gas - check
Hanging plants down - check
trash cans, chairs and grill in garage - check
snack food (and real food) - check
laundry done - check
water, etc to drink - check
bathtub filled with water - check
candles, flashlights, batteries - check
books to read - check

Cell phone staying plugged in all day today to be 100% charged if/when lose power.
Gas stove in the house, BBQ grill stored inside the garage.
 
Barely drizzling right now.  As ready as I'm going to be.....

Sunday, October 21, 2012

The 7th time just went "click"

From a friend of mine.....I have not sourced it to see if it is true, but liked it anyway.  Enjoy!
Joey

Texas women.....
cid:279579FDFAD34BB78067A8769E87DD2E@maryhibbard
A TRUE STORY FROM... "THE HOUSTON HERALD" HOUSTON , TEXAS Last Thursday night around midnight, a woman from Houston, Texas was arrested, jailed, and charged with manslaughter for shooting a man 6 times in the back as he was running away with her purse.
The following Monday morning, the woman was called in front of the Arraignment Judge, sworn-in, and asked to explain her actions.
The woman replied, "I was standing at the corner bus stop for about 15 minutes, waiting for the bus to take me home after work. I am a waitress at a local cafe.
I was there alone, so I had my right hand on my pistol in my purse hanging on my left shoulder. All of a sudden I was spun around hard to my left. As I caught my balance, I saw a man running away with my purse. I looked down at my right hand and saw that my fingers were wrapped tightly around my pistol.

The next thing I remember is saying out loud, "No Way Punk! You're not stealing my pay check and tips." I raised my right hand, pointed my pistol at the man running away from me with my purse, and started squeezing the trigger of my pistol!
When asked by the arraignment judge, "Why did you shoot the man 6 times?

The woman replied under oath, "Because, when I pulled the trigger the 7th time, it only went click."

cid:5475E3C11C294757AC13658532B8778E@maryhibbard

The woman was acquitted of all charges. She was back at work the next day!
That's Gun Control, Texas Stylecid:AA9F0A4A028340BFA874E68ED4B6AEC5@maryhibbard
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Recycle Congress and the White House 2012

Thursday, September 27, 2012

But did he have to shoot me?

There are times when I am certain the world has truly gone around the bend and never coming back .... and then I read a story like this and it gives me hope that there ARE still folks with common sense out there!

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/4558722/Shot-burglars-told-by-judge-thats-the-chance-you-take.html#ixzz27d5F9JNI

Happy Thursday!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Lunch and the Nanny State

This is crazy.
http://townhall.com/columnists/kyleolson/2012/09/23/complaints_mount_against_michelle_obamas_new_lunch_menu

We the taxpayers are not only having to pay to feed kids free and reduced price lunches, we now are paying more per meal to serve kids foods they do not want and will not eat.  The objective of the food was to have kids fed and ready to learn --- so now we're PAYING to have kids to hungry to learn properly.

Really?