The price of siphoning gas…

Another day passes and another tragedy happens. In the case of a tanker explosion in Tanzania though the deaths of at least 62 people were easily avoidable. Here’s a tidbit from the Fox News story:

Witnesses told the Associated Press that a crowd had gathered around the fuel tanker after it was involved in an accident early Saturday. People then rushed to try to siphon fuel, but the tanker burst into flames.

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Another insightful piece of the article:

People getting killed in explosions while stealing fuel from incapacitated tankers are fairly frequent in East Africa, though the Saturday explosion is among the deadliest in Tanzania. Those stealing the fuel usually sell it to motorists for cheap.

Apparently the explosion happened in a rather busy part of the town of Morogoro which may explain why there were so many injured however the first thought in my mind when I think of a gasoline tanker leaking near me is to get away. I wonder what’s going through the mind of someone standing next to a geyser of fuel to collect some and make a few bucks?

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I saw this story out of Tanzania and it reminded me of a similar case out of Mexico that involved a pipeline explosion. In January of this year at least 96 people were killed near Tlahuelilpan, Mexico as they were trying to collect gas from an illegally tapped pipeline. I’ll be quoting a few bits from the Los Angeles Times story below, starting with a concerned father:

‘I came here in the night looking for my son, walking through charred bodies lying on the ground,’ said Martin Francisco Trejo Hernandez, 55. ‘Some people were still alive, screaming in pain, screaming for help. I never imagined I would see such a sight.’

It seems that shortly after the pipeline failed it was swarmed by hundreds of people with jerry cans, buckets, and barrels:

Soon, as many as 800 people had converged on the site to gather gasoline, which gushed like a geyser from the ruptured pipeline more than 20 feet into the air, Luis Cresencio Sandoval, Mexico’s defense secretary, told reporters Saturday.

It’s really amazing how much static electricity can be built up in your clothing or other objects that don’t conduct well (easily over 20,000V in dry conditions) so it’s really no surprise that as hundreds of people were getting some gas from pipeline fountain that eventually something went boom. You can see this in the video but here’s another bit from the L.A. Times:

Videos taken before the blast showed soldiers standing around the scene who did not appear to make efforts to disperse the mob.

Cresencio, the defense secretary, sought to justify the military’s actions, saying the small number of soldiers had been unable to deter a sometimes “aggressive” crowd.

It seems that a lot of the criminal element in Mexico is moving from drugs to mining and petroleum and the incident I mentioned above is just one of the most recent and deadly and certainly not an aberration:

I’m glad that I’m not so desperate as one who is willing to be drenched in gasoline to sell to people who actually have cars. Even if I was destitute, I believe that I might try a few other things first. I’m glad that I’m an American and pray that my country never turns into a Mexico or Tanzania…

I’ll embed a few notable comments from the Fox News article before signing off for the night:

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Fox News – Tanker truck in Tanzania explodes as people siphon fuel, at least 62 killed

Los Angeles Times – Mexico’s president vows to ‘eradicate’ gas theft amid the horror of pipeline explosion

 

The Coxey Trail (3N14)

The Coxey Trail (3N14) is a trail of easy difficulty north of Big Bear Lake that any truck with some ground clearance would easily drive through. This trail starts high near Big Bear Lake and gently descends down the San Bernardino Mountains into the vast expanse of the Mojave Desert. The southern end of the trail starts in Fawnskin along CA-38 at the Rim of the World Drive. The northern end of the trail is at the junction of Bowen Ranch Road and Coxey Road. This is a fun, relaxing trail run that will be well worth your time. The rest of the photos and videos may be found here on the dedicated page. Enjoy!

Clark’s Summit and Skyline Drive

I’m putting both of these trails on the same page due to how they intertwine with each other. I suppose you could just drive along Skyline Drive on its own but only completing Clark’s Grade would require a U-turn as soon as you reached the top. A 4×4 truck with decent ground clearance and tires will easily pass through this road under dry conditions. The path to Clark’s Summit is a narrow shelf road in which encountering opposing traffic is rather miserable. I’ve generally completed this route from the southern end starting at Seven Oaks Road just north of CA-38.

Upon reaching Clark’s Summit Skyline Drive goes off both east and west and snakes its way north towards a few different spots in Big Bear Lake. The views the entire way are amazing and well worth your time! There are many hiking and biking trails that pass through Skyline Drive so be sure to watch out for pedestrians. There are multiple methods of reaching both of these trails and I will have to pass through more of them in the future. Be sure to look on the dedicated page to find all of the photos and videos and enjoy!

San Diego Driving, Part Two

Good evening everybody, this post is simply to showcase another video about driving on the fine roads in San Diego and the drivers contained therein. From wrong way motorists, to Interstate crashes, and illegal U-turns my dash camera has recorded all sorts of highway hijinks for you to be amazed by. Enjoy!

The Rise of Skywalker predictions video

Well everybody, yet another Star Wars movies is about to be released so that means it is time for another Red Letter Media prediction video about The Rise of Skywalker! I have written before what I think about how this film will turn out but now Mike and Rich have attempted to perceive what will happen in what has turned into an over-bloated Disney disaster of a commercial project and I want to spread the news of this far and wide. I think that I will see this film just to watch what J.J. Abrams does to try and salvage the Star Wars film series. I think that it will be hilarious…

 

The future is DUST

One of the more interesting YouTube channels that I have stumbled upon recently is a science fiction outfit called “DUST. Almost all of the films are under twenty minutes long and are typically left with a conclusion for the viewer to contemplate on their own rather than having a definite ending; the film embedded below being a very notable exception:

The short films more typically do not have a definite resolution and are much more open-ended:

If I remember correctly, this was the first film I saw featured on this channel:

Here is one more film that I greatly enjoyed just for good measure:

The channel “DUST” is well worth your time and I highly recommend it to everyone!

Antifa thugs in Portland

This is yet another story where there really isn’t too much for me to add, I just felt like posting up some stories of what Mayor Ted Wheeler is seemingly allowing Antifa to get away with. I feel as though the photos, videos, and pathetic responses from Portland politicians say far more than I could offer up…

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Below is a short clip of journalist Andy Ngo being interviewed by Tucker Carlson after being beaten down by Antifa terrorists:

Take a gander at the tweet below and the video I’ve embedded right after…

Another laughable response from Mayor Wheeler; press X to doubt:

A few photos of those arrested. Is it just me, or are almost all of these Antifa types lily-white leftists?

Don’t try to find stories concerning Antifa on CNN though, at least not until Andy Ngo was so publicly pummeled:

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Here are a few insightful stories into the recent events surrounding Portland and its Antifa criminal gangs:

Portland Tribune – Police seek clues on robbery, assault suspects at protest

The Oregonian – Bloody bedlam in downtown Portland puts police, mayor on defensive

Fox News – Journalist violently attacked by Antifa recalls ‘complete anarchy and lawlessness’

CNN – Three arrested and eight injured as Portland protests turn violent

But hey, Oregon Democrats have their focus on all of the right topics such as giving driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants:

Fox News – Oregon bill granting illegal immigrants driver’s licenses heads to governor’s desk

This may or may not be a worthwhile question, but do Antifa thugs who are looking for a fight really not expect to receive a whirlwind at some point?

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Rubberized undercoating removal, part two

A few weeks ago I typed up a post about cleaning up the frame of my truck and am posting a quick update. I took off the front skid plate and proceeded to alternate between working on the front and rear ends of the frame. I spent some more time chemically dissolving the rubberized goop previously applied to the frame, used a lot of wire wheels and flap discs, and spent so much time cleaning all to spend just a small fraction of the total time actually laying down any paint. In an endeavor such as the one I’m am working on the preparation work is what is the most important. Here are the photos of the forward end (before):

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During:

After:

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I only took a few photos of the rear:

I’ll post up some more progress photos, a few opinion pieces, and another soldering video soon!

A court-ordered abortion in the U.K.

In another news story concerning the degeneration of society here’s a story from Britain about a woman in her early 20s is being ordered to have an abortion at the 22nd week of pregnancy. Apparently, Justice Nathalie Lieven felt it necessary to give such a grim order due to the woman in question having the mental capacity of a 6- to 9-year old. To quote the judge:

I am acutely conscious of the fact that for the State to order a woman to have a termination where it appears that she doesn’t want it is an immense intrusion,” “I have to operate in [her] best interests, not on society’s views of termination.

Right, so it’s in the best interests of the woman to force the abortion on her? I’ve only looked through a few articles about this story and am really curious as to what British law allows such an order? From the Fox News article:

She has been described as being in her 20s and is in the care of an NHS trust, as part of the country’s National Health Service. The woman’s mother, a former midwife, opposes the abortion procedure and told the court that she could take care of the child with the support from the daughter, Sky News reported. A social worker who works with the woman also said the pregnancy should not be terminated.

The mentally disabled woman got pregnant under the auspices of NHS care, it really gets the mind turning? Here’s another gem from this story:

“She added that having a child would be more traumatic for the woman than aborting it, as she wouldn’t be able to take care of the child due to the risk posed by her mental health problems and it would have to be put in a foster care.”

So, an abortion at 22 weeks is going to be less traumatic to her than giving the child up for adoption/having family take care of the kid? All because of her mental capacity? Here are a few more quotes from our esteemed judge:

Pregnancy, although real to her, doesn’t have a baby outside her body she can touch,

would suffer greater trauma from having a baby removed,

It would at that stage be a real baby.

Wait, is she saying that the baby isn’t real until born? The pregnancy is “real to her” as if it could be something else other than what is growing in her body? Would this woman never be allowed to see her child while in foster care? Well, it seems that the child will actually be removed from this world now. Here’s some basic info on when Justice Nathalie Lieven achieved her position for anyone who is curious.

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If you are looking for some good laughs, one should take a look at the issues she talked about at the Justice Human Rights Law Conference 2018 hosted by the Centre for Women’s Justice. She specifically discussed her opinions during the Life, Death, and Human Rights workshop.

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In some other news from the U.K. is this BBC story about how churches should become safe havens from knife crime and should have “knife amnesty bins” as an added fixture.. You can also read up on the “knife crime battle” and “Ten charts on the rise of knife crime.” Oh, what a time to be alive…

The New York Times – U.K. Court Says Mentally Disabled Woman Must Have Abortion

Fox News – British judge orders disabled 22-week pregnant woman to have abortion

BBC News – Knife crime: Call for churches to provide safe havens

BBC News – Knife crime: Tony Blair says police losing knife crime battle

BBC News – Ten charts on the rise of knife crime in England and Wales

 

 

Thoughts on rubberized undercoating…

Oh boy, are we in for a good post today folks. Tonight’s post is about the laborious task of removing the rubberized undercoating that the previous owner of my truck applied to the frame and lower portions of the body and bed. I am not a fan of rubberized undercoating as it can make a lot of electrical plugs or bolts difficult to remove, lowers the ability to easily inspect some parts, and cracks over time which allows water to get under it but not easily evaporate. I long ago began the project of removing all of this gunk from my truck and it has been slow going and I still have much left to do. Attempting to use any type of wire wheel, grinding disc, flap disc is ineffective at removing these types of coating as the removal media is rapidly clogged. The use of a chemical means of dissolving the rubberized coating (I just recently noticed that the methylene chloride formula is no longer available in California) is necessitated by this problem and is very miserable and time-consuming.

Here’s a quick video for anyone who is thinking about using rubberized undercoating on their on vehicle:

Here are some of the photos of the work I’ve been doing on the truck most recently:

I had a little mishap as I was removing some rust from the rear axle…

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While I really do need to finish this project I probably should have thought a little harder about the variable-gauge wire wheel I was using next to the wheel speed sensor cabling. It would have been so easy to unplug but I decided to test fate instead. I am fairly certain that no harm was done to the sensor but I bought that as well; hopefully I can just return it.

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This photo is unrelated to the post, but do you like my custom exhaust mod?