|With Australian government wanting to commit to nuclear power it is important to understand the risks involved are great. The recent Fukushima meltdown was evidence of how nuclear energy can not adequately be safeguarded from natural disasters, or in Chernobyl from inadequate control.I recently heard Mr Ziggy Switkowski telling us how Australia needs nuclear energy and how safe it it. I would like to give mr Switkowski a holiday to a wonderful resort just outside of Fukushima, Japan to relax and soak up the rays and ponder nuclear energy, but somehow i dont think he would except.Below is a report from Omaha Public Power Authority. They have a nuclear reactor at risk of being flooded. They have also had some small fires knocking out the cooling system for spent nuclear rods. But nothing to worry about. Nuclear power is safe ??|
|Flood Rumor ControlFollowing are responses to flood-related rumors that OPPD has heard about.Rumor: Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station is at a Level 4 emergency or level 4 alert.
Rumor: A no-fly zone was set up around Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station because of a release of radiation, similar to what happened with the Fukushima reactors in Japan.
Rumor: Because of a fire at Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station on June 7, the plant’s spent-fuel pool was in danger of boiling and releasing radioactivity.
Rumor: OPPD will run out of coal if railroads cannot reach the plants.
Rumor: A red flag tied to an overhead power line means OPPD has – or is about to – de-energize that line and cut power to the area.
A guy trying to live the straight life meets a seriously bent woman in this independent comedy. After a stretch in prison, Mike (Anslem Richardson) wants nothing more than to put his life back on track. He’s enrolled in a work release program, has a steady job as a locksmith Annerely, and is trying to convince his girlfriend to give him another chance. However, what seems like an ordinary day on the job takes a dramatic left turn when he gets a call from potential customer Margo (Ana Reeder). Margo is a foul-mouthed and over-excited woman who is convinced her fiancÃ (C) Charles (Stephen Rannazzisi) has been unfaithful to her. Margo hires Mike to break her into Charles’s flat so she can find incriminating evidence against him; Mike develops a guilty conscience about being part of Margo’s scheme, so he contacts Charles and tells him what she’s been up to, which only makes a sticky situation worse. Written and directed by the sibling team Brad Barnes and Todd Barnes, Homewrecker received its world premiere at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Drugs and Locksmiths
Actually the headline should be more correct Drugs and Break and enters and how do the 2 correlate.
Well the reason why this is of interest is just from my observations from being in the Locksmith Business for over 20 years.
When I first started in the locksmith business as a young apprentice we were flat out busy doing a large number of jobs repairing doors and locks that had been broken into. The majority of these jobs were the same M.O. The houses/units mainly were broken into and the thief would mainly be looking for cash, or things they could turn into cash quickly.
At the time we all knew that the break and enters happening were being done by drug addicts that needed cash to buy drugs. It was probably a rather small section of the community who needed a fix and it was one of the easiest ways to get some cash.
Not too far into my locksmith career the break and enters stopped over night. It didn’t totally stop, but the large number of break-ins reduced. You didn’t have to look too hard to work out why these break-ins stopped. In fact you only had to walk 1 block from where our locksmith shop was located.
The dispensing chemist was open for business. Law/regulation changes now allowed people with a drug addiction to get legal drugs. Originally called the methadone program here in Australia. So instead of having to steal money and do other illegal acts it was a regular visit to the chemist.
As much as I oppose the taking of drugs I cant argue that the governments implementation of programs to help addicted people get off the drugs or at least to prescribe to them legal drugs has been bad for society generally. Probably a percentage of our society are going to take drugs weather we like it or not. It seems to have worked out better at least in relation to home theft that drugs are available free for addicts.
Four persons, including two women, accused of kidnapping a man at knifepoint and then demanding $5m in ransom from his family, appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court yesterday.
They are Nickesha Whyte, Aldane Jackson, Trevorlyn Rowe and Andrew Dillon, otherwise called Dane Walters. All four are charged with conspiracy to kidnap, but Jackson is charged additionally with kidnapping, while Dillon is charged with illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition and extortion. Rowe is additionally charged with illegal possession of a weapon and extortion.
brandishing a gun
The allegations are that on January 13, the complainant, who operates a locksmith business, was approached by a male and a female who told him that they needed his services to open a car door. While walking to the car, however, another male, this one brandishing a gun, joined them and the complainant was ordered into a car.
It is alleged that the four blindfolded the accused and taped his mouth and then took him to a location where he was kept for about five days. During this time, the kidnappers, the court was told, contacted the complainant’s family and requested $5m in exchange for his release. That figure was, however, later decreased to $500,000 which the family agreed to pay.
A sting operation was set up and $200,000 in marked currency was reportedly paid over to one of the kidnappers. He was subsequently arrested and charged. Further investigations led to the arrest of the others.
The matter is to be mentioned in court again today. The accused persons were remanded.
you have probably been to the shopping centre and seen how a key is cut. An original key is placed in one side and a blank in the other. A tracer is used to trace over the key and reproduces the image of the original key onto the blank key. This works well most of the time but using computers to cut keys is really cool.
This is a computer and a milling machine used to copy a key digitally and store the information. Then it is reproduced on to a blank key. More info at Key cutting web site
Keys are not the first thing you would probably concider the price on. But they can be quite expensive if you have to buy one of the new transponder car keys.
Many remote keys are as much as $500.00 from a dealer and cost more if you need to program it into your car. I found a locksmith Brisbane selling keys from $45.00. These are some of the cheapest prices I have found yet for a transponder car key.
Some keys such as BMW are selling at $300.00 for a non remote and $500 for a remote key. They are not bad when you consider they come cut and programmed from the factory ready to start the car. A Hyundai I30 Blank was $450.00 not cut or programmed.
I would definitely shop around if you were looking to buy a new car key as there are some really big differences in prices.
Lindsay Lohan was forced to call in a locksmith when she found herself stranded outside on/off girlfriend Samantha Ronson’s Hollywood home on Tuesday night – but refused to pay him when she discovered another way into the property.
In video footage posted on TMZ.com, the Mean Girls actress is seen walking around the front entrance of the DJ’s house as a friend, known only as Christy, watches the professional work on unlocking the door.
Lohan is then heard telling her pal, “What the f**k, the lock just came undone”, referring to one of the windows, before disappearing out of view as her pal told the locksmith, “You know what sir, we already got in, thanks. We just broke in. We just found a way in.”
But the man refused to leave without at least collecting his £26 call-out fee – and Lohan turned to the paparazzi who were capturing her every move for advice about what to do.
She told the TMZ videographer, “This guy… is asking me to pay him but he didn’t get me in, Christy did. Can you tell him? He didn’t even get me in. He’s trying to charge me $300. I’ve paid these guys before, $80, and now he wants money for trying to get me in, he didn’t do his job!”
After being encouraged not to hand over the cash, Lohan offered the locksmith £13, before returning indoors and refusing to pay anything, prompting the man to return to his van empty-handed.
Its bad enough when you get an average person try to scam you, but when it is someone famous with heaps of cash, well come on. You call out a locksmith or any tradesman of course you have to pay them. As for the locksmith asking for $300.00 for a call out, that seems to be a bit silly. Maybe the locksmith was one of the large scams that is going around at the moment?