Windblown Wednesday Check-in
Good morning! We have power! Until the winds knock trees into a substation again... We have had more power issues from wind than any other event in my time living in this area.
If the Big Blizzard of the US is hitting you, I hope it just sideslaps you like it did most of my area. *whew* If not, stay warm and safe, okay? I lived up in the Big Frozen Yonder as a kid, and I know what those blizzards do. *shivers*
We had good news, sorta, locally. A pipeline we've been fighting may be nixed or delayed (again) because of geology. God bless the person who said, "Guys, this is X County. We have deadly landslides. Let's see if a pipeline build will ... Holy crap!" Yes, it's vertical here, and the thing is, it's folded/faulted. So if it "slips", it isn't mud. It's whole bloody da*n hunks of bedrock at times. Worse, the Blue Ridge itself is primarily tough igenous and metamorphic, but the part that wasn't altered by tectonics and volcanics and similar icks? Is good old sedimentary stuff. Which, at an angle, is basically really prone to slippage. Shale, limestone, sandstones, etc., all do this pretty readily.
Why do I oppose the pipeline? B/c it's nto even for local use for one thing. The natural gas is going to end up in New Jersey. So why is it even cutting through my state?! Well, apparently rather than bulid along the ridgelines of the Appalachias up to PA and then cut east, b/c then that interferes with mountaintop-destroying coal mining (seriously, it's not worth it, y'all, the valleys are filled in, water sources are buried or destroyed, it's *horrifying*).... They'll just slap it down any old where and tie in to a big pipeline along the coast. Now, odds of an explosion are thin, but leaks are common othese pipelines, so much so that often people "tend them" in the old days by simply slapping on a cheap valve and burning off the leakage. I've seen it done, in my childhood. It's nuts. THis is stuff that can blow up a city block if it goes wrong.... And they're out there with stuff from Home Depot and a da*n cig lighter. "Yep, all fixed!".... Uh.... Wait.... "Oh, just don't let anything catch fire..." Like, y'know, the forest? Or that weed-choked right-of-way cut around your pipeline? "Oh, no problem, we just have a plane bomb it with herbicides twice a year." And the quesiton came up, "But our well water..." and the answer was "Your problem, you shouldn't live downstream of a pipeline." To which "But we were here first!" got "Yeah, so?"
*tail lash* Yeah, they reallllly care, those fuel companies. *examines claws thoughtfully* OK,I'm better now.
It's the Ides of March! I think last year I did a long ROman calendar thing, so this year: It's when Julius Caesar got assassinated, and there were allegedly omens, blah blah blah, 23 fellow senators got angry and knifed him (or 21 did and someone got in extra hits, accounts vary). "Ides" is just the 15th of any month, btw.
In better news for Italians, at least, Columnbus on this date in 1493 returned from his first outing to the Americas/New World. He was, of course, given money for a second voyage, b/c hey, what's not to love about pillage?
Today in 1781, less than 2000 British soldiers defeated over twice that number of colonial rebels at Guilford Court House, North Carolina, US. That said, the Brits took very heavy casualties (for that time and that army), of about 25 percent lost to death/injury. The reduction of his troops meant General Cornwallis (UK) was facing a lot of cranky colonials with diminished numbers, and I know this fact b/c a college classmate gloated constantly about the Brit victory and it was verrrrry annoying, so I had to remind him of facts. ONe of which is, the lessened troop numbers were part of what forced Cornwallis to surrender at Yorktown.
In Finland today in 1907 (hi, Kel!), women won seats in the Finnish parliament for the first time.
In 1917, Russian tsar Nicholas II abdicated, and abdicated his son's claim to the throne of "all the Russias" as well. The "February Revolution" (there was also an October Revolution and... just assume that, as the name implies, revolutions occurred regularly for a bit).... was what forced Nick2 to abdicate. He and his family were imprisoned, and then, the following year, sent to the Ural SOviet. Lenin eventually approved their execution/murders in July 1918, and that was that for them.
Little-known fact: Nick2's kid brother (and only one to survive that long what with illness and such) Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich put in his claim to the imperial throne of all the Russias, etc., but he didn't really want to. How much so? At one point he'd married his mistress (formerly a married woman herself) to remove himself from succession. As it turned out, didn't matter. Nobody was going to accept antoher tsar, and he was imprisoned and killed in 1918. He did, however, have the wit to make sure his wife (much beloved, apparently) got the he** outta town about a month before he was killed, so he idd know things weren't going to go his way. Meanwhile, disinformation (the alterrnative news of the day) claimed he was free and about ot lead a counter-revolution. Some Germans helped his wife escape via Kiev and the British Royal Navy.
And I'm off to escape the amazing fun of laundry (not) and so forth. Blessings on everyone's day, and remember to exercise good self-care, okay?
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