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#401 Three Eyes

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Posted 12 February 2017 - 10:54 AM

Kathmandu, Nepal

 

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Colored people.

 

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Posted 14 February 2017 - 07:52 PM

Abandoned tank.

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Posted 14 February 2017 - 10:11 PM

^^^ Looks like a hippie's Utopian dope dream.


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#404 SJS

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Posted 15 February 2017 - 12:35 AM

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#405 Three Eyes

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Posted 15 February 2017 - 12:52 AM

The most beautiful fire hazard ever.

 

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#406 Three Eyes

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Posted 15 February 2017 - 12:54 AM

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#407 The Macallan

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Posted 15 February 2017 - 01:01 PM

Hence..

 

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Posted 16 February 2017 - 11:34 PM

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Posted 17 February 2017 - 03:35 AM

^^^ I hope they at least got some frequent flyer miles out of that.


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Posted 17 February 2017 - 09:51 AM

Relics from the Soviet attempts to build a space shuttle.

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#411 Greg

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Posted 19 February 2017 - 07:17 PM

Not sure where this is from, but it's a cool shot...

 

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Posted 20 February 2017 - 01:22 AM

^^^

Very nice.


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#413 Three Eyes

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Posted 20 February 2017 - 08:57 AM

Not sure where this is from, but it's a cool shot...

 

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That's an album cover waiting to happen.

 

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A Pink Floyd album cover waiting to happen.


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Posted 26 February 2017 - 04:49 PM

How California is coping with drought

 

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Why Did L.A. Drop 96 Million ‘Shade Balls’ Into Its Water?
 
The plastic balls, which can save water and protect water quality, are an attempt to cope with California’s severe drought.
 
By Brian Clark Howard, National Geographic 
 
PUBLISHED AUGUST 12, 2015

 


City officials hope millions of “shade balls” released into the Los Angeles Reservoir will save water in the midst of the worst drought in California history.
 
On Monday Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti supervised the latest onslaught of 4-inch black plastic balls, bringing the total count to 96 million in the 175-acre reservoir. Located in Sylmar, the reservoir holds up to 3.3 billion gallons, enough to supply the city with drinking water for up to three weeks.
 
The city says the balls will shade and cool the water, reducing evaporation from the reservoir and making it less susceptible to algae, bacterial growth, and chemical reactions that can produce harmful substances.
 
The effort by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) “is emblematic of the kind of creative thinking we need to meet [the drought’s] challenges,” Garcetti said in a statement.
 
The balls cost 36 cents each, for a total of $34.5 million. The utility has been testing the concept since 2008, reporting that shade balls reduce evaporation by 85 to 90 percent. That should equate to saving nearly 300 million gallons a year, enough to provide drinking water for 8,100 people, said Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitchell Englander.
 
The balls also inhibit microorganism growth, reducing the treatment the water must undergo through other means. That could save the city $250 million over time, said Garcetti.
 
Made of black polyethylene, shade balls are filled with water so they don’t blow away. A coating resists ultraviolet light and degradation. The manufacturers (XavierC, Artisan Screen Process, and Orange Products) say the balls should last about 25 years.
 
Ed Osann, a senior policy analyst at the Natural Resources Defense Council, told Bloomberg that the shade balls probably won’t release any toxic materials into the water supply. (NRDC has not yet responded to a request for comment.)
 

 


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#415 Three Eyes

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Posted 26 February 2017 - 05:13 PM

^^^^
 
 
August 19, 2015 Fox News
 
LA’s scheme to cover a reservoir under 96 million “shade balls” is a “disaster” that will breed bacteria, accelerate evaporation and may be more about avoiding federal fines than saving water, experts told FoxNews.com.
 
The city made national headlines last week when Mayor Eric Garcetti and Department of Water officials dumped $34.5 million worth of the tiny, black plastic balls into the city’s 175-acre Van Norman Complex reservoir in the Sylmar section. Garcetti said the balls would create a surface layer that would block 300 million gallons from evaporating amid the state’s crippling drought and save taxpayers $250 million.
 
Experts differed over the best color for the tiny plastic balls, with one telling FoxNews.com they should have been white and another saying a chrome color would be optimal. But all agreed that the worst color for the job is the one LA chose.
 
“Black spheres resting in the hot sun will form a thermal blanket speeding evaporation as well as providing a huge amount of new surface area for the hot water to breed bacteria,” said Matt MacLeod, founder of the California biotech firm Modern Moon Farms. “Disaster. It’s going to be a bacterial nightmare.”
 
Any color covering will help stop wind-driven evaporation, said Robert Shibatani. principal hydrologist for the Sacramento-based environmental consultant The Shibitani Group. But when it comes to the hot summer sun sucking water out of the reservoir, color is everything, he said.
 
“Ideally you would want a chrome surface,” he said. “The worst would be matte black, which has a reflectivity close to zero.”
 
Biologist Nathan Krekula, a professor of health science at Bryant & Stratton College in Milwaukee, said black balls will absorb heat, transfer it to the water and cause evaporation. And he agreed with MacLeod that the heat will prove hospitable to bacteria.
 
“Bacteria required a few things to grow a dark, warm and moist environment,” he said. “The balls will give them the perfect environment to live in.
 
“What works in backyard fish pond does not always transfer to large scale system such as this, Krekula added. “Keeping the balls clean when covered in bacteria and mold slime will be a monumental task.”
 
Dennis Santiago, a risk analyst for Torrance-based Total Bank Solutions, suspects the real goal for the black-ball cover is to avoid steep Environmental Protection Agency fines. The federal agency’s “Long-Term 2 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule,” announced in 2006, would require public and private water utilities to spend billions to cover open-air reservoirs that hold treated water to prevent contamination. Officials in several districts around the nation have balked at the EPA mandate, notably in New York, where lawmakers are fighting to block a $1.6 billion concrete cover the EPA has ordered built over a Yonkers reservoir.
 
“This is not about evaporation,” Santiago said. “The water savings spin is purely political. What the black balls are really about is that [Los Angeles] needs to stay in-compliance with an EPA requirement to place a physical cover over potable water reservoirs.”
 
Garcetti’s office did note that the ball covering provides a “cost-effective investment that brings the LA Reservoir into compliance with new federal water quality mandates,” but its emphasis on blocking evaporation was the clear focus at the event. Los Angeles Department of Water spokesman Albert Rodriguez told FoxNews.com the city has plenty of time to get in compliance with the EPA.
 
While this latest shade ball initiative continues to generate publicity, it is not the first time Los Angeles utilized the concept. After high levels of bromate, a potentially carcinogenic chemical, were found in the Silver Lake and Ivanhoe reservoirs in 2008, the Department of Water deployed the balls.
 
Sydney Chase, president of XavierC, one of the shade ball supply companies behind the project, said the color is a result of pure black carbon being added to the high density polyethylene plastic to take in ultra-violet rays and subsequently stop sunlight from penetrating the plastic. Any other color would have required dyes, said Rodriguez, which could have then leached into the water while the carbon black does not.

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Posted 27 February 2017 - 02:35 AM

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Posted 27 February 2017 - 05:25 AM

SJS, just what does yer moniker stand for???
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Posted 27 February 2017 - 10:48 PM

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Posted 07 March 2017 - 08:00 PM

Beijing holiday traffic jam

 

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Chinese holiday human traffic jam

 

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Posted 07 March 2017 - 08:08 PM

Welcome to LA

 

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