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2012-03-30 Science & Technology
DHS Develops Giant Emergency Tunnel Plug
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Posted by Anonymoose 2012-03-30 00:00|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [758 views ]  Top

#1 Is it just me, or is anyone else getting the feeling theres something wrong wid the East Coast's "Big Dig", besides prohibitive or questionable cost overruns???
Posted by JosephMendiola 2012-03-30 00:04||   2012-03-30 00:04|| Front Page Top

#2  The "Big Dig" was so expensive that IMHO it should have never been done. It is analogous to spending $1 million to renovate an old house which is then becomes worth $200,000. It might have been cheaper to move Boston to a low-maintenance part of Taxachusetts.
This tunnel plug reminds me of a sci-fi story about a future dystopia's method of decreasing its surplus population at unpredictable intervals.
Posted by Anguper Hupomosing9418 2012-03-30 00:50||   2012-03-30 00:50|| Front Page Top

#3 That plug will never work, IMHO.

I heard somewhere that there is some serious erosion going on under the Big Dig, but a couple of Google searches didn't turn anything up.
Posted by gorb 2012-03-30 01:52||   2012-03-30 01:52|| Front Page Top

#4 DHS's Science and Technology Directorate in collaboration with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)

Very interesting! And how is PNNL out in Richland, WA coming along with their decades old contract at cleaning up the 150 (plus or minus) giant vats of bubbling, radioactive goo at the WWII Hanford Nuclear Site?

Bugs and gas are not the threat, never have been. The real threat sits in the White House. But we would never want a potential crisis to go to waste.
Posted by Besoeker 2012-03-30 07:50||   2012-03-30 07:50|| Front Page Top

#5 in related news
Posted by Bright Pebbles 2012-03-30 09:28||   2012-03-30 09:28|| Front Page Top

#6 Richland, home of the Bombers

Posted by Nimble Spemble 2012-03-30 09:56||   2012-03-30 09:56|| Front Page Top

#7 DHS has a Science and Tech Directorate? Good Lord.
Posted by Hellfish 2012-03-30 12:16||   2012-03-30 12:16|| Front Page Top

#8 Those are tampons for the progressive liberal democratic commie crew and the women men of the generals!
Posted by Tiny Hupusorong4784 2012-03-30 17:05||   2012-03-30 17:05|| Front Page Top

#9 Tiny Hupusorong4784, would you be so kind as to restate that in a way I can understand? I'm sure what you wrote is meaningful and witty, but I must be slower than usual today.
Posted by trailing wife 2012-03-30 18:05||   2012-03-30 18:05|| Front Page Top

#10 It's an entry for the Friday Inane and Inspid Comment contest from our multi-nymed poster in Virginia.
Posted by Pappy 2012-03-30 18:32||   2012-03-30 18:32|| Front Page Top

#11 Looks like Barney Frank's butt plug.
I wonder if it vibrates?
Posted by tu3031 2012-03-30 19:46||   2012-03-30 19:46|| Front Page Top

#12 Besoeker, the Hannaford clean up is only one part of PNNL's work.

Re: bugs and gas, it's easy to condescendingly dismiss chem/bio threats since we haven't had a major successful attack of those sorts. Of course, the work of people at the Labs and elsewhere just might have something to do with that fact .....
Posted by lotp 2012-03-30 20:42||   2012-03-30 20:42|| Front Page Top

#13 Perhaps it activates into place using a Richard Gear.

Srzly though its needs to be flood debris and scared people proof, nevermind filling all nooks and crannies.
Posted by swksvolFF 2012-03-30 21:25||   2012-03-30 21:25|| Front Page Top

#14 #12 Besoeker, the Hannaford clean up is only one part of PNNL's work. Re: bugs and gas, it's easy to condescendingly dismiss chem/bio threats since we haven't had a major successful attack of those sorts.

Condescendingly....? Please give me the statistics on GWOT deaths in the US from chem/bio attack. Wait, I'll save you the research by giving your some perspective. More people are killed by rabies and lightening strikes each year than by chem/bio.

Yes, PNNL does indeed have other contracts. Some are even LESS impressive than the Hanford clean-up project. Would you like to discuss BMI, the National Labs and Los Alimos, NM?
Posted by Besoeker 2012-03-30 21:36||   2012-03-30 21:36|| Front Page Top

#15 " Perhaps it activates into place using a Richard Gear."

Go to your room, swksvolFF. ;-p
Posted by Barbara 2012-03-30 22:01||   2012-03-30 22:01|| Front Page Top

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