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Nigel Farage speaks to François Hollande (Feb 2013)
Questions are being raised about the safety of smart meters after fire crews were called to a home in Coquitlam over problems with the box — the second such incident in weeks.
The latest incident happened at about 3 a.m. PT on Sunday morning. There was only minor damage to the home, said Coquitlam fire Chief Scott MacKenzie.
He declined to comment further as the case has now been handed over to BC Hydro for a full investigation.
Technicians had installed a smart meter at the residence — an older home — about a month ago, said a BC Hydro official.
The incident comes after a Mission woman’s house burnt down on June 15, just one day after a smart meter was installed there.
A report by the Mission Fire Department said the fire originated at the base plate which the smart meter was plugged into.
BC Hydro says the base is part of the house, so any damage or fault with the equipment is the responsibility of the homeowner.
“There’s a lot of steps underway to ensure that everything is safe,” said BC Hydro spokeswoman Cindy Verschoor. “But that’s not to say that equipment can’t malfunction at any time.”
Surrey electrical contractor Bill Strain says problems can arise when the base plate is old or damaged.
“If moisture entered into the [meter base], there could be corrosion, rusting or any number of things,” he said.
The cases could point to a bigger problem nationwide. A recent report by the Ontario Fire Marshall says “initial research [showed] an unusual amount of fire incidents involving smart meters.”
By Adam Mann
The moment is almost here. In just a couple days, NASA’s new Mars rover, Curiosity, will begin its descent to the Martian surface and hopefully start beaming back amazing images and data.
A lot is riding on the 1-ton, $2.5-billion Curiosity, which will drill and poke the Martian soil to study the planet’s geologic history and search for signs of habitability. The flagship rover mission is scheduled to land on Mars just after 10:30 p.m. Pacific (1:30 a.m. Eastern) on Aug. 5.
Unfortunately, there’s no way to watch the probe actually plunge into the Martian atmosphere and undertake the carefully orchestrated sequence of landing events known as the “Seven Minutes of Terror.” Even the radio waves that indicate the rover’s position have to obey the laws of physics and recognize the 14-minute communications delay between Earth and Mars.
But there are still plenty of ways to catch the action online and feel like you’re getting a front-row seat for NASA’s next big mission.
The first place to check out will be here, at Wired Science, where we will be providing two live feeds from JPL, the rover’s headquarters, via NASA TV. The first feed will feature commentary from scientists and engineers who work on Curiosity and will play Aug. 5 from 8:30 to 11 p.m. Pacific (11:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Eastern) and then again from 12:30 to 1:30 a.m. Pacific (3:30 to 4:30 Eastern) on Aug. 6. For those looking for to get the nitty-gritty behind-the-scenes details, the second feed will carry only audio from mission controllers regarding Curiosity’s progress and will begin on Aug. 5 at 8:30 p.m. Pacific (11:30 Eastern). If all goes well, NASA has stated that they might be able to share the first image from the ground during these feeds, likely a shot of the rover’s wheel indicating that everything’s in working order.
(THE NEW AMERICAN) The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) proposes that the U.S. Army be used to plan, command, and carry out (with the help of civilian law enforcement) domestic police missions. So says a story appearing in the May/June issue of the influential organization’s official journal,Foreign Affairs. The article lacks a single reference to the Posse Comitatus Act, which prohibits such actions.
In an article penned by Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, General Raymond T. Odierno, the CFR would see the Army used to address “challenges in the United States itself” in order to keep the homeland safe from domestic disasters, including terrorist attacks. Odierno writes:
Where appropriate we will also dedicate active-duty forces, especially those with niche skills and equipment, to provide civilian officials with a robust set of reliable and rapid response options.
Obama Admin Will Seek “International Permission” To Attack Syria, Will “Inform” Congress of Plan
(FEDERALJACK) Leon Panetta Says Obama Admin Will Seek “International Permission” To Attack Syria, not Congressional permission. And they will “inform” Congress what their plans are.