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2011-11-19 08:35:50 PM  
3.bp.blogspot.com
Just look for the smoke...
 
2011-11-19 09:47:33 PM  
Winchester, Va, not impressed.
 
2011-11-19 09:47:53 PM  
welp I'll have to take their word for it then
 
2011-11-19 09:47:58 PM  
 
2011-11-19 09:48:07 PM  
Everything is visible from space. Get an effing magnifying lens.
 
2011-11-19 09:48:23 PM  
thread done in teh titties...
 
2011-11-19 09:49:28 PM  
Well, "Springfield Tire Fire" is already here, so I'll go with "Awesome satellite pics with your article about satellite pics, bro!"
 
2011-11-19 09:50:22 PM  
Oh, and, "your MOM is visible from space!"
 
2011-11-19 09:51:34 PM  
Melt them down, process it. Steel and petroleum. But you know as well as I do that won't happen.
 
2011-11-19 09:52:14 PM  
Not to damper the evening or anything, but with satellite imagery nowadays you can see just about everything from space...
 
2011-11-19 09:52:29 PM  

Johnny Savage: Everything is visible from space. Get an effing magnifying lens.


Your licence plate is visible from space.

I cannot comment on why I know this.
 
2011-11-19 09:52:34 PM  

Johnny Savage: Everything is visible from space. Get an effing magnifying lens.


This.

My adult kids thought it was pretty damn cool that I could bring up a pic of their old swing set in the back yard of our house on Google maps.
 
2011-11-19 09:52:38 PM  

Johnny Savage: Everything is visible from space. Get an effing magnifying lens.


This.

There's a stack of tires in my old neighbor's backyard that is also visible on Google maps, does that get an article too?
 
2011-11-19 09:53:38 PM  
But the worst possible penalty that could be imposed locally? A single $475 ticket for littering.

Silly local authorities, you're reading the law wrong. Ticket him $475. Per. Tire.
 
2011-11-19 09:53:56 PM  

morbo: Johnny Savage: Everything is visible from space. Get an effing magnifying lens.

This.

There's a stack of tires in my old neighbor's backyard that is also visible on Google maps, does that get an article too?


NO! You haven't biatched yet!
 
2011-11-19 09:54:30 PM  

Gallant:

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Goofus:

l1.yimg.com
 
2011-11-19 09:54:36 PM  

Johnny Savage: Everything is visible from space. Get an effing magnifying lens.


Seriously. I doubt most towns/cities in America are visible to the naked eye from LEO during the day.
 
2011-11-19 09:55:11 PM  
Natalie Wood under 'more'?
 
2011-11-19 09:57:52 PM  
Keith Bird was asked to clean them up, but he had to sit for a portrait.
 
2011-11-19 09:57:53 PM  

Paris1127: [3.bp.blogspot.com image 400x300]
Just look for the smoke...


Came for that, leaving satisfied...
 
2011-11-19 09:59:51 PM  

BlippityBleep: Not to damper the evening or anything, but with satellite imagery nowadays you can see just about everything from space...


I think what's scary is that it WASN'T visible from the street. That is a well-hidden giant stack of tires, you know?
 
2011-11-19 10:04:30 PM  

PainInTheASP: Google Map link, just because I'm kinda drunk and got nothing better to do. (new window)


Wow, and I guess that means that the road is visible from space and the trees too. That's not even that big.
 
2011-11-19 10:06:06 PM  
How did they know it was South Carolina. Like, such as, do astronauts have maps?
 
2011-11-19 10:06:22 PM  
Everything is visible from space.
 
2011-11-19 10:07:48 PM  

hokiethug1992: Winchester, Va, not impressed.


Here in the valley they called it the "tar far."
 
2011-11-19 10:08:14 PM  
roughly 250,000 tires

1) gather all tires
2) sell rope swings on eBay

/profit
// *rope not included*
 
2011-11-19 10:12:22 PM  
There was a giant tire pile in Dallas that caught on fire by spontaneous combustion when I lived there back in the early 1990's. It burned for a LONG time.

It then came out that the tire place was a "recycling center". You have to pay a "tire fee" when you get new tires, and they take your old tires. In theory, to be recycled. In practice, not so much.

It's not cost-effective to recycle tires. It costs more than they're worth to try to extract rubber and steel from the tire. So, it's cheaper to just let them pile up. This is why there are giant piles of tires all over the country.

Notable Tire fires (new window)
 
2011-11-19 10:13:26 PM  

PainInTheASP: Google Map link, just because I'm kinda drunk and got nothing better to do. (new window)


It's alright. I think we all are.

/old standby of rum and coke.
//yes lame but refreshing.
///out of brazillian liquor.
 
2011-11-19 10:14:09 PM  
airliners should have this marked on GPS so if they have engine failure in the vicinity, they can just land there and bounce safely.
 
2011-11-19 10:16:39 PM  
images2.fanpop.com

Bobby, some things are like a tire fire, trying to put it out only makes it worse. You just gotta grab a beer and let it burn.

(subject: PMS)
 
2011-11-19 10:17:30 PM  
Soooo many spiders in there...
 
2011-11-19 10:18:04 PM  
My town had one of these some years back. The local media affiliates swooped in and told everyone about how "our lives were on hold", when the only way they were on hold was in how we took the time to set up lawn chairs on a nearby bluff to watch the damn thing burn.
 
2011-11-19 10:19:39 PM  

Mr. Chainsaw: Soooo many spiders in there...


Ewwww.
 
2011-11-19 10:20:56 PM  

dukwbutter: It's not cost-effective to recycle tires. It costs more than they're worth to try to extract rubber and steel from the tire. So, it's cheaper to just let them pile up. This is why there are giant piles of tires all over the country.


Recycled as retreaded tires and used again on vehicles.

Made into rubber bumpers for boats and children's play equipment.

Converted for computer mouse mats, pencil cases, and notebook covers.

Broken down into rubber granules and used in surfacing playgrounds and artificial sports grounds.

Repurposed as carpet mats and tiles. Several carpeting companies use recycled tires as a major component of their eco-carpets.

Broken down into a fine powder and put into road surfacing materials to reduce the noise of road surfaces.

Turned into roof tiles and structural supports in eco-buildings.
(new window)

How much do we spend recycling other crap? Seems worth it to try and reuse tires.

But recycling really isn't about saving the planet. It's about consumer guilt and profiting from it.
 
2011-11-19 10:22:59 PM  

Gyrfalcon: Mr. Chainsaw: Soooo many spiders in there...

Ewwww.


And mosquitoes.
 
2011-11-19 10:24:04 PM  
That's nothing, the 1990 Hagersville Ontario tire fire had 14 million tires.

Also the birth place of Neil Peart. Hagersville not the tire fire.Link (new window)
 
2011-11-19 10:25:33 PM  
Update: The fire I remember near Dallas was before the innertubes were invented, so there's not much on it. But it was in Midlothian, TX in 1995 (new window). It burned for almost a month.
 
2011-11-19 10:27:10 PM  

Nina Haagen Dazs: And mosquitoes.


That's why you're supposed to drill holes in the bottom so they don't accumulate standing water.
 
2011-11-19 10:30:12 PM  

here to help: Nina Haagen Dazs: And mosquitoes.

That's why you're supposed to drill holes in the bottom so they don't accumulate standing water.


I wonder how often people actually do that.
 
2011-11-19 10:31:49 PM  
here to help:
How much do we spend recycling other crap? Seems worth it to try and reuse tires.

But recycling really isn't about saving the planet. It's about consumer guilt and profiting from it.


Yeah, I mean, there's lot of things you can do with tires. I saw people in Peru that make them into shoes. But here, it costs more than it's worth to recycle them.

Sort of like Solar Power and Wind Farms...sure...I mean...you can do it, but you're throwing money in a hole. So, yeah...it's all farked up by the "green" movement. Cheapest thing to do is to pile them up and hope no one notices and that they don't catch on fire.

But, yeah, if you want to throw money into a hole, no doubt you could turn them into dinner plates, hats, or jewelry, if someone is dumb enough to pay the costs to do it.
 
2011-11-19 10:32:01 PM  

Nina Haagen Dazs: I wonder how often people actually do that.


After the west Nile virus thingy you can actually get fined for sh*t like that around here.
 
2011-11-19 10:32:18 PM  
I hear that you can see anything from space, it's just a matter of the proper magnification
 
2011-11-19 10:32:47 PM  
In space... no one can hear you peel out.

Jeez, just throw it all in the ocean. Problem solved.
 
2011-11-19 10:32:53 PM  

Nina Haagen Dazs: here to help: Nina Haagen Dazs: And mosquitoes.

That's why you're supposed to drill holes in the bottom so they don't accumulate standing water.

I wonder how often people actually do that.


Wouldn't matter. The Asian tiger mosquito can lay eggs in less than an inch of water, and you'd have to make your tire look like a sieve to stop them. Goddamn bugs.
 
2011-11-19 10:33:48 PM  
I also heard that you can hear crab farts and see their bubbles from space
 
2011-11-19 10:33:50 PM  
But the worst possible penalty that could be imposed locally? A single $475 ticket for littering.

...and they all moved away from me on the bench there, and the hairy eyeball and all kinds of mean nasty things, till I said, "And creating a nuisance." And they all came back, shook my hand, and we had a great time on the bench, talkin about crime, mother stabbing, father raping, all kinds of groovy things that we was talking about on the bench. And everything was fine, we was smoking cigarettes and all kinds of things ...
 
2011-11-19 10:35:05 PM  

here to help: Nina Haagen Dazs: And mosquitoes.

That's why you're supposed to drill holes in the bottom so they don't accumulate standing water.


Or burn them. I see the remains of burned tires occasionally. When a tire burns, all that's usually left is just a lot of coiled up thin wire, about the diameter of a pencil lead. Usually, it's all rusted from being outside. The more you know.
 
2011-11-19 10:36:21 PM  

dukwbutter: It's not cost-effective to recycle tires. It costs more than they're worth to try to extract rubber and steel from the tire. So, it's cheaper to just let them pile up. This is why there are giant piles of tires all over the country.


You can't let them just pile up. That's why there's a $2 fee per tire.

Big Business intervenes and does wildly expensive shiat with them like extracting petrochemicals or creating rubberized pavement.

Instead, here's the best thing they could do: Tire bales.

i01.i.aliimg.com

Each bale has 100 tires. It's heavy, it's stable, it's solid. There are thousands of uses for these things, from riverbank stabilization to residential construction.

www.touchtheearthranch.com

Unfortunately, there isn't much money to be made. A single tire baler that costs $300,000 can make 100 bales (1,000 tires) per day with a three-man crew. Each bale's market value is approximately $0 because they're expensive to move, and the end-user doesn't get subsidized by the $2 per tire fee.

/In case you're wondering, the tires don't spring back to full size if one of the cables breaks. They'll stay that shape forever.
 
2011-11-19 10:38:05 PM  

dukwbutter: Yeah, I mean, there's lot of things you can do with tires. I saw people in Peru that make them into shoes. But here, it costs more than it's worth to recycle them.

Sort of like Solar Power and Wind Farms...sure...I mean...you can do it, but you're throwing money in a hole. So, yeah...it's all farked up by the "green" movement. Cheapest thing to do is to pile them up and hope no one notices and that they don't catch on fire.

But, yeah, if you want to throw money into a hole, no doubt you could turn them into dinner plates, hats, or jewelry, if someone is dumb enough to pay the costs to do it.


Well, I think the whole idea is that a forward thinking person would rather break even or even lose some money as opposed to having a toxic potential fire hazard in their back yards or add to ones that already exist.

I have been known be wrong on occasion though.
 
2011-11-19 10:40:18 PM  

Ryker's Peninsula: In space... no one can hear you peel out.

Jeez, just throw it all in the ocean. Problem solved.


It's been tried (new window)
 
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