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2012-11-02 12:48:42 PM
Connecticoonts?
 
2012-11-02 12:51:07 PM
New Yorkers.
 
2012-11-02 01:12:14 PM
As usual
 
2012-11-02 01:21:18 PM
You know, as a guy who hasn't been able to get to the office this week due to UI's power outage, UI is awful. There's relatively little damage in this area of Connecticut and the power is still out. Meanwhile, the power is coming back on in Atlantic City.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-11-02 01:42:29 PM
Nutmeggers become eggers.
 
2012-11-02 02:30:23 PM
The female of the species prefers Connecticuties.
 
2012-11-02 02:32:08 PM
In Bridgeport? I'm not surprised.
 
2012-11-02 03:22:21 PM
Connecticoonts?
 
2012-11-02 03:22:57 PM
Hmm, that was a repeat...
 
2012-11-02 03:23:58 PM
Funny, a co-worker told me about this and I said, CT huh? Greenwich or Bridgeport?
 
2012-11-02 04:00:40 PM
It's not like the guys up in the buckets are deciding where and when they're going to work. If you need to pelt someone with eggs, try the UI executive parking lot.
 
2012-11-02 04:13:38 PM
Stay classy, Bridgeport.
 
2012-11-02 04:14:51 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Connecticut

Demonym Connecticuter,[3] Connecticutian,[4] Nutmegger[5]


Nutmegger? Oh, that's a keeper.
 
2012-11-02 04:16:50 PM

Gecko Gingrich: New Yorkers.


Connecticut gets the best of New Yorkers and Massholes. The creme de la creme.

/Connecticutlets?
 
2012-11-02 04:16:55 PM
I thought utility workers always had police escorts in Bridgeport.
 
2012-11-02 04:17:20 PM
Half of Connecticut loses power during an ordinary thunderstorm, so this is hardly a surprise.
 
2012-11-02 04:17:29 PM
If I was the power company workers and they started throwing eggs at me, I'd leave. If they want their power restored, they can be respectful. They don't have to be happy, they can complain loudly, but the line workers putting in long shifts are not the guys to throw eggs at.
 
2012-11-02 04:17:30 PM
I swear, between this and the story about both parties lawyering up, and being shoulder to shoulder with tea party activists and other people with extreme views, I start to wonder if we are headed toward an honest to goodness civil war. Not a military conflict mind you, something much more drawn out and damaging.

Things just seem to be drifting further and further apart, at the same time our core problems are getting worse and worse. problems that will require consensus and shared sacrifice to truly solve.

Hopefully a month or two after the election dies down I'll be able to ignore it for a few years, but if this election is contested for any length of time, watch out. It seems like it could get very very ugly.

\hope I'm being glass half empty guy.
 
2012-11-02 04:17:57 PM
What a bunch of pricks. If I was in charge of that utility's repair crews, I'd not only pull them out, I'd put the area the eggers live in as the bottommost priority. Let them (and their eggs) rot.
 
2012-11-02 04:17:58 PM

NkThrasher: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Connecticut

Demonym Connecticuter,[3] Connecticutian,[4] Nutmegger[5]


Nutmegger? Oh, that's a keeper.


Connecticuter? I've lived here almost 50 years and I don't think I've ever heard anyone use that. It has always been nutmeggers
 
2012-11-02 04:18:03 PM
The power co. should put them back on the list - dead last.

Talk about biting the hand that feeds, what a bunch of dimwit whiners.

You had plenty of warning, you should've GTFO of town.
 
2012-11-02 04:18:51 PM
and claimingg

It was so important they used two g's
 
2012-11-02 04:19:06 PM
We're talking about Bridgeport here... SSDD..
 
2012-11-02 04:19:13 PM
Let them live in the dark.

Don't restore power at all.

"I'm sorry, our utility company is no longer going to serve this area as we cannot keep our crews safe. Please contact someone else to get your power grid from, as we will be taking our equipment with us"
 
2012-11-02 04:19:23 PM
Bridgeport is a hole. Why is this even news?
 
2012-11-02 04:19:31 PM

Sybarite: It's not like the guys up in the buckets are deciding where and when they're going to work. If you need to pelt someone with eggs, try the UI executive parking lot.


Poor people aren't usually that forward-thinking.
 
2012-11-02 04:19:31 PM
Connecticutia ... Connecticuts ... Connecticutan .... People from Connecticut are being dicks
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2012-11-02 04:19:48 PM

Cheron: Connecticuter? I've lived here almost 50 years and I don't think I've ever heard anyone use that. It has always been nutmeggers


Grew up there and heard it plenty. You should get out more.
 
2012-11-02 04:19:51 PM

Cheron: Connecticuter? I've lived here almost 50 years and I don't think I've ever heard anyone use that. It has always been nutmeggers


I grew up as a New Hampshirite, we always used Connecticutian.

/bonus points if anyone knows a demonym for Mass that isn't 'Masshole' without looking it up
 
2012-11-02 04:20:21 PM
In every civilized country, utility cables are buried under ground. My relatives in Europe can't believe that the US has such a primitive electric/phone system.
 
2012-11-02 04:20:24 PM
5 whole days without power? I am not a big fan of the term but that is some serious 1st world problem action right there.
 
2012-11-02 04:20:41 PM

PawisBetlog: I swear, between this and the story about both parties lawyering up, and being shoulder to shoulder with tea party activists and other people with extreme views, I start to wonder if we are headed toward an honest to goodness civil war. Not a military conflict mind you, something much more drawn out and damaging.

Things just seem to be drifting further and further apart, at the same time our core problems are getting worse and worse. problems that will require consensus and shared sacrifice to truly solve.

Hopefully a month or two after the election dies down I'll be able to ignore it for a few years, but if this election is contested for any length of time, watch out. It seems like it could get very very ugly.

\hope I'm being glass half empty guy.


LOL. Yes, Teabaggers are sure to lead everyone in a revolt. Because if there's anyone that's going to riot, it's a wealthy, overweight, fifty-year old white guy.

Seriously, I realize that most marketing and media is now fear-based, but this is nowhere near the most fractured our country has ever been. Not even close. This too shall pass.
 
2012-11-02 04:20:42 PM

NkThrasher: Nutmegger? Oh, that's a keeper.


CT = Nutmeg state. However:

"There is not, however, any nickname that has been officially adopted by the State for its residents."

http://www.cslib.org/nicknamesCT.htm

so you can continue to call them, "those assholes".
 
2012-11-02 04:20:56 PM
"I learned it from you, dad New York.....I learned it from you!"
 
2012-11-02 04:21:09 PM
Having been born in Bridgeport like my father, and his father before him, I wholeheartedly agree. There's a reason why I bugged the fark out of that state as soon as I turned 18.
 
2012-11-02 04:22:16 PM

Priapetic: so you can continue to call them, "those assholes".


What gave you the impression I was a New Yorker?

They had the good sense to not be in Massachusetts, and aren't boring enough for Rhode Island. I'm okay with those them there Nutmeggers.

/I keed, I keed
 
2012-11-02 04:23:04 PM

NkThrasher: /bonus points if anyone knows a demonym for Mass that isn't 'Masshole' without looking it up


Masshat?
 
2012-11-02 04:23:24 PM

Fissile: In every civilized country, utility cables are buried under ground. My relatives in Europe can't believe that the US has such a primitive electric/phone system.


Think about how large the USA is compared to any country in Europe. They have to install a lot more infrastructure, and digging up hundreds of thousands of miles of dirt to lay utility cables simply isn't cost effective.

Even with the cables underground, the power is still going to go out if a transformer blows up.
 
2012-11-02 04:26:54 PM
Well, that makes sense. The 1% (management) tell the 99% (the linemen) what and where to fix, so the linemen's fellow 99% throw shiat at them while they do what they are told to do - thereby delaying all efforts which ultimately delays the 99% areas from getting fixed too. What a bunch of dumb asses. That's like donkey punching her before you stick it in.
 
2012-11-02 04:27:14 PM
That's real smart, because linemen decide the locations they're told to go... farking idiots.
 
2012-11-02 04:27:46 PM
"Clearly people took to heart what they heard, even though it was not factual," West said of the reported incidents Wednesday. "We don't choose favorites."

That's not exactly true. My power's been out since Monday (suburb outside of Bridgeport), and while all of the stores and businesses in the town have been restored my whole residential neighborhood is still untouched. There's probably some sort of valid reason to get them up and running first, but you don't get to also say you aren't choosing who you fix first.
 
2012-11-02 04:29:36 PM

Priapetic: Masshat?


That was just a few moments shy of a keyboard debt moment.

I was fishing more for the non-ass joke related demonym.
 
2012-11-02 04:30:13 PM
So, Connectitucky is the New Jersey of the Mass and NY crowd?
 
2012-11-02 04:30:35 PM
These crews are scrambling as fast as they can and people are flipping out and they need to simmer down.
I'm sure it will all go over easy if they just enjoy the sunny side after the storm, and stop scortching each other.
 
2012-11-02 04:30:39 PM
What's wrong with Connecticans?
 
2012-11-02 04:31:57 PM

muck4doo: What's wrong with Connecticans?


Never met one?
They are similar to Massholes, but they generally can pronounce the letter "R"
Slightly wealthier and just as courrupt and self entitled.
 
2012-11-02 04:32:45 PM
I highly doubt the linemen make the schedule. Maybe people should go egg the electric company owners. I got my rich biatch smasher (aka a brick) ready for when the revolution starts.
 
2012-11-02 04:32:50 PM
This is like the idiots that yell at the cashier. Go to the head of the company morons, these are people trying to make money.
 
2012-11-02 04:33:11 PM

NkThrasher: Cheron: Connecticuter? I've lived here almost 50 years and I don't think I've ever heard anyone use that. It has always been nutmeggers

I grew up as a New Hampshirite, we always used Connecticutian.

/bonus points if anyone knows a demonym for Mass that isn't 'Masshole' without looking it up


"Baystatahs" - no?
 
2012-11-02 04:33:48 PM
What's Faux "News" derping about this time?
 
2012-11-02 04:34:40 PM

NkThrasher: non-ass joke related demonym


You mean there actually IS a non-ass joke related demonym? Color me surprised.

/former Nutmegger
/current Masshole
 
2012-11-02 04:35:44 PM

pissedoffmick: 5 whole days without power? I am not a big fan of the term but that is some serious 1st world problem action right there.


Well aren't you f*cking edgy?
 
2012-11-02 04:35:45 PM
No, CT is the NH (or RI) stuck between NY and MA.

Or, pick any other taint-like drive-through state of your preference.
 
2012-11-02 04:36:24 PM

PawisBetlog: I swear, between this and the story about both parties lawyering up, and being shoulder to shoulder with tea party activists and other people with extreme views, I start to wonder if we are headed toward an honest to goodness civil war. Not a military conflict mind you, something much more drawn out and damaging.

Things just seem to be drifting further and further apart, at the same time our core problems are getting worse and worse. problems that will require consensus and shared sacrifice to truly solve.

Hopefully a month or two after the election dies down I'll be able to ignore it for a few years, but if this election is contested for any length of time, watch out. It seems like it could get very very ugly.

\hope I'm being glass half empty guy.


i1057.photobucket.com
 
2012-11-02 04:36:40 PM
If I was one of those linemen, I would pack my shiat up for the day, call my union rep and have him demand the company provide me protection.

Assaulting those who are trying to help you is pretty stupid
 
2012-11-02 04:37:27 PM

pissedoffmick: "Baystatahs" - no?


Yep, that's the one, and even spelled correctly too.

Priapetic: NkThrasher: non-ass joke related demonym

You mean there actually IS a non-ass joke related demonym? Color me surprised.

/former Nutmegger
/current Masshole


I learned it in a similar thread to this one a few years back and was absolutely amazed. 'Bay Stater' is apparently the official demonym. As a reformed Masshole (We saw the light and moved north to New Hampshire) I was flabbergasted that such a term existed. Masshole was the only one I had heard growing up in both Mass and New Hampshire, from anyone, regardless of setting.
 
2012-11-02 04:38:25 PM
I used to live there and I still have to think about how to spell Connecticut

I usually just say Connect-I-Cut in my head to remember how to spell it.
 
2012-11-02 04:39:26 PM
WTF???

Demographics

Oh.
 
2012-11-02 04:39:42 PM
Eggs? "In harms way"? If I was a UI worker and was egged, I would just laugh. Of course, hurling "other objects" ruins it for everyone, like those in Detroit who went from eggs to fires for Devil's Night.
 
2012-11-02 04:41:02 PM
"Connecticutians" seems the most worthy for news, keeps that better-than-thou thing intact. Pronounce it like a newly discovered race on ST:TNG :-)
 
2012-11-02 04:41:05 PM

AmazinTim: pissedoffmick: 5 whole days without power? I am not a big fan of the term but that is some serious 1st world problem action right there.

Well aren't you f*cking edgy?


checked profile - nice douche-beard.
 
2012-11-02 04:43:41 PM
I think it is San DiegoUNS...
 
2012-11-02 04:44:11 PM

NkThrasher: /bonus points if anyone knows a demonym for Mass that isn't 'Masshole' without looking it up


why would you need another?
 
2012-11-02 04:44:17 PM

Kevin72: Eggs? "In harms way"? If I was a UI worker and was egged, I would just laugh. Of course, hurling "other objects" ruins it for everyone, like those in Detroit who went from eggs to fires for Devil's Night.


Oh man, was that funny. Now I'm covered in yolk, and I'll be up in this cold windy weather in a bucket for another 10 hours before I can get back to the hotel and get a shower before sleeping 6 hours and getting back out to work another 18....whooeee, that was a good prank....
 
2012-11-02 04:44:24 PM

boogie_down: PawisBetlog: I swear, between this and the story about both parties lawyering up, and being shoulder to shoulder with tea party activists and other people with extreme views, I start to wonder if we are headed toward an honest to goodness civil war. Not a military conflict mind you, something much more drawn out and damaging.

Things just seem to be drifting further and further apart, at the same time our core problems are getting worse and worse. problems that will require consensus and shared sacrifice to truly solve.

Hopefully a month or two after the election dies down I'll be able to ignore it for a few years, but if this election is contested for any length of time, watch out. It seems like it could get very very ugly.

\hope I'm being glass half empty guy.

[i1057.photobucket.com image 400x300]


It belongs in the "both sides lawyering up" article. And yet it strangely applies here, since the mayor declared that it was our poor Bridgeport gets served after the wealthy suburbs.
 
2012-11-02 04:46:15 PM

This text is now purple: why would you need another?


You don't, it's just fascinating how few New Englanders know of the one that does exist.
 
2012-11-02 04:49:43 PM
This man and the mayor would have gotten along well.

im.glogster.com
 
2012-11-02 04:50:08 PM
Quit helping us with basic needs!!!
 
2012-11-02 04:50:51 PM
I'm stationed at SubBase NewLondon and I approve this thread.
 
2012-11-02 04:51:05 PM

PawisBetlog: I swear, between this and the story about both parties lawyering up, and being shoulder to shoulder with tea party activists and other people with extreme views, I start to wonder if we are headed toward an honest to goodness civil war. Not a military conflict mind you, something much more drawn out and damaging.

Things just seem to be drifting further and further apart, at the same time our core problems are getting worse and worse. problems that will require consensus and shared sacrifice to truly solve.

Hopefully a month or two after the election dies down I'll be able to ignore it for a few years, but if this election is contested for any length of time, watch out. It seems like it could get very very ugly.

\hope I'm being glass half empty guy.



Are you forgetting that division, disunity and diversity are our strengths?
 
2012-11-02 04:51:31 PM
Clearly people took to heart what they heard, even though it was not factual

Proof that liberals do this also in times of dire need.
 
2012-11-02 04:51:41 PM

cgraves67: If I was the power company workers and they started throwing eggs at me, I'd leave. If they want their power restored, they can be respectful. They don't have to be happy, they can complain loudly, but the line workers putting in long shifts are not the guys to throw eggs at.


No kidding. In what universe would assaulting utility workers make them work faster? And in what universe do those workers decide where they're going to be assigned?

Give every single egg thrower 100 hours of community service cleaning up the mess from the storm. Assign them to the poorest neighborhoods so they'll feel better about doing that work.
 
2012-11-02 04:52:55 PM
America: Where even homeless refugees have spare food to throw at the people who are trying to help them.
 
2012-11-02 04:53:04 PM

Citrate1007: Clearly people took to heart what they heard, even though it was not factual

Proof that liberals do this also in times of dire need.


Uh, the article clearly stated that all of the eggers were registered republicans. Nice try fignuts.
 
2012-11-02 04:54:40 PM

freetomato: I thought utility workers always had police escorts in Bridgeport.


Everybody should have them in that armpit.
 
2012-11-02 04:54:58 PM
Bridgeport:


Voter Registration and Party Enrollment as of October 25, 2005

Democrat: 58.23%
Republican: 8.90%


Must be the Republicans causing the problems


/Minorities
 
2012-11-02 04:56:48 PM

fluffy2097: Fissile: In every civilized country, utility cables are buried under ground. My relatives in Europe can't believe that the US has such a primitive electric/phone system.

Think about how large the USA is compared to any country in Europe. They have to install a lot more infrastructure, and digging up hundreds of thousands of miles of dirt to lay utility cables simply isn't cost effective.

Even with the cables underground, the power is still going to go out if a transformer blows up.



US reliance on overground electricity cables

"The main reason why power lines in America are not buried is cost.

According to US calculations it would cost ten times as much to bury a line as run the cables overhead, despite their vulnerability to the elements.


The country's difficulties are intensified by its size and the fact that houses are often further apart than in Europe, meaning that the lower population density would require far more cable in the first place."




Some parts of Europe are still "primitive"

Winter Storm Joachim Causes Widespread Power Outages, Travel Disruptions in Western Europe

newsimg.bbc.co.uk

newsimg.bbc.co.uk
 
2012-11-02 04:58:23 PM

Priapetic: NkThrasher: /bonus points if anyone knows a demonym for Mass that isn't 'Masshole' without looking it up

Masshat?


Even though I like that one, I'm going with subby on this one: dicks. Bowl full.
 
2012-11-02 05:01:29 PM

Citrate1007: Clearly people took to heart what they heard, even though it was not factual

Proof that liberals do this also in times of dire need.



Liberals? LOL!

Most of these people aren't "liberals", they just vote with their stomachs.


"You tell me whar a man gits his corn pone, en I'll tell you what his 'pinions is."

-- Mark Twain
 
2012-11-02 05:02:31 PM
i do know from personal experience that anyone i met from there was.... at the least, the spoon in a bowl full of dicks. Both times silver.
 
2012-11-02 05:02:56 PM
First green I've had in years. I was losing hope. For a while there, I thought you had to be a Total Farker.
 
2012-11-02 05:03:10 PM

boogie_down: PawisBetlog: I swear, between this and the story about both parties lawyering up, and being shoulder to shoulder with tea party activists and other people with extreme views, I start to wonder if we are headed toward an honest to goodness civil war. Not a military conflict mind you, something much more drawn out and damaging.

Things just seem to be drifting further and further apart, at the same time our core problems are getting worse and worse. problems that will require consensus and shared sacrifice to truly solve.

Hopefully a month or two after the election dies down I'll be able to ignore it for a few years, but if this election is contested for any length of time, watch out. It seems like it could get very very ugly.

\hope I'm being glass half empty guy.

[i1057.photobucket.com image 400x300]


Wrong thread, but related.
 
2012-11-02 05:04:49 PM

destrip: What a bunch of pricks. If I was in charge of that utility's repair crews, I'd not only pull them out, I'd put the area the eggers live in as the bottommost priority. Let them (and their eggs) rot.


They did that at the start...before any trash was tossed.
 
2012-11-02 05:05:05 PM
fark it. Fence them off, and throw a side of beef over the fence every few hours.
 
2012-11-02 05:06:39 PM

fluffy2097: Let them live in the dark.

Don't restore power at all.

"I'm sorry, our utility company is no longer going to serve this area as we cannot keep our crews safe. Please contact someone else to get your power grid from, as we will be taking our equipment with us"


That's essentially what happened.

Now the areas in question get to have their public coffers drained to provide police guards for the repair crews, and get to deal with the increase in crime as the police response to everything else drops, because otherwise they declared that they weren't fixing shiat.
 
2012-11-02 05:08:01 PM

Kevin72: Eggs? "In harms way"? If I was a UI worker and was egged, I would just laugh. Of course, hurling "other objects" ruins it for everyone, like those in Detroit who went from eggs to fires for Devil's Night.


could have been worse
 
2012-11-02 05:10:12 PM

AcneVulgaris: fark it. Fence them off, and throw a side of beef over the fence every few hours.


Utility worker crushed by side of beef. Film at 11.
 
2012-11-02 05:10:18 PM

Amos Quito: Bridgeport:


Voter Registration and Party Enrollment as of October 25, 2005

Democrat: 58.23%
Republican: 8.90%

Must be the Republicans causing the problems

/Minorities


Definitely the minorities. "Non-Hispanic Whites were 22.7% of the population in 2010 . . ."

You just can't trust those people.

Bridgeport,_Connecticut#Demographics
 
2012-11-02 05:10:49 PM

fluffy2097: Fissile: In every civilized country, utility cables are buried under ground. My relatives in Europe can't believe that the US has such a primitive electric/phone system.

Think about how large the USA is compared to any country in Europe. They have to install a lot more infrastructure, and digging up hundreds of thousands of miles of dirt to lay utility cables simply isn't cost effective.

Even with the cables underground, the power is still going to go out if a transformer blows up.


=============

True....in rural areas. Why do places like New Jersey, a state that has a higher population density than Bangladesh, have overhead power lines? Oh, right! Since Bain Capital refuses to fund such a project, the gov would have to step up to the plate, and that would be socialism.

/Socialism bad
 
2012-11-02 05:11:46 PM

Hoboclown: My power's been out since Monday (suburb outside of Bridgeport), and while all of the stores and businesses in the town have been restored my whole residential neighborhood is still untouched. There's probably some sort of valid reason to get them up and running first


II am going to go with those are probably the same areas that the hospitals and emergency services facilities are located.
 
2012-11-02 05:11:50 PM

Fissile: In every civilized country, utility cables are buried under ground. My relatives in Europe can't believe that the US has such a primitive electric/phone system.


That's because their's is only 50 years old ;-)
 
2012-11-02 05:12:07 PM

hasty ambush: US reliance on overground electricity cables

"The main reason why power lines in America are not buried is cost.


Ask Manhattan how well their buried power lines worked out for them. Most of the large outages were due to flooding, not wind.
 
2012-11-02 05:13:10 PM
Most people just want their power back on and they never stop to realize that the power company and the local emergency agencies decide their priorities in restoring power. The first to get power are hospitals and critical infrastructure. The pattern of work to accomplish this may seem nonsensical to the casual observer. After a storm such as this, people are a little in shock; they first reach out to their neighbors and adopt altruistic behaviors. But that only lasts a few days and then the stress and anger takes over.

When I went through hurricane Hugo, I was fortunate that the utilities were mostly buried where I lived and my condo was on the same main power trunk that supplied a hospital about a mike away. As a result, I was only without power for four days. As soon as it came back on, I invited my friends, who were not so fortunate, to come over for a shower, to wash some clothes, and have a hot meal. Some people didn't have power for several more weeks. Until one has been through an extended power failure, one cannot know how surreal life becomes.
 
2012-11-02 05:13:19 PM

Znuh: No, CT is the NH (or RI) stuck between NY and MA.

Or, pick any other taint-like drive-through state of your preference.


Didn't you compare NH to taint in another recent article?
 
2012-11-02 05:15:55 PM
I'm from Connecticut. We just call each other "stuck up" or "assholes."

This is Bridgeport. A super Ghetto wedged in between some of the wealthiest towns in the nation. It's a sad place to be, and despite trying hard to change their image, shiat like this continues to happen and make the news.
 
2012-11-02 05:18:01 PM

onomatopoeon: Amos Quito: Bridgeport:


Voter Registration and Party Enrollment as of October 25, 2005

Democrat: 58.23%
Republican: 8.90%

Must be the Republicans causing the problems

/Minorities

Definitely the minorities. "Non-Hispanic Whites were 22.7% of the population in 2010 . . ."

You just can't trust those people.

Bridgeport,_Connecticut#Demographics



My point eggsactly.
 
2012-11-02 05:18:19 PM

Fissile: fluffy2097: Fissile: In every civilized country, utility cables are buried under ground. My relatives in Europe can't believe that the US has such a primitive electric/phone system.

Think about how large the USA is compared to any country in Europe. They have to install a lot more infrastructure, and digging up hundreds of thousands of miles of dirt to lay utility cables simply isn't cost effective.

Even with the cables underground, the power is still going to go out if a transformer blows up.

=============

True....in rural areas. Why do places like New Jersey, a state that has a higher population density than Bangladesh, have overhead power lines? Oh, right! Since Bain Capital refuses to fund such a project, the gov would have to step up to the plate, and that would be socialism.

/Socialism bad


This text is now purple: Ask Manhattan how well their buried power lines worked out for them. Most of the large outages were due to flooding, not wind.

 
2012-11-02 05:20:25 PM
Now that I think of it, when a huge storm came through my town 6-7 years ago and knocked power out to most of the town (65,000+), the college shiat houses were the last ones to get power. University had power right away...us, 5 days later.

So, like this town, the poor people are getting their services last.

/shrugs shoulders.
//we just drank a bunch and got over it.
 
2012-11-02 05:20:45 PM
Yay! People in the northeast are so sophisticated.
 
2012-11-02 05:22:21 PM

BgJonson79: Fissile: In every civilized country, utility cables are buried under ground. My relatives in Europe can't believe that the US has such a primitive electric/phone system.

That's because their's is only 50 years old ;-)


To serious that comment up a bit, there is such a thing as the second-mover advantage. America was the first country to deploy a lot of modern utilities. As such we got locked into what are essentially version 1.0 systems. How relevant that is to this situation, I don't know, but it does explain why the US often has less ideal infrastructure standards. Europe and Asia learned from our mistakes.
 
2012-11-02 05:23:05 PM
Word of the day: Demonym, a name for a resident of a locality

Recommended in this case: Connecticuter
Alternatives: Nutmegger, Connecticotian, Connecticutensian, Connecticutian.

Nutmegger may be used as a pejorative.
 
2012-11-02 05:27:37 PM

queezyweezel: Citrate1007: Clearly people took to heart what they heard, even though it was not factual

Proof that liberals do this also in times of dire need.

Uh, the article clearly stated that all of the eggers were registered republicans. Nice try fignuts.


LOL
 
2012-11-02 05:28:19 PM
Aren't they typically restored based on which repair covers the largest number of people?

For example, I'm from Oklahoma, and during our last major ice storm, I was without power for 3 days, since my outage was caused by a main line. My grandmother's outage was caused by the line that feeds her house (and only her house) being broken, so hers was down for three weeks.

Seems like one of those pass-the-buck situations.
"Hey Mayor, where is our power?"
"I don't know, ask those assholes."
 
2012-11-02 05:28:35 PM

FLMountainMan: PawisBetlog: I swear, between this and the story about both parties lawyering up, and being shoulder to shoulder with tea party activists and other people with extreme views, I start to wonder if we are headed toward an honest to goodness civil war. Not a military conflict mind you, something much more drawn out and damaging.

Things just seem to be drifting further and further apart, at the same time our core problems are getting worse and worse. problems that will require consensus and shared sacrifice to truly solve.

Hopefully a month or two after the election dies down I'll be able to ignore it for a few years, but if this election is contested for any length of time, watch out. It seems like it could get very very ugly.

\hope I'm being glass half empty guy.

LOL. Yes, Teabaggers are sure to lead everyone in a revolt. Because if there's anyone that's going to riot, it's a wealthy, overweight, fifty-year old white guy.

Seriously, I realize that most marketing and media is now fear-based, but this is nowhere near the most fractured our country has ever been. Not even close. This too shall pass.


Yes, because the tea partiers have proven to be the actual violent ones over the last 4 yrs. Pay attention to the world around you and tell me where violence is actually more likely to sprout: The suburbs if Obama wins or urban areas if Romney wins?
 
2012-11-02 05:28:42 PM

Cold_Sassy: The power co. should put them back on the list - dead last.

Talk about biting the hand that feeds, what a bunch of dimwit whiners.

You had plenty of warning, you should've GTFO of town.


And only with escort.


What I suspect is going on here is that the power company would first do the critical stuff (hospitals etc) and then prioritize on the basis of the number of customers restored for the effort expended. That's going to mean fixing the big stuff before you fix the small stuff--and the wealthier areas are more likely to have underground lines that wouldn't have suffered nearly the damage. Thus you can probably restore customers faster in those areas.
 
2012-11-02 05:29:30 PM

wildcardjack: Word of the day: Demonym, a name for a resident of a locality

Recommended in this case: Connecticuter
Alternatives: Nutmegger, Connecticotian, Connecticutensian, Connecticutian.

Nutmegger may be used as a pejorative.


Nutmegger, please.
 
2012-11-02 05:31:33 PM

Endive Wombat: If I was one of those linemen, I would pack my shiat up for the day, call my union rep and have him demand the company provide me protection.

Assaulting those who are trying to help you is pretty stupid


You mean like shooting at the Coast Guard helicopters post-Katrina?
 
2012-11-02 05:32:23 PM

Slappajo: Yay! People in the northeast are so sophisticated.


Seriously, you'd expect them to throw Quail eggs.
 
2012-11-02 05:32:54 PM

Fissile: In every civilized country, utility cables are buried under ground. My relatives in Europe can't believe that the US North east has such a primitive electric/phone system.


Everything is burried in my state. The main transmission towers are above groung, but they are steel towers above the tree line and you would literally have to throw a train at it to make the wobble.

like this
 
2012-11-02 05:41:57 PM

pxsteel: Fissile: In every civilized country, utility cables are buried under ground. My relatives in Europe can't believe that the US North east has such a primitive electric/phone system.

Everything is burried in my state. The main transmission towers are above groung, but they are steel towers above the tree line and you would literally have to throw a train at it to make the wobble.

like this


They still fail in ice storms. Long spans = lots of weight at angles the towers werent designed to support.

4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-11-02 05:43:46 PM
As a Native "Nutmegger", I don't know how this differs from any other day? Yes, we are all assholes, some more than others but assholes nonetheless.
\DNTRFA
 
2012-11-02 05:46:16 PM

Jim_Callahan: fluffy2097: Let them live in the dark.

Don't restore power at all.

"I'm sorry, our utility company is no longer going to serve this area as we cannot keep our crews safe. Please contact someone else to get your power grid from, as we will be taking our equipment with us"

That's essentially what happened.

Now the areas in question get to have their public coffers drained to provide police guards for the repair crews, and get to deal with the increase in crime as the police response to everything else drops, because otherwise they declared that they weren't fixing shiat.


No. I don't mean "wait for a police escort."

I mean. "We will no longer provide power to your city. At all. Find some other utility company to set up a brand new infrastructure, because we're gonna take what we own and leave you farkers in the stone age where you belong."
 
2012-11-02 05:48:40 PM
maybe when all the emergency is over and the workers have had a chance to rest up and have a beer, the boys can get together to visit the good Mayor and thank him for inciting morans to behave like scumbags. maybe a few hundred angry union men pelting His Douchiness's house with rotten eggs will teach him some manners. dooshbag.
 
2012-11-02 05:51:44 PM

Kevin72: Eggs? "In harms way"? If I was a UI worker and was egged, I would just laugh.


When the eggs conduct electricity across you, you're likely to appear on Fark, omelette-man.
 
2012-11-02 05:52:31 PM
Connecticut is the prime example of the eroding middle class in the US. Most people here are either filthy rich or dirt poor.
 
2012-11-02 05:53:41 PM
They were pissed that their electricity wasn't being restored, so they threw shiat at the guys who were restoring their electricity.

The fark?
 
2012-11-02 05:55:27 PM

Amos Quito: WTF???

Demographics

Oh.


As of the 2010 census, there were 144,229 people residing in the city. The racial makeup of the city residents was 39.6% White; 34.6% Black or African American; 3.4% Asian; and 4.3% from two or more races. A total of 38.2% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.[37] Non-Hispanic Whites were 22.7% of the population in 2010,[37] compared to 74.6% in 1970.[38]
I don't have a calculator, but it seems they have over 100% population.
 
2012-11-02 05:56:32 PM

BgJonson79: Fissile: In every civilized country, utility cables are buried under ground. My relatives in Europe can't believe that the US has such a primitive electric/phone system.

That's because their's is only 50 years old ;-)


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Depends where you are in Europe. Back in the 1930s West European countries higher rates or electric service than did the US. Google, "Roosevelt rural electrification" to see what I'm talking about. Most of the Tea-Party nitwits in the flyover states would have no electricity to this day had it not been for the federal government.
 
2012-11-02 05:58:05 PM

pxsteel: Fissile: In every civilized country, utility cables are buried under ground. My relatives in Europe can't believe that the US North east has such a primitive electric/phone system.

Everything is burried in my state. The main transmission towers are above groung, but they are steel towers above the tree line and you would literally have to throw a train at it to make the wobble.

like this


Image of train being literally thrown notably absent.
 
2012-11-02 05:58:19 PM

fluffy2097: Fissile: In every civilized country, utility cables are buried under ground. My relatives in Europe can't believe that the US has such a primitive electric/phone system.

Think about how large the USA is compared to any country in Europe. They have to install a lot more infrastructure, and digging up hundreds of thousands of miles of dirt to lay utility cables simply isn't cost effective.

Even with the cables underground, the power is still going to go out if a transformer blows up.


It's not like there is a "United States Power Co." responsible for the grid of the entire country, so comparing the size of the US with that of any European country doesn't make much sense.
If you put powerlines underground, you won't have to worry about trees snapping the lines, powerpoles snapping etc etc. If a transformer blows, you switch it out and move on to the next.
Power grid in the US, just like pretty much any other part of the infrastructure is way outdated and needs billions in upgrades. Might as well get started on it whenever the old system has been taken down by a natural disaster.
It has to get done sooner or later and we will have to pay for it in one way or another, be it through higher rates or taxes.
 
2012-11-02 05:59:18 PM
The issue is the utility companies have slashed their utility crews to the bone. When I was a kid 70's - 80's we never saw the lengthy outages that are commonplace now. They all pull the crap of relying on neighboring states to fill the emergency need instead of having a decent amount of manpower to do the job.

These companies have created this situation. I agree the pole workers aren't to blame but like customer service they get to deal with it

These utility companies have always raised rates and continue to slash services like repair crews.

We have had 3 long outages in the past year. 8 days ,5 days and this last one 3 days. This was unheard of years ago.

Telling people not to expect power back until next weekend is BS. Lower manhattan is supposed to have full power by tonight
 
2012-11-02 05:59:39 PM

Cheron: NkThrasher: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Connecticut

Demonym Connecticuter,[3] Connecticutian,[4] Nutmegger[5]


Nutmegger? Oh, that's a keeper.

Connecticuter? I've lived here almost 50 years and I don't think I've ever heard anyone use that. It has always been nutmeggers


Perhaps it's regional, as so many things are in CT. I'm born and raised in the Northeast, aka swamp yankee country.

I've definitely heard Connecticuter. Nutmegger being the most popular. I've even heard "Constitutioner" if people are trying to be funny.
 
2012-11-02 06:00:42 PM

queezyweezel: pxsteel: Fissile: In every civilized country, utility cables are buried under ground. My relatives in Europe can't believe that the US North east has such a primitive electric/phone system.

Everything is burried in my state. The main transmission towers are above groung, but they are steel towers above the tree line and you would literally have to throw a train at it to make the wobble.

like this

They still fail in ice storms. Long spans = lots of weight at angles the towers werent designed to support.

[4.bp.blogspot.com image 400x300]


Due to my FARK Engineering degree, I can point out that since all of those failed in the same way, in the same direction, there was a design flaw.
 
2012-11-02 06:00:44 PM

hasty ambush: Fissile: fluffy2097: Fissile: In every civilized country, utility cables are buried under ground. My relatives in Europe can't believe that the US has such a primitive electric/phone system.

Think about how large the USA is compared to any country in Europe. They have to install a lot more infrastructure, and digging up hundreds of thousands of miles of dirt to lay utility cables simply isn't cost effective.

Even with the cables underground, the power is still going to go out if a transformer blows up.

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True....in rural areas. Why do places like New Jersey, a state that has a higher population density than Bangladesh, have overhead power lines? Oh, right! Since Bain Capital refuses to fund such a project, the gov would have to step up to the plate, and that would be socialism.

/Socialism bad

This text is now purple: Ask Manhattan how well their buried power lines worked out for them. Most of the large outages were due to flooding, not wind.


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And you live in the NYC area? I'm here, got my power back yesterday morning. Lower Manhattan lost its electric service because sea water was forced up over the sea walls. The power outages in Jersey, Connecticut, Staten Island, Long Island, Brooklyn, Queens is due to OVERHEAD POWER LINES BEING BLOWN OVER OR BROUGHT DOWN BY TREES. The parts of Manhattan that were not breached by sea water NEVER LOST POWER.
 
2012-11-02 06:02:48 PM
Are nutmeggers up to the nutmeg challenge?
 
2012-11-02 06:04:43 PM

hasty ambush: Ask Manhattan how well their buried power lines worked out for them. Most of the large outages were due to flooding, not wind.


What was the problem? Bad engineering? Faulty construction? Poor maintenance?
 
2012-11-02 06:05:54 PM
Maybe Connecticut want's these workers, not like Jersey wants them


Link
 
2012-11-02 06:05:58 PM

spman: Connecticut is the prime example of the eroding middle class in the US. Most people here are either filthy rich or dirt poor.


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Same in Jersey. When I grew up in Jersey, it was mostly middle class. Its now rich or poor and not much in between.
 
2012-11-02 06:06:39 PM

spman: Connecticut is the prime example of the eroding middle class in the US. Most people here are either filthy rich or dirt poor.


The impression I am getting is the Bridgeport was eroded long before the current class warfare rhetoric common in this election cycles Its decline might have more to due with corrupt government and white flight.


Link

As of the 2010 census, there were 144,229 people residing in the city. The racial makeup of the city residents was 39.6% White; 34.6% Black or African American; 3.4% Asian; and 4.3% from two or more races. A total of 38.2% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.[37] Non-Hispanic Whites were 22.7% of the population in 2010, compared to 74.6% in 1970
 
2012-11-02 06:08:04 PM

fluffy2097: Fissile: In every civilized country, utility cables are buried under ground. My relatives in Europe can't believe that the US has such a primitive electric/phone system.

Think about how large the USA is compared to any country in Europe.


farm4.staticflickr.com
 
2012-11-02 06:08:53 PM

hasty ambush: spman: Connecticut is the prime example of the eroding middle class in the US. Most people here are either filthy rich or dirt poor.

The impression I am getting is the Bridgeport was eroded long before the current class warfare rhetoric common in this election cycles Its decline might have more to due with corrupt government and white flight.


Link

As of the 2010 census, there were 144,229 people residing in the city. The racial makeup of the city residents was 39.6% White; 34.6% Black or African American; 3.4% Asian; and 4.3% from two or more races. A total of 38.2% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.[37] Non-Hispanic Whites were 22.7% of the population in 2010, compared to 74.6% in 1970


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The de-industrialization of Murica started back in the 70s.
 
2012-11-02 06:09:58 PM

kindms: The issue is the utility companies have slashed their utility crews to the bone. When I was a kid 70's - 80's we never saw the lengthy outages that are commonplace now. They all pull the crap of relying on neighboring states to fill the emergency need instead of having a decent amount of manpower to do the job.

These companies have created this situation. I agree the pole workers aren't to blame but like customer service they get to deal with it

These utility companies have always raised rates and continue to slash services like repair crews.

We have had 3 long outages in the past year. 8 days ,5 days and this last one 3 days. This was unheard of years ago.

Telling people not to expect power back until next weekend is BS. Lower manhattan is supposed to have full power by tonight


Seriously. It's been 5 days in our part of Stamford (no rich people here). I'm getting pissy. I'm tired and disoriented. Hungry. Cold as hell. I'm sitting in my car charging my phone now (my car that was hit by a bus not looking earlier today when I went to get gas. farking hell. ). CLP basically said " it's going to take a whole, no we don't know when, tough if you don't like it". It's not like I can go to the competition. They're it. Which is the real problem. If we could switch companies when shiat like this goes down, I guarantee they'd get their acts together. As it is, though, they know ill pay my clp bill when they send it once my power is restored. Though they can't even give us a hint as to when that will be.
 
2012-11-02 06:11:25 PM

ArcadianRefugee: fluffy2097: Fissile: In every civilized country, utility cables are buried under ground. My relatives in Europe can't believe that the US has such a primitive electric/phone system.

Think about how large the USA is compared to any country in Europe.

[farm4.staticflickr.com image 500x365]


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You'd think that Texans would be more serious about the quality of their electric service...........considering all those electric chairs they are running.
 
2012-11-02 06:13:26 PM
Around these parts all of the new developments have buried lines. No way in hell the power company is paying to bury all the existing lines, though.
 
2012-11-02 06:13:49 PM

serpent_sky: kindms: The issue is the utility companies have slashed their utility crews to the bone. When I was a kid 70's - 80's we never saw the lengthy outages that are commonplace now. They all pull the crap of relying on neighboring states to fill the emergency need instead of having a decent amount of manpower to do the job.

These companies have created this situation. I agree the pole workers aren't to blame but like customer service they get to deal with it

These utility companies have always raised rates and continue to slash services like repair crews.

We have had 3 long outages in the past year. 8 days ,5 days and this last one 3 days. This was unheard of years ago.

Telling people not to expect power back until next weekend is BS. Lower manhattan is supposed to have full power by tonight

Seriously. It's been 5 days in our part of Stamford (no rich people here). I'm getting pissy. I'm tired and disoriented. Hungry. Cold as hell. I'm sitting in my car charging my phone now (my car that was hit by a bus not looking earlier today when I went to get gas. farking hell. ). CLP basically said " it's going to take a whole, no we don't know when, tough if you don't like it". It's not like I can go to the competition. They're it. Which is the real problem. If we could switch companies when shiat like this goes down, I guarantee they'd get their acts together. As it is, though, they know ill pay my clp bill when they send it once my power is restored. Though they can't even give us a hint as to when that will be.



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Yeah, I'm sure that it would be better if we had five electric companies to choose from.....all with their own poles, and cables installed on the same streets.
 
2012-11-02 06:15:15 PM

Fish in a Barrel: Around these parts all of the new developments have buried lines. No way in hell the power company is paying to bury all the existing lines, though.


==============

I agree, which is why the government needs to tax those millionaire job creators, and get those cables underground.
 
2012-11-02 06:15:21 PM
FTFA

Finch said, noting that Bridgeport has the largest number of United Illuminating ratepayers and claimingg it should be treated better by the New Haven-based utility.
When hurricane Juan hit NS, we had a guy on the news with an attitude like this cause his parents, who lived in a wealthy part of town, should get thier power back sooner because they paid more taxes. Yutz
 
2012-11-02 06:22:48 PM
"...a fifth straight day after so-called superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast."

Wait, is Fox News trying to deny it was a superstorm, deny it was called Sandy or deny it hit the East Coast?
 
2012-11-02 06:24:32 PM
Why are people taking this so seriously? I thought the popular Fark rhetoric was that Fox/Faux/Fixx News was nothing but lies!
 
2012-11-02 06:28:29 PM
I don't blame them for being upset. I just got power back yesterday (I'm in coastal New Hampshire), and the blackouts happened here despite the crews cutting down trees within ten feet of the power lines all year long. Between their preventative measures and the weak trees already being removed from the ice storm, I'm a little stunned that 50 MPH winds caused as much damage as it did here.

I really don't blame the crews working to fix the lines. However, I do understand how spending five days in the dark can make one a little stir crazy, and prone to rash actions. I just hope those eggs didn't spend a week in a refrigerator that wasn't hooked up to a generator.
 
2012-11-02 06:28:31 PM

PawisBetlog: I swear, between this and the story about both parties lawyering up, and being shoulder to shoulder with tea party activists and other people with extreme views, I start to wonder if we are headed toward an honest to goodness civil war. Not a military conflict mind you, something much more drawn out and damaging.

Things just seem to be drifting further and further apart, at the same time our core problems are getting worse and worse. problems that will require consensus and shared sacrifice to truly solve.

Hopefully a month or two after the election dies down I'll be able to ignore it for a few years, but if this election is contested for any length of time, watch out. It seems like it could get very very ugly.

\hope I'm being glass half empty guy.


Oh don't worry your little self. Obama's gonna win the election and the seas will be parted and the storms shall subside and peace and goodwill among men shall rule the earth because Obama is a uniter, dammitt, not a divider. He is what we've been waiting for. Oh, and there won't be more global warming er climate change to worry about either. So we have that going for us. But only if Obama wins. Otherwise, everything you predicted will come true.
 
2012-11-02 06:29:05 PM

Nattering Nabob: Amos Quito: WTF???

Demographics

Oh.

As of the 2010 census, there were 144,229 people residing in the city. The racial makeup of the city residents was 39.6% White; 34.6% Black or African American; 3.4% Asian; and 4.3% from two or more races. A total of 38.2% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.[37] Non-Hispanic Whites were 22.7% of the population in 2010,[37] compared to 74.6% in 1970.[38]
I don't have a calculator, but it seems they have over 100% population.



"Hispanic or Latino" can be of any race, but they're usually counted as "white".
 
2012-11-02 06:31:41 PM

KierzanDax: "...a fifth straight day after so-called superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast."

Wait, is Fox News trying to deny it was a superstorm, deny it was called Sandy or deny it hit the East Coast?


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Well, derp! Of course this was just a little wind. Typical 47% whiners who can't handle a little bit of inconvenience. Gimme, gimme, gimme....it's all these people know. First thing we need to do is get rid of this Obama-FEMA. Here's an example of the welfare whores who make up the 47%. Can you believe that the people living in this house in Union Beach, NJ already have their hands out! The nerve of these cretins!

media.nj.com
 
2012-11-02 06:33:23 PM
Fox News: wut?
 
2012-11-02 06:33:58 PM

fluffy2097: I mean. "We will no longer provide power to your city. At all. Find some other utility company to set up a brand new infrastructure, because we're gonna take what we own and leave you farkers in the stone age where you belong."


The state authority usually takes issue with that.
 
2012-11-02 06:36:06 PM

Fissile: Fish in a Barrel: Around these parts all of the new developments have buried lines. No way in hell the power company is paying to bury all the existing lines, though.

==============

I agree, which is why the government needs to tax those millionaire job creators, and get those cables underground.


Doubling their tax rates wouldn't even pay for burying the cables in my little state of NH.
 
2012-11-02 06:37:46 PM

BgJonson79: Fissile: Fish in a Barrel: Around these parts all of the new developments have buried lines. No way in hell the power company is paying to bury all the existing lines, though.

==============

I agree, which is why the government needs to tax those millionaire job creators, and get those cables underground.

Doubling their tax rates wouldn't even pay for burying the cables in my little state of NH.


================

No problem. We'll tax them at 99%.
 
2012-11-02 06:39:22 PM

KierzanDax: "...a fifth straight day after so-called superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast."

Wait, is Fox News trying to deny it was a superstorm, deny it was called Sandy or deny it hit the East Coast?


A category 1 is a low threshold for a "superstorm".
 
2012-11-02 06:41:41 PM
People are whiny assholes that can't stand a minor setback like relatively short-term power outages. The utility companies can't just snap their fingers after a catastrophe and restore power. Transformers are blown out all over the place, high-tension lines are down, primaries are down, secondaries are down, house services are down. Roads are impassable. Sometimes they can't even touch the lines because some jackass is backfeeding the grid with his generator, so they have to figure out which house is doing it and tell the guy to turn it off. That's a conversation that goes well.

I work as a fire fighter in an area that was hammered by Irene and Sandy, and I volunteer my services in my hometown that was hit hard by winter storm Alfred last year. I was without power for 8 days after Alfred, and I thought that was great given the damage I saw occur the night of the storm.

Nothing about the outages benefits the power companies. They're paying out the nose for overtime for their own men, for loaner crews from the midwest, and every hour without power is an hour the meter isn't turning. As for the linesmen, the money is good at first, but now they're tired and cold and sick of living in barracks or tents and just want to finish and go home.

This situation benefits no one involved. The companies have no incentive to drag this out. The reality is that it takes time, and that some people get turned on faster than others for various reasons. They may live near a high-priority facility like a hospital, or an easy fix may be done first to bring down the "total customers in the dark" number.
 
2012-11-02 06:49:24 PM

lizyrd: People are whiny assholes that can't stand a minor setback like relatively short-term power outages. The utility companies can't just snap their fingers after a catastrophe and restore power. Transformers are blown out all over the place, high-tension lines are down, primaries are down, secondaries are down, house services are down. Roads are impassable. Sometimes they can't even touch the lines because some jackass is backfeeding the grid with his generator, so they have to figure out which house is doing it and tell the guy to turn it off. That's a conversation that goes well.

I work as a fire fighter in an area that was hammered by Irene and Sandy, and I volunteer my services in my hometown that was hit hard by winter storm Alfred last year. I was without power for 8 days after Alfred, and I thought that was great given the damage I saw occur the night of the storm.

Nothing about the outages benefits the power companies. They're paying out the nose for overtime for their own men, for loaner crews from the midwest, and every hour without power is an hour the meter isn't turning. As for the linesmen, the money is good at first, but now they're tired and cold and sick of living in barracks or tents and just want to finish and go home.

This situation benefits no one involved. The companies have no incentive to drag this out. The reality is that it takes time, and that some people get turned on faster than others for various reasons. They may live near a high-priority facility like a hospital, or an easy fix may be done first to bring down the "total customers in the dark" number.


Agreed.
 
2012-11-02 06:52:09 PM
Rich people getting their power back on first? I for one, am SHOCKED
 
2012-11-02 07:01:36 PM
Yankees.
 
2012-11-02 07:03:37 PM

Fissile: BgJonson79: Fissile: In every civilized country, utility cables are buried under ground. My relatives in Europe can't believe that the US has such a primitive electric/phone system.

That's because their's is only 50 years old ;-)

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Depends where you are in Europe. Back in the 1930s West European countries higher rates or electric service than did the US. Google, "Roosevelt rural electrification" to see what I'm talking about. Most of the Tea-Party nitwits in the flyover states would have no electricity to this day had it not been for the federal government.


It's almost like some horrible event occurred in Europe in the 1940s that left the continent in shambles, and destroyed nearly all of the infrastructure that allowed them to start their grids systems over from the ground up.
 
2012-11-02 07:05:09 PM

Amos Quito: Nattering Nabob: Amos Quito: WTF???

Demographics

Oh.

As of the 2010 census, there were 144,229 people residing in the city. The racial makeup of the city residents was 39.6% White; 34.6% Black or African American; 3.4% Asian; and 4.3% from two or more races. A total of 38.2% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.[37] Non-Hispanic Whites were 22.7% of the population in 2010,[37] compared to 74.6% in 1970.[38]
I don't have a calculator, but it seems they have over 100% population.


"Hispanic or Latino" can be of any race, but they're usually counted as "white".


Although I'm a WASP, I would think that might be an insult to Latinos.
 
2012-11-02 07:05:47 PM

MBarry: Fissile: BgJonson79: Fissile: In every civilized country, utility cables are buried under ground. My relatives in Europe can't believe that the US has such a primitive electric/phone system.

That's because their's is only 50 years old ;-)

==============

Depends where you are in Europe. Back in the 1930s West European countries higher rates or electric service than did the US. Google, "Roosevelt rural electrification" to see what I'm talking about. Most of the Tea-Party nitwits in the flyover states would have no electricity to this day had it not been for the federal government.

It's almost like some horrible event occurred in Europe in the 1940s that left the continent in shambles, and destroyed nearly all of the infrastructure that allowed them to start their grids systems over from the ground up.


==============

Get all your history from the History Channel?

The Germany, The Soviet Union and the Balkans were wrecked. France suffered moderate damage and the UK almost nothing.
 
2012-11-02 07:05:54 PM

naughtyrev: Connecticoonts?


Glad I didn't have to be the first. Or the most accurate.
 
2012-11-02 07:06:32 PM
Dried peas.
 
2012-11-02 07:06:33 PM

Cold_Sassy: The power co. should put them back on the list - dead last.

Talk about biting the hand that feeds, what a bunch of dimwit whiners.

You had plenty of warning, you should've GTFO of town.


Where do you suppose the 60 million people in the path of the hurricane were going to... exactly? Texas?
 
2012-11-02 07:08:33 PM

jaybeezey: Yes, because the tea partiers have proven to be the actual violent ones over the last 4 yrs. Pay attention to the world around you and tell me where violence is actually more likely to sprout: The suburbs if Obama wins or urban areas if Romney wins?


David Adkisson says hi. So does Joseph Stack.
 
2012-11-02 07:09:45 PM
Betcha these guys also shoot the firefighters when the come to put out the fires. "That'll teach you to be so slow!"
 
2012-11-02 07:13:27 PM
R-whinin'?

Grow up, and VObama.

And quit being such intransigent douchebags, would y'all?

Remember: Patience is a virtue.

*)
 
2012-11-02 07:13:57 PM
sounds like "conneticocks"
 
2012-11-02 07:18:03 PM

queezyweezel: Kevin72: Eggs? "In harms way"? If I was a UI worker and was egged, I would just laugh. Of course, hurling "other objects" ruins it for everyone, like those in Detroit who went from eggs to fires for Devil's Night.

Oh man, was that funny. Now I'm covered in yolk, and I'll be up in this cold windy weather in a bucket for another 10 hours before I can get back to the hotel and get a shower before sleeping 6 hours and getting back out to work another 18....whooeee, that was a good prank....


You mean the eggs they threw at workers actually hit them? o_O
 
2012-11-02 07:20:57 PM

fluffy2097: Fissile: In every civilized country, utility cables are buried under ground. My relatives in Europe can't believe that the US has such a primitive electric/phone system.

Think about how large the USA is compared to any country in Europe. They have to install a lot more infrastructure, and digging up hundreds of thousands of miles of dirt to lay utility cables simply isn't cost effective.

Even with the cables underground, the power is still going to go out if a transformer blows up.


Better one transformer than one transformer + hundreds of miles of lines and dozens of towers.
 
2012-11-02 07:23:22 PM
I live 60 miles outside Eugene, Oregon, up a mountain. 2 years ago, had a heck of a snowstorm that knocked out power for 7 days to where I live. 60 miles of trees on lines. We took hot drinks to the guys who were working 24 hour shifts to get our power back on. 3rd world? Hardly. Generator and people being friendly and helping each other.

Guess they do things different in that part of the world.
 
2012-11-02 07:25:10 PM

Sleazy_as_Pie: Aren't they typically restored based on which repair covers the largest number of people?


There was an article about outtages in one of the recent issues of Texas Electric Coop's monthly mag. Critical places like hospitals get first priority. After that, if I remember correctly, it's about whoever's "closest to the biggest circuit" and on down that electrical chain rather than whoever biatches first or loudest. That's why a smaller neighborhood might get power before a much larger community.
 
2012-11-02 07:28:42 PM
The rich are given big fish treatment, and everyone else gets little fish treatment. The more they deny it, the more you know it is true.
 
2012-11-02 07:30:43 PM
Texas: we drive like maniacs, we expect power now, and dammit, don't mess with Texas!

*)
 
2012-11-02 07:30:53 PM
I must be reading this story wrong. These people cannot possibly be throwing eggs at the workers who are actively, currently attempting to restore their very own power as a protest that they aren't getting to them fast enough?
 
2012-11-02 07:31:19 PM

Indubitably: Texas: we drive like maniacs, we expect power now, and dammit, don't mess with Texas!

*)


Tricky-dick.
 
2012-11-02 07:34:48 PM

stonelotus: Yankees Ghetto trash


FTFY
 
2012-11-02 07:38:19 PM
Great! Now "Connecticut's for Farking" by Jesus H. Christ and the Four Hornsmen of the Apocalypse is running in my head. Thanx subby!
 
2012-11-02 07:41:47 PM

macdaddy357: The more they deny it, the more you know it is true.


This may be the dumbest thing written today. Congrats
 
2012-11-02 07:43:04 PM
Yeah, because whether it's even true or not, we all know that it's the lineman who chooses where he is going to restore power first. The utility company is just a slave to his whims.
 
2012-11-02 07:43:34 PM
Are we seriously making this a political and racial issue? Really?
 
2012-11-02 07:44:14 PM
It's freaking Bridgeport, what do you expect? Bunch of welfare monkeys.
 
2012-11-02 07:45:11 PM

Tommy Moo: I must be reading this story wrong. These people cannot possibly be throwing eggs at the workers who are actively, currently attempting to restore their very own power as a protest that they aren't getting to them fast enough?


They're taking a stand against the man.
 
2012-11-02 07:49:31 PM
This is utter bullshiat. I live in Southport, one of the richest places in Fairfield County. The power to our house was restored late this afternoon, and around 90% of our neighbors are still in the dark.
How dare Finch claim that we are getting priority over Bridgeport. CLP has told us that their priority was restoring power to the largest number of consumers.
Oh wait. This is Fox News.
Apologies for reacting. We're a bit stressed here, and I'd forgotten just how much the Right are prepared to lie.
Asswipes.
 
2012-11-02 07:50:38 PM

chaoticcrash: I live 60 miles outside Eugene, Oregon, up a mountain. 2 years ago, had a heck of a snowstorm that knocked out power for 7 days to where I live. 60 miles of trees on lines. We took hot drinks to the guys who were working 24 hour shifts to get our power back on. 3rd world? Hardly. Generator and people being friendly and helping each other.

Guess they do things different in that part of the world.


Thank you for that act of kindness. My bro is an electric co lineman in Jersey who also goes out on disaster recovery events up and down the east coast. Sadly, the douchebaggery that happened here is not uncommon. Many times the police will even tell the crew they cannot provide on site officers...even they won't go in to some of the neighborhoods. Let them freeze their arses off in the dark if they want to act like that. A lot of those guys are hundreds of miles away from home with no return date. The accommodations are questionable, the hours long, conditions are ugly, spare clean socks or a shirt are high on the wish list, .So yeah, offering a cup of coffee or a sandwich is the kind thing to do.
 
2012-11-02 07:55:19 PM

Tillmaster: This is utter bullshiat. I live in Southport, one of the richest places in Fairfield County. The power to our house was restored late this afternoon, and around 90% of our neighbors are still in the dark.
How dare Finch claim that we are getting priority over Bridgeport. CLP has told us that their priority was restoring power to the largest number of consumers.
Oh wait. This is Fox News.
Apologies for reacting. We're a bit stressed here, and I'd forgotten just how much the Right are prepared to lie.
Asswipes.


So the egging didn't happen?
 
2012-11-02 08:02:00 PM
MSNBC and Daily Kos aren't reporting this. Relax everyone. It obviously ain't true. Damn Faux News.
 
2012-11-02 08:02:27 PM

Tillmaster: This is utter bullshiat. I live in Southport, one of the richest places in Fairfield County. The power to our house was restored late this afternoon, and around 90% of our neighbors are still in the dark.
How dare Finch claim that we are getting priority over Bridgeport. CLP has told us that their priority was restoring power to the largest number of consumers.
Oh wait. This is Fox News.
Apologies for reacting. We're a bit stressed here, and I'd forgotten just how much the Right are prepared to lie.
Asswipes.


Yeah this did this last year too during the outtages. All the politicos were rushing to aid the inner cities, while the outer suburbs nobody gave a forethought. I had co-workers who were out of power for 15+ days, plus while poor urban areas (and here, urban means places like bridgeport, waterbury, new britain, etc. we're not exactly talking Boston and Brooklyn) were worked on furiously for the first few days. Anybody who thinks the utilities are rushing out to the suburbs clearly has no idea what the fark they are talking about.

They even gave them all money for food. Remember that scandal when state workers were getting in line for the food cards? All the radioheads and journalists were like "How DARE those white middle class people try to get money TOO!" . They were just handing these cards out with no checks or anything like they were candy and were pissed normal people were getting in line.

That said, the utilities clearly blow here after two decades of de-regging. They cut all their large unionized staff so now they have small specialized crews, they have nowhere near the manpower to do anything after an emergency. It's not the crews fault though, most of them are probably brought in from out of state just to get a little time and a half. But the bloated CEO class serves absolutely no one in this field, you never see Norwhich having problems.
 
2012-11-02 08:04:56 PM

fluffy2097: Think about how large the USA is compared to any country in Europe. They have to install a lot more infrastructure, and digging up hundreds of thousands of miles of dirt to lay utility cables simply isn't cost effective.


this argument might be valid in colorado or montana, but new england? give me a break.
while I would have to guess, I would guess that new england and europe have similar population density.

Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island combined - 786 peeps/ sq mile
germany 609 peeps/ sq mile

yup
was right
so certainly the boston to dc corridor should all be underground ...
but but but that would cost money ...
yes, but would it cost as much as irene and sandy ?
sigh
 
2012-11-02 08:08:56 PM
http://www.wtnh.com/dpp/weather/severe_weather/ui-reacts-to-mayors-com ments#.UJRtXGffpkQ

http://www.boston.com/news/local/connecticut/2012/11/01/bridgeport-ma y or-faults-utility-over-outages/i881BjBSZLBOUT4HdW6UzO/story.html

http://www.nhregister.com/articles/2012/11/01/news/doc50930cf2d6f8d27 7 033635.txt

They're not qualified to give a legitimate opinion either. Whar my Daily Kos and MSNBC? If they don't mention it, it must not be true.
 
2012-11-02 08:10:06 PM
Gyrfalcon [TotalFark]
Betcha these guys also shoot the firefighters when the come to put out the fires. "That'll teach you to be so slow!"

They do indeed, oh yes they do.
 
2012-11-02 08:14:40 PM

namatad: fluffy2097: Think about how large the USA is compared to any country in Europe. They have to install a lot more infrastructure, and digging up hundreds of thousands of miles of dirt to lay utility cables simply isn't cost effective.

this argument might be valid in colorado or montana, but new england? give me a break.
while I would have to guess, I would guess that new england and europe have similar population density.

Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island combined - 786 peeps/ sq mile
germany 609 peeps/ sq mile

yup
was right
so certainly the boston to dc corridor should all be underground ...
but but but that would cost money ...
yes, but would it cost as much as irene and sandy ?
sigh


Because the right wing has such a massive power base in New England. Why don't those shiny blue states raise taxes on their wealthy, sell some state bonds, and do it themselves? Who says the Feds have to do it?
 
2012-11-02 08:15:52 PM

devildog123: namatad: fluffy2097: Think about how large the USA is compared to any country in Europe. They have to install a lot more infrastructure, and digging up hundreds of thousands of miles of dirt to lay utility cables simply isn't cost effective.

this argument might be valid in colorado or montana, but new england? give me a break.
while I would have to guess, I would guess that new england and europe have similar population density.

Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island combined - 786 peeps/ sq mile
germany 609 peeps/ sq mile

yup
was right
so certainly the boston to dc corridor should all be underground ...
but but but that would cost money ...
yes, but would it cost as much as irene and sandy ?
sigh

Because the right wing has such a massive power base in New England. Why don't those shiny blue states raise taxes on their wealthy, sell some state bonds, and do it themselves? Who says the Feds have to do it?


Why should they use their money when they can use yours?
 
2012-11-02 08:18:36 PM
Okay mods, no more of these sad stories. We need more positive stories how awesome everything is going, and we have the best emergency time president ever.
 
2012-11-02 08:18:56 PM
Connecticutians
 
2012-11-02 08:20:13 PM

muck4doo: Okay mods, no more of these sad stories. We need more positive stories how awesome everything is going, and we have the best emergency time president ever.


Where do you get your news, man?
 
2012-11-02 08:20:55 PM

digitalrain: Connecticutians


Didgetistan.
 
2012-11-02 08:23:00 PM

muck4doo: Okay mods, no more of these sad stories. We need more positive stories how awesome everything is going, and we have the best emergency time president ever.


4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-11-02 08:31:18 PM

Indubitably: muck4doo: Okay mods, no more of these sad stories. We need more positive stories how awesome everything is going, and we have the best emergency time president ever.

Where do you get your news, man?


Daily Kos

MSNBC too. Ask Alex Wagner. This is a really good week for Obama.
 
2012-11-02 08:32:08 PM

Fista-Phobia: muck4doo: Okay mods, no more of these sad stories. We need more positive stories how awesome everything is going, and we have the best emergency time president ever.

[4.bp.blogspot.com image 362x263]


Are you happy seeing fake stories from faux news?
 
2012-11-02 08:41:59 PM

muck4doo: Fista-Phobia: muck4doo: Okay mods, no more of these sad stories. We need more positive stories how awesome everything is going, and we have the best emergency time president ever.

[4.bp.blogspot.com image 362x263]

Are you happy seeing fake stories from faux news?


Um... no? Best emergency time president, from a lexiconic standpoint, made me think of that scene.
 
2012-11-02 08:49:31 PM

muck4doo: Indubitably: muck4doo: Okay mods, no more of these sad stories. We need more positive stories how awesome everything is going, and we have the best emergency time president ever.

Where do you get your news, man?

Daily Kos

MSNBC too. Ask Alex Wagner. This is a really good week for Obama.


Your cynicism shows here.

Humans first, man.

Quit it.

*)
 
2012-11-02 09:02:17 PM

serpent_sky: kindms: The issue is the utility companies have slashed their utility crews to the bone. When I was a kid 70's - 80's we never saw the lengthy outages that are commonplace now. They all pull the crap of relying on neighboring states to fill the emergency need instead of having a decent amount of manpower to do the job.

These companies have created this situation. I agree the pole workers aren't to blame but like customer service they get to deal with it

These utility companies have always raised rates and continue to slash services like repair crews.

We have had 3 long outages in the past year. 8 days ,5 days and this last one 3 days. This was unheard of years ago.

Telling people not to expect power back until next weekend is BS. Lower manhattan is supposed to have full power by tonight

Seriously. It's been 5 days in our part of Stamford (no rich people here). I'm getting pissy. I'm tired and disoriented. Hungry. Cold as hell. I'm sitting in my car charging my phone now (my car that was hit by a bus not looking earlier today when I went to get gas. farking hell. ). CLP basically said " it's going to take a whole, no we don't know when, tough if you don't like it". It's not like I can go to the competition. They're it. Which is the real problem. If we could switch companies when shiat like this goes down, I guarantee they'd get their acts together. As it is, though, they know ill pay my clp bill when they send it once my power is restored. Though they can't even give us a hint as to when that will be.


I hope you get your power back soon. I am in the New London area and just got ours back this morning.
 
2012-11-02 09:04:02 PM
I'm a New Yorker born and raised. I moved to CT 20 years ago. I still call em "White bread." Does not apply to Bridgeport or Waterbury. Before the license plates changed I believe CT drivers were known by New Yorkers as "Blue platers."

After Alfred my block was without power for 12 days (Hartford County). We welcomed the utility workers from several different states with cheers, smiles, and praise. All 11 trucks of them. They're the ones who let us know they'd been cooling their heels at the shopping center up the road for 4 days before CL&P let them know we needed help. I sent CL&P outage notifications every 2 hours for 2 days this time.
 
2012-11-02 09:36:10 PM

naughtyrev: Connecticoonts?


WIN!
 
2012-11-02 09:38:20 PM
Delaweenians didn't stand a chance.
 
2012-11-02 09:39:56 PM
I'm surprised this isn't about the Northeast Utilities owned Connecticut Light & Power. They're horrible.
 
2012-11-02 09:43:12 PM

Fissile: KierzanDax: "...a fifth straight day after so-called superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast."

Wait, is Fox News trying to deny it was a superstorm, deny it was called Sandy or deny it hit the East Coast?

=============

Well, derp! Of course this was just a little wind. Typical 47% whiners who can't handle a little bit of inconvenience. Gimme, gimme, gimme....it's all these people know. First thing we need to do is get rid of this Obama-FEMA. Here's an example of the welfare whores who make up the 47%. Can you believe that the people living in this house in Union Beach, NJ already have their hands out! The nerve of these cretins!

[media.nj.com image 650x434]


That's one well built roof.
 
2012-11-02 09:52:59 PM
Bridgeport is a known crap hole of a city. Not in the least bit surprised.
 
2012-11-02 10:00:18 PM
It's quite satisfying to watch the liberal posters in this thread getting their arses handed to them, and watching how they ignore the salient posts of the non-dysfunctional. Liberals want the nanny state, but when nanny lets them down, they throw eggs? Children. I went 12 days without power in a Western Kentucky ice storm a few years ago. Did it suck? Yes. Did I have tantrums? No. Weasels.
 
2012-11-02 10:05:51 PM
Maybe people in CT are just rude? I lived there twice. The rudest, least caring people I have ever met (and I have lived all over the US). The first day there, I almost got thrown out of a grocery store for saying "Hi" to customers. This was by the grocery store manager. People had actually complained that I was talking to them, and acknowledging their existence. In 2 years, I met a handful of people who were outgoing and nice, that was it. The rest of the people were either assholes or people who were terrified that you were trying to take something from them. I'll take the south any day. People here always welcome others, and would never assault those here to help.
 
2012-11-02 10:06:34 PM

Friction8r: It's quite satisfying to watch the liberal posters in this thread getting their arses handed to them, and watching how they ignore the salient posts of the non-dysfunctional. Liberals want the nanny state, but when nanny lets them down, they throw eggs? Children. I went 12 days without power in a Western Kentucky ice storm a few years ago. Did it suck? Yes. Did I have tantrums? No. Weasels.


I find it most interesting how you read what you wanted to read...

P.S. Yer fuked in the future, much like me. We are fuked.
 
2012-11-02 10:08:30 PM
Connecticut is, was and always shall be a shiathole. Just check out Hartford for proof.

Simply vile.
 
2012-11-02 10:13:51 PM

Indubitably: Friction8r: It's quite satisfying to watch the liberal posters in this thread getting their arses handed to them, and watching how they ignore the salient posts of the non-dysfunctional. Liberals want the nanny state, but when nanny lets them down, they throw eggs? Children. I went 12 days without power in a Western Kentucky ice storm a few years ago. Did it suck? Yes. Did I have tantrums? No. Weasels.

I find it most interesting how you read what you wanted to read...

P.S. Yer fuked in the future, much like me. We are fuked.


How are we fuked? That ice storm sucked, but now it's gonna get worse? Do clarify if ya have a moment...
 
2012-11-02 10:15:46 PM

Friction8r: Indubitably: Friction8r: It's quite satisfying to watch the liberal posters in this thread getting their arses handed to them, and watching how they ignore the salient posts of the non-dysfunctional. Liberals want the nanny state, but when nanny lets them down, they throw eggs? Children. I went 12 days without power in a Western Kentucky ice storm a few years ago. Did it suck? Yes. Did I have tantrums? No. Weasels.

I find it most interesting how you read what you wanted to read...

P.S. Yer fuked in the future, much like me. We are fuked.

How are we fuked? That ice storm sucked, but now it's gonna get worse? Do clarify if ya have a moment...


Look, for the record: I always speak metaphorically. Allegory, man.

I am Indubitably.
 
2012-11-02 10:17:44 PM
A weak, category 1, people. cat 1. And you haven't gone 5 days without power. We should sell the whole northeastern US to Greenland. What a bunch of pu$$ies. CAT 1 and you're crying like the world has come to an end.

Resilient my a$$.
 
2012-11-02 10:33:53 PM

Scott_Free: Maybe people in CT are just rude? I lived there twice. The rudest, least caring people I have ever met (and I have lived all over the US). The first day there, I almost got thrown out of a grocery store for saying "Hi" to customers.


Well you obviously didn't greet them with the proper etiquette learned by young Connecticutions.
It's starts by not pretending to be a Walmart greeter... especially if you're not in Walmart.
Next, don't make eye contact before speaking to someone. Because only crazy people (New Yorker's) do that.
And if you speak with a dialect outside of the tri-state area we don't know what the fark your saying.
 
2012-11-02 10:37:05 PM

Friction8r: It's quite satisfying to watch the liberal posters in this thread getting their arses handed to them, and watching how they ignore the salient posts of the non-dysfunctional. Liberals want the nanny state, but when nanny lets them down, they throw eggs? Children. I went 12 days without power in a Western Kentucky ice storm a few years ago. Did it suck? Yes. Did I have tantrums? No. Weasels.


I have to ask: What was more frustrating? Not having anyone to throw eggs at or not having eggs?
 
2012-11-02 11:16:58 PM
... Now I want to call my brother and see if he has had eggs thrown at him. He is a linesman currently out in Connecticut. They staged his crew there just before the storm hit so they'd be ready to start fixing the lines as soon as the storm was over.

He's been out on a lot of storm breaks this year. He has had a few stories about stupid people- both those in charge of getting the crews their orders and the people they are trying to help.
 
2012-11-02 11:17:46 PM

Schfanzst!: Friction8r: It's quite satisfying to watch the liberal posters in this thread getting their arses handed to them, and watching how they ignore the salient posts of the non-dysfunctional. Liberals want the nanny state, but when nanny lets them down, they throw eggs? Children. I went 12 days without power in a Western Kentucky ice storm a few years ago. Did it suck? Yes. Did I have tantrums? No. Weasels.

I have to ask: What was more frustrating? Not having anyone to throw eggs at or not having eggs?



Idiots.

Eggs are one of the few food items we normally refrigerate that will keep well for a few days without power.


/They should have thrown the ham
 
2012-11-02 11:19:04 PM

Hoboclown: "Clearly people took to heart what they heard, even though it was not factual," West said of the reported incidents Wednesday. "We don't choose favorites."

That's not exactly true. My power's been out since Monday (suburb outside of Bridgeport), and while all of the stores and businesses in the town have been restored my whole residential neighborhood is still untouched. There's probably some sort of valid reason to get them up and running first, but you don't get to also say you aren't choosing who you fix first.



Suburbs' power lines likely radiate from more central branches of the power network that run through the town. They may not be able to figure out where all the breaks are before dealing first with the town, and besides, without the more central parts fixed first, you wouldn't get power anyway.
 
2012-11-02 11:22:59 PM

Friction8r: It's quite satisfying to watch the liberal posters in this thread getting their arses handed to them, and watching how they ignore the salient posts of the non-dysfunctional. Liberals want the nanny state, but when nanny lets them down, they throw eggs? Children. I went 12 days without power in a Western Kentucky ice storm a few years ago. Did it suck? Yes. Did I have tantrums? No. Weasels.



Thank you for that mature and helpful post. Clearly all the "weasels" have much to learn about calm, rational discourse from you.
 
2012-11-02 11:27:02 PM
I've been up here in north east Maryland for the past two weeks. The people here got together, worked together, and fixed their problems. Why can't you stay classy Connecticut?
27.media.tumblr.com
 
2012-11-02 11:41:04 PM
Nutmugger?
 
2012-11-03 12:40:45 AM

PawisBetlog: I swear, between this and the story about both parties lawyering up, and being shoulder to shoulder with tea party activists and other people with extreme views, I start to wonder if we are headed toward an honest to goodness civil war. Not a military conflict mind you, something much more drawn out and damaging.

Things just seem to be drifting further and further apart, at the same time our core problems are getting worse and worse. problems that will require consensus and shared sacrifice to truly solve.

Hopefully a month or two after the election dies down I'll be able to ignore it for a few years, but if this election is contested for any length of time, watch out. It seems like it could get very very ugly.

\hope I'm being glass half empty guy.


You're the problem. Christ there used to be a day when you could have a FARK thread without some tard bringing politics into it.

Get off my lawn I guess

Why even mention it if it bothers you
 
2012-11-03 01:49:06 AM
Don't like it, move to a better neighborhood. The people who should get help first are those that use it the most...you know, actual deserving people. Those people who are using a trifle here and there to operate their meth kitchen can hang. Tough break.
 
2012-11-03 02:05:50 AM

This text is now purple: fluffy2097: I mean. "We will no longer provide power to your city. At all. Find some other utility company to set up a brand new infrastructure, because we're gonna take what we own and leave you farkers in the stone age where you belong."

The state authority usually takes issue with that.


"we do not feel the state can provide us with the needed protection to keep our linesmen from being assaulted or murdered while on the job.Therefore we exercise our right to refuse to service. "
 
2012-11-03 02:23:31 AM

cgraves67: If I was the power company workers and they started throwing eggs at me, I'd leave. If they want their power restored, they can be respectful. They don't have to be happy, they can complain loudly, but the line workers putting in long shifts are not the guys to throw eggs at.


Agreed. +1
These addresses would automatically find themselves at the bottom of the list.
 
2012-11-03 03:03:31 AM

ArcadianRefugee: fluffy2097: Fissile: In every civilized country, utility cables are buried under ground. My relatives in Europe can't believe that the US has such a primitive electric/phone system.

Think about how large the USA is compared to any country in Europe.

[farm4.staticflickr.com image 500x365]


as an American, this sort of sentiment confuses me. America is too big to have proper infrastructure? we are Americans, FFS. quit making excuses and get shiat done.

sooner, rather than later.
 
2012-11-03 03:49:02 AM

Insurgent: ArcadianRefugee: fluffy2097: Fissile: In every civilized country, utility cables are buried under ground. My relatives in Europe can't believe that the US has such a primitive electric/phone system.

Think about how large the USA is compared to any country in Europe.

[farm4.staticflickr.com image 500x365]

as an American, this sort of sentiment confuses me. America is too big to have proper infrastructure? we are Americans, FFS. quit making excuses and get shiat done.

sooner, rather than later.


Lack of money is a pretty good excuse.
 
2012-11-03 05:02:30 AM

Mr. Breeze: Insurgent: ArcadianRefugee: fluffy2097: Fissile: In every civilized country, utility cables are buried under ground. My relatives in Europe can't believe that the US has such a primitive electric/phone system.

Think about how large the USA is compared to any country in Europe.

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as an American, this sort of sentiment confuses me. America is too big to have proper infrastructure? we are Americans, FFS. quit making excuses and get shiat done.

sooner, rather than later.

Lack of money is a pretty good excuse.


We could have spent the money we did have on that instead of two pointless wars.
 
2012-11-03 05:10:05 AM

Fissile: In every civilized country, utility cables are buried under ground. My relatives in Europe can't believe that the US has such a primitive electric/phone system.


That's because here in the good old USA, when a public service such as communications or electricity needs to be put in, everyone and their mothers has to get their two cents in and their two dollars out. These companies have to deal with so many rights of way, "private property" assholes, NIMBYs, and other obstructions, bullsh*t and antiquated laws that it's cheaper to put a pole up and string wires that are removable rather than put something in that was permanent.

Mr. Breeze: Insurgent: ArcadianRefugee: fluffy2097: Fissile: In every civilized country, utility cables are buried under ground. My relatives in Europe can't believe that the US has such a primitive electric/phone system.

Think about how large the USA is compared to any country in Europe.

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as an American, this sort of sentiment confuses me. America is too big to have proper infrastructure? we are Americans, FFS. quit making excuses and get shiat done.

sooner, rather than later.

Lack of money is a pretty good excuse.


So what were last year's profits for communications companies again?

As Verizon Demands Huge Cuts To Worker Benefits, Its Profits Soar And Its CEO Gets $18 Million In Compensation
Defying Doubters, AT&T Profit Rises 39%

It was the same for Comcast, Cox communications, every single telecom and cable company in 2011 and will be again in 2012. They have collectively stashed billions away over the years, plus we taxpayers gave them assloads of our money to upgrade their systems, which they promptly gave to their shareholders and executives.

This is why we need to build the system out the way it should be, at taxpayers expense if need be, and let anyone who wants to rent space on the fiber. This would not only boost speeds to where they are supposed to be everywhere, but will foster an era of competition the likes of which this country has never seen before. Imagine having what some people call "fast internet" in this country (3-5 mbps) as the cheapest tier of service, for less than the cost of what the least expensive dial up is now.

Of course that would utterly destroy the profit-making scam machine the communications are running now, so they and their lobbyists will not let that happen. Ever.

There is no lack of money.
There are no excuses.
There is only profit.
 
2012-11-03 05:40:40 AM
I hate to say this but I can't think of any reason why the repair crews would start in the poorest section of town anyway. How concerned do you think they are about $6.00 worth of bologna and government cheese going bad?

I think they work on Hospitals, Government buildings, and businesses, and then fan out to repair the quick fixes first as they triage other areas and get everyone else back online.

Be serious.
 
2012-11-03 06:36:01 AM

pissedoffmick: NkThrasher: Cheron: Connecticuter? I've lived here almost 50 years and I don't think I've ever heard anyone use that. It has always been nutmeggers

I grew up as a New Hampshirite, we always used Connecticutian.

/bonus points if anyone knows a demonym for Mass that isn't 'Masshole' without looking it up

"Baystatahs" - no?


It's the curse with naming your state after old Indian names, you can't make it sound right no matter what you use.

\Bay Stater
\\Thank God I'm not a Rhode Islander
 
2012-11-03 06:55:13 AM

rewind2846: Fissile: In every civilized country, utility cables are buried under ground. My relatives in Europe can't believe that the US has such a primitive electric/phone system.

That's because here in the good old USA, when a public service such as communications or electricity needs to be put in, everyone and their mothers has to get their two cents in and their two dollars out. These companies have to deal with so many rights of way, "private property" assholes, NIMBYs, and other obstructions, bullsh*t and antiquated laws that it's cheaper to put a pole up and string wires that are removable rather than put something in that was permanent.

Mr. Breeze: Insurgent: ArcadianRefugee: fluffy2097: Fissile: In every civilized country, utility cables are buried under ground. My relatives in Europe can't believe that the US has such a primitive electric/phone system.

Think about how large the USA is compared to any country in Europe.

[farm4.staticflickr.com image 500x365]

as an American, this sort of sentiment confuses me. America is too big to have proper infrastructure? we are Americans, FFS. quit making excuses and get shiat done.

sooner, rather than later.

Lack of money is a pretty good excuse.

So what were last year's profits for communications companies again?

As Verizon Demands Huge Cuts To Worker Benefits, Its Profits Soar And Its CEO Gets $18 Million In Compensation
Defying Doubters, AT&T Profit Rises 39%

It was the same for Comcast, Cox communications, every single telecom and cable company in 2011 and will be again in 2012. They have collectively stashed billions away over the years, plus we taxpayers gave them assloads of our money to upgrade their systems, which they promptly gave to their shareholders and executives.

This is why we need to build the system out the way it should be, at taxpayers expense if need be, and let anyone who wants to rent space on the fiber. This would not only boost speeds to where they are supposed to be everywhere, but will fost ...


Where the hell are we, as taxpayers, going to get the money for that? And keep in mind, tax dollars would only end up paying government contractors to do this work, which means it would cost a lot more in the long run. Hell, our government would probably contract the job out to Comcast, Cox and Verizon at a hefty markup, because profit.
 
2012-11-03 08:08:04 AM
Connect? I can't.
 
2012-11-03 08:34:19 AM

Soulcatcher: I hate to say this but I can't think of any reason why the repair crews would start in the poorest section of town anyway. How concerned do you think they are about $6.00 worth of bologna and government cheese going bad?

I think they work on Hospitals, Government buildings, and businesses, and then fan out to repair the quick fixes first as they triage other areas and get everyone else back online.

Be serious.


Realistically that is what happens. They prioritise key infrastructure and deal with everything else as they get to it based on what needs to be done. If that means light damage in a wealthy neighborhood would take a crew an hour to fix versus completely rewiring a poor neighborhood that might take weeks. That's just how it farking works. Pulling that one truck out of the rich neighborhood for an hour is not going to make the other place go faster. And it makes sense to fix things that are easily fixed and restore power where you can. Instead of farking everyone equally because some areas were hit really hard. Property values are not a big factor.
 
2012-11-03 10:06:30 AM
During one of the last major winter storms in the Midwest, people in St. Louis were firing upon Ameren workers. You all need to step up your game. Eggs really aren't on the same scale as small arms.
 
2012-11-03 11:47:54 AM

PawisBetlog: I swear, between this and the story about both parties lawyering up, and being shoulder to shoulder with tea party activists and other people with extreme views, I start to wonder if we are headed toward an honest to goodness civil war. Not a military conflict mind you, something much more drawn out and damaging.

Things just seem to be drifting further and further apart, at the same time our core problems are getting worse and worse. problems that will require consensus and shared sacrifice to truly solve.

Hopefully a month or two after the election dies down I'll be able to ignore it for a few years, but if this election is contested for any length of time, watch out. It seems like it could get very very ugly.

\hope I'm being glass half empty guy.



I'm 51 with no kids and glad of it.
 
2012-11-03 12:16:28 PM

rewind2846: Fissile: In every civilized country, utility cables are buried under ground. My relatives in Europe can't believe that the US has such a primitive electric/phone system.

That's because here in the good old USA, when a public service such as communications or electricity needs to be put in, everyone and their mothers has to get their two cents in and their two dollars out. These companies have to deal with so many rights of way, "private property" assholes, NIMBYs, and other obstructions, bullsh*t and antiquated laws that it's cheaper to put a pole up and string wires that are removable rather than put something in that was permanent.

Mr. Breeze: Insurgent: ArcadianRefugee: fluffy2097: Fissile: In every civilized country, utility cables are buried under ground. My relatives in Europe can't believe that the US has such a primitive electric/phone system.

Think about how large the USA is compared to any country in Europe.

[farm4.staticflickr.com image 500x365]

as an American, this sort of sentiment confuses me. America is too big to have proper infrastructure? we are Americans, FFS. quit making excuses and get shiat done.

sooner, rather than later.

Lack of money is a pretty good excuse.

So what were last year's profits for communications companies again?

As Verizon Demands Huge Cuts To Worker Benefits, Its Profits Soar And Its CEO Gets $18 Million In Compensation
Defying Doubters, AT&T Profit Rises 39%

It was the same for Comcast, Cox communications, every single telecom and cable company in 2011 and will be again in 2012. They have collectively stashed billions away over the years, plus we taxpayers gave them assloads of our money to upgrade their systems, which they promptly gave to their shareholders and executives.

This is why we need to build the system out the way it should be, at taxpayers expense if need be, and let anyone who wants to rent space on the fiber. This would not only boost speeds to where they are supposed to be everywhere, but will fost ...


Why do the Feds have to do it? If that's what you think will work, lobby for it at the state or local level. As I pointed out when someone said we needed to build an underground power grid, and he tried to make it sound like evil right wingers were keeping that from happening. If you live in a blue state, like most of the north eastern states that were so badly effected, your legislatures could tax the shait out of your rich folks, and pass laws building that infrastructure. Why make everyone else in the country pay for it if they don't want to?
 
2012-11-03 02:53:46 PM

Mr. Breeze: Where the hell are we, as taxpayers, going to get the money for that? And keep in mind, tax dollars would only end up paying government contractors to do this work, which means it would cost a lot more in the long run. Hell, our government would probably contract the job out to Comcast, Cox and Verizon at a hefty markup, because profit.


The same place we got the money for the TVA and rebuilding (poorly) Iraq. How many billions per MONTH did we pour down that sandy sh*thole with nary a peep from the deficit doomsayers, as long as it was a republican administration that was doing the pouring?
We got electricity and phone service to virtually every standing structure in this nation AND to Alaska and Hawaii, and we can do the same with other communications services. If the services are going to be contracted out, do it as we did with projects like the Hoover Dam - lowest bidder, concrete deadlines, they lose money if they don't finish on time with bonuses if they finish early, and make it so that as they go through each area the local laws, NIMBYs and petty politicians are cleared out beforehand. Just get it done.

devildog123: Why do the Feds have to do it? If that's what you think will work, lobby for it at the state or local level.


See my explanation above with regards to all the local laws and other bullsh*t that would get the way of such a massive overhaul of the system. Everyone wants their own little kingdom, and local politicians and lawmakers are known for being some of the most capricious and petty dictators and wanna-be kings imaginable. Ever sat in on a city council or county board meeting? Some of these morans make the US congress seem like the most mature adults in the room. Local control and its resulting monopolies are the main reason why basic digital cable service has tripled in price in the last 10 years, and is outpacing inflation. Too many little hands in the pie, each wanting their little slice.

This needs to be done on a national level simply to avoid as much of this petty bullsh*t as humanly possible. People need to remember that they are citizens of the United States Of America (as in "the whole farking country"), not just their little state or county or the few blocks their school district covers, and act like it.
 
2012-11-03 07:44:29 PM

Demetrius: In Bridgeport? I'm not surprised.


Came to say this.

Born in CT, dragged to FL summer before senior year of high school. Been stuck here ever since. Im not such a fan of snow, but Id really like to get out of FL to somewhere a bit cooler, preferably with a better job market. Maybe the Carolinas.
 
2012-11-05 06:50:37 PM
Move inland.

The penis shrinks.

Please vote for President Obama to defeat dumb and "Vivagrow".
 
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