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2012-11-02 04:17:29 PM
15 votes:
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 04:00:40 PM
14 votes:
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 12:51:07 PM
6 votes:
New Yorkers.
2012-11-02 12:48:42 PM
6 votes:
Connecticoonts?
2012-11-02 06:41:41 PM
5 votes:
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 04:51:41 PM
4 votes:

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 01:12:14 PM
4 votes:
As usual
2012-11-02 04:23:24 PM
3 votes:

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 04:20:21 PM
3 votes:
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 04:19:13 PM
3 votes:
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 04:18:03 PM
3 votes:
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 04:17:57 PM
3 votes:
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 04:17:30 PM
3 votes:
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 06:15:15 PM
2 votes:

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 05:48:40 PM
2 votes:
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 05:13:10 PM
2 votes:
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 05:11:50 PM
2 votes:

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 05:11:46 PM
2 votes:

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 05:02:56 PM
2 votes:
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 04:54:58 PM
2 votes:
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 04:52:55 PM
2 votes:
America: Where even homeless refugees have spare food to throw at the people who are trying to help them.
2012-11-02 04:44:17 PM
2 votes:

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 04:39:26 PM
2 votes:
WTF???

Demographics

Oh.
2012-11-02 04:36:40 PM
2 votes:
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 04:32:50 PM
2 votes:
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 04:26:54 PM
2 votes:
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 04:20:42 PM
2 votes:

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 04:20:41 PM
2 votes:

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 04:13:38 PM
2 votes:
Stay classy, Bridgeport.
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-11-02 01:42:29 PM
2 votes:
Nutmeggers become eggers.
2012-11-02 11:19:04 PM
1 votes:

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 10:05:51 PM
1 votes:
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 10:00:18 PM
1 votes:
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 08:14:40 PM
1 votes:

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 07:50:38 PM
1 votes:

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 07:41:47 PM
1 votes:

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 07:30:53 PM
1 votes:
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 07:23:22 PM
1 votes:
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 06:36:06 PM
1 votes:

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 06:13:49 PM
1 votes:

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.



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

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 06:09:58 PM
1 votes:

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 06:08:04 PM
1 votes:

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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2012-11-02 05:59:18 PM
1 votes:
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 05:52:31 PM
1 votes:
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 05:46:16 PM
1 votes:

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 05:41:57 PM
1 votes:

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 05:22:21 PM
1 votes:

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 05:20:25 PM
1 votes:
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 05:12:07 PM
1 votes:

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 05:10:49 PM
1 votes:

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 05:06:39 PM
1 votes:

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 04:53:04 PM
1 votes:

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 04:51:31 PM
1 votes:
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 04:50:51 PM
1 votes:
I'm stationed at SubBase NewLondon and I approve this thread.
2012-11-02 04:44:11 PM
1 votes:

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 04:41:02 PM
1 votes:
"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 04:39:42 PM
1 votes:
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 04:35:44 PM
1 votes:

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 04:32:45 PM
1 votes:
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 04:31:57 PM
1 votes:

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 04:29:36 PM
1 votes:

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 04:23:04 PM
1 votes:

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


Masshat?
2012-11-02 04:21:09 PM
1 votes:
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 04:19:06 PM
1 votes:
We're talking about Bridgeport here... SSDD..
2012-11-02 04:17:20 PM
1 votes:
Half of Connecticut loses power during an ordinary thunderstorm, so this is hardly a surprise.
2012-11-02 04:16:50 PM
1 votes:

Gecko Gingrich: New Yorkers.


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

/Connecticutlets?
2012-11-02 02:30:23 PM
1 votes:
The female of the species prefers Connecticuties.
 
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