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(SFGate)   Mysterious radiation leak caused by (a) rusty containers, (b) tsunami, (c) using wrong brand of kitty litter   (sfgate.com) divider line 24
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2014-05-13 09:26:52 PM
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It has begun.
 
2014-05-13 11:44:31 PM
How can they blame it on kitty litter and not mention what brand?
 
2014-05-13 11:44:37 PM
So was the change due to a cost savings effort, some bizarre "save the environment by using organic" logic, or someone who wanted a specific brand of kitty litter to steal for her 40 cats?
 
2014-05-14 12:03:47 AM
If you've ever seen my cat's litter box after she uses it, you'd believe it could eat through titanium wholeheartedly too.

/I am so getting clawed to death tonight for this...
 
2014-05-14 12:13:07 AM
I got a cat that'll make your nose melt down
 
2014-05-14 12:47:30 AM
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2014-05-14 12:55:30 AM
It couldn't be the organic kitty litter - they said it was a chemical reaction, but organic means it doesn't have any chemicals!
 
2014-05-14 12:57:14 AM
I blame cats.
 
2014-05-14 01:01:50 AM
This is why we used to just dump the crap in the river.

The rivers only caught fire once, or twice, and everything eventually ended up in Canada, or Mexico, so it was never an issue.
 
2014-05-14 01:21:36 AM
Initial investigations into both accidents have blamed them on a slow erosion of the safety culture at the 15-year-old, multi-billion-dollar site.

All jokes about kitty litter aside, it was this. I highly recommend Diane Vaughn's "Challenger Launch Decision" for an incredibly detailed analysis of the "normalization of deviance" that leads to decisions like switching to cheaper brands of absorbent (kitty litter or not) that result in acres of radioactive leakage all over the desert.
 
2014-05-14 01:31:15 AM

dv-ous: It couldn't be the organic kitty litter - they said it was a chemical reaction, but organic means it doesn't have any chemicals!


It might have been vegan kitty litter.
 
2014-05-14 01:40:58 AM

Mitch Mitchell: dv-ous: It couldn't be the organic kitty litter - they said it was a chemical reaction, but organic means it doesn't have any chemicals!

It might have been vegan kitty litter.


I won't eat it unless it's gluten-free.
 
2014-05-14 01:48:25 AM

Mr. Eugenides: So was the change due to a cost savings effort, some bizarre "save the environment by using organic" logic, or someone who wanted a specific brand of kitty litter to steal for her 40 cats?


Possibilities:

At the lab: "Nobody told us what kind to use, and this is what we had on hand."

At the store: "Hey! This pine based stuff is so much lighter! I'm gonna save my back!"

Over lunch: "Say, we pay for waste disposal by weight, right? So why add clay to it?"
 
2014-05-14 01:55:50 AM
Is it Caturday already?  My how time flies...never mind.
 
2014-05-14 02:01:20 AM

Slam1263: This is why we used to just dump the crap in the river.

The rivers only caught fire once, or twice, and everything eventually ended up in Canada, or Mexico, so it was never an issue.


Was it anything like this??img.fark.net
 
2014-05-14 02:11:49 AM
Kitty-caused radiation leak?
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We should be fine, don't worry.
 
2014-05-14 03:22:57 AM
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2014-05-14 05:05:19 AM

I highly recommend Diane Vaughn's "Challenger Launch Decision" for an incredibly detailed analysis of the "normalization of deviance"


Well, this could be another 'going green' decision like the shuttle tank insulation change. That always ends well.

 
2014-05-14 06:37:05 AM

Gyrfalcon: Initial investigations into both accidents have blamed them on a slow erosion of the safety culture at the 15-year-old, multi-billion-dollar site.

All jokes about kitty litter aside, it was this. I highly recommend Diane Vaughn's "Challenger Launch Decision" for an incredibly detailed analysis of the "normalization of deviance" that leads to decisions like switching to cheaper brands of absorbent (kitty litter or not) that result in acres of radioactive leakage all over the desert.


I agree... that book was an explosive read.
 
2014-05-14 08:54:13 AM

fusillade762: [img2.wikia.nocookie.net image 768x576]

It has begun.


farking excellent.  You made my morning.
 
2014-05-14 09:09:51 AM

E5bie: Mr. Eugenides: So was the change due to a cost savings effort, some bizarre "save the environment by using organic" logic, or someone who wanted a specific brand of kitty litter to steal for her 40 cats?

Possibilities:

At the lab: "Nobody told us what kind to use, and this is what we had on hand."

At the store: "Hey! This pine based stuff is so much lighter! I'm gonna save my back!"

Over lunch: "Say, we pay for waste disposal by weight, right? So why add clay to it?"


Probably a combination of all three. Most likely when a salesman responded to a RFP for absorbent and pitched his stuff as lighter, more absorbent then clay, and good for the environment.

The contracting officer, being neither a chemist nor a nuclear engineer, said Hey, great! We'll go with that then!
The people loading the drums are happy, because this stuff is a lot easier to work with. They are also neither chemists nor nuclear engineers, they assume those guys (the engineers and the chemists) have signed off on this new stuff because they're the ones that know if it is going to react badly with the stuff in the drums.
 
2014-05-14 09:29:19 AM
So.....what I take away from this is don't live anywhere near Carlsbad, New Mexico. Oh, yeah....and sometimes organic is not always the better choice.

/ Yeah, nuclear power never was a good idea, IMHO. Not so safe really.....
 
2014-05-14 10:18:46 AM

E5bie: Mr. Eugenides: So was the change due to a cost savings effort, some bizarre "save the environment by using organic" logic, or someone who wanted a specific brand of kitty litter to steal for her 40 cats?

Possibilities:

At the lab: "Nobody told us what kind to use, and this is what we had on hand."

At the store: "Hey! This pine based stuff is so much lighter! I'm gonna save my back!"

Over lunch: "Say, we pay for waste disposal by weight, right? So why add clay to it?"


He was using Brand X!
www.scifinow.co.uk
 
2014-05-14 10:29:53 AM

buzzcut73: Probably a combination of all three. Most likely when a salesman responded to a RFP for absorbent and pitched his stuff as lighter, more absorbent then clay, and good for the environment.


Reminds me of this:
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