Thursday, December 17, 2009

The woods are burning, alright

Here is a long long long article about fire fighting in some parts of America.I'll wait while you read it.
Crikey it's long, huh?
This is a truly amazing and somewhat unnerving look at the future which is where America lives, from our perspective on the edge of the universe.
The key innovation by Chief Sam’s own employer, Firebreak Spray Systems of Hood River, Oregon, was to work for the insurance industry, not the government. Founded by entrepreneur Jim Aamodt, who invented the sprayers that keep produce fresh at the supermarket, and Stan Brock, a former tackle for the New Orleans Saints, Firebreak has a proprietary system to coat houses with liquefied Phos-Chek—the same chemical retardant used by the Forest Service and first developed in the 1960s by Monsanto. In 2005, Firebreak went to work for AIG’s insurance division, now called Chartis Insurance

The article gets a little bogged down by the descriptions of what happened but the main point stands.
If you're not an AIG customer these guys will let your house burn.
It's sort of summed up in this passage in the article
We had barely stepped into the parking lot when a woman came running up, begging for help. Suddenly, we were all running into the Rite-Aid. A girl in line for the register had collapsed. She was lying on the floor, surrounded by a crowd. George kneeled down, speaking to her in Spanish. She was having an asthma attack, he said. He was about to move her when three LAFD firefighters, responding to someone’s 911 call, rushed through the door. Three men in yellow looked at three other men in yellow. There was an awkward pause. “We’re gonna let you guys have it,” George said, and we left to find the fire.

It's a tad unnerving.


ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Beds, burning, and such as.

Smut Clyde said...

No good, ITTDGY --
This video contains content from Vevo, who has decided to block it in your country.

Smut Clyde said...

When cities are on fire with rock and roll, should one turn to the private or the public sector?

Another Kiwi said...

If the city was built on Rock 'n' Roll, it would probably be a municipal concern

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

One needs a Marshall Plan, Smut.

Smut Clyde said...

You have to watch out for the heat from below, which can burn your eyes out.

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

who's it burnin for, Smut?

Is it Burnin for You?

Smut Clyde said...

It is a fire of unknown origin.

tigris said...

You have to watch out for the heat from below, which can burn your eyes out.

So when they said it would make you go blind they were telling the truth?!!

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

Smut has been Cursed by a Hidden Mirror, tigris.

M. Bouffant said...

Considering my heart color & lip temperature, I'll have to go w/ the corporate sector.