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September 26, 2013

Ever find yourself out in the woods with a dead USB-powered device? Fortunately, someone’s thought of that, and that something is called the FlameStower. And of course there’s a Kickstarter. Nothing like giving your phone a charge with some fire.

9:33 // 9 months ago
June 3, 2013

Hundreds of thousands of Ford vehicles recalled over safety concerns

  • 390K Ford vehicles are being recalled due to a fuel tank leak that the automobile manufacturer says could result in a fire. More than 600 complaints had been submitted to Ford as of March 31, about a variety of 2013 vehicles including the Explorer, Taurus, and Fusion. source
15:29 // 1 year ago
December 22, 2012
Because it’s that time of season, here’s a yule log. GIF by me, fire by my fiancée. — Ernie @ SFB
(Taken with Cinemagram)

Because it’s that time of season, here’s a yule log. GIF by me, fire by my fiancée. — Ernie @ SFB

(Taken with Cinemagram)

19:44 // 1 year ago
November 25, 2012
inothernews:

A fire inside a multi-story garment factory outside Dhaka, Bangladesh killed at least 111 people.  Most of the workers inside the building died on the first and second floors, where there were not enough exits — and those that did exist did not open to the outside.  Bangladesh is the second largest clothes exporter after China, and has a notorious safety record; more than 500 workers have died in factory fires there since 2006.  (Photo: Abir Abdullah / EPA via The New York Times)

The factory stricken by this deadly fire was producing clothing for Tazreen Fashion Ltd., which was sold, among other places, at Switzerland’s discount C&A chain.

inothernews:

A fire inside a multi-story garment factory outside Dhaka, Bangladesh killed at least 111 people.  Most of the workers inside the building died on the first and second floors, where there were not enough exits — and those that did exist did not open to the outside.  Bangladesh is the second largest clothes exporter after China, and has a notorious safety record; more than 500 workers have died in factory fires there since 2006.  (Photo: Abir Abdullah / EPA via The New York Times)

The factory stricken by this deadly fire was producing clothing for Tazreen Fashion Ltd., which was sold, among other places, at Switzerland’s discount C&A chain.

20:10 // 1 year ago
September 18, 2012

climateadaptation:

Fire tornado. Australia, land of killer death things.

Combining two of our greatest nature-related fears into one super-fear.

21:39 // 1 year ago
August 6, 2012

climateadaptation:

Breaking: Huge fire at Chevron oil refinery in Richmond, California. Residents told to close windows and stay indoors. This same refinery caught fire about 10 years ago.

NBC; Mercury News; KCRA; SFGate

Keeping an eye on this. @ProducerMatthew has been tweeting about this heavily in the past half-hor.

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22:40 // 1 year ago
June 27, 2012
bobbycaputo:

think-progress:

32,000 flee Colorado Springs as wildfires worsen. Gov. John Hickenlooper said “It was like looking at the worst movie set you could imagine.”
Photo via @scottseibold

Damn, That looks like a volcanic eruption, not a wildfire. 

Why is it that beauty and destruction go so uncomfortably hand-in-hand at times? This looks like an epic Photoshop job, not something affecting thousands of people’s lives. By the way, this blaze doubled in size overnight, to over 24 square miles.

bobbycaputo:

think-progress:

32,000 flee Colorado Springs as wildfires worsen. Gov. John Hickenlooper said “It was like looking at the worst movie set you could imagine.”

Photo via @scottseibold

Damn, That looks like a volcanic eruption, not a wildfire. 

Why is it that beauty and destruction go so uncomfortably hand-in-hand at times? This looks like an epic Photoshop job, not something affecting thousands of people’s lives. By the way, this blaze doubled in size overnight, to over 24 square miles.

10:17 // 2 years ago
May 28, 2012

Tibetans resort to self-immolation in Chinese government protests

  • 34 Tibetans have set themselves on fire since March alone source

» Two separate incidents in Tibet on Monday: The self-immolation incidents quickly raised tensions near the Buddhist temple in Lhasa, leading many to believe that the tide is turning against Chinese rule in the region. ”For the Chinese authorities, it has very serious implications and suggests that the movement is spreading among Tibetans,” said Robbie Barnett, an expert on Tibet at Columbia University. ”It could lead to an increased severity of restrictions and controls.” One note: Most of the self-immolation incidents listed above didn’t take place in Tibet, but in Tibetan-populated areas in southwestern China.

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11:12 // 2 years ago
February 16, 2012

Many Honduran prisoners caught in fire weren’t charged or convicted

New revelations on Honduran prison fire: As we mentioned yesterday, the most lethal prison fire in the last century took place Tuesday in Honduras, at a prison in Comayagua. Since then some startling and grisly facts have come out, which speak to the sad state of legal affairs in Honduras, as well as to the staggering overcrowding and understaffing of their facilities – of the 800 or so inmates at Comayagua, 57% were being held without charge or were awaiting trial, most on suspicion of gang membership. During the fire, only six guards were on duty, just one of whom held the keys for every prison cell. source

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14:09 // 2 years ago
February 15, 2012

Prison fire in Honduras leads to terrible death toll

  • 359 inmates killed during a huge fire at a prison in Honduras source

» Crowded chaos: The fire started yesterday night at the prison in Comayagua, with authorities believing, by another prisoner’s report, that an inmate started the blaze by igniting their mattress. Honduras is a state plagued by high rates of crime (the United Nations says it has the world’s highest murder rate), which has caused its prisons to be absurdly overstuffed, and many are old and dilapidated. Angry relatives of the inmates gathered outside the prison this morning, protesting and at times trying to force their way in; police responded by firing tear gas. President Porfirio Lobo pledged to “take urgent measures to deal with this tragedy, which has plunged all Hondurans into mourning.”

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20:00 // 2 years ago