June 28, 2005

Hear No Evil, See No Evil...

Last week, there was an explosion at a plant in St. Louis. It was spectacular enough to make national news, yet the plant followed its internal procedures for the event of a disaster, and no one was seriously injured. No one was killed.

The company's name is Praxair. It can be easily found on the web by typing "Praxair" into Google. Voila.

Why is this relevant? Oh, it's that Post-Dispatch again carrying the "plight of da people."

Residents in Lafayette Square learned the truth about one of their neighbors Friday, when a chain of explosions and a giant fireball launched metal canisters into their neighborhood.
Why is "the truth" put in that paragraph? Its as if sinister Praxair had tried to obfuscate its business practices. Hardly. See website.

Leaders of the historic area say they had no idea that Praxair Inc., a gas distribution company, was handling flammable gases. Furthermore, they say such a facility should not operate in a residential area and are demanding that it relocate.
St. Louis has quite a bit of industry. Though I don't have the history of the area, I'm sure I could consult my mother and my uncle and learn that the industry predated the people. Perhaps I shall. Again, I'd like to point out that there were no deaths at the plant, and no serious injuries. If you have to have a disaster...

The truth. Remember, the residents learned "the truth." That needs a sound effect. I think that one that goes with the Magic Eight Ball Easter Egg in MS Access works great. The truth. Bohm! (I'll see if I can find the .wav).

I should disclose in the interest of non-journalism that Praxair uses one of my software products (not local Praxair, but a facility shipping these gases internationally). So I was aware of its gas-handling practices. <sarcasm>I KNEW THE TRUTH</sarcasm>.

By the way, did you see the note on the website at Praxair? "Update: Monday, June 27, 2005 -- The following updates previous statements on the fire at the Praxair Distribution facility in St. Louis. Employees at the Praxair Distribution facility in St. Louis expect to make 100% of their customer deliveries today. "


Posted by hln at June 28, 2005 05:34 AM | RANT

Ah, if only more people could read AND think critically... Nice to see you writing again!


Posted by: Robert C. Seifert at June 28, 2005 08:00 AM

Found a video on how to find the 8-ball:

Down near the bottom, titled

Access 2000 Easter Egg

Sadly, it doesn't play the sound.

Posted by: Harvey at June 28, 2005 08:57 AM

Gotta love stupid people.

...they had no idea that [...} a gas distribution company, was handling flammable gases.

Geez, I could blow a simple compressed oxygen cylinder into downtown from here. And yea, even I could figure out that a company that sells gases probably has a few that might go boom if ignited.

"The truth" my ass. The paper just needed to meet its daily quota of fear-mongering.


Posted by: Light & Dark at June 29, 2005 02:28 PM
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