U.S. Dept Of Transportation finds throttles open, brakes not engaged in Toyota acceleration crashes

The U.S. Department of Transportation has analyzed dozens of black boxes in Toyota vehicles involved in accidents blamed on unintended acceleration, finding the throttles were open and the brakes were not engaged, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.

That suggests that drivers of the speeding cars were stepping on the accelerator rather than hitting the brakes. The vehicles investigated came from a sample in which the drivers said they were braking but failed to stop the car before crashing, the newspaper said, citing unnamed sources familiar with the findings.

Transportation Department officials declined to confirm the report and did not comment. Toyota spokesman Mike Michels said the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not shared its findings with the Japanese auto maker but said their own findings from investigations of unintended acceleration are consistent with the report.

The black boxes, called event data recorders, are devices that track a number of details about a vehicle around the time of an accident, including which pedals were applied and how fast the car was travelling.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/us-finds-driver-error-in-some-toyota-crashes/article1638980/

DAY 86 In The Gulf: All Work Stopped On New Cap And Relief Wells – Oil Flows Unchecked Into Gulf

BP froze activity on two key projects Wednesday meant to choke off the flow of oil billowing from its broken well in the Gulf of Mexico after days of moving confidently toward controlling the crisis.

The development was a stunning setback after the oil giant finally seemed to be on track following nearly three months of failed attempts to stop the spill, which has sullied beaches from Florida to Texas and decimated the multibillion dollar fishing industry.

The oil giant and the government said more analysis was needed before testing could proceed on a new temporary well cap – the best hope since April of stopping the geyser. Work on a permanent fix, relief wells that will plug the spill from below with mud and cement, also was halted.

Oil continued to spew nearly unimpeded into the water, with no clear timeline on when it would stop.

Wells said that it was the government’s call late Tuesday to re-evaluate plans for testing the new cap, and that plans were on hold for at least 24 hours. Federal officials and the company will re-evaluate the best path forward after that time period.

Wells said the cap test, which could put added pressure on the oil as it comes out of the ground, could have an effect on the relief well. He did not elaborate.

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“It’s an incredibly big concern,” said Don Van Nieuwenhuise, director of Professional Geoscience Programs at the University of Houston.

“They need to get a scan of where things are, that way when they do pressure testing, they know to look out for ruptures or changes.” [He isn’t talking about the new cap, he is talking about the oil reservoir and the floor of the gulf. The pressure that existed on the “reservoir” and the “Gulf floor” was greater prior to the well being drilled. Imagine a balloon filled with air, and now you let part of the air out of the balloon before you pinch the end shut again… is there more pressure in the balloon now that you’ve let air out, or is there less pressure and less air. Whatever amount of oil and gas was in the reservoir prior to the well being drilled, there is now 190,000,000 (190 million) fewer gallons of oil in the reservoir, because that oil is now floatng around in the gulf …. and for every day that passes, nearly 1.5 million gallons of additional oil leave the reservoir and enter the gulf…]

It was unclear whether there was something in the results of the mapping that prompted officials to delay. Earlier, BP Vice President Kent Wells said he hadn’t heard what the results were, but he felt “comfortable that they were good.”

National Incident Commander Thad Allen met with the federal energy secretary and the head of the U.S. Geological Survey as well as BP officials and other scientists after the mapping was done.

http://abcnews.go.com/Business/wireStory?id=11158578

Bureaucrats again … working to support the continued oil drilling moratorium and delay the end of the Deep Water Horizon saga …. stop the flow of the oil today ….

Don Van Nieuwenhuise
Don Van Nieuwenhuise is an Associate Research Profeessor of Paleontology, he is also an Adjunct Professor in Chemical Engineering.

Paleontology: the science of the forms of life existing in former geologic periods, as represented by their fossils.

Nieuwenhuise’s last research grant, a supplement grant to continue on research by Renee Gjere, from Thurogood Marshall High School, to study, “New Biostratigraphic Markers for Onshore Paleogene Reservoir Identification“ was received in 2005 –

“Onshore Paleogene Reservoir Identification“.

http://www.geosc.uh.edu/people/faculty/donald-van-nieuwenhuise/index.php

Nieuwenhuise is not studying the “new cap”, he is instead studying the “oil reservoir” in the gulf.

Nieuwenhuise has discovered, stop the presses, that the well is producing both oil and methane gas …

Paleogene: Pa·le·o·gene, noting or pertaining to the earlier part of the Cenozoic Era, in the system adopted by some geologists, occurring from 65 to 25 million years ago and including the Oligocene, Eocene, and Paleocene epochs …. A period of time studied by Paleontologists …

I’m beginning to wonder if Obama’s advisors have pointed out how damaging it will be when the public realizes that this well should have been capped 70 days ago… and the people replay the “sound bite” of Obama asking, “what do they expect me to do, suck it up with a straw” before November’s elections…

I’m wary that there will be a politically motivated delay until mid august when the relief wells are completed…

The fallacy in this most recent delay is this …. when the relief wells are completed and they “plug” and “seal” the well with cement … the pressure create by the “seal” on the surrounding gulf floor, well pipe and the oil reservoir below, will be every bit the same if not greater than the pressure created by closing off the new BOP …. The new BOP will “blow” sooner than any of the surrounding geological structure …. it, the new BOP, is only rated for 10,000 psi.

Why are they letting the oil flow, unchecked, into the gulf today…

http://www.examiner.com/a-2726075~After_days_of_progress__BP_freezes_work_in_Gulf.html

Update

NEW ORLEANS – BP’s work on capping the Gulf of Mexico gusher was frozen Wednesday after the federal government raised concerns the operation could put damaging pressure on the busted well that could make the leak worse.

An administration official, who asked not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the talks with BP, said the government was acting out of “abundance of caution” and didn’t want potentially dangerous pressure tests on a tighter containment cap that has been placed over the well to go ahead until BP answers questions about possible risks.

The delays were a stunning setback after the oil giant finally seemed to be on track following nearly three months of failed attempts to stop the spill, which has sullied beaches from Florida to Texas and decimated the multibillion dollar fishing industry.

The administration official said Energy Secretary Steven Chu, U.S. Geological Survey chief Marcia McNutt and other government scientists met with BP Tuesday in Houston and had a number of questions about the plan to test the integrity of the well. Chu and other officials want to ensure that putting downward pressure on the well will not cause further leaks, the official said.

“Our basic position was, if you can give us the answers we need … then go ahead,” the official said. Until then, “they can’t go forward.”

http://abcnews.go.com/Business/wireStory?id=11158578

McAuley’s World Comments:

I can’t believe this. The “BEST AND BRIGHTEST” the Obama Administration has to offer didn’t understand, in advance of placing a “new cap” on the well, that putting a new cap and valve of the well and then closing the valve to shut off the oil would increase the pressure in the well?

Where do they find these people?

Do you have a garden hose? When the water is running through the hose have you ever shut the nozzle on the end of the hose? Does the water pressure in the hose go up? Gee, the same thing happens at every house in the Country.

I’ll bet that there isn’t a single water tower (or water reservoir) that has had a catastrophic failure anywhere in the Country because someone shut off a garden hose nozzle in their yard.  

The Government is not presently measuring the pressure in the well; the Government is measuring the pressure in the “oil reservoir” under the Gulf. This is akin to making you wait to fix a leak in your hose while the city measures the water pressure in your local water tower…

Meanwhile, 1.5 million gallons of oil spills into the Gulf each and everyday…

Montana Parents Weigh In on Proposed Kindergarten Sex Ed

HELENA, MONTANA — An overflow crowd jammed the Helena school board meeting Tuesday night to voice their concerns — and support — about a proposal to extend sex education to children as young as kindergarten age.

According to the 62-page draft proposal, beginning in kindergarten, school nurses will teach students proper terms such as “nipple, breast, penis, scrotum and uterus.” Once they are promoted to first grade, children will learn that sexual relations could happen between two men or two women. By the time students are 10 years old, instruction will include the various ways people can have intercourse, be it vaginally, orally or through “anal penetration,” according to the proposal.

“As educators and as parents and as communities, we need to be more proactive in helping inform our students at an appropriate age what the risk factors are associated with their own behaviors so that they can make better decisions about their well-being,” Dr. Bruce Messinger, the Superintendent of Helena Public Schools, told Fox News.

Click here to view the proposed curriculum.

The Montana Family Foundation is fighting the proposed changes, telling Fox News its biggest concern is teaching graphic sexual detail to kids who are not emotionally able to process or comprehend it. If the changes pass, kids as young as 5 will begin to learn medically accurate names for a number of both male and female “private parts.”

“The problem is they think it would be age appropriate to teach different sexual positions and different sexual variations to 10 year olds,” said Jeff Laszloffy of the Montana Family Foundation.
Messinger said parents will be able to have their kids opt-out, but Laszloffy said teachers want to have the same option.

“I think the reason it is such a concern is it tramples parental rights, it places government squarely between parents and their children,” Laszloffy said.

Laszloffy said teachers are calling to seek legal advice about whether they can be forced to teach the information, and parents are threatening to pull children out of the public school system.
“Parents and taxpayers are not for this,” he said.

Tuesday night’s meeting was heated as school board trustees heard from only 64 of the more than 300 people who jammed the auditorium. More than 100 others stood outside the Front Street Learning Center as a sound system broadcast the proceedings.

Melanie Reynolds, a district health officer, defended the proposed curriculum, saying early education and intervention was needed to prevent HIV infection or other sexually transmitted diseases. She cited a report that said 40 percent of reported Chlamydia cases in county were people between the ages of 14 and 18, the Helena Independent Record reported.

Angela Helland-Hansen told the board that she was surprised to see that staff from Planned Parenthood were included in the committee that developed the document.

“Why are we allowing Planned Parenthood to help with this when they stand to profit from these people who will be their future clients?” the Record reported.

Two middle school girls said an abstinence-based program would be more effective to reduce teen pregnancy and disease than what is being proposed, the newspaper reported. There currently is no sexual education being taught in middle school.

Fox News’ Alicia Acuna and the Helena Independent Record contributed to this report. You can read more at http://helenair.com/news/article_e64bbc32-8f0f-11df-acbd-001cc4c002e0.html

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/07/14/montana-kindergarten-sex-ed/

Visit this “legacy post” from McAuley’s World:

When Obama says, “age appropriate sex education” what does he mean? It isn’t what you think!

https://mcauleysworld.wordpress.com/2008/09/18/fact-check-obama-on-sex-education-web-site-link-read-the-real-provisions-of-his-plan/

Update: See the new Booklet from SIECUS…. the descrition of age appropriate activities begin in section 2: http://www.foxnews.com/projects/pdf/082509_unesco.pdf

 The SIECUS has been attempting to deliver the same message for decades …

see: Edition 2: 1991        

http://www.hawaii.edu/hivandaids/SIECUS%20Guidelines%20for%20Comprehensive%20Sexuality%20Education.pdf

Day 86 In The Gulf: The Reason Behind The Obama Administration’s Dithering & Delay

Oil Flows Into Gulf While Obama Administration Dithers

Oil Flows Into Gulf While Obama Administration Dithers

Gulf oil to keep flowing while cap is analyzed
NEW ORLEANS – The plan to start choking off oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico was suddenly halted as government officials and BP said further analysis must be done Wednesday before critical tests could proceed.

No explanation was given for the decision, and no date was set for when testing would begin on the new, tighter-fitting cap BP installed on the blown-out well Monday.

In the meantime, oil continues to spew into the Gulf.

http://abcnews.go.com/Business/wireStory?id=11158578

Dither: dith·er, –noun 1. a trembling; vibration. 2. a state of flustered excitement or fear.

McAuley’s World Comment:

Put a “flexible riser” pipe on the top end of the new BOP and direct the oil to the collection ships waiting at the surface … stop the flow of oil into the Gulf now …

The testing is intended to determine if the new cap can completely shut off the flow of oil … the testing sounds quite interesting and will provide a lot of academics material for their papers for years to come, an endless number of Federal grants to fund more research … what we need to do now is stop the flow of oil  …. Stop it today.   

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“It’s an incredibly big concern,” said Don Van Nieuwenhuise, director of Professional Geoscience Programs at the University of Houston.

They need to get a scan of where things are, that way when they do pressure testing, they know to look out for ruptures or changes.”  [He isn’t talking about the new cap, he is talking about the oil reservoir and the floor of the gulf. The pressure that existed on the “reservoir” and the “Gulf floor” was greater prior to the well being drilled. Imagine a balloon filled with air, and now you let part of the air out of the balloon before you pinch the end shut again… is there more pressure in the balloon now that you’ve let air out, or is there less pressure and less air. Whatever amount of oil and gas was in the reservoir prior to the well being drilled, there is now 190,000,000 (190 million) fewer gallons of oil in the reservoir, because that oil is now floatng around in the gulf …. and for every day that passes, nearly 1.5 million gallons of additional oil leave the reservoir and enter the gulf…]

It was unclear whether there was something in the results of the mapping that prompted officials to delay. Earlier, BP Vice President Kent Wells said he hadn’t heard what the results were, but he felt “comfortable that they were good.”

National Incident Commander Thad Allen met with the federal energy secretary and the head of the U.S. Geological Survey as well as BP officials and other scientists after the mapping was done.

http://abcnews.go.com/Business/wireStory?id=11158578

Bureaucrats again … working to support the continued oil drilling moratorium and delay the end of the Deep Water Horizon saga …. stop the flow of the oil today ….

Don Van Nieuwenhuise

Don Van Nieuwenhuise is an Associate Research Profeessor of Paleontology, he is also an Adjunct Professor in Chemical Engineering.

Paleontology: the science of the forms of life existing in former geologic periods, as represented by their fossils.

Nieuwenhuise’s last research grant, a supplement grant to continue on research by Renee Gjere, from Thurogood Marshall High School, to study, “New Biostratigraphic Markers for Onshore Paleogene Reservoir Identification“ was received in 2005 –

Onshore Paleogene Reservoir Identification“.

http://www.geosc.uh.edu/people/faculty/donald-van-nieuwenhuise/index.php

Nieuwenhuise is not studying the “new cap”, he is instead studying the “oil reservoir” in the gulf.

Nieuwenhuise has discovered, stop the presses, that the well is producing both oil and methane gas …

Paleogene: Pa·le·o·gene, noting or pertaining to the earlier part of the Cenozoic Era, in the system adopted by some geologists, occurring from 65 to 25 million years ago and including the Oligocene, Eocene, and Paleocene epochs …. A period of time studied by Paleontologists …

I’m beginning to wonder if Obama’s advisors have pointed out how damaging it will be when the public realizes that this well should have been capped 70 days ago… and the people replay the “sound bite” of Obama asking, “what do they expect me to do, suck it up with a straw” before November’s elections…

I’m wary that there will be a politically motivated delay until mid august when the relief wells are completed…

The fallacy in this most recent delay is this …. when the relief wells are completed and they “plug” and “seal” the well with cement … the pressure create by the “seal” on the surrounding gulf floor, well pipe and the oil reservoir below, will be every bit the same if not greater than the pressure created by closing off the new BOP …. The new BOP will “blow” sooner than any of the surrounding geological structure …. it, the new BOP,  is only rated for 10,000 psi. 

Why are they letting the oil flow, unchecked, into the gulf today…

Update

NEW ORLEANS – BP’s work on capping the Gulf of Mexico gusher was frozen Wednesday after the federal government raised concerns the operation could put damaging pressure on the busted well that could make the leak worse.

An administration official, who asked not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the talks with BP, said the government was acting out of “abundance of caution” and didn’t want potentially dangerous pressure tests on a tighter containment cap that has been placed over the well to go ahead until BP answers questions about possible risks.

The delays were a stunning setback after the oil giant finally seemed to be on track following nearly three months of failed attempts to stop the spill, which has sullied beaches from Florida to Texas and decimated the multibillion dollar fishing industry.

The administration official said Energy Secretary Steven Chu, U.S. Geological Survey chief Marcia McNutt and other government scientists met with BP Tuesday in Houston and had a number of questions about the plan to test the integrity of the well. Chu and other officials want to ensure that putting downward pressure on the well will not cause further leaks, the official said.

“Our basic position was, if you can give us the answers we need … then go ahead,” the official said. Until then, “they can’t go forward.”

http://abcnews.go.com/Business/wireStory?id=11158578

McAuley’s World Comments:

I can’t believe this. The “BEST AND BRIGHTEST” the Obama Administration has to offer didn’t understand, in advance of placing a “new cap” on the well, that putting a new cap and valve of the well and then closing the valve to shut off the oil would increase the pressure in the well?

Where do they find these people?

Do you have a garden hose? When the water is running through the hose have you ever shut the nozzle on the end of the hose? Does the water pressure in the hose go up? Gee, the same thing happens at every house in the Country.

I’ll bet that there isn’t a single water tower (or water reservoir) that has had a catastrophic failure anywhere in the Country because someone shut off a garden hose nozzle in their yard.  

The Government is not presently measuring the pressure in the well; the Government is measuring the pressure in the “oil reservoir” under the Gulf. This is akin to making you wait to fix a leak in your hose while the city measures the water pressure in your local water tower…

Meanwhile, 1.5 million gallons of oil spills into the Gulf each and everyday…

Day 86 In The Gulf: Oil Flows Into Gulf While Obama Administration Dithers

Gulf oil to keep flowing while cap is analyzed

NEW ORLEANS – The plan to start choking off oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico was suddenly halted as government officials and BP said further analysis must be done Wednesday before critical tests could proceed.

No explanation was given for the decision, and no date was set for when testing would begin on the new, tighter-fitting cap BP installed on the blown-out well Monday.

In the meantime, oil continued spewing into the Gulf.

http://abcnews.go.com/Business/wireStory?id=11158578

Dither: dith·er, –noun 1. a trembling; vibration. 2. a state of flustered excitement or fear.

McAuley’s World Comment:

Put a “flexible riser” pipe on the top end of the new BOP and direct the oil to the collection ships waiting at the surface … stop the flow of oil into the Gulf now …

The testing is intended to determine if the new cap can completely shut off the flow of oil …

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“It’s an incredibly big concern,” said Don Van Nieuwenhuise, director of Professional Geoscience Programs at the University of Houston. “They need to get a scan of where things are, that way when they do pressure testing, they know to look out for ruptures or changes.”

It was unclear whether there was something in the results of the mapping that prompted officials to delay. Earlier, BP Vice President Kent Wells said he hadn’t heard what the results were, but he felt “comfortable that they were good.”

National Incident Commander Thad Allen met with the federal energy secretary and the head of the U.S. Geological Survey as well as BP officials and other scientists after the mapping was done.

http://abcnews.go.com/Business/wireStory?id=11158578

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McAuleys World:  Bureaucrats again … working to support the continued oil drilling moratorium and delay the end of the Deep Water Horizon saga …. stop the flow of the oil today ….
 
Don Van Nieuwenhuise is an Associate Research Profeessor of Palentology, he is also and Adjunct Professor in Chemical Engineering. Nieuwenhuise’s last reserch grant, a supplement grant to continue research on Renee Gjere, Thurogood Marshall High School, work on “New Biostratigraphic Markers for Onshore Paleogene Reservoir Identification”  occured in 2005.
Paleontology: the science of the forms of life existing in former geologic periods, as represented by their fossils.
Nieuwenhuise is not studying the “new cap”, he is instead, studying the “oil reservoir”.

Nieuwenhuise has discovered, stop the presses, that the well is producing methane gas …

Paleogene: Pa·le·o·gene, noting or pertaining to the earlier part of the Cenozoic Era, in the system adopted by some geologists, occurring from 65 to 25 million years ago and including the Oligocene, Eocene, and Paleocene epochs.

I’m wary that there will be a politically motivated delay until mid august when the relief wells are completed …..

The fallacy in this most recent delay is this …. when the relief wells are completed and they “plug” and “Seal” the well with cement … the pressure create by the “seal” on the surrounding gulf floor, well pipe and oil reservoir below, will be every bit the same as the pressure created by closing off the new BOP …. the new BOP will “blow” sooner than any surroundiing geological structure ….

Why are they letting the oil flow, unchecked, into the gulf today …

Update

NEW ORLEANS – BP’s work on capping the Gulf of Mexico gusher was frozen Wednesday after the federal government raised concerns the operation could put damaging pressure on the busted well that could make the leak worse.

An administration official, who asked not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the talks with BP, said the government was acting out of “abundance of caution” and didn’t want potentially dangerous pressure tests on a tighter containment cap that has been placed over the well to go ahead until BP answers questions about possible risks.

The delays were a stunning setback after the oil giant finally seemed to be on track following nearly three months of failed attempts to stop the spill, which has sullied beaches from Florida to Texas and decimated the multibillion dollar fishing industry.

The administration official said Energy Secretary Steven Chu, U.S. Geological Survey chief Marcia McNutt and other government scientists met with BP Tuesday in Houston and had a number of questions about the plan to test the integrity of the well. Chu and other officials want to ensure that putting downward pressure on the well will not cause further leaks, the official said.

“Our basic position was, if you can give us the answers we need … then go ahead,” the official said. Until then, “they can’t go forward.”

http://abcnews.go.com/Business/wireStory?id=11158578

McAuley’s World Comments:

I can’t believe this. The “BEST AND BRIGHTEST” the Obama Administration has to offer didn’t understand, in advance of placing a “new cap” on the well, that putting a new cap and valve of the well and then closing the valve to shut off the oil would increase the pressure in the well?

Where do they find these people?

Do you have a garden hose? When the water is running through the hose have you ever shut the nozzle on the end of the hose? Does the water pressure in the hose go up? Gee, the same thing happens at every house in the Country.

I’ll bet that there isn’t a single water tower (or water reservoir) that has had a catastrophic failure anywhere in the Country because someone shut off a garden hose nozzle in their yard.  

The Government is not presently measuring the pressure in the well; the Government is measuring the pressure in the “oil reservoir” under the Gulf. This is akin to making you wait to fix a leak in your hose while the city measures the water pressure in your local water tower…

Meanwhile, 1.5 million gallons of oil spills into the Gulf each and everyday…

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