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Friday, 21 November 2014

Life of a Logger in Nigeria

Gymkana 7...That Nice Little Mustang You've Been Looking For

You'll want full audio volume.

Let the hoonage begin

Aw crap...I totally missed the OJ Simpson refence until the third watching... the slow motion white Bronco "car chase"

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Sunday, 9 November 2014

How Kiewit Hides it's Accidents...Just Don't Report Them.

All this information circles around the tragedy of Sam Fitzpatrick's death at Kiewit's Toba Montrose project in Feb. of 2009. The legal challenges are still in play...nearly 6 years later.

While all the death and equipment carnage at Toba was taking place, the same circus and the same act was occurring at the Wuskwatim Hydro project in northern Manitoba.
Kiewit did not report several dangerous occurrences at Toba...( the paper work is one the way )...and as we can see happened on other Kiewit jobs.
Link to photos of several Kiewit vehicle crashes at Toba on a  50 km/h construction road...40 crashes/10 written off completely

Use the slider on page to view all images ( up/down )

All companies, big and small.... are legally obligated to report dangerous occurrences and serious near misses.

But....what if a company doesn't report?

What happens to them....jail...fines?

None of the above. Nothing happens.

There's not one bureaucrat in the worker safety system that actively pursues and prosecutes companies that fail to report accidents.
If the company simply submits a vague, unfocussed and semi-apologetic report when requested ( after getting caught ) gets rubber stamped and everyone walks away happy. 

All this happens below the radar  of customers looking at a contractors safety history.....unless you really dig, and who has time for that?

So...hiding accidents is extremely saves you time, money and a company gets to keep a good safety record.

What would you say if your favourite airline under reported near misses and accidents?

Here are some of the paper discussions from 2008-2009 regarding the explosives that Kiewit left in the ground ....exposing workers to the chance of life threatening accidents.

Hilarious in a twisted kind of way when you consider the Kiewit motto..."Never walk past an unsafe act"

Feel free to Google "Sam Fitzpatrick/Kiewit"

Friday, 7 November 2014

Comedian Doug Stanhope's Restaurant Review

  • 5.0 star rating
    Probably unfair to write a review from what was a near black-out drunk but from the hazy snapshot memories it was fantastic. If this was indeed the place we ate.

    I'd be drinking since 2 p.m. during an interview with the... Brisbane Times? That segued into a very awkward radio appearance with some drive-time radio people that went slowly down-hill with each segment, finally dying with an "back-alley abortion on the ferris wheel" reference. It seemed funny at the time but nobody talked to me afterwards.

    Two bars were involved between radio and Jo Jo's. They sucked but Jo Jo's - from the best of my recollection - was beautiful.

    It was some sort of food court but with high-caliber cuisine.

    We fucked up the the whole "take the number to your table" thing but somehow eventually got the food despite our condition. I was splitting the steak and the soft-shell crab with Hennigan. The crab was outrageously good so I saved the most of it for last.

    We were seated above the Queen Street Mall with some garbage street performer below us stealing my attention so by the time I'd finished the steak, I realized Brian fucking Hennigan had eaten my fucking crab off my plate.

    You think because it's busy I wont make him go order more crab? Not a fucking chance. He has a history of this type of behavior. Fuck that guy. Go get another order of crab, you shit-weasel.

    He did and it was incredible. They had some 5 dollar wine that was fantastic as well. I woke up at 430 a.m. thinking I might still be drunk from it. Rather than guessing, I insured I was still drunk by making morning cocktails.

    I just hope I am reviewing the right place because I am going back for more of the same. If I can find it.

From "The Vintagent" Website...Peter Fonda Apologizes to "Easy Rider" Chopper Builder

Posted: 07 Nov 2014 12:18 PM PST
I flew Cliff Vaughs to LA last May for a photo and interview session for 'The Chopper: the Real Story' - this was the first moment Cliff had seen this bike since 1968...
File this one under 'better late than never': in a recent letter to Cliff 'Soney' Vaughs, actor Peter Fonda finally gives credit to Vaughs and Ben Hardy for their until-recently unknown contribution to motorcycle history - creating the 'Captain America' and 'Billy' bikes for Easy Rider.  The massive wave of publicity around the sale of the claimed last extant chopper from the film (which made $1.62M at auction - the most expensive motorcycle ever sold), also seems to have inspired Fonda to properly acknowledge for the first time 'who' created the most famous motorcycles in the world.
I managed to capture 'Captain America' by wet plate in our brief session with the bike...
Here's the letter:
"Hi Cliff,
I wanted to first let you know how grateful I and others are that you knew where to go to buy the LAPD bikes at auction. Dennis and I had no idea. You magically bought 4 bikes at $500. a piece! You again amazed us when you designed and built the bikes for approximately $1250.00 per bike. We were all in awe of yours and Ben Hardy's abilities. You built two Billy Bikes and two Captain America bikes. I remember you and your girlfriend coming to our Pando office to talk about what we were going to shoot in New Orleans.
Unfortunately,the bikes weren't ready when we began filming in New Orleans and there was no way they could have been ready based on what was involved in their design.
A decision was made by Dennis Hooper, Paul Lewis, and Bert Schneider to fire you. Unfortunately, they blamed you for not having the bikes ready after The Mardi Gras parade. Hell, we didn't even have the script ready. This decision was a very bad decision, one of which was beyond my control and I found out about it after the fact. I am very sorry. Neither did I decide to drop the sequence of the black biker gang from the script. Again Dennis's decision not mine. Money was a factor I believe.
 This is a Facebook entry of mine in late September 2014: The final design of the Easy Rider bikes started with this man, Mr. Cliff Vaughs. I gave Cliff a sketch that I had drawn in Toronto Canada on September 27th 1967. It was a rough sketch of the teardrop gas tank, the high sissy bar, the big automobile rear tire, and the same rake that I had on the motorcycle from the Wild Angels. Cliff refined it with the outrageous heavily raked front forks!!! It was a bitch to ride but it looked incredible!!! Thank you Cliff!!!!
It is not too late to give you and Ben Hardy the praise you deserve in designing the iconic bikes in Easy Rider...
All the Best,
Peter Fonda"

Not too late indeed, as Cliff is still alive, but Ben Hardy never got the credit he deserved for his exceptional work, nor for his enormous contribution to chopper history, before his death in 1994. Vaughs and Hardy are at last acknowledged in print with my latest book, 'The Chopper: the Real Story.'  The book is on the ground in Europe already, and will be distributed in the US within a few weeks (when they arrive from Germany).  Feedback on the book from bike enthusiasts is excellent, and I'm proud of the hard work which went into the book, and how Gestalten laid it out.  

How Did Kiewit Get in the Top 100 Great Places to Work??

The answer is the money, and join the "Great Place to Work" experience necessary.

People in "the know" all raised their collective eyebrows at Kiewit making the list, but when it became clear that it was about membership and money....the confusion cleared right up.

Scroll all the way down...there are some large spaces in between the goodies. 

"It's only a scam ...if you are not in on it".....Brian Fitzpatrick....Sam's dad.  

Sam was killed Feb. 22, 2009 at  the Kiewit's Toba Montrose project.
From a news article in the Tyee..

Investigators and a judicial review would find later that "deficient safety planning and supervision" and "heedless… wanton" disregard of safety contributed to Sam's death. Inquiries by The Tyee have revealed that Kiewit Sons has amassed a lengthy record of similarly harsh judgments in the United States, and a reputation among construction professionals in B.C. for a hard-driving pursuit of aggressive work schedules.


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