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Pacific Northwest At Risk For Mega-Earthquake

Kickassthegreat We are actually aware of this up here... (457 comments)

As a native to the Pacific Northwest, this is something you are constantly aware of. Every time there is a major earthquake or tsunami, the local news posts stories about how the "Big one" is due to hit in the next 50 years. Every time a volcanic eruption becomes major news, we get reports about how Mount Rainer is going to erupt and bury my hometown. I was born a year after our last major volcanic eruption, so you could say that this has been something I have been aware of my entire life.

More interesting than when the big one is going to hit is how well we are setup to handle it when it does. I was in a building rated only for a 7.0 Ricter magnitude quake during our last major quake (which measured 6.8), and there were major fears that the building was going to collapse either during or just after the quake. Luckily for me, it weathered the quake with only minor damage.

However, after the Chile quake last year, I heard a report from our local NPR affiliate comparing the infrastructure of the NW with the infrastructure of Chile (our buildings are built to roughly the same standards, and are around the same age), and mentioning that the state governments up here were taking interest in learning from the lessons of that quake to prepare better for our next big quake.

more than 3 years ago

HTML Web App Development Still Has a Ways To Go

Kickassthegreat Re:"a ways" to go? From a veteran editor... (279 comments)

In this case the term 'ways' is used synonymously with 'distance'. This comes from using the word 'way' to mean 'road' as in 'highway'. 'Ways' is then by definition 'a large distance'.

'A ways to go' actually a colloquialism, so I understand your confusion.

more than 4 years ago

FISA Bill Vote Today, With Telco Immunity

Kickassthegreat Contact your Senators! (465 comments)

This story is why I spent the first hour of my day contacting my congress-persons to ask they vote against this bill. From the role call, I can see my representative voted for the bill.

But, we still have a chance to prevent this from becoming law. Contact your senator today to ask that they vote no on this bill.

Don't know who your senator is? Check out this

more than 6 years ago



Why WikiLeaks is good for America

Kickassthegreat Kickassthegreat writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Kickassthegreat (654117) writes "Evan Hansen, Editor-in-Chief of Wired.com, has taken the bold move of standing up for WikiLeaks in an editorial posted tonight on Wired.com. Will more media outlets follow their lead, or will we soon see Wired.com denounced by American politicians for 'providing material aid to terrorists'?"
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