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Some Background On The Olympics From UC San Diego Sports Historian

In the U.S., it seems that the nation's medal ranking is according to quantity: the total number of medal determines the ranking
Internationally (everywhere else), ranking is according to quality, # of gold first, followed by # silver, etc.
What is your explanation for this$
Thank you,
Eduard S

February 13, 2014 at 12:52 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Are Local Gas Lines Safe?

The gentleman who stated this morning that its common to have one energy supplier for one city or area: it appears he speaks yesteryear. What was, ain't no more. Nowadays there are options; in Central Europe (Austria and other places) there is the choice of dozens of, say, electricity suppliers. Some of those use "more green" sources than others. Some cheaper during the night, others not. Every consumer may evaluate what fits best for her/him. There is a very explanatory, clear and neutral web-site, listing prices, conditions, pending on circumstances are region, rows by supplier. The SDGE site explains on "elementary school level" how to save energy, which is good but just a common place.

The electricity charges here are presented already two-fold, for energy production and its transportation plus all the supplements. Yet all the info comes from one monopoly.

Yes energy generally is more costly in Europe (not that much higher than some believe, because of adding all the charges here after the posted rate, most of them which are included over there to begin with). Plus, there are other reasons for higher cost, pros and cons, next time.

The reason why i mention Austria is because originally I am from there, I live here since 30 years though I have been going back and forth, and am generally interested in learning about the best of both worlds. Finally, the way Austria works in this regard, Germany and other countries work similarly.

September 17, 2010 at 9:07 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

How Well Maintained Are SD County Gas Pipelines?

Dear Ms. Penner,

Firstly, thank you for your/K/PBS excellent programs Round Table and San Diego Week, more

Re: Today Fr 9/17/10 morning's conversation, pls allow two remarks.

(1) - also related to this evening's upcoming TV program: gas pipelines.
3 mo. ago in Austria's St. Poelten, provincial city located 40 mi W of Vienna, there was a gas explosion. It killed 5 people, destroyed 1 house (town house with condos), damaged 20 more houses nearby.
Circumstances still under investigation. Probably caused by:

Gas pipeline and the pipe containg a high voltage electricity line had been installed crossing one another at distance less than 30cm,which is about 12 inches. The regulations say: at least 30-50cm (=12-20 in) distance depending circumstances. A few hours before the gas explosion, a short cut was reported on this electricity line. The shortcut created an underground electric arc, which burned a 10cm (4 in) hole into the gas pipe.
(a) there should have been more distance between gas - electricity conduct (b) there may have been problem with the electricy line. Final research results to be expected later this fall.
=> Important: all gas pipelines in Austria (in Europe north of the Alps) have computerized pressure monitoring; not yet clear why the incident still happend

San Bruno: No computerized pressure management; seems odd; California, global tech; and - the incident happened not any-old-where but half way between Stanford and Berkeley! I question priorities and practical wisdom. Our universities monitor compliance of coffee plantation procedures in S. America, yet we lack looking into elementary ingredients of every day modern life right here. The neglect of putting electricity lines underground is typical syndrome of our infra structure deficit. Wooden houses, plaster and cardboard; o.k. for our climate and space needs; black outs seem to happen casually (last time in Vienna just after WW2); contemporary necessities to be considered; smooth electricity, gas, water supply, modern installation. Constantly we seem to have black outs. Hate tosay it, the last black outs in Vienna had been just after the war (WWII, I mean). Not recently, and not so often.

I read in St.Poelten there were 600 fe/male firefighters engaged within the hour. Houses are concrete and brick. What would have happened to our wooden houses, with less and later firefighter involvment; San Diego is known worldwide for its shortage of these wo/men.

I live in San Diego since 30 years (love it!) Originally from Austria, I visit frequently and keep informed about certain issues over there (thus why the comparison; yet Austrian standards are similar to those in neighboring places such as Germany, Switzerland,netherlands etc. We speak 100+ million people. Though no utility expert, I am a civil engineer by training, having a certain principal understanding of the matters.

Thank you,

Best regards,

Eduard S.
Cell (619) 316-3645

September 17, 2010 at 8:32 p.m. ( | suggest removal )