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Postby offsides » Wed Apr 01, 2020 11:03 pm

Terrorist, crazy person, or both?
Sounds like a crazy nut job to me.

"Moreno stated that he thought that the U.S.N.S. Mercy was suspicious and did not believe ‘the ship is what they say it’s for,’” according to the criminal affidavit.
Moreno expressed concerns to authorities that the ship had an alternate purpose than to assist with COVID-19 and was potentially linked to a government takeover and he derailed the train to "wake people up."

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Postby NTP66 » Fri Apr 10, 2020 6:47 am

Scientists create mutant enzyme that recycles plastic bottles in hours
A mutant bacterial enzyme that breaks down plastic bottles for recycling in hours has been created by scientists.

The enzyme, originally discovered in a compost heap of leaves, reduced the bottles to chemical building blocks that were then used to make high-quality new bottles. Existing recycling technologies usually produce plastic only good enough for clothing and carpets.

The company behind the breakthrough, Carbios, said it was aiming for industrial-scale recycling within five years. It has partnered with major companies including Pepsi and L’Oréal to accelerate development. Independent experts called the new enzyme a major advance.

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Postby AuthorTony » Fri Apr 10, 2020 10:16 am

Scientists create mutant enzyme that recycles plastic bottles in hours
A mutant bacterial enzyme that breaks down plastic bottles for recycling in hours has been created by scientists.

The enzyme, originally discovered in a compost heap of leaves, reduced the bottles to chemical building blocks that were then used to make high-quality new bottles. Existing recycling technologies usually produce plastic only good enough for clothing and carpets.

The company behind the breakthrough, Carbios, said it was aiming for industrial-scale recycling within five years. It has partnered with major companies including Pepsi and L’Oréal to accelerate development. Independent experts called the new enzyme a major advance.
I read about this the other day. Sounds very promising.

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Postby NTP66 » Fri Apr 10, 2020 10:55 am

Now we just need people to actually start recycling...

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Postby AuthorTony » Fri Apr 10, 2020 11:06 am

Now we just need people to actually start recycling...
We need companies to accept the recyclables too, something which is really lacking, especially in rural areas.

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Postby mikey » Fri Apr 10, 2020 11:07 am

...metals and glass. People separate their garbage already...for decades...it's amounted to this mess/nonsense. A chance at maybe something five years from now, effectively, composting something that was deemed to be reusable all this time...

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Postby offsides » Fri Apr 10, 2020 11:43 am

I have been using rubber mulch made from shredding tires for a few years. I really like it because it doesn't fade and little critters don't like it.

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Postby NTP66 » Wed Jun 03, 2020 7:28 am

It's a shame that 500 jobs were lost, but the PATP has decided to remain cashless, permanently, effective immediately. That's a step in the right direction.

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Postby robbiestoupe » Wed Jun 03, 2020 7:30 am

It's a shame that 500 jobs were lost, but the PATP has decided to remain cashless, permanently, effective immediately. That's a step in the right direction.
I was thinking they may do this as I was driving thru a toll booth yesterday. Were the collectors part of a union?

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Postby NTP66 » Wed Jun 03, 2020 7:34 am

It's a shame that 500 jobs were lost, but the PATP has decided to remain cashless, permanently, effective immediately. That's a step in the right direction.
I was thinking they may do this as I was driving thru a toll booth yesterday. Were the collectors part of a union?
I think so, but am not sure. Here's more info on the decision:
Turnpike traffic is down almost 50% since last spring, and toll revenues dropped by more than $100 million for the fiscal year ending May 31.

The commission instituted a hiring freeze, slashed capital spending and offered a voluntary retirement program to cut costs, but these measures were not enough to make up for the shortfall, Compton said.

The employees who will be laid off were notified Tuesday morning. The layoffs will begin June 18.

Employees will retain some of their health benefits for up to two years, according to the commission.

Compton said health considerations factored into the decision as well as fiscal concerns.

If a toll collector tests positive for the virus, it requires shutting down an entire interchange, Compton said.

“In mid-March, we made the decision to stop accepting cash in the lanes to protect employees and customers from covid-19,” Compton said. “It was fully intended to be a temporary condition. However, with (all-electronic tolling) already our goal for the future, the decision to accelerate makes sense when faced with this extended pandemic.”

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Postby skullman80 » Wed Jun 03, 2020 7:59 am

How much will they raise tolls again is the real question. It's crazy how much it costs to use the turnpike in general.

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Postby robbiestoupe » Wed Jun 03, 2020 5:13 pm

How much will they raise tolls again is the real question. It's crazy how much it costs to use the turnpike in general.
You can thank Ed Rendell and Act 44 for that. Basically requires the turnpike to pay PennDOT a large chunk of cash every year

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Postby MR25 » Wed Jun 03, 2020 6:08 pm

You'd think, with fewer toll workers to pay, turnpike rates should level off no?

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Postby willeyeam » Wed Jun 03, 2020 6:09 pm

You'd think, with fewer toll workers to pay, turnpike rates should level off no?
Lol

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Postby MR25 » Wed Jun 03, 2020 6:18 pm

One can dream

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Postby willeyeam » Wed Jun 03, 2020 6:19 pm

Toll 376 was $.50 at the New Castle toll booth and only supposed to be a temporary toll until the road was paid for and now it's like $3. It's unreal

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Postby NTP66 » Thu Jun 04, 2020 6:55 am

I used to be able to cross the TP for under $19. I don't even want to know what that costs now.

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Postby Dickie Dunn » Thu Jun 04, 2020 8:53 am

I used to be able to cross the TP for under $19. I don't even want to know what that costs now.
I don’t know where your off and on points were, but getting on at the western most point and exiting and the eastern most point is $65 and change.

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Postby NTP66 » Thu Jun 04, 2020 9:01 am

I used to be able to cross the TP for under $19. I don't even want to know what that costs now.
I don’t know where your off and on points were, but getting on at the western most point and exiting and the eastern most point is $65 and change.
It used to be 67 on the western side and 351 on the eastern side, so I imagine it's probably around $50-55 based on the full length. That's insane.

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Postby Dickie Dunn » Thu Jun 04, 2020 9:13 am

I used to be able to cross the TP for under $19. I don't even want to know what that costs now.
I don’t know where your off and on points were, but getting on at the western most point and exiting and the eastern most point is $65 and change.
It used to be 67 on the western side and 351 on the eastern side, so I imagine it's probably around $50-55 based on the full length. That's insane.
$45, but only $32.10 if you use E-Z Pass.

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Postby NTP66 » Thu Jun 04, 2020 9:16 am

Of course I use E-Z Pass. I ain't no bum who enjoys sitting in a line on the damn turnpike.

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Postby willeyeam » Thu Jun 04, 2020 9:18 am

What kind of animal did you think he was dickie?

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Postby Dickie Dunn » Thu Jun 04, 2020 9:18 am

We all know exactly what kind of animal he is.

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Postby NTP66 » Thu Jun 04, 2020 9:19 am

We need more 45mph+ E-Zpass stations, while we're on the topic, because slowing down is also for chumps.

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Postby willeyeam » Thu Jun 04, 2020 9:19 am

We need more 45mph+ E-Zpass stations, while we're on the topic, because slowing down is also for chumps.
Hell yeah

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