Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Rock and Metal Distributors

Men grow cold as girls grow old
We all lose our charm in the end

I never liked the whole ‘hosted by’ mixtape pitch but this is ridiculous. Will Green Lantern’s cable guy kick off his next one?

Speaking of cable… An ill Gibsonian occurance… The streets has it’s own uses and that’s word …excerpts from the NYTimes article.

“…odd that Mozambican businesses are doing a brisk trade in three-legged aluminum pots, ferried by the truckload to buyers in nearby Swaziland and South Africa… Mozambique's only aluminum smelter sells its entire production abroad. … Mozambique is not importing any aluminum, either.
…thieves cut a brace of four power lines …and carted away more than 35 miles of aluminum cable before anyone noticed.
Throughout southern Africa, cable theft is ubiquitous, a sort of third-world analog to first-world thefts of car radios. In (one) district, where power lines stretch over 46,000 miles of poles, the direct losses to the utility this year amount to $250,000, a huge sum here. In South Africa, the power utility Eskom said that its losses through April exceeded $2.8 million, and that they more than tripled between 2001 and 2003."

"Finally, there is the human toll. Would-be cable thieves are regularly electrocuted in the act…. In 2002… 25 people died and 112 more were injured when a commuter train slammed into an idled supply train in the South African province of KwaZulu Natal… because someone had stolen six feet of copper cable worth about $2.25, disabling the signal system… In Pretoria, passengers enraged by train delays caused by cable theft set the city's train station on fire in 2001. Repairs cost roughly $2.3 million.
In Mozambique, long among the world's poorest nations, so much copper electrical cable has been stripped from poles that the state utility company has refitted 90 percent of its power grid with less efficient, but cheaper, aluminum cable… Most cable is stolen in snippets of a few tens or scores of yards, often by people desperate to feed themselves or their families… Experts say much of the stolen cable is fenced to scrap dealers with criminal ties, and that much of it ends up in South Africa, where it is either recycled or, often, loaded into shipping containers for export."