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originally posted by: Sabrechucker
a reply to: jadedANDcynical
They tweeted at 9:30 EST.
17h17 hours ago
We're working with the @FDNY to respond a substation fire in Astoria and will provide updates as soon as we have more information. AQ
A giant plume of smoke filled the New York City sky around 9:12 p.m. ... There was one Con Edison employee nearby when the fire started, and ...
International law dictates that all ships are required to be registered with a territory somewhere, and come under the jurisdiction of that territory, as do their passengers - i.e., if you’re sailing a British ship, you’re subject to British law. Sometimes people register their ships in places with more relaxed labour laws, like Panama, in order to employ people on their boats for very little money, while also paying no taxes. This is known as flying a ‘flag of convenience’, and it’s thought that up to 40% of the world’s ships are registered in Liberia, Panama or the Marshall Islands by unscrupulous so-and-sos with a lot to hide.
Alternatively, if you fly no flags, you’re subject to any state’s law, as you can be investigated by any ship for looking dodgy as all hell and contravening international law. Certain crimes - slavery, piracy and illegal broadcasting - come under the category of universal jurisdiction. This means a ship from any state can intervene in the act, wherever upon the high seas they take place and whatever the origins of the people perpetrating it.
Plus, even if you’ve contrived to make yourself not be from anywhere, the ‘passive personality principle’ means that you’re under the jurisdiction of the state of the victim of your crimes (i.e. the passive person) comes from - kill a Frenchman and you can be tried under French law.
Con Edison said on Twitter Thursday night that there was “a brief electrical fire at our substation in Astoria which involved some electrical transformers and caused a transmission dip in the area.” The utility said in a statement early Friday that an electrical fault on the 138,000 volt equipment caused a sustained electrical arc flash but the “affected equipment was isolated to a single section within the substation.”
You've threatened/called me names in the past, so...
What's to debate (with the profane)?