Archive for April 30th, 2008

Crumbling Infrastructure

Last year, a major freeway bridge in Minneapolis collapsed, killing or injuring dozens. That jump-started the long-overdue public debate over the state of this country’s crumbling transportation infrastructure; every state’s department of transportation has been checking and re-checking bridges, and begging for more money to do something about the thousands in need of attention.

It’s worth remembering, though, that so far the attention has only really been on road bridges. This is to be expected – they’re public property, and carry people.

Surprise, surprise, other kinds of bridges around the country are in serious disrepair, too.
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Published in: General, Security | on April 30th, 2008 | 1 Comment »

When in Doubt, Lie

I was standing in line at a place earlier today, waiting to do something. In front of me were a college-age couple; ahead of them were a couple other people, and then an old fart wearing a jacket embroidered on the back with the logo of Solidarność. The female half of the couple in front of me nudges the other, points to the jacket, and asks “Solidarnosc?”, to which the guy responds “Yeah, they were this one-hit wonder back in the early 1980s. They were more like Steppenwolf than Scorpion, you know?” She just kind of shrugs, and they then begin discussing why all “German bands” have names that begin with letters from the back end of the alphabet….

Ah, kids these days. Sure, they were probably in diapers when Poland’s historic little social revolution happened, but don’t schools teach this stuff? Evidently not…

Published in: 'D' for 'Dumb', General, History | on April 30th, 2008 | Comments Off on When in Doubt, Lie