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2013-05-27 12:22:36 AM  
Don't kid yourself Jimmy. If a bridge ever got the chance, he'd kill you and everyone you care about!
 
2013-05-27 12:31:27 AM  
List is missing every bridge in PA that goes OVER the turnpikes.
 
2013-05-27 12:43:08 AM  

fusillade762: Don't kid yourself Jimmy. If a bridge ever got the chance, he'd kill you and everyone you care about!


When I grow up I'm going to Overpass University!
 
2013-05-27 12:47:35 AM  
But I thought that the reason that bridge collapsed was an ASSHOLE tried to cross while exceeding the height limit.

Not certain that it was the bridge's fault that it collapsed.

/Clearly the WTC towers were ready to kill you at any moment ... if a plane or two hit them
 
2013-05-27 12:50:35 AM  

namatad: But I thought that the reason that bridge collapsed was an ASSHOLE tried to cross while exceeding the height limit.

Not certain that it was the bridge's fault that it collapsed.

/Clearly the WTC towers were ready to kill you at any moment ... if a plane or two hit them


Wasn't it a truck that kept on going? I mean, is that supposed to make us feel better about the state of our bridges?
 
2013-05-27 12:55:23 AM  

coco ebert: namatad: But I thought that the reason that bridge collapsed was an ASSHOLE tried to cross while exceeding the height limit.

Not certain that it was the bridge's fault that it collapsed.

/Clearly the WTC towers were ready to kill you at any moment ... if a plane or two hit them

Wasn't it a truck that kept on going? I mean, is that supposed to make us feel better about the state of our bridges?


the article's headline conflates FEAR from a reckless driver and FEAR that all our bridges are falling apart.
it is a false something or another and is bullshiat

should you be afraid because our infrastructure is old? meh. it has been old for years, this isnt news and no one is doing anything about it.

should you be EXTRA afraid because that one bridge collapsed when RAMMED by a moving truck? FARK NO

unless FUD is your god
 
2013-05-27 01:04:45 AM  
I'm surprised the list doesn't include the Tappan Zee - that bridge was anchored in the riverbed mud with wooden support anchors made out of untreated wood. And the wooden anchors have been rotting to a degree that pieces of it has been floating to the surface for years.

That bridge is a catastrophic disaster waiting to happen.
 
2013-05-27 01:16:09 AM  
Hey! Those are the some ones I was trying to set up massive Tea Party demonstrations on. What an odd coincidence.
 
2013-05-27 01:19:03 AM  

RexTalionis: I'm surprised the list doesn't include the Tappan Zee - that bridge was anchored in the riverbed mud with wooden support anchors made out of untreated wood. And the wooden anchors have been rotting to a degree that pieces of it has been floating to the surface for years.

That bridge is a catastrophic disaster waiting to happen.


Which is probably why they are building a replacement.
I guess it is a race against time, will it collapse before it is torn down and how many people will die when it does.

And if it collapses, will it wreck the new construction?
 
2013-05-27 01:33:32 AM  

namatad: RexTalionis: I'm surprised the list doesn't include the Tappan Zee - that bridge was anchored in the riverbed mud with wooden support anchors made out of untreated wood. And the wooden anchors have been rotting to a degree that pieces of it has been floating to the surface for years.

That bridge is a catastrophic disaster waiting to happen.

Which is probably why they are building a replacement.
I guess it is a race against time, will it collapse before it is torn down and how many people will die when it does.

And if it collapses, will it wreck the new construction?


The Tappan Zee is built at the widest point of the Hudson river. Its replacement is going to take the better part of a decade to be built. It's currently estimated to take 5 years to finish construction, but knowing NY state, there will be massive budget over-runs and delays. It will take at least 8-10 years to complete.
 
2013-05-27 01:34:30 AM  
Fun fact: The Tappan Zee is built at the widest point of the Hudson river because it's just outside of the Port Authority control zone. The New York State can get all of the toll money, instead of sharing it with the Port Authority.
 
2013-05-27 02:03:45 AM  
I'm sure the free market will respond with countless mule-powered ferry rafts, as the Founders intended.
 
2013-05-27 03:12:31 AM  
List fails without the San Francisco Bay Bridge, the new Eastern span not even finished yet not the old one they're replacing.
 
2013-05-27 03:20:33 AM  

RexTalionis: I'm surprised the list doesn't include the Tappan Zee - that bridge was anchored in the riverbed mud with wooden support anchors made out of untreated wood. And the wooden anchors have been rotting to a degree that pieces of it has been floating to the surface for years.

That bridge is a catastrophic disaster waiting to happen.


As pretty a drive as it is across that bridge, I think I'll avoid it from now on, thank you very much.
 
2013-05-27 04:33:09 AM  
Found this randomly on the web.  Seems like it belongs here:

Under Eisenhower, top bracket taxes were 77%...they fell to 70% under Kennedy, Nixon, & Carter...
Reagan dropped them to 28%, then realized he didn't have enough money coming in, even after raising taxes on the middle-class and borrowing a ton of money, so he raised them slightly.

Clinton raised them slightly more, to 39%, but he also signed the WTO trade agreements that destroyed our tariffs and allowed our industry to move to slave-wage & pollution-friendly shores, and although we saw a period without a deficit, the damage done by the WTO agreements would build slowly, devastating our revenue even more.

Bush then lowered the top bracket taxes to 33% while he borrowed an insane amount of money starting two wars.

Obama allowed the Bush tax cuts to expire, and they went up to around 40%, but neither the Republicans nor Democrats have done anything about our lost industry (& the corresponding lost revenue), because the people that own our so-called "representatives" through PAC money have ordered them not to.

Our infrastructure was built at a time when the top tax rate was 77%, and we protected our industrial base & domestic jobs with tariffs.

NOW, with all of that lost, how do you suppose we can maintain that infrastructure? We are already borrowing money like crazy, and have been since Reagan, and the more we borrow, the more inflated our money becomes, & the less our money is worth.

You CANNOT have your cake and eat it to. If you want an infrastructure that is not falling down, you have to pay for it.

And for all those of you mumbling "muh cuts..."
We have already cut to the point where any more cuts would not save you that much money, anyway...I know, the propagandists have been presenting it as though we could make up the difference by eliminating the rest of welfare and foreign aid, but these are really very small beer compared to what we need to spend to remain a world power...they wouldn't touch the shortfall.

Want to save the country? then undo everything that led to this condition. Force our industries back home with tariffs, raise the top tier taxes back to 70%, end all the corporate subsidies and corporate tax loopholes...

Then we might be able to afford to keep your bridges from collapsing from underneath you.
 
2013-05-27 04:33:32 AM  

namatad: But I thought that the reason that bridge collapsed was an ASSHOLE tried to cross while exceeding the height limit.


The bridge was 14'6" and no height limit is posted unless the bridge is under 14'5". WA transportation law.
 
2013-05-27 04:34:07 AM  
"... which supports the superstructure from the group."

Really New York Times?
 
2013-05-27 04:35:00 AM  
Yeah? Well, I'm in Thailand. So, good luck with that, American bridges! :p
 
2013-05-27 04:49:48 AM  
List fails without the Bridge Over Troubled Water....
 
2013-05-27 04:55:48 AM  
Go over those at the wrong time and you won't be feelin' groovy...
 
2013-05-27 05:00:27 AM  

UsikFark: The bridge was 14'6" and no height limit is posted unless the bridge is under 14'5". WA transportation law.


Well that's just dumb.  California's rule must be higher, because I see signs on everything up to about 16', with warning signs preceding anything under 15' for sure.  At least, down in LA, anyway.

/I either drive over or under the bridge for the 10 at Normandie every work day.  Wonder what's wrong with it.
//There's another bridge further West where, if you're sitting on it, you can feel it moving from all the traffic blowing by on the other side.
 
2013-05-27 05:02:09 AM  

RexTalionis: Fun fact: The Tappan Zee is built at the widest point of the Hudson river because it's just outside of the Port Authority control zone. The New York State can get all of the toll money, instead of sharing it with the Port Authority.


Since we're doing fun facts about NY bridges: The Outerbridge Crossing, even though it is literally the outer bridge crossing (the most remote NY bridge, at the SW tip of Staten Island), was actually named after Eugenius Harvey Outerbridge, first chairman of the NY Port Authority.
 
2013-05-27 05:10:16 AM  
Lake Charles Louisiana I-10 bridge; without a doubt a terrible bridge about to collapse. 99% of trucks take a longer route to avoid this aging death trap.
 
2013-05-27 05:11:32 AM  

namatad: But I thought that the reason that bridge collapsed was an ASSHOLE tried to cross while exceeding the height limit.

Not certain that it was the bridge's fault that it collapsed.


It's  never the bridges fault; they're just structures being structures.

/no dangerous bridges, just irresponsible owners
 
2013-05-27 05:12:00 AM  

chuggernaught: Want to save the country? then undo everything that led to this condition. Force our industries back home with tariffs, raise the top tier taxes back to 70%, end all the corporate subsidies and corporate tax loopholes...


How many bridges could you have built for the cost of a couple of futile wars in, say, Iraq and Afghanistan?
 
2013-05-27 05:12:38 AM  
Obama had proposed shovel ready jobs to upgrade the nation's crumbling infrastructure.  This was a good thing and long overdue.  Unfortunately, the feminist groups hated the idea because shovel ready jobs meant work for "burly men" (their words).  So Obama gave in to the political pressure and sent most of the money elsewhere.  It didn't matter that this was work that needed to be done.  It didn't matter that 80% of the jobs lost in the recession were "burly man" types of jobs.  Political correctness must be obeyed.

So when a bridge collapses and people die, you can thank NOW.

I was under the impression that woman can do any job a man can do.  So why did they complain about these physical jobs?
 
2013-05-27 05:14:12 AM  

RexTalionis: The Tappan Zee is built at the widest point of the Hudson river. Its replacement is going to take the better part of a decade to be built. It's currently estimated to take 5 years to finish construction, but knowing NY state, there will be massive budget over-runs and delays. It will take at least 8-10 years to complete.


We will start hearing about these massive budget overruns and delays about one week after Cuomo is re-elected next year, and then, gosh - it'll be unavoidable to raise the (already the nation's highest) gas tax, even though the gas tax money goes into the general fund and only winds up invested in the roads if the party bosses say so. Legislators who displease the bosses find that what the state has budgeted for their district pays for one guy with a wheelbarrow full of dirt, plus $130,000 for the state senator's niece DOT spokesperson who will write three press releases a week about what the guy with the wheelbarrow full of dirt is up to, five weeks after he finished it.
 
2013-05-27 05:16:20 AM  

UsikFark: namatad: But I thought that the reason that bridge collapsed was an ASSHOLE tried to cross while exceeding the height limit.

The bridge was 14'6" and no height limit is posted unless the bridge is under 14'5". WA transportation law.



Which is why there was supposed to be a pilot car checking the clearance with a pole at least as high as the truck's load.
 
2013-05-27 05:17:33 AM  
The truck took out multiple cross beams from what I read.
 
2013-05-27 05:17:57 AM  

orbister: chuggernaught: Want to save the country? then undo everything that led to this condition. Force our industries back home with tariffs, raise the top tier taxes back to 70%, end all the corporate subsidies and corporate tax loopholes...

How many bridges could you have built for the cost of a couple of futile wars in, say, Iraq and Afghanistan?


We've built a lot of bridges in Iraq and Afghanistan; roads, levees, and other infrastructure, too. Example:

http://www.defense.gov/News/NewsArticle.aspx?ID=47053
 
2013-05-27 05:20:29 AM  

OgreMagi: Obama had proposed shovel ready jobs to upgrade the nation's crumbling infrastructure.  This was a good thing and long overdue.  Unfortunately, the feminist groups hated the idea because shovel ready jobs meant work for "burly men" (their words).  So Obama gave in to the political pressure and sent most of the money elsewhere.  It didn't matter that this was work that needed to be done.  It didn't matter that 80% of the jobs lost in the recession were "burly man" types of jobs.  Political correctness must be obeyed.

So when a bridge collapses and people die, you can thank NOW.

I was under the impression that woman can do any job a man can do.  So why did they complain about these physical jobs?


Really? Do you have back up for this?

(Not calling BS... I'd like to read it)
 
2013-05-27 05:26:31 AM  
 
2013-05-27 05:27:14 AM  
chuggernaught:

As a percentage of GDP, tax revenue's have been fairly stable. And if you look at the distribution of tax revenue collected by quintile, the top 20% are paying a higher share than when the tax rates were much higher. The biggest change however is government spending as a percentage of GDP. It has grown considerably, and if nothing is done, it will continue to grow at an unsustainable rate.

That said. Now is not the time for austerity OR tax increases. Right now we need to invest in our economy in order to put it on a path to sustainable growth. And improvements in infrastructure are one of the best places for that kind of investment. Then, once the economy is healthy, we will need more revenue, and cuts in government spending. The best way to do that is to invest in people and the overall economy now, so that people who need government support currently, become productive tax payers in the future.

Of course since we are governed by a bunch of short sighted idiots who never look beyond the next election, we are effectively screwed. So you go ahead, raise taxes by $1, and spend $100. Or if your a Republican, cut spending by $1, and cut taxes by $100. Lets see how that works out in the end.

/Both side aren't just bad, they are criminal
//Hopefully when it all comes crashing down, we figure out how to build a better system. Cause this one is beyond fixing.
 
2013-05-27 05:29:41 AM  

common sense is an oxymoron: UsikFark: namatad: But I thought that the reason that bridge collapsed was an ASSHOLE tried to cross while exceeding the height limit.

The bridge was 14'6" and no height limit is posted unless the bridge is under 14'5". WA transportation law.


Which is why there was supposed to be a pilot car checking the clearance with a pole at least as high as the truck's load.


Yeah... and there was.
 
2013-05-27 05:34:13 AM  

OgreMagi: Obama had proposed shovel ready jobs to upgrade the nation's crumbling infrastructure.  This was a good thing and long overdue.  Unfortunately, the feminist groups hated the idea because shovel ready jobs meant work for "burly men" (their words).  So Obama gave in to the political pressure and sent most of the money elsewhere.  It didn't matter that this was work that needed to be done.  It didn't matter that 80% of the jobs lost in the recession were "burly man" types of jobs.  Political correctness must be obeyed.

So when a bridge collapses and people die, you can thank NOW.

I was under the impression that woman can do any job a man can do.  So why did they complain about these physical jobs?


I was wondering where those shovel ready jobs were at.  Now I know what happened to them.
 
2013-05-27 05:36:36 AM  
11foot8.com

For more funny bridge pics and videos...
 
2013-05-27 05:40:55 AM  
I-70 between Broadway and University in Denver shakes, rattles, and rolls during rush hours.  I avoided that elevated stretch for years.
 
2013-05-27 05:45:51 AM  
We're still ahead of China in bridge collapses, right?
 
2013-05-27 05:46:54 AM  
On a related note, this just in: Ronald McDonald suffering from fallen arches. Must have been the added weight of "over one billion served".
 
2013-05-27 05:49:10 AM  
Myself and several carloads of long-time friends passed over the Skagit bridge on our way to Anecordes only a couple of hours before the truck munched it. After we heard we all agreed that the odds were infantessimaly small that it could have been any of us, but it is hard to shake that "what if" feeling.
 
2013-05-27 05:52:42 AM  
The 1-75 'Brent Spence' bridge between Cincinnati and Covington, KY across the Ohio River. 50 years old, sporting microcracks from the strain of supporting the weight of a constant overload of traffic. Obama used this bridge as a campaign-based bad example of infrastructure crumble at the point in the election when Cincinnati was considered a possible 'decider' city.
Nothing heard from Washington since.
 
2013-05-27 05:56:03 AM  
Yeah, well, you know, that's just, like, uh, your opinion, man.
 
2013-05-27 06:02:37 AM  

OgreMagi: Obama had proposed shovel ready jobs to upgrade the nation's crumbling infrastructure.  This was a good thing and long overdue.  Unfortunately, the feminist groups hated the idea because shovel ready jobs meant work for "burly men" (their words).  So Obama gave in to the political pressure and sent most of the money elsewhere.  It didn't matter that this was work that needed to be done.  It didn't matter that 80% of the jobs lost in the recession were "burly man" types of jobs.  Political correctness must be obeyed.

So when a bridge collapses and people die, you can thank NOW.

I was under the impression that woman can do any job a man can do.  So why did they complain about these physical jobs?


How dare you question St Barry, you must be a racist, sexist, homophobe. (Trolling it before the fark libs say it and mean it)
 
2013-05-27 06:03:43 AM  
All in blue states, interestingly enough
 
2013-05-27 06:05:10 AM  

antidumbass: The 1-75 'Brent Spence' bridge between Cincinnati and Covington, KY across the Ohio River. 50 years old, sporting microcracks from the strain of supporting the weight of a constant overload of traffic. Obama used this bridge as a campaign-based bad example of infrastructure crumble at the point in the election when Cincinnati was considered a possible 'decider' city.
Nothing heard from Washington since.


I hate the layout of that bridge even if it wasnt ancient as fark. I usually hit 275 if Im going somewhere up north on 75.
 
2013-05-27 06:18:46 AM  

OgreMagi: Obama had proposed shovel ready jobs to upgrade the nation's crumbling infrastructure.  This was a good thing and long overdue.  Unfortunately, the feminist groups hated the idea because shovel ready jobs meant work for "burly men" (their words).  So Obama gave in to the political pressure and sent most of the money elsewhere.  It didn't matter that this was work that needed to be done.  It didn't matter that 80% of the jobs lost in the recession were "burly man" types of jobs.  Political correctness must be obeyed.

So when a bridge collapses and people die, you can thank NOW.

I was under the impression that woman can do any job a man can do.  So why did they complain about these physical jobs?


[citation needed]
 
2013-05-27 06:24:48 AM  

OgreMagi: Obama had proposed shovel ready jobs to upgrade the nation's crumbling infrastructure.  This was a good thing and long overdue.  Unfortunately, the feminist groups hated the idea because shovel ready jobs meant work for "burly men" (their words).  So Obama gave in to the political pressure and sent most of the money elsewhere.  It didn't matter that this was work that needed to be done.  It didn't matter that 80% of the jobs lost in the recession were "burly man" types of jobs.  Political correctness must be obeyed.

So when a bridge collapses and people die, you can thank NOW.

I was under the impression that woman can do any job a man can do.  So why did they complain about these physical jobs?


What? citations please and most road crews I see have women as well as men.
 
2013-05-27 06:28:22 AM  

tinfoil-hat maggie: OgreMagi: Obama had proposed shovel ready jobs to upgrade the nation's crumbling infrastructure.  This was a good thing and long overdue.  Unfortunately, the feminist groups hated the idea because shovel ready jobs meant work for "burly men" (their words).  So Obama gave in to the political pressure and sent most of the money elsewhere.  It didn't matter that this was work that needed to be done.  It didn't matter that 80% of the jobs lost in the recession were "burly man" types of jobs.  Political correctness must be obeyed.

So when a bridge collapses and people die, you can thank NOW.

I was under the impression that woman can do any job a man can do.  So why did they complain about these physical jobs?

What? citations please and most road crews I see have women as well as men.


And in fact, implying that ONLY men are capable of doing these jobs seems very..out-of-character for "the feminist groups".
 
2013-05-27 06:30:41 AM  

LordJiro: tinfoil-hat maggie: OgreMagi: Obama had proposed shovel ready jobs to upgrade the nation's crumbling infrastructure.  This was a good thing and long overdue.  Unfortunately, the feminist groups hated the idea because shovel ready jobs meant work for "burly men" (their words).  So Obama gave in to the political pressure and sent most of the money elsewhere.  It didn't matter that this was work that needed to be done.  It didn't matter that 80% of the jobs lost in the recession were "burly man" types of jobs.  Political correctness must be obeyed.

So when a bridge collapses and people die, you can thank NOW.

I was under the impression that woman can do any job a man can do.  So why did they complain about these physical jobs?

What? citations please and most road crews I see have women as well as men.

And in fact, implying that ONLY men are capable of doing these jobs seems very..out-of-character for "the feminist groups".


Maybe they were implying that women can do these jobs but aren't hired by employers because of their perceived lack of burliness?

/straw grasping here
 
2013-05-27 06:31:51 AM  

LordJiro: OgreMagi: Obama had proposed shovel ready jobs to upgrade the nation's crumbling infrastructure.  This was a good thing and long overdue.  Unfortunately, the feminist groups hated the idea because shovel ready jobs meant work for "burly men" (their words).  So Obama gave in to the political pressure and sent most of the money elsewhere.  It didn't matter that this was work that needed to be done.  It didn't matter that 80% of the jobs lost in the recession were "burly man" types of jobs.  Political correctness must be obeyed.

So when a bridge collapses and people die, you can thank NOW.

I was under the impression that woman can do any job a man can do.  So why did they complain about these physical jobs?

[citation needed]


Indeed.
/Not amused
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