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  •  In a bizarre way this reassures me ... (13+ / 0-)

    it's not a failure of American engineering.  Someone WAS paying attention.  The problems WERE I.D'd.  We still have competent civil servants.

    But not ENOUGH people were paying attention.  Scientific understanding does no good if not acted upon.  That takes political will.  And a populace willing to pay taxes.  

    "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

    by lgmcp on Mon Aug 20, 2007 at 02:12:26 PM PDT

    •  Well... (6+ / 0-)

      We have people who do care who work for the government...but we have a lot more willing to block a spending project for fear of being "for" tax increases.

      This is the sickness of being Republican, and really, American these days.  So many people expect something for nothing, so they complain that they have to pay anything.

      TexasDemocrat
      Giggity giggity giggity...Iraq's a Quagmire

      by TexasDemocrat on Mon Aug 20, 2007 at 02:15:57 PM PDT

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    •  we don't know why it fell (0+ / 0-)

      Certainly, the engineers didn't believe it was in imminent danger, or it would have been condemned then.  

      The point of failure was probably one of the beams identified as weak.  But do we know WHY it failed?  Was it related to the construction on the deck?  A missed crack?  Something else?

      "I want to be taken seriously as an artist."

      by Leggy Starlitz on Mon Aug 20, 2007 at 02:43:10 PM PDT

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