Miami Bridge Collapses

Why did the ABC bridge have its pivot supports removed before the overhead support cables visible in the finished design were installed?

Days ago:
Community gathers to watch 950-ton bridge move across Southwest 8th Street

Leonor Flores ’98 is a project executive and one of 63 FIU alumni who work for MCM, the construction firm building the FIU-Sweetwater UniversityCity Bridge, which will further connect FIU and its northerly neighbor, the City of Sweetwater. She was excited to share her work with her family, especially Michelle, who is interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) in school.

Michelle said she might want to follow in her parents’ footsteps and go to FIU when the time comes, and that it was fascinating to see her mom’s work in action. “I’m interested in the architecture and the design of the bridge, and the math portion of it,” she said.

Said Leonor: “It’s very important for me as a woman and an engineer to be able to promote that to my daughter, because I think women have a different perspective. We’re able to put in an artistic touch and we’re able to build, too.”

The pedestrian bridge, which crosses Southwest 8th Street at the 109th Avenue intersection, will provide a safer crossing of the eight-lane thoroughfare for the 4,200 FIU students living in Sweetwater. Between its walkways and plazas, it will also provide 9,900 square feet of gathering and event space



Don’t Make It Sound Like There’s More Than One Thing

“recognize its own climate change efforts, such as carbon capture and storage. ”
Effort, not “efforts”. There’s only been one effort made, and arguably the CCS project increases emissions since it’s an Enhanced Oil Recovery project that enables Cenovus to extract more oil which will be burned. Whether the net CO2 from CCS is a reduction or an increase has not been officially confirmed, probably because it is an increase in pollution overall.

The federal Ministry of the Environment sent Manitoba a letter in December giving it until the end of February to sign on, or else lose its share of a $1.4-billion clean energy fund.

The fund is only available to provinces that ratified the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, which Manitoba and Saskatchewan refused to sign in December 2016.

The Premier and Environment Ministers are arrogant, stubborn, anti-science mutton heads. How else can anyone sum it up better than that?

Amarillo Police Shoot the “Good Guy With A Gun”

This is pretty much how you could imagine things would go wrong if you were caught disarming a crazed gunman before or as police arrive on the scene.

Garces and Blackburn are working with the city to ensure the medical bills are paid, but Garces hopes for one other item: More education for officers on deadly use of force.

“Train them better, man,” said Garces. “That guy didn’t know what he was doing.”

He asked to have the bullet taken out of his chest as a souvenir, a reminder of how quickly life can change.

“I got the gun,” he said. “I thought it was over. but they the cops shot me. The good guys shot me.”

In the wake of the Parkland school shooting, and the survivors tackling the NRA corruption problem in the USA, we’re also being fed the utter hooey that school teachers should have guns to keep children safe. The thought of my parents, or other teachers as carting a gun around school, is indescribable. English doesn’t have a single word to describe the feeling that you’ve left your dimension for an alternate evil mirror universe, but it’s possibly what rising fascism is supposed to feel like to people who question it.

Layin’ Pipe

SK NDP Chasing Fossils

This was sent to me, and the person asked it be published anonymously:

Tonight while scrolling though Facebook I noticed a statement from you about the pipeline in BC. I am actually very disappointed to see you support it. We don’t need any more pipelines in this country, we need to invest in solar and wind energy, not more fossil fuels that are contributing to global warming. Up to this point I’ve thought very highly of you and thought that you represented me and Douglas Park very well. But now I am questioning myself and if I will be able to support you in the future. I know that we live in a province run by the oil industry, but I think that it is time that stops. Please stop supporting people who only care about lining their pockets and who don’t care about our environment and future.

After reading another NDP supporter or two’s facebook pages, this seems to be a common sentiment that Sarauer’s NDP have read the tea leaves wrong, and are chasing the people convinced by decades of propaganda that we need the oil industry to grow. Maybe there’s no other way to win in politics in oil-crazed Saskatchewan, but I prefer being honest, and working towards policies that might save civilization from the pollution crisis.

I Didn’t Blog in December

I was distracted by things more awesome than blogging. What could that be? I’ll tell you some day.

For now, I’m back, complaining about litter.

Everyone is focusing on a crappy coffee shop chain in Canada, and giving them even more brain-space free marketing because too many people are addicted to the sugar and caffeine and cultural experience their wretched business offers the world.
The bigger story is how their disposable cups are such common litter that they’re almost as destructive and unsightly as smoking litter. The unit of measure of litter is measured in #Timmies, which counts how many littered coffee cups of waste are in a m^2 on the ground. Coffee shops and places selling “disposable” cups should be forced to charge a deposit on the cups and lids, and re-collect them for refund.