Only three days…

Hurricane Ian blew apart a major bridge between Ft. Myers and Pine Island (yes, an island people live on). Not just damaged, but blew away a huge chunk. Maybe 20-25 feet gone, cutting the island off from the mainland. Well folks, it has been rebuilt. Three days. Traffic is now flowing back and forth again. Traffic is mostly clean up crews, engineers, and inspectors (residents are still prohibited while these tasks are underway), but they are hard at work.

Just amazing what can happen when people get involved, work hard, do not flee to other cities (at taxpayer expense), and do not sit around waiting for someone to do the shit for them.

You listening New Orleans?

31 thoughts on “Only three days…

  1. That is amazing!! I need to take a look. Did they build it with concrete? Also, I was reading that on the Island it’s filled with alligators and snakes. We don’t hear much news, you know, it’s always political, so we get less about Ian than you would.

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    1. The Army Corps of Engineers built it, and they are not union. I am guessing it is steel. No doubt the same type they use to build a hasty tank crossing when bridges are taken out with Air to ground missiles.

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    2. Alligators on the island not so much as they are not salt water lovers. Jaws, on the other hand, sees this as new feeding grounds. The mainland rivers are also flooding, and that is where there is an Alligator issue. Believe it or not, they are not fond of the taste of humans. Attacks are rare. Lengthy attacks even rarer. They just prefer to be left alone.

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  2. That is certainly great and impressive about the bridge! Of course, the insult to NOLA is hardly warranted. I was there before and after forced evacuations. Residents had absolutely no choice in the matter, we could not decide to stay and there were no services at all for months. When I went back, which was as soon as I could, because I thought I still had my contract at Tulane, I was given the runaround by every place I tried to volunteer—they had outside, federal, contractors and were bussing in workers from over the boarder. It was a total shit show, as you well know, but not for lack of effort and desire by most residents, who never wanted to leave in the first place. Anyway, good luck with the reconstruction, I hope it’s much easier than what I’ve seen now, first in NOLA, then in Galveston—slow, frustrating, a lot of feeling useless and hopeless—not times I care to recall much.

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    1. Good point!

      I spent some of my youth growing up on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, and I used to visit relatives in New Orleans. Had a relatively good impression of the place. Unfortunately, like most of America’s urban areas, the city has suffered under the rule of Democrats.

      One of the problems with New Orleans is that much of the city is below sea level. The Mississippi River’s delta is a lousy place to build anything. Because the Mississippi River is channelized the silt from the river no longer has the opportunity to deposit on the delta (think about that). So the delta is shrinking as it slow subsides into the Gulf of Mexico. That is why much of the city was not rebuilt. It doesn’t make sense for most people to live in a place that is so vulnerable to hurricanes and where it is nearly impossible to build a decent foundation.

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      1. I get the sense that it was, and still is, about U.N. Agenda 21/2030 goals much more than it is about Left/Right American politics. While it is certainly true that very large cities on very shaky ground make no sense at all, the ‘sustainability’ goals are about where the money and power are being funneled. NOLA is now a Rockefeller Smart City under mass surveillance, like they all will be eventually.

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      2. I am not altogether certain who is behind the mad push for the ESG agenda. I think it is difficult to say because this ESG mess is more of a historical accident than it is any particular person’s design (other than Satan).

        Politicians and bureaucrats (including corporate bureaucrats) gain power by controlling government spending and regulating people and commerce. Since the ESG agenda gives politicians and bureaucrats a perfect excuse to spend more money and produce more regulations, they have a natural prejudice for it.

        Unfortunately, our forebears made the mistake of pouring more and more money into government-run schools. Even our colleges and universities receive huge amounts of money. That has put bureaucrats in charge of the education of our young and produced an unhealthy uniformity of thought.

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      3. There may be some historical accidents and some satanism for sure, but I see this as a ‘coup d’etat in slow motion’ where global entities such as the WEF, UN, the various foundations (like the Rockefeller Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, etc) work together to consolidate power into a fascistic New World Order where surveillance is the only assurance they have to keep so very many plebes in line.

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      4. I don’t disagree. I just don’t see clear evidence of a mastermind. The Chinese Communists clearly have a role, but so do other foreign actors.

        I fear many of our leaders are selling their services to the highest bidder. That includes our president. That is what happens when we sell our own vote to politicians offering is other people’s money. They sell us.

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      1. Maybe, but that applies to lots of places. I mean, the entire D.C. area used to be a geographical swamp and we replaced it with a political swamp. Leaving it a geographical swamp would have been preferential.

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    1. I was mistaken. Too many islands to keep track of. Sanibel got destroyed. Many evacuees said on the news last night they will not return and rebuild. Only way to get to it is by boat right now.

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