Another Great Moment in Civic Engineering

A part of the new publicly funded Busch Stadium in St. Louis fell off of the six-year-old stadium:

A day after a 100-pound piece of metal trim toppled from Busch Stadium, inspectors were busy looking at similar panels on the stadium to determine if they could fall, too — and what to do about them.

Ron Watermon, the Cardinals’ director of public relations and civic affairs, said the city sent an inspector to the stadium late Monday afternoon after a 2-foot-by-4-foot piece fell from the building, and a team of inspectors was back at the stadium this morning.

Is it just me, or does it seem like more civic engineering projects are falling apart lately?

  • June 2010, O’Donnell Park parking garage:

    Structural engineers from the City of Milwaukee, Milwaukee County and the State of Wisconsin will return to the collapsed parking garage Friday morning at O’Donnell Park.

    They will be there to determine why a portion of the garage on Lincoln Memorial Drive near the Summerfest grounds collapsed, killing a 15-year-old boy and injuring two others.

  • August 1, 2007, I-35W:

    The I-35W Mississippi River bridge (officially known as Bridge 9340) was an eight-lane, steel truss arch bridge that carried Interstate 35W across the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States. During the evening rush hour on August 1, 2007, it suddenly collapsed, killing 13 people and injuring 145.

  • July 2006, Big Dig tunnel:

    The Big Dig ceiling collapse occurred on July 10, 2006, when a concrete ceiling panel weighing 3 tons (2722 kg) and measuring 20 by 40 ft (6.1 by 12.2 m) fell in Boston’s Fort Point Channel Tunnel. The panel fell on a car traveling on the two-lane ramp connecting northbound I-93 to eastbound I-90 in South Boston, killing a passenger and injuring the driver.

The Romans built roads that were in use for millennia. 21st Century American Civilization can hardly seem to build something that lasts until the checks clear.

Yes, I know, Galloping Gertie, 1940. Have things always fallen down like this and I’m only being especially gloomy now?

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Obama Administration Increases Health Insurance Costs

The headline is all about the free candy: Women’s contraceptives must be fully covered soon. Lots of free candy:

The Obama administration issued new standards on Monday that require health insurance plans to cover all government-approved contraceptives for women, without co-payments or other charges.

The standards, which also guarantee full coverage of other preventive services for women, follow recommendations from the National Academy of Sciences and grew out of the new health care law.

The article gives proper talking points about who will get the free candy and why free candy is good:

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said, “These guidelines will save countless dollars and lives, and send a hugely powerful message about the importance of women’s preventive health care.”

Rep. Lois Capps, D-Calif., also praised the requirements, saying they would “ensure that women have increased access to the services they need to be healthy.”

Christers oppose it:

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and conservative groups, including the Family Research Council, oppose any requirement for coverage of contraceptives.

If enough people don’t take free candy, the federal government will spend money creating and running ads and marketing to shout “FREE CANDY!!!!”:

Researchers have found that people who have coverage of preventive services, under Medicare or private insurance, use them much less than recommended. Federal officials said they would try to promote their use by publicizing the fact that wider, cost-free coverage is now available.

The article explains how this mandate will be funded:


Allow me to ‘splain: Health insurance premiums will go up so insurance companies can buy the candy that Sugar Daddy Sam mandates that health insurance providers give to you at no cost to you.

Evil insurance companies will arbitrarily raise your monthly bills. Because they’re evil. And the saintly unelected boards in Washington, D.C., are good. QED.

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