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Bridge Girder Erection Mega Machine

An evening pause: More proof that modern engineering can make almost anything seem easy.

Hat tip Phill Oltmann.

Conscious Choice cover

Now available in hardback and paperback as well as ebook!

 

From the press release: In this ground-breaking new history of early America, historian Robert Zimmerman not only exposes the lie behind The New York Times 1619 Project that falsely claims slavery is central to the history of the United States, he also provides profound lessons about the nature of human societies, lessons important for Americans today as well as for all future settlers on Mars and elsewhere in space.

 
Conscious Choice: The origins of slavery in America and why it matters today and for our future in outer space, is a riveting page-turning story that documents how slavery slowly became pervasive in the southern British colonies of North America, colonies founded by a people and culture that not only did not allow slavery but in every way were hostile to the practice.  
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4 comments

  • Cotour

    Thats an awful big and complex machine, way up high, and a lot of guys all depending that nothing fails, like the grade of concrete being poured in those columns by some Chinese contractor. Its cool, but it makes me nervous.

  • Garry

    Look on the bright side: if it doesn’t collapse during the erection, you’d feel safe driving a car over it when it’s done.

    It would be even cooler if they could do this on a curved section.

  • Ace

    Not a safety harness in sight. Here in BC the authorities would poop nukes. Send in the grief counsellors.

  • I agree about the safety measures. One thing I’ve noticed about Chinese construction practices is that little attention is paid to worker safety. But when you’ve got 2 billion people to choose from, and the State protects you from liability, why worry? On the other hand, I was looking at the process from a continuous feed standpoint, sort of like a TBM.

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