by h. brown
Science is the search for patterns. When you are
able to identify a pattern, you use calculus to predict an arc which
allows you to intersect at one or several points and effect a desired
— George Roth (old
SF cab driver)
I see patterns. Employing the ingredients of not so
“benign neglect,” a bought-off major press and an ignorant, compliant or
corrupt band of politicians, the “Evil Axis” of society fluffs, Bechtel,
greedy realtors & developers is poised to rip off billions of dollars
from local tax payers.
Case in point … if y’all think the recent spate of
stories describing the imminent collapse of the 160-mile drainage ditch
running from Yosemite to San Francisco is not a coordinated effort to
force the SF Board of Supervisors to back off any challenge to Bechtel …
if you think the stories are coincidences … you are an idiot. If, on the
other hand, you buy my conspiracy theories … you are brilliant.
Take your choice.
There are Roman aqueducts over 2,000 years old still
carrying water to Rome. The Coliseum in Rome is over 2,000 years old.
With only a few patches, the Hetch Hetchy, Candlestick & the Trans-Bay
Terminal could last another thousand years.
Yes, dim reader, I said a “thousand.”
Ya know how to judge a concrete pour? If you put the
rebar less than three inches from the surface, you’ll get that
particular piece of surface to pop off after a few decades. The
interior? It only gets stronger.
Hetch Hetchy is a rock (literally). As is Candlestick.
As is the Trans-Bay Terminal.
Yet crooked politicians and reporters have joined en
masse to flesh out a public relations effort to convince you that these
structures need to be replaced. Why? How’s abouts for over $6 billion
flowing into the pockets of the already grotesquely bloated San
Same for the destruction of the imminently salvageable
de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park.
Same for the Golden Gate Stables.
Same for the public housing in North Beach.
In all cases, the public is told that whereas frame
structures constructed 200 years ago in this country can be preserved
with decent maintenance & an occasional overhaul, reinforced concrete
structures must be replaced every 40 years or so.
Are you stupid enough to believe that? Apparently. You
keep voting for bond issues to replace perfectly serviceable structures.
Like a rock: