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Video captured the sound of a man screaming: "Oh god, oh, god." Other images showed a green truck that had stopped on the bridge yards short of a gaping hole.

The 330-foot tall bridge was built in the 1960s, the BBC reported. It runs over homes, shopping centers, factories, a railway line and a river, according to Ansa.

counterpunch, "austerity"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Aug 14th, 2018 at 06:07:31 PM EST
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Steel reinforced concrete design with a lifespan of 50 years. With today's traffic, the wear and tear surpassed to original redundancy calculation, nevertheless the Ponte Morandi was opened in 1967.

Not only in the States is there a lack of funds for necessary replacements of old bridges and investment into infrastructure.

Italy abides by the budgetary rules of Brussels to limit government spending ...

Govt must respect rules - Dombrovskis

Narcissism in leadership, also in Italy ...

The interior minister, Matteo Salvini, said that those responsible would "pay, pay everything, and pay dearly".

Crollo ponte a Genova, Salvini: 'I responsabili dovranno pagare tutto e caro'

Politicians are seldom responsible ...  

by Oui on Wed Aug 15th, 2018 at 09:00:04 AM EST
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Saw reports that M5S used campaigns against infrastructure upgrades as part of their buildup, including motorway projects that would have bypassed or replaced this bridge. Anyone know if there's truth in that?
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Wed Aug 15th, 2018 at 10:05:29 AM EST
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Genoa Bridge Collapse (The Independent)

This links to a Wayback Machine page very recently pulled by M5S from their website, dated April 2013. It's from NO GRONDA, an anti-public works project movement in Genoa, backed by M5S.

The sweet bit is "la favoletta dell'imminente crollo del Ponte Morandi" (the fairytale of the imminent collapse of the Morandi Bridge).

Well, it did take five years.

I used to be afew. I'm still not many.

by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Wed Aug 15th, 2018 at 12:14:04 PM EST
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hi John, nice to see you around

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Aug 15th, 2018 at 01:03:39 PM EST
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Hi Helen, just a bit of a lurk now and then <disappears in puff of orange smoke>.

I used to be afew. I'm still not many.
by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Thu Aug 16th, 2018 at 01:55:58 PM EST
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leaving a slight whiff of sulphur... Cheers John

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Thu Aug 16th, 2018 at 02:43:13 PM EST
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I presume M5S will now be against wasting public money to replace it.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Aug 15th, 2018 at 12:17:47 PM EST
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BWAH!

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Aug 15th, 2018 at 12:50:44 PM EST
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Amazing rescue work under extreme circumstances ... this is why first responders train, hoping never to be working in such a major disaster.

by Oui on Wed Aug 15th, 2018 at 09:00:52 AM EST
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