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Bridge Collapsed in Miami

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A so-called “instant” bridge collapsed in Miami early this afternoon just days after its installation, reportedly trapping pedestrians underneath.

The bridge was installed by Florida International University to give students a safer crossing over, rather than across, the busy seven-lane Tamiami Trail.

The main span is 174 feet long. Pictures from the scene show most of the span collapsed and pancaked.

CNN is reporting that multiple people have been killed. Possibly a dozen dead.


FIU bridge collapse: Multiple fatalities reported – CNN

https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/15/us/miami-bridge-collapse/index.html(CNN)Multiple people have died as a result of a pedestrian bridge collapse at Florida International University in Miami, according to a spokesman with the Florida Highway Patrol.

FIU installs new pedestrian bridge over the Trail in a few hours | Miami Herald

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/Miami-dade/west-Miami-dade/article204506084.htmlInstant bridge? Not quite, but in a single morning Florida International University dropped a new elevated pedestrian span into place over the Tamiami Trail to provide students a safe route over the perilous roadway for the first time.

Once it’s finished in early 2019, the new pedestrian bridge will link FIU’s Modesto A. Maidique Campus directly to the small suburban city of Sweetwater, where the university estimates 4,000 of its students live.

FIU pedestrian bridge collapses, people trapped underneath | Miami Herald

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/Miami-dade/West-Miami-dade/article205316174.htmlA pedestrian bridge under construction collapsed Thursday, just days after crews dropped an elevated 950-ton span in place in a project that was intended to give Florida International University students a safe route across the busy roadway.

The bridge crashed across six lanes of heavily traveled Tamiami Trail, crushing a still undetermined number of car and killing a still unclear number of people. Police on the scene said at least six people could be dead. The Florida Highway Patrol reported five or six cars were trapped under the bridge. Miami-Dade County police said at least eight cars had been crushed under the walkway, which was not yet open to student traffic.

 


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Honolulu has a bright future if we all work together

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Honolulu has a bright future if we all work together

THINK AHEAD

Where we are now is neither where we were in the not so long ago past nor where we want to be in the near future. Let’s look at the kind of community we want to provide and leave for our children and grandchildren.

Imagine a world in which….

  • Hawaii’s largest economic component is now AGRICULTURE. High overhead and operating costs on Oahu drove sugarcane and pineapple to foreign fields. We need to go easy on Chinese investments and overdevelopment of open space. We need to keep the country country as much as possible.
  • All shipping restrictions have been ended. The Jones Act was eliminated by President’s Executive Order or Class Action Law Suit by Honolulu City and County Residents. Hawaii will be free of the century-old legislation which has caused sky-high consumer prices here in these islands.
  • Cost of living is lower than Oregon because of our newly recognized proximity to Pacific Rim nations. Honolulu is 1,000 miles closer to Asia than to Washington DC. Our economic well-being is closely related to that of our neighbors.
  • Former State Health Care Plan is now in place. Obamacare has been eliminated and Health and Education are controlled by State & Municipal Governments. Those Federal Agencies have been eliminated.
  • Public Schools here are rated among top ten metropolitan areas in U.S. Hawaii’s teachers are the best paid in the U.S. No more brain drain where we keep the best instructors for our own children rather than losing them to more affordable mainland locales with higher salaries.
  • Homelessness has been radically reduced. We reinforce our social structure and keep more families intact. We deal with mental health and substance abuse issues that divide families. We reduce the cost of living so everyone can afford accommodations.
  • Unemployment is non-existent. Every able-bodied man and woman will be able to find employment that optimizes their skill sets. We will make Honolulu a business-friendly environment as the Gateway to/from the Asia-Pacific. We turn Honolulu into a world-renowned business hub.
  • Hydrogen, geothermal, solar and ocean thermal energy conversion are major sources of electrical power. Hydrogen is transported in natural gas pipelines and serves Hawaii along with geothermal and solar resources.
  • All Native Hawaiians (50% Blood Quantum) have been awarded homestead land in fee simple absolute. Allodial Title holders have had their titles restored in accord with Kingdom law. Ancient wills and laws of descent and inheritance are based on proper authentication of heritage and ancestry which has been discovered and documented as authentic. Both indigenous Hawaiians and all other ethnicities will expect and receive due respect and support.
  • HART has been fully investigated, a Forensic Audit has been completed and all law violators are serving time in prison. Rail construction will be evaluated using common sense criteria. Decisions will be made based upon the needs of our community.
  • Fighting POLLUTION has become close to religious fervor. Citizen stream, beach and canal clean ups are popular and on going. Ala Wai Canal as well as Palolo, Manoa and other major streams have been sanitized using latest pollution cleansing equipment. DLNR, coupled with citizen and prisoner volunteer assistance, have made our fresh waters pristine. (In 1973 using this type of technique, the citizenry removed 37 TONS from the Ala Wai Canal leaving it swimmable, a clean habitat for fish. All at NO COST to State or County Governments.) Prisoners under supervision are allowed to participate in these volunteer clean ups and given time off as credit for their participation.
  • The Tour De Hawaii is an internationally recognized major biking competition. It includes Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa legs in the five day event. Hawaii has become the best state for biking in the U.S, with EVERY ISLAND providing safe lanes and paths so that safe biking is accessible and popular on every major island.
  • Taxes have been reduced because of fiscally conservative leadership at the State and County levels of government in Hawaii. You know far better how to spend your own money than elected officials do in your behalf.
  • Hunting, fishing and environmental protection are considered as MOST IMPORTANT in terms of land use controls. Penalties for violations are harsh. The “Pave the Planet Project” has been made unwelcome in the City and County of Honolulu.
  • Native Hawaiian cultural and economic practices, maintaining fish ponds, limiting fishing on designated coast sectors to allow maintenance of wildlife as well as in the hunting areas will be respected. DLNR will be primary enforcer with respect to all pollution and wildlife violations. Honolulu will be more beautiful and livable.

HOW DOES THAT APPEAL TO YOU?

This is a plan and a vision that can be reality on the Island of Oahu within the near future. But it will take altruistic leaders (no, that is not an oxymoron) whose hearts are in and with our community. They must neither have ulterior motives nor be using elected office as a stepping stone for personal power, wealth and prestige.

WOULDN’T IT BE GREAT IF OUR NEXT MAYOR OF HONOLULU HAD THIS AGENDA PLUS THE EXPERIENCE & EXPERTISE TO MAKE IT HAPPEN?

That superbly qualified and dedicated public servant is John S. Carroll. What you have read is his actual Conservative Manifesto. You won’t achieve these desired results by electing another worn-out high profile politician as our next Mayor of the City and County of Honolulu.

John has served Hawaii as a state legislator, USAF fighter pilot, Hawaiian Airlines pilot and attorney. He knows how to reinvigorate our economy and to protect our precious natural resources and environment. He is a lifelong athlete who will ensure unparalleled recreational facilities in Honolulu.

Your family’s future is in your hands in the non-partisan 2020 Honolulu mayoral election. John Carroll is your man who will pilot us all through the gathering storm for a brighter tomorrow. The thunder may clap and the lightning flash but the man in the cockpit is steady at the controls.

John Carroll is a Korean War Veteran with nerves of steel and steady hands. None of his opponents come even close to that venerable record of service.

The best days are ahead for Oahu under Mayor John Carroll. Be on his winning team and you will earn the gratitude and appreciation you deserve for optimizing life in Honolulu as the best place on Earth.

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Which Democratic candidates denounced Antifa? Some didn’t know who they were.

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Which Democratic candidates denounced Antifa Some didnt know who they were

Antifa is a domestic terrorist organization that spreads violence and vitriol to otherwise peaceful events. When they have their own events, they get even more violent and spew even more vitriol. President Trump has denounced them unambiguously to the point of threatening to declare them an official terrorist organization. What do Democratic candidates for President think?

The folks at Turning Point USA are often too kind. They granted checkmarks to candidates who generally denounced hate, which is a cop-out response to a very specific question. But so be it. If they thought Jay Inslee, Joe Biden, Andrew Yang, and John Delaney’s generalized opposition to violence qualified as denouncing Antifa, it’s their video and their team’s effort that was put into tracking down the answers. Tulsi Gabbard gave the only non-generalized response saying, “I have denounced Antifa.”

Arguably the most concerning aspect of the video was seeing how many candidates needed to be told who Antifa even is. It’s not quite as egregious as Gary “What’s Aleppo” Johnson’s lack of awareness in the 2016 election, but anyone running for President of the United States should have acute awareness of the violence committed by Antifa, especially considering all of them love to condemn violence that comes from the right.

This is guaranteed: If President Trump had given any answer other than Gabbard’s in response to the same question about a white supremacist group, the press would have been relentless in their accusations of his implied support. Where’s the media calling out Julian Castro for replying to the question with “thanks”? Why aren’t journalists hounding Bernie Sanders for pretending he didn’t hear the question? Shouldn’t tough guy Cory Booker be held to account for his unwillingness to denounce the group when asked a direct question about them?

The truth is Democrats don’t really dislike Antifa. Some of them quietly support them. And that means mainstream media’s walking orders are to avoid discussing Antifa at all costs. They only make the news when they can be portrayed as a counter-movement against white supremacist groups.

By progressive standards, nearly all of the 2020 candidates support domestic terrorist group Antifa with their unwillingness to directly denounce them. Thanks to Lauryn Gray and TPUSA for bringing this information to light.

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Dan Bongino calls out Antifa for what they really are

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Dan Bongino calls out Antifa for what they really are

There’s a strange series of contradictions within the Antifa movement. They claim to be anti-fascist, yet their actions can only be categorized as fascist suppression techniques. They claim to be against racism and misogyny, yet they intimidate any minority or woman who doesn’t agree with them. They pretend to be brave, yet they hide behind masks.

Conservative pundit Dan Bongino knows a thing or two about fighting fascism, stopping bigotry, and being brave. As an outspoken commentator and former Secret Service agent, Bongino has done more to defend this country and promote the proper ideologies we need in order to prevent fascism from ever rearing its ugly head here. He’s also no fan of Antifa.

As he notes, the real agenda of Antifa isn’t anti-fascism. Their name really implies they’re anti-FA – First Amendment. Even as they fight “hate speech,” they do so in ways that are designed to suppress our freedoms to speak. They’re quickly becoming a parody of the old progressive movements, albeit more dangerous today.

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