Damage is a feature not a bug

Disaster porn for engineers:

This seemed like a good opportunity to point out that while that video makes the damage look pretty bad and cause youtube commenters to call for the designers heads, this is an example of a building behaving well. The concrete outside the wall rebar cage spalled off, which looks like failure, […]

Deposed Dictator Blogging

Pinochet was bad. Really, really bad. To recap:

Minimum number of executions: 3,000 Number of people imprisoned for their political beliefs: 27,000 Number of elected governments overthrown: 1 Years without democratic elections: 17

Given that, surely no one would try to defend the regime…but wait here’s John O’Sullivan making an ass of himself in the […]

It’s a beautiful day for a coup

I looked down at the calendar to check the date and, lo and behold, it’s September 11th, the 34th anniversary of the US-backed coup that toppled President Salvador Allende and brought Pinochet to power in Chile. That act of terrorism resulted in thousands of deaths and made political prisoners of thousands more.

Of course, 6 […]