Sunday, November 12, 2017

Newsbits on ODOT and Autocracy

Couple of very interesting bits in the paper today.

Shortly after the election, the New York Review of Books published a piece, "Autocracy: Rules for Survival."

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One of them was "Believe the autocrat."

Another was "Institutions will not save you...the judiciary collapsed unnoticed."

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There's a notice in the Sunday paper for a talk by the author of those "rules" at Willamette on Thursday the 16th.

It could hardly be more timely.

From Willamette:
Doors open at 6 p.m....7 p.m. lecture in Smith Auditorium. Tickets are now available for online purchase.
Speaking of the Press, the SJ has a story about yet more rot at ODOT.

Just another reason to be skeptical about their claims on the SRC.

You may recall also that ODOT recently killed a bridge project because of unstable soils. And the Doaks Ferry/Highway 22 project is on hold because of unstable slopes.

via Bend Bulletin
About the Wickiup Junction project:
ODOT officials acknowledged they focused too much on designing and constructing the overpass rather than on the soil that sank up to 5 inches — and is sinking.


Salem Breakfast on Bikes said...

Here's a follow-up assessment at The New YorkerI missed.

"One Year After Trump’s Election, Revisiting “Autocracy: Rules for Survival”"

Salem Breakfast on Bikes said...

Tonight The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia won a National Book Award in nonfiction.

Earlier this evening WU tweeted out that "Tickets are still available. To reserve: Pay in cash at the door."