We take bridges for granted, but are they hurting your family’s health?
While I don’t claim to be an engineer, I have researched this issue on the Internet for hours, and it’s clear that our system is totally flawed. For example, do you know they over design bridges on purpose to exceed safety loads? That’s probably a kickback to the big construction firms and Big Steel.
These over designed bridges are not only unnecessary, they might be unsafe. Have you ever driven across one and noticed how the vibrations sound and feel different than on normal asphalt? It’s so unnatural, and that’s probably because they use synthetic alloys and specially engineered compounds nowadays. And how do we know that those building components—or perhaps even the strange vibrations themselves–don’t cause illness? For all we know, they might even be tied to autism.
So my question is this: What do the scientists and the governmental agencies overseeing bridge construction have to hide? Until we know the long-term health effects of “scientific” bridge building, it should be banned. Instead, we should return to an all-natural school of bridge building. Did you know that most bridges used to be made of wood or stone? Those are natural things; if they worked for thousands of years, there’s no reason they can’t work now.
It’s up to me as a parent to decide what’s safe for my family. Why should architects and engineers get to decide what a safe load-bearing superstructure is? Now you’re probably thinking that if the experts don’t build bridges, the new designs might collapse. But bridge collapses are only natural; when I was a kid, I happened to be fishing from a bridge near our house and a section of the bridge fell into the water, bringing a car with it.
Here’s what they don’t want you to know: cars float in water, at least for a little while. That car bobbed along long enough for the driver to get out: I saw it with my own eyes. All of the talk of “drowning” and “being crushed by falling metal” is overblown. It’s just scare tactics to keep you quiet.
As a parent, you’re automatically the expert when it comes to your family’s safety. You. Not the doctors, the immunologists, or the virologists with their fancy statistics, peer-reviewed studies, and years and years of training, and the same goes for structural engineers, materials scientists, and all the so-called “experts” building bridges.
It doesn’t matter if we’re talking immunology or bridge building; you always know what’s right for your family, even if you have no expertise in that field whatsoever.
Brett Ortler is a writer and new father living in Minnesota. His writing has been published widely, including Salon, in the print magazine Living Ready, and online at McSweeney's among many other places. Brett works as an editor in the Twin Cities.