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Foresthill Bridge in Auburn, California

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The Foresthill Bridge and the bridge it was meant to replace.

At 730 feet tall, the Foresthill Bridge is the fourth tallest bridge in the United States. Opened in 1973, this structure was built as part of the Auburn Dam Project. If completed, the dam would have filled the canyon below, submerging the roadway that connected the town of Foresthill to the outside world. The project was eventually canceled due to seismic and environmental concerns. However, the bridge is extensively used today and is a popular attraction.

The steel structure of this cantilever bridge was made in Japan by Kawasaki Heavy Industries. The two 403 foot concrete towers supporting the structure are the tallest bridge piers in the U.S. and are largely hollow inside. Had the dam been built, the water of the reservoir, at its highest level, would have risen to the top of the piers.

Pedestrian walkways run the full length along both sides of the bridge. Visitors will be treated to a breathtaking view of the American River Canyon below. The land intended to be used for the defunct dam project is now the Auburn State Recreation Area. From the bottom of the canyon, a trail offers visitors an easy hike below the bridge for a unique upward view.

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minderella
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Missouri Governor demands prosecution of journalists who reported security flaw in state website's "HTMLM"

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After the St. Louis State Dispatch wrote that a government website was leaking the social security numbers of workers, Missouri Governor Mike Parson demanded that the journalists who reported the security failure be prosecuted as "hackers" for "decoding" the "HTMLM" (sic). — Read the rest

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minderella
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Wow. What a moron. I wonder if the governor thinks using subtitles while watching TV is “hacking”.
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Green needle vs. brainstorm

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Remember "Yanny vs. Laurel", the viral acoustic sensation (28.2M views) of mid-May, 2018?  It was covered extensively on Language Log (see the items under "Selected readings" below).  Now we have another supposedly ambiguous recording that has gone viral (5.3M views [posted 7/3/21]):

It’s more auditory than linguistic, but what you hear arguably depends on the word you’re looking at.  I'm suspicious.  One iteration has three syllables and the other is just two. And the pitches are different. Hmmm….

Delving further into the matter of "green needle" vs. "brainstorm", I find that — beginning at least three years ago — it has already been examined in depth from a variety of angles on YouTube, for which see here.

 

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minderella
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There is NO RED COLOR in this image

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It does look like there is a red letter and a red background on the other flag, but those are optical illusions - illustrated with closeups at Neatorama.
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Our perception of color is bizarre!
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Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh tests positive for Covid

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Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh (R-Trump) has tested positive for Covid. He says he has no symptoms and is vaccinated, as is everyone in his wife and children.

The court's new term begins on Monday and the justices are returning to the courtroom to hear arguments after an 18-month absence because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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minderella
17 days ago
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“He says he has no symptoms and is vaccinated, as is everyone in his wife and children.”

Exactly how many people are in his wife and children? Is it like a multiple personality thing, or like these additional people are spouting out of the skin of the wife and kids like a mushroom? At least all those additional people are vaccinated.
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Powerhouse: 1921

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      On this Labor Day 2021, Shorpy wishes everyone a meaningful and at least momentary break from toil.
"Powerhouse Mechanic and Steam Pump" (1921). One of Lewis Wickes Hine's celebrated "work portraits" made after his decade-long project documenting child labor. View full size.
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