I wanna go there, to their base, and kill some doods. Build a sphinx. Rollerblade. Something.
House atomics might be overkill for that one.
A stiff wind might be overkill, let alone a coriollis storm
"The new barrier between the US and Mexico stands 15 feet tall and sits on top of the sand so it can [be] lifted by a machine and repositioned whenever the migrating desert dunes begin to bury it. The almost seven miles of floating fence cost about $6 million per mile to build."
Your tax dollars at work.
Now I'm hoping they have something like the Jersey barrier zipper machine for moving the fence around.
For those of you keeping track at home, that's a little over $1100 per foot. PER FOOT.
have you seen the cool fence crossing vehicles the smugglers have these days? It's an F-350 with a ramp up the bed reaching a height of 22 feet, and then back down over the cab and hood to the other side, hinging at it's highest point so it closes flat like a book over where the bed should be. Takes about 5 minutes to deploy and you can drive hundreds of 4x4 trucks over the ramp/fence an hour
Sure does look like a Dodge Ram under the bridge and a GMC Sierra crossing it - no F350 in sight.
Also doesn't look like it would clear the fence by any measure without knocking it over (even if we ignore that those legs would bury themselves in the sand immediately) - which would be just as easily accomplished by speeding towards the wall in any Baja 1000 buggy.
Any chance of a link with more detail on that portable ramp?
We can spend $6 million a mile to build a wall (that people are only going to dig under anyway) but we can't spend $5.5 million a mile to upgrade our passenger railways to high speed.
Remember, the fence to keep you from getting in for free is always taller than the fence to keep you from falling to your death.
Well, to be honest, there's a difference of motivation. A fence whose purpose is "keep you from doing something you want to do" has a different attack profile than a fence whose purpose is "keep you from doing something you don't want to do".
This border fence will fail regardless, if you think its goal is to keep smugglers out of the US. However, at its actual goal of "making money for the companies contracted to build and maintain it", it's a raging success.
A fence whose purpose is "keep you from doing something you want to do" has a different attack profile than a fence whose purpose is "keep you from doing something you don't want to do".
Yeah, but that profile is dependent on whether the fence-maker's goal is altruistic or selfish, which is my point.
However, at its actual goal of "making money for the companies contracted to build and maintain it", it's a raging success.
Look, all I ask of federal pork is that it be useful.
I like the way it comes with the convenient ramp up so that the illegal aliens can just walk up to it
You should see the other fences, where every couple of feet you see a patch where they just blow-torched their way through. Fences are pretty useless in that respect. The UAVs they use however, cost way more and are way more effective.
I notice that you are comparing reality to a halfassed render.
This is the US government we're talking about, here.
So it's a half-assed reality?
The reality in question is abundantly assed.
This is a joke, right? 30 minutes with a $20 chainsaw and you've got a hole in that thing big enough to drive a dune buggy through.
Speaking of meathooks, thought you might like this: