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Old 04-04-2012, 12:58 AM
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Building The Panama Canal on PBS

American Experience segment on the building of the Canal. Uplifting story. Most don't understand the significance of this project. Lots of archival footage. Well worth a look.
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It is facsinating. And the canal has been a wonderful example of how government and private industry can work together to build something that benefits everyone for long stretches of time.

But, of course, I do have to point out; It also demonstrate the horrors that can arise when project managers have a free hand to do whatever they wish with an unprotected workforce and little to no oversight. A lot of men died building that canal----and NO, it wasn't all due to malaria.

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American Experience segment on the building of the Canal. Uplifting story. Most don't understand the significance of this project. Lots of archival footage. Well worth a look.
Thanks for the heads up.

I knew a few people who use to work in the canal zone.
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Yeah it's great. I doubt we'd be able to build it now, we're too weak.

5000+ dead, yikes.

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Yeah it's great. I doubt we'd be able to build it now, we're too weak.

5000+ dead, yikes.

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No. Your party would label it "The Money Ditch" and make jokes about how canals are "...so 19th century!" and do everything they can to see that not a single penny our "our childrens" tax money is spent on it.

Once they succeeded in killing it, the Koch Brothers and their buddies would get another tax cut.

Then the Chinese would step in and build it.

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Boy, you sure see the world though Dem tinted glass eh?

Too bad it was built by a Republican

Man we can really turn anything into politics can't we?

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Old 04-04-2012, 11:39 AM
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Boy, you sure see the world though Dem tinted glass eh?

Too bad it was built by a Republican

Man we can really turn anything into politics can't we?

Pete
What is history without politics?

Right, Teddy Roosevelt. Whom I'm sure would be branded "anti-business" for his monopoly busting legislation and his support for organized labor (As weak as it was.).
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Old 04-04-2012, 11:42 AM
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Boy, you sure see the world though Dem tinted glass eh?

Too bad it was built by a Republican

Man we can really turn anything into politics can't we?

Pete
Just parroting the things I hear coming out of rightwing mouths.

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Just another case of American exceptionalism run amok.

We should apologize.

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Boy, you sure see the world though Dem tinted glass eh?

Too bad it was built by a Republican

Man we can really turn anything into politics can't we?

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Eisenhower was the last republican president.
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