The Obama administration believes China’s “vastly superior” infrastructure is something the U.S. should be emulating. I disagree.

China’s “stimulus” building projects are faulty enough at normal speed, so I can only imagine how unsafe they’ll be after having been put together in a hurry:

According to its engineers, this will be the tallest skyscraper in the world by the end of March of 2013. Its name is Sky City, and its 2,749 feet (838 meters) distributed in 220 floors will grow in just 90 days in Changsha city, by the Xiangjiang river. Ninety days!

It’s not a joke. According to the construction company, the skyscraper will be built in just 90 days at the unbelievable rate of five floors per day.
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Foundation work is beginning at the end of the month, once the Chinese authorities give the final go ahead to the project.

For construction they’ll be using a new state-of-the-art material called “Erector Set.”

I’d drive down a winding mountain road with Lindsay Lohan behind the wheel before I’d go in that building.

Comments

29 Responses to “Report: China to Construct 220 Story Building in 90 Days — Then Take Another Year to Convince Anybody to Go Inside It”

  1. Truesoldier__ on November 20th, 2012 2:46 pm

    And when the building collapses, the workers will be found guilty of negligence and executed. Note I said workers, not the party officials who approved the mess in the first place.

  2. Joe Redfield on November 20th, 2012 3:05 pm

    Is there any chance the Chinese will invite BO to the ribbon cutting?

  3. Truesoldier__ on November 20th, 2012 3:07 pm

    I doubt it. They prefer him in the position he is in right now. More flexible while undermining America's interests.

  4. backwoodsconsr on November 20th, 2012 3:08 pm

    The building didn't collapse. It was just returning Obama's bow.

  5. SignPainterGuy on November 20th, 2012 3:11 pm

    It`s difficult to imagine this structure as other than a relative needle; not much area per floor, unless the whole floor is pre-fabbed. Even then, the logistics is incredible. The area needed for staging each section around the bldg and getting mat`ls and sections to the site is huge. This can`t, in my mind, happen in town among other structures.

    Other than bragging rights, what worthwhile are they gonna have when finished ?

  6. Jim on November 20th, 2012 3:16 pm

    I really doubt the Chinese government will have any trouble "convincing" citizens and their families to enter this deathtrap.

  7. JetHeadJoe on November 20th, 2012 3:22 pm

    If you cup your hand to your ear and you tilt your head towards the distant future, you'll hear the sound of the Jetsons laughing (and Mr. Spacely bellowing "Jetson, you're fired!)

  8. Truesoldier__ on November 20th, 2012 3:23 pm

    Well when you consider there is no OHSA regs or work hour regs, I am sure this thing will be worked on 24/7 over that 90 day period.

    Here is just one example of what I mean:
    http://www.rigsofrods.com/threads/76350-Smartest-

  9. Truesoldier__ on November 20th, 2012 3:29 pm

    O/T..Yesterday we found out that DHS is actively promoting welfare programs to immigrants (both legal and illegal). Well today we find out that they want to cut back on military pay increases and to increase the rates of Tricare for military retires to the point that it is more expensive than other health insurance:
    http://militaryadvantage.military.com/2012/11/avo

  10. Marshall_Will on November 20th, 2012 3:47 pm

    Jim,

    Here's one of the many "Chinese "Ghost Cities" posted on Youtube. These things are everywhere. It's just a ruse to keep their minions 'employed'.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wm7rOKT151Y

  11. MadDawg on November 20th, 2012 3:51 pm

    I worked on a project in China for 18 months. During that time, 8 Chinese died. & fell of the structure and one was other causes. Those are just the ones I know about.

  12. Truesoldier__ on November 20th, 2012 3:54 pm

    Shovel ready jobs…..

  13. Marshall_Will on November 20th, 2012 3:57 pm

    "For working-age retirees, those under 65, fee hikes should be phased over five years and use a “tiered approach” so that senior-grade retirees would pay higher fees than lower-ranking retirees."

    That same email jumped out at me. Based on CBO logic, an Admiral would pay more for the same gal. of milk than an Airman at the base exchange? We've always been open about G.I comp. here at TPTB but these full frontal attacks on TriCare are beyond insane.

    Firstly, these are primarily ( by charter ) younger, HEALTHIER people! Any svc. member w/ profound medical issues is ultimately discharged and moved over the VA system. No? For the most part the guys use this to have their kids and other than the [ required ] annual phys. and dental exam will never actually USE the service!

  14. Truesoldier__ on November 20th, 2012 4:34 pm

    In this case, I believe the article was more geared towards the military retire who, as part of their retirement package, has Tricare for life. There are quite a few retirees who use the service as the ever increasing health insurance costs of private (and even employer sponsored) health insurance goes through the roof.

    Remember, I work at a military hospital in a program designed to supplement the MTF's budget via billing thrid party insurance (i.e. Aetan, Blue Cross, etc). J

    ust to give you an idea of how much of the retired military community uses the hospital (remember all these retirees have Tricare as well as their other health insurance) we end up collecting between $7 to $10 million annually (and that is based on the Medicare reimbursement rate). If you were to factor in the those retires that solely rely on Tricare, you are talking some serious costs. These are the costs that the CBO is looking at trying to control.

  15. Truesoldier__ on November 20th, 2012 4:36 pm

    I do believe that a rate increase is justified as the current rate is substantially lower than the civilian sector when it comes to premium costs, but at the same time there also needs to be serious reform of the social welfare programs.

    Of course this administration has already proven they hav eno intenitons of that. Remember, Obama recently gutted the work requirement for welfare, is advertising food stamps in Mexico and advertising welfare programs to immigrants via the DHS.

  16. Marshall_Will on November 20th, 2012 4:47 pm

    TS,

    Oh I get it. Lots of friends that could buy me out w/ the a single check, but snicker all the way to the VA for uh… free hearing aid batteries! Really?

    As a "DSG" ( Drilling Status Guardsman ) I'm 'qualified' for TC. And in ways I can see that too! Many of these guys were called up for 2nd and 3RD! deployments and… were effectively on "active duty". Plus for them to hold down civilian jobs was nearly impossible.

    But we elected to maintain ours thru the wife's employer as it seemed fair, it's not ( with all things considered, dental/vision/presc. ) all that much more expensive. Primarily tho', it was because there's tons of guys that NEED it! What.., overload the system so we can save $50 bucks a month?

  17. Marshall_Will on November 20th, 2012 4:51 pm

    Oh and further agreed, anyone remember when "health" insurance was… more or less about the same mo. premium as your CAR insurance? Obama's made sure that feels like it was in a different lifetime!

    But now ( at $197.40 a MONTH ) it looks like such a screaming deal, virtually everyone that 'can' DOES! Just a handful of years ago we paid like $120 a mo. in the pvt. sector for a family of 4.

  18. Truesoldier__ on November 20th, 2012 5:02 pm

    I suspect we will soon see the VA and MTF's stop prescribing OTC (over the counter) meds and products here in the near future. Most inusrance companies in the civilian world already do not pay for those meds and goods, so I would be very surprised if the VA and Tricare continue to issue them.

  19. Marshall_Will on November 20th, 2012 5:41 pm

    Consider it done!

    Mrs. Will's uncle would go to the base hospital at Keesler AFB rather than pay for 'aspirin' out of.., ya' know, pocket! That's like what, $1.29 for 250 ct? He'd pop a few, forget where he put them and head back down like it was his personal medicine chest.

    Further, there's been a number of studies, several by the FDA that show unless they're antibiotics or liquids, most of this stuff will keep at full strength for YEARS.

    Now that vets have to PAY for them..? I'd say it's long overdue. See, unlike the repressive trolls at MM's we can have actual discussions here!

  20. Truesoldier__ on November 20th, 2012 6:03 pm

    Totally agree with you there. It really surprises me to see how much OTC meds are dispensed by the MTF I work at. It really adds up quick and it is a cost that will not be recouped in any way.

  21. Jim on November 20th, 2012 6:28 pm

    Marshall_Will – that's freaking eerie.

  22. Marshall_Will on November 20th, 2012 6:36 pm

    Because I tend to see things now from the "Supply side" here's yet another commodity that must be Received, Inventoried ( Shelf Life Program tracked..! ) FIFO'd, QC'd and… ultimately DRMO'd…

    Benadryl? Really… You can get the "Equate" brand at Walmart for like a $1.79! It will even say "Compare to!" right on the label. It also totally dismisses any Naturopathic/dietary solutions as well.

    We can do better.

  23. Marshall_Will on November 20th, 2012 7:22 pm

    Truthfully, I couldn't watch the whole thing. The sheer waste of resources was maddening. It was like Solyndra times a thousand! And still their building plods on.

  24. SignPainterGuy on November 20th, 2012 7:54 pm

    +1

  25. SignPainterGuy on November 20th, 2012 7:56 pm

    So you`re sayin`, they`ll lift a crane with a crane to lift sections into place from farther and farther out from the bldg footprint ?

  26. SignPainterGuy on November 20th, 2012 8:07 pm

    Do they still use bamboo scaffolding ?

  27. Truesoldier__ on November 20th, 2012 8:55 pm

    It wouldn't surprise me.

  28. Truesoldier__ on November 20th, 2012 9:00 pm

    Reminds me of the Global Warming scam awhile back in which companies would pay big bucks to a firm that would tear down a factory in NoKo to offset carbon adminissions. They would pay $15,000 to tear down the building and the NoKo government would spend $12,000 rebuilding the same building, netting a $3,000 profit.
    Rinse and repeat.

  29. MadDawg on November 21st, 2012 1:35 pm

    Yes, and a lot of manpower rather than machines.

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