“Extreme events induced by man:” the new euphemism for acts of terror

While digging through my email, I could not help but notice this, from the promotion of a new publication by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO):

New and extensively researched, Bridge Security Guidelines offers guidance on bridge design for extreme events induced by man. This document provides the designer with information on the response of concrete bridge columns subjected to blast loads as well as blast-resistant design and detailing guidelines and analytical models of blast load distribution.

Although this is an important topic, there are many “extreme events induced by man” wrought on bridges and other transportation related structures, including impact by wayward ships.  But I guess our bureaucrashpere holds the whole concept of “terrorism” in such dread (following the lead of the Chief Bureaucrat) that they don’t like to mention the word in polite company.

I would be remiss if I didn’t say that AASHTO is a tireless advocate for getting our transportation infrastructure upgraded, and that’s certainly needful these days.

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