"Most people prefer to believe their leaders are just and fair even in the face of evidence to the contrary, because once a citizen acknowledges that the government under which they live is lying and corrupt, the citizen has to choose what he or she will do about it. To take action in the face of a corrupt government entails risks of harm to life and loved ones. To choose to do nothing is to surrender one's self-image of standing for principles. Most people do not have the courage to face that choice. Hence, most propaganda is not designed to fool the critical thinker but only to give moral cowards an excuse not to think at all." -- Michael Rivero

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Baltimore will undertake a significant infrastructure project after the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapses. Maryland officials have laid out a timeline and cost estimate for reconstructing the bridge, which is crucial for the area’s economy and transportation system.

The state of Maryland has set an ambitious goal to rebuild the bridge in just over four years. The project is expected to start soon, with completion targeted for the fall of 2028. However, this timeline may change as the project progresses and factors such as weather, engineering challenges, and unforeseen circumstances come into play.

The cost of the reconstruction is a significant concern, estimated to be between $1.7 billion and $1.9 billion. However, these figures are not final and could change as more detailed engineering information becomes available. The projected cost includes building the new structure and the salvage operations needed after the collapse.