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http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/05/us/05wilmington.html?_r=1&ref=business

When Engine 5 pulled up to a burning house on Woodlawn Avenue early on March 19, the firefighters were told that a man might be trapped in the back left bedroom. As two firemen trained a hose toward that corner, Capt. Don Ragavage crawled through smoke and flames to search for the missing resident.

It was an inopportune moment for the water pressure to plummet. But that is what happened when Engine 5’s motor, strained to the limit by 16 years and more than 100,000 miles of hard service, abruptly sputtered and died.

Only a month earlier, the fire chief, Buddy Martinette, had lobbied the City Council to replace the cantankerous engine at a session devoted to the latest of Wilmington’s six consecutive budget gaps.

“The mechanics really don’t think it will make it,” the chief warned at the time.

“You need another mechanic,” shot back Charlie Rivenbark, the Council’s foremost fiscal curmudgeon.

Mr. Rivenbark was not smiling, and once the scattered snickers quieted, none of his colleagues took issue. The fire truck fell off the table for the fifth year in a row.

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But like local governments across the country, the City of Wilmington has been demonstrably diminished by five years of unyielding economic despair. That a place like Wilmington, until recently a real estate boom town, would defer a purchase as essential as a fire truck for even one year, much less five, speaks to the withering toll.

In repeated visits over six months, Wilmington revealed itself to be typical of hundreds of American cities where the relentless drip-drip-drip of yearly contractions has gradually arrested civic momentum.

Looks like the trade offs are looming, hard choices have to be made.

I wonder how long before we see this in the UK. Interesting that the town was a property boom town, so it doesn't do anything really productive?

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BBC Wales tonight were reporting that Councils across Wales have cut respite care for the disabled and ill - Swansea Council has, allegedly, cut its repsite care by 80%.

Still waiting to hear of job cuts.

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BBC Wales tonight were reporting that Councils across Wales have cut respite care for the disabled and ill - Swansea Council has, allegedly, cut its repsite care by 80%.

Still waiting to hear of job cuts.

Maybe councils are like an anti-neutron bomb, all the services disappear but the staff are left collecting their wages.

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http://www.nytimes.c...=1&ref=business

Looks like the trade offs are looming, hard choices have to be made.

I wonder how long before we see this in the UK. Interesting that the town was a property boom town, so it doesn't do anything really productive?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-13538142

4 sat idle for 5 years, couple brought into use and within weeks needing repairs.

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Looks like the trade offs are looming, hard choices have to be made.

I wonder how long before we see this in the UK. Interesting that the town was a property boom town, so it doesn't do anything really productive?

How many bilions (or is it trilions) of taxpayer dollars has the US government wasted in Iraq, Afganistan, and now Lybia?

(same question for the UK really)

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Spiteful f4cks.

Yes. I think things will have to get very bad to flush these turds away, a wholesale change of mentality. When will people realise?

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It's the same with the NHS. Increase their budget and half goes on patient care and half on more pay and perks for the staff. Decrease their budget and it all comes off patient care.

Cynical barstews!

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Maybe councils are like an anti-neutron bomb, all the services disappear but the staff are left collecting their wages.

+1 - this exactly what's happening - Councils do NOT exist to provide essential services...

They exist to provide socialist employment...

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+1 - this exactly what's happening - Councils do NOT exist to provide essential services...

They exist to provide socialist employment...

When did the staff start knowing this though? They do seem to be in the majority now? It's funny in our service economy with all those degreees providing a cost efficient service is so difficult...

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Yes. I think things will have to get very bad to flush these turds away, a wholesale change of mentality. When will people realise?

Way after it is too late unfortunately

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I've always wondered what it would have been like to have been in a last-ditch battle in the ancient world, where your small 'side', your 'nation' was really losing.

The battle is going to the enemy, and suddenly there is no course of action, no 'plan', that can succeed. Gradually all your compatriots are being wiped out. There will be no Hollywood-style 'pulling the irons from the fire', no 'deus ex machina'.

Although I'm not in the EOTWAWKI camp (I think this is a necessary depression to clean out debts and malinvestment before the next big 'industrial' revolution in nanotechnology, genetics, and robotics), it's beginning to feel how I imagined those ancient warriors might have felt.

Sounds pretty much how I've been feeling for a while, although I've also pretty much given up on technological development offering us much worth that's really worth having either. All it seems to give us are easier but duller ways of doing the same things, with less people having jobs doing them.

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