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      CommentAuthorOsmosis
    • CommentTimeApr 16th 2013
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    Feels like this could jump out of the news thread, as it's certainly going to be a current issue for some time. Keep conspiracy asshattery to a minimum, please, and bear in mind that there are many with close connections to Boston here.

    The best-informed people I follow on Twitter are saying the least about motives and perpetrators. I'm not inclined to speculate either. A colleague asked me today "why we hadn't been told yet" who did it. Because we don't know, is probably the best answer. The FBI will catch whoever did this, because that's what the FBI does, but it will take time.

    For now, I thought it would be good to collect reasonable, informed articles in one place.

    Here's one good article about Boston, via a good friend on Twitter.

    Here's another, via another.
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      CommentAuthorD.J.
    • CommentTimeApr 16th 2013 edited
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    Interesting and detailed first-hand account from a redditor

    I've got to say, it feels difficult to feel particularly terrorized by this terrorism when the result of tragedy is largely people banding together and working to help one another. Which isn't to lessen that a horrible thing happened, but hearing all the reports of people going out of their way to help stranded runners and other such stories really serves to me of a reminder that people are pretty decent, and it gives me hope.

    Edit: Meant to post this in Newstrange, but I'll leave it here as well.
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      CommentAuthordorkmuffin
    • CommentTimeApr 16th 2013
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    One of several instances of Yankee fans openly supporting Sox fans in really really adorable ways.
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      CommentAuthordorkmuffin
    • CommentTimeApr 16th 2013 edited
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    Additionally, this warmed the cockles of my heart for all sorts of reasons:



    Context for non-sportsball fans: Sweet Caroline, the Neil Diamond song, is played during the 7th inning stretch at Fenway. The crowd always sings along, usually pretty loudly. "SWEEEEET CAROLINE, BAH BAH BAHHHH, GOOD TIMES NEVER SEEMED SO GOOD (SO GOOD! SO GOOD! SO GOOD!)"
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeApr 16th 2013
     (11049.5)
    As I said over on the News thread...

    Terrorism only works when it makes people change the way they live their lives.

    I really can't see the people of Boston reacting that way...
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      CommentAuthordorkmuffin
    • CommentTimeApr 16th 2013
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    I predict a surge in registrations for next year's marathon as a big FUCK YOU to whoever did this.
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      CommentAuthordorkmuffin
    • CommentTimeApr 16th 2013
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    Area hospitals are now urging people to wait to donate blood because blood donation appointments have filled up and the supply need has been more than met by the overwhelming response by donors.

    ... There were also reports of marathon runners who had finished the race and then ran to Mass General Hospital to donate blood.

    More stories about first responders and likeminded resolute folks here.
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      CommentAuthordorkmuffin
    • CommentTimeApr 16th 2013
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    Identity of the third fatality confirmed, albeit not by name. The other two fatalities had already been identified: one eight-year-old boy and one 29-year-old woman.
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    As usual, Westboro Baptist Church has chimed in with their standard venomous foaming at the mouth. Happily Anonymous has called them out.
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      CommentAuthorFauxhammer
    • CommentTimeApr 17th 2013
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    ugh, the Sweet Caroline thing

    I'm still having a difficult time processing this.
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      CommentAuthorNeila
    • CommentTimeApr 17th 2013
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    People are trying to organize prosthetic limbs for the injured. Other people were buying pizza for the first responders. It's great that so many people rushed to help. I hope they catch the bastard(s) that made the bomb.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeApr 17th 2013
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    HuffPo is reporting that authorities have a suspect and CNN is reporting they've arrested someone.
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeApr 17th 2013
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    BBC are saying there's conflicting reports over whether an arrest has actually been made at this point, we'll have to wait till the press conference in a couple of hours.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeApr 17th 2013
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    Fed's weighed in no arrests.
    • CommentAuthormanglr
    • CommentTimeApr 17th 2013
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    Seriously, do clowns run the news networks these days? 24 hour news networks destroyed the media.
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      CommentAuthorFinagle
    • CommentTimeApr 17th 2013
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    ...[A]llow me tell you a little something about the city you screwed with. This town is not your run-of-the mill medium sized regional capital. In picking Boston as a target you picked has the unique condition of having a ridiculously huge number of completely off-the-wall genius techno-wizards co-existing right alongside some of the most psychotic angry, violent motherf&*^ers on the planet. I guarantee you that bringing these two groups together for common cause will turn out to be a massive miscalculation your part.

    Do you have any idea what I’m talking about? This small city produced both Stephen J Gould and Whitey Bulger. This place gave us Leonard Nimoy and Mark Walberg. Southie and Cambridge. Brookline and Brockton. This place will kick the screaming piss out of you, come up with a cure for having the screaming piss kicked out of you, give it to you for free, then win a Nobel prize for it and then use the medallion to break your knuckles. See what I’m talking about?

    Go to other towns with smart people. Do they have the tattooed, scarred, pent-up hard-cases to match? Every time I go to a bar in Palo Alto or Zurich I get the distinct sense that I could pretty much take everyone in there while still holding my own in Words With Friends on my iPhone. Not that I’m some huge tough guy by any stretch of the imagination, it’s just that Boston and the other “smart” towns are in different leagues. It’s like the Bruins going up against some “Magic The Gathering” gamers at pond hockey.

    - Jim Dowd responds to the Boston Marathon bombing
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      CommentAuthordorkmuffin
    • CommentTimeApr 17th 2013
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    The point wasn’t how we were going to mass in the coffee shops of the South End to figure out how to retaliate. Law enforcement will take care of that, thank you. No, what a Bostonian means when he or she says “They messed with the wrong city” is “You don’t think this changes anything, do you?”


    Dennis Lehane (from Boston) responds with a NYTimes op-ed.
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      CommentAuthorNeila
    • CommentTimeApr 17th 2013
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    From what I've observed it looks like the 24hr News channels have been just reading Reddit and other internet sites then throwing out accusations.
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    Listened to the boston ems/police/fire scanners and they were saying there was something going on at a courthouse but that there was a lot of false info and it wasn't the bomber(s?) - at least around 5-5:30pmest today. I guess the CNN thing was an oops.