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Old 04-15-2013, 04:49 PM   #21
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Old 04-15-2013, 04:53 PM   #23
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I came back home early to watch the news. This is so sad. All of us are Bostonians today.
The sentiment is appreciated by those of us born there, Ob, but it's important to note that the marathon is such an international event that this is an affront to all of us. I wouldn't be surprised if all of the casualties turn out to be from everywhere but Boston. Targeting innocent civilians is wrong. Period.
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I wish we could get them to cover a less sensational story with as much fervor. The debt, government spending, education, US competitiveness, etc.
Maybe, but you will have to admit that bombs, possible terrorism, deaths and limbs flying past people's heads catches one's attention. The other things is that those topics you mentioned must always be covered under pressure of PC. Mangled bodies flying around can just be described in normal words.

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That is true. London Daily Mail, Huff Po, and Fox News are carrying the story this way, but all appear to be turns of the NYP original reporting.
After so many early stories of these terrible incidents turn out to be wrong, we may not know the real story for some time.

And- So glad to read you're OK RunningBum. Don't know if you finished before the mayhem, but congrats anyway to BQ. I've run a few marathons, but today DW says she's really glad I'm not BQ material.
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Glad you are okay ! I was thinking about you when I heard the news .
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Very disturbing and tragic. Thank God more were not hurt or killed.
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Thanks for letting us know. I've been thinking of you since hearing about this.
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I'm not sure why that would be better

I failed to make my remark clear... I meant I hope it is not another act of Islamic Terrorism. That is what I meant by home-grown nutball.

True, it does NOT help those injured and the families of the dead, but it at least does not ADD another layer of trouble in an already difficult relationship between the US and various Middle East groups.
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Google has a Person Finder for anyone who is looking for or has knowldege of someone at the Boston Marathon Google Person Finder: Boston Marathon Explosions
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Google has a Person Finder for anyone who is looking for or has knowldege of someone at the Boston Marathon Google Person Finder: Boston Marathon Explosions
I find amazing how Google gets these things done so quickly. I tried it for the two friends I know were there and the app told me they were alive.

It is isn't so much that development speed which is impressive but how do they get approval to roll it out in 50,000 person company within hours.
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True, it does NOT help those injured and the families of the dead, but it at least does not ADD another layer of trouble in an already difficult relationship between the US and various Middle East groups.
When the perpetrator is identified, then hopefully we'll have an accounting of sorts. I guess that might be seen as "another layer of trouble" for whatever individual/niche group is identified.
I guess I'd be least upset to learn the plot was sponsored from outside the US and had little support within our borders. To the degree the perpetrator, whatever his cause, had tacit or active help from those living among us, I think it should be more troublesome for all of us.
We'll probably know soon enough.
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Thanks very much for the report. We were seriously worried about you.
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No one else is reporting that that I can find so far. All I found is that apparently the NY Post has a less than stellar journalistic reputation.

Boston explosions: New York Post better have good sources
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When the perpetrator is identified, then hopefully we'll have an accounting of sorts. I guess that might be seen as "another layer of trouble" for whatever individual/niche group is identified.
I guess I'd be least upset to learn the plot was sponsored from outside the US and had little support within our borders. To the degree the perpetrator, whatever his cause, had tacit or active help from those living among us, I think it should be more troublesome for all of us.
We'll probably know soon enough.
Interesting viewpoint. See, **I** would rather that it be homegrown than an attack from outside.
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No one else is reporting that that I can find so far. All I found is that apparently the NY Post has a less than stellar journalistic reputation.
The NY Post is kissing cousin to the Weekly World News. They would print Elvis sightings if they thought it would increase circulaton.
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It is isn't so much that development speed which is impressive but how do they get approval to roll it out in 50,000 person company within hours.

I'd guess that after several natural disasters and things like 9/11, Google might have already had systems in place for this type of rollout on short notice.

Nonetheless, I'm impressed.

I just did a bit of digging on their site: "Google engineers built Google Person Finder in response to the January 2010 Haiti earthquake in order to help those affected by the earthquake connect with their loved ones. In 2005, during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, multiple websites created missing person registries, so families and aid workers had to search in multiple places when looking for information. Google Person Finder addresses this problem by accepting data from other registries in a common format and searching over all the data. The common format is called PFIF, and it was established by volunteers of the Katrina People Finder Project. "

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I wonder if these being April 15th tax day was factor in the attack.

Between the market dropping 2%, the $5100 check I wrote to Uncle Sam, and my friend coming perilously close to losing his daughter at Boston, this has been a bad day.
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Interesting viewpoint. See, **I** would rather that it be homegrown than an attack from outside.
I agree with samclem's POV. It seems it would be easier to stop attacks from the outside. An insider has an easier time of it, so it seems we would have more to fear from a group of homegrown terrorists.

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Just reported. Unknown reason at this point.

Two explosions at Boston marathon finish line
I noticed that where I go for updated news on such events has changed; it was the major networks, then glued to CNN, but now I go first to Twitter, then back to CNN; where I they tell me what's on twitter... Been that way since as the Arab spring.... The new normal.
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