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Old 04-16-2013, 06:31 AM   #41
 
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I was thinking the same thing Saria. I was hoping it was an infrastructure issue. It would still be horrific but at least not a planned bomb.

I am so glad rileyb and Who Me are safe and sound as well.
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I am still waiting to hear from some friends who work and live in the city. I have heard back from two of my clients that all their families, friends and staff are all ok-thank goodness. One had a brother who had just finished and he (my client) was across the street from the explosion. He was pretty shook up trying to track down his brother.
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I heard on the news this morning that the little 8 year old boy was at the finish line holding up a sign (they showed him on tv) for his dad who was running. He was with his mom and sister. His sister had to have her leg amputated. The mom and dad are alright..physically. I heard there were some other amputees becuz of the bombing.

This is so horrific. Jim is a marathon runner and he is really distraught over this. I heard the bombs hit low on the runner's lower body. Sounds intentional to me. What an impact to cause runners to lose their legs or injured in such a way to not ever run again. Sounds very terrorist to me.

I also heard the police spent 8 hours searching an apartment and were seen taking out bags of possible evidence. They were also checking passports.

Thank God our curlies are safe....(((HUGS))) to all of you who were nearby this horrible scene.
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I am glad all curlies in the Boston area area ok. My thoughts and prayers for those who were personally impacted by this senseless act of violence and for the healing of the country.
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I don't think many runners were injured. Mainly spectators. Most runners were still running and were rerouted.


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Someone got ahold of and posted some pictures that the news people did/would not. There was blood all over the street, people were being wheeled away who had their entire legs blown off. One man was in a wheelchair and his legs were blown off. There was only bone from the knee down. It was horrific. Much worse stuff than what they depict on tv.
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I don't think many runners were injured. Mainly spectators. Most runners were still running and were rerouted.
With the bomb being on the sidewalk, and the runners being very spread out by the time they reach the finish line, very few runners were even in range to be hit with the bomb. I don't think runners, specifically, were the target - I think location, and making a big scene, were the point.

I can't even fathom how it feels to be a runner whose family members or friends were hurt. That they were there for you, and that's why they were in the wrong place at the wrong time. My husband came to the finish line of my last marathon - he came right up to the fencing and talked to me while I got my food and collected myself. If he had been hurt because he was there to watch me, I don't know what I'd have done.
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I don't think many runners were injured. Mainly spectators. Most runners were still running and were rerouted.


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Someone got ahold of and posted some pictures that the news people did/would not. There was blood all over the street, people were being wheeled away who had their entire legs blown off. One man was in a wheelchair and his legs were blown off. There was only bone from the knee down. It was horrific. Much worse stuff than what they depict on tv.
Yes, I saw those pics on my FB. It looked like the injured in the pics were of the runners.
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I think it's awful that people are posting and publicizing pictures of injured people with limbs missing and clothes torn off. What have we become that when we see pictures like this we just see nameless people? These are people's children, spouses, parents, siblings, friends. No one deserves to have to see someone they love or to see themselves in the midst of something so awful on the internet or on TV. I think it's sick and sad.
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I think it's awful that people are posting and publicizing pictures of injured people with limbs missing and clothes torn off. What have we become that when we see pictures like this we just see nameless people? These are people's children, spouses, parents, siblings, friends. No one deserves to have to see someone they love or to see themselves in the midst of something so awful on the internet or on TV. I think it's sick and sad.
I said that to my husband last night. How terrible is it that these people are having the most horrifying moment of their life photographed and spread all over the internet.

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I think it's awful that people are posting and publicizing pictures of injured people with limbs missing and clothes torn off. What have we become that when we see pictures like this we just see nameless people? These are people's children, spouses, parents, siblings, friends. No one deserves to have to see someone they love or to see themselves in the midst of something so awful on the internet or on TV. I think it's sick and sad.
I definitely understand this sentiment. But I have to admit the gravity of what happened didn't sink in to me until I saw some of those pictures. It made it really personal. A part of me feels like it's important to see that (personally) because the sobriety it injects is essential to understanding the world.

Recently I watched the 6 part Inside Combat Rescue series on Nat Geo. The rescuers are based out of Kandahar and the vast majority of the criticals they pick up are from IED injuries. There's an incredibly surreal amount of them. The victims yesterday here in our country look like everyday victims in many places of the globe.
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I definitely understand this sentiment. But I have to admit the gravity of what happened didn't sink in to me until I saw some of those pictures. It made it really personal. A part of me feels like it's important to see that (personally) because the sobriety it injects is essential to understanding the world.

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Recently I watched the 6 part Inside Combat Rescue series on Nat Geo. The rescuers are based out of Kandahar and the vast majority of the criticals they pick up are from IED injuries. There's an incredibly surreal amount of them. The victims yesterday here in our country look like everyday victims in many places of the globe[/B].
I had never thought of it this way, and I agree. I don't know what to make of it right now, but this is true.

I just came in to say that I am feeling SOME kind of way about this. I no longer live there, but I used to go to work in Copley Square every day, have lunch by the church, just...LIVE in that area. I can't claim to have the ties that yesterday's runners, families and residents have but I take this personally. I feel the same kind of numb but angry way I felt every day I had to take the subway through the WTC after the first attack. Just... reminded that the places we take for granted as we go about our day are not always safe, and you never know. My heart goes out to everyone affected by this, because I know they are not just in Boston. And I am taking solace in the fact that people are helping one another through this. Not just paid "heroes" but regular people doing what they can to help.
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I was just about to post how one picture of a woman who looks dead or near death was particularly troublesome but then I just heard that she's one fatalities and that she died instantly. D:
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I was just about to post how one picture of a woman who looks dead or near death was particularly troublesome but then I just heard that she's one fatalities and that she died instantly. D:
I wonder if I know which photo/woman you're talking about. The caption reads that a man is comforting her but my first thought was that she was already gone.

Riley, I agree with you about the pictures. Morbid curiosity is natural but that doesn't mean these pictures need to be posted online. Show some respect for the victims and their families, even if you have no empathy for them.
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I was just about to post how one picture of a woman who looks dead or near death was particularly troublesome but then I just heard that she's one fatalities and that she died instantly. D:
I wonder if I know which photo/woman you're talking about. The caption reads that a man is comforting her but my first thought was that she was already gone.
No it's the one with the woman in blue lying there while a medical worker checks her pulse. Her eyes are open but it doesn't look like she's conscious. You can clearly see her face too.

When they confirmed her dead they said she died instantly and that photo has been taken down from news sites but it's the internet so it's still out there.
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I think it's awful that people are posting and publicizing pictures of injured people with limbs missing and clothes torn off. What have we become that when we see pictures like this we just see nameless people? These are people's children, spouses, parents, siblings, friends. No one deserves to have to see someone they love or to see themselves in the midst of something so awful on the internet or on TV. I think it's sick and sad.
I definitely understand this sentiment. But I have to admit the gravity of what happened didn't sink in to me until I saw some of those pictures. It made it really personal. A part of me feels like it's important to see that (personally) because the sobriety it injects is essential to understanding the world.

Recently I watched the 6 part Inside Combat Rescue series on Nat Geo. The rescuers are based out of Kandahar and the vast majority of the criticals they pick up are from IED injuries. There's an incredibly surreal amount of them. The victims yesterday here in our country look like everyday victims in many places of the globe.
I do understand your point, but IMO it seems exploitative to use these people to illustrate a greater point about the world's atrocities or to demonstrate the gravity of the situation. One of the pictures that is particularly disturbing that they have been cropping on TV shows a picture of a young man in a wheelchair who is missing his leg from the knee down. His parents couldn't find him and his uncle found that picture on the Drudge Report. I don't know, is it better to have found out that way as opposed to not knowing whether he is ok for hours? I guess someone could argue that, but it just seems particularly heartless to me to have to see your child splashed across the internet like that.

It feels just as tasteless to me that the media is camped out at the end of the family's street of the little boy who died. Asking neighbors if they've seen the father, asking them how he looks. His son is dead, his daughter is missing a leg and his wife has a traumatic brain injury, can't we leave him alone?
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I do think the media goes too far with questions for victims families.

However, some very graphic, very moving pictures of traumatic events have been some of the most important in our history.

Unfortunately visual proof is what creates compassion and involvement from other people.
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I wonder if I know which photo/woman you're talking about. The caption reads that a man is comforting her but my first thought was that she was already gone.
No it's the one with the woman in blue lying there while a medical worker checks her pulse. Her eyes are open but it doesn't look like she's conscious. You can clearly see her face too.

When they confirmed her dead they said she died instantly and that photo has been taken down from news sites but it's the internet so it's still out there.
I haven't seen the photo, but I know the woman you are talking about. She worked for a major restaurant chain here in Boston who is a huge client for my company. A lot of us were shocked when we heard of her death; one of my colleagues had dealt with her for so many years and she had been onsite at our company many times.

Another one of the victims was a grad student at my alma mater (BU).

One of my co-workers and her husband had gone to the marathon yesterday and were standing near the finish line. Literally (and I kid you not) just a few minutes before the explosion, they went to get coffee at a nearby Dunkin Donuts. Just 5 minutes before the blast. Timing is everything.

One of my HS and college buddies was at the marathon yesterday (she works in Copley Sq and her company promotes the marathon each year). She saw these explosions happen, and ran for dear life along with everyone else. She caught the first Amtrak she could find out of Boston and made it home safe.

This really hits home because I remember during college when I would go to watch the marathon. They were fun, the weather was usually nice, all of us would be cheering on the runners--this was a nice little break before crunch time (final exams and projects). Like a friend mentioned on her FB status, this certainly isn't the Marathon Monday that I remember. Boston is like my second home -- seeing this tragedy hit so close, and seeing those lives taken away, especially a fellow BU Terrier, is just sad. We're definitely hurting, but I know Boston is resilient, and it's times like these that for some reason, I tend to see the very best in people. People are showing support and so many people are trying to find ways to help and bring recovery to this city. The love that other cities and states are showing is just amazing.

I'll continue to keep all the victims in my prayer, and I hope all of you do the same.
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This really hits home because I remember during college when I would go to watch the marathon. They were fun, the weather was usually nice, all of us would be cheering on the runners--this was a nice little break before crunch time (final exams and projects). Like a friend mentioned on her FB status, this certainly isn't the Marathon Monday that I remember. Boston is like my second home -- seeing this tragedy hit so close, and seeing those lives taken away, especially a fellow BU Terrier, is just sad. We're definitely hurting, but I know Boston is resilient, and it's times like these that for some reason, I tend to see the very best in people. People are showing support and so many people are trying to find ways to help and bring recovery to this city. The love that other cities and states are showing is just amazing.

I'll continue to keep all the victims in my prayer, and I hope all of you do the same.
Until quite recently, I used to go watch the marathon every year. You describe really well the festive, joyful atmosphere that usually prevails there. That makes this especially painful. And of course, it's just so painful, anyway, whether you've ever been there or not.
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One of the suspects have been shot and an officer killed, with two more in critical condition

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Sounds like they were goading police into a chase. Robbed a 7-11, carjacked a Benz and shot a cop? Yeah...
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