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    Re: Explosions reported near finish line at Boston Marathon

    Quote Originally Posted by poweRob View Post
    The reporting on this is predictably horrible. They started off just throwing numbers about with no facts whatsoever. Now we are in here speculating on this which is what people in forums do... but it's all based off all this terrible reporting.
    Eh, I think the reporting's been pretty good so far. The numbers have been fairly consistent throughout the day. News stations didn't all jump the gun on that "Saudi national" story from the Post. Other than a few missteps that were pretty quickly corrected, I don't think it's been too bad.

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    Re: Explosions reported near finish line at Boston Marathon

    Quote Originally Posted by Manc Skipper View Post
    Using black powder or fertiliser to make a basic ied shows a lack of resources at best, and not placing the bomb properly shows a lack of training. Your assessment lacks credibility.
    Not placing the bombs properly onyl shows that the bomber may not have had oppurtunity to pick the perfect spot. It doesn't mean he didn't know what the perfect spot was.

    Let's face it, he scored over a hundred casualties. We're not dealing with some under-roo bomber.

    Oh, um, BTW, timothy McVeigh...yeah, he used amoniom nitrate based explosives.

    It really sucks how people are trying to play this down. I know some folks--and you all know who you are--are sitting, wringing their hands, praying to God that the bomber isn't Muslim, or even worse, a Muslim that was trained by al Qaeda. That' fine, but let's not de-value the people that were hurt and killed by playing it down.
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    Re: Explosions reported near finish line at Boston Marathon

    Quote Originally Posted by ThePlayDrive View Post
    Well, let's see. People who are prejudiced against right wingers have decided that right wing terrorist groups are responsible for this. People who are prejudiced against Muslims have decided that Muslims are responsible. People who are prejudiced against left wingers have decided that left wing terrorists are responsible. And so on.
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    Re: Explosions reported near finish line at Boston Marathon

    Quote Originally Posted by The Mark View Post
    Anyone who has already decided that X group of persons is responsible for this is an idiot.
    And, again, usually just working off of their prejudices.

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    Re: Explosions reported near finish line at Boston Marathon

    Quote Originally Posted by ThePlayDrive View Post
    Eh, I think the reporting's been pretty good so far. The numbers have been fairly consistent throughout the day. News stations didn't all jump the gun on that "Saudi national" story from the Post. Other than a few missteps that were pretty quickly corrected, I don't think it's been too bad.
    Agreed. But now the talking heads for the networks have taken over and they're all looking to inject themselves, their own script, in the story.

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    Re: Explosions reported near finish line at Boston Marathon

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    If you haven't yet, then spare yourself. It's not worth it, LOL. But I've seen this not just on here, but around the web. People are so ridiculous.

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    Re: Explosions reported near finish line at Boston Marathon

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    141 injured, like what 4-5 dead (I haven't kept up) in one of the largest cities in America during one of the most anticipated and participated of events is said city. If one wanted to reap more carnage, one surely could have. This is poor planning and poor chemistry. Not that I wish it were more, but as a statement of fact.
    It was not an atomic bomb true . . . but I am absolutely sure there would be many more deaths had emergency personnel not been where they were. If this was a Baghdad market place there would be a hell of a lot more dead. Moments in time my friend, moments in time. Perhaps you are right with the "poor planning" remark, but it seems to me they did exactly what they set out to do.

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    Re: Explosions reported near finish line at Boston Marathon

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    Not placing the bombs properly onyl shows that the bomber may not have had oppurtunity to pick the perfect spot.
    Or that they're stupid.
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    Re: Explosions reported near finish line at Boston Marathon

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    141 injured, like what 4-5 dead (I haven't kept up) in one of the largest cities in America during one of the most anticipated and participated of events is said city. If one wanted to reap more carnage, one surely could have. This is poor planning and poor chemistry. Not that I wish it were more, but as a statement of fact.
    The footage of the blast at the finish line made me think maybe there was some sort of low-rise bleacher there that may have collapsed. It was hard to tell for certain because of the fencing but it looked like some people may have been tangled up in something.

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    Re: Explosions reported near finish line at Boston Marathon

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    Not placing the bombs properly onyl shows that the bomber may not have had oppurtunity to pick the perfect spot. It doesn't mean he didn't know what the perfect spot was.

    Let's face it, he scored over a hundred casualties. We're not dealing with some under-roo bomber.

    Oh, um, BTW, timothy McVeigh...yeah, he used amoniom nitrate based explosives.

    It really sucks how people are trying to play this down. I know some folks--and you all know who you are--are sitting, wringing their hands, praying to God that the bomber isn't Muslim, or even worse, a Muslim that was trained by al Qaeda. That' fine, but let's not de-value the people that were hurt and killed by playing it down.
    Might have also chosen less effective explosives because they're harder to detect and dogs/people aren't looking for them.

    Besides, the objective may not have been to cause massive casualties, but instead to steal common safety.

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