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More on the WTC Disaster (Updated)

Of course this is not game related (we do not expect to be doing any further game coverage today), but with the legit news sites being almost impossible to access at times today, we've been getting loads of requests for more information about what's been going on. Here is the latest as of about 9:00 PM EDT:

  • President Bush addressed the nation 8:30 PM EDT. Here's a wire report: WASHINGTON (AP) - A grim-faced President Bush condemned ghastly attacks in Washington and New York on Tuesday and vowed to "find those responsible and bring them to justice." In the second Oval Office address of his presidency, Bush said the United States would retaliate against ``those behind these evil acts,'' and any country that harbors them.

To recap:

  • In two separate attacks, hijacked planes struck both main towers of the World Trade Center in Manhattan this morning, and both of the "twin towers" subsequently collapsed.
  • A hijacked plane struck the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. and part of it has collapsed as well.
  • A hijacked plane crashed in western Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh. Reports indicate the hijackers planned to crash this plane into Camp David in Maryland.
  • 47 Story WTC building seven, one of the five (relatively) smaller buildings in the World Trade Center also later collapsed from ancillary damage.
  • The White House, the Pentagon, and the Capitol Building were all evacuated, all domestic flights in the US have been grounded through at least noon tomorrow.
  • Other closings include most federal offices, the stock markets, the Disney theme parks, and the cancellation of today's Major League Baseball schedule. The President's speech announced that all federal agencies will be open for business tomorrow.
  • Broadcasts out of Afghanistan showed evidence of missile attacks and antiaircraft fire, but what connection this has to today's apparent terrorist attacks in the US is not clear at this point. The US has denied involvement in these attacks.
  • In the first hints of any sort at the scope of casualties, the New York City Fire Department has estimated that as many as half of the 400 firefighters dispatched to the scene are missing. CNN has said that 78 Police officers are missing. Also, the death toll from those on the four hijacked planes has been placed at 266. The number of dead and injured at the Pentagon has been widely reported as about 100. No estimates of the number of victims from the World Trade Center have been made.
  • People throughout the United States have are being urged to donate blood to help offset significant shortages in New York and Washington. The American Red Cross in Greater New York or the American Red Cross are places to contact about donating blood or money, or both.
  • Some news sites seem to be back online. Here are some links that have been more reliable: CNN.com; CNET.com; Yahoo; The New York Times; washingtonpost.com; usnews.com; ABCNEWS.com; FOXNews.com; MSNBC; and BBC News Online.

All of our thoughts go out to the victims of these attacks and their families and friends in what must be an incredibly difficult time.

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533. Re: To all who hate Americans... Sep 14, 2001, 01:27 anon@66.136
 
"...you're trying to say we do it out of the goodness of our hearts. I'll agree that most Americans don't have a problem with it for that very reason, they want to help. However, our government is the one that decides what's in our interests and where we will send money, military hardware, humanitarian aid, etc."

Give me a break; don't pretend that the American people don't have any power by blaming the "government". Don't be naive enough to think that the "government" will do what they feel like when they feel like. They would not take action without the support of its people. The fact of the matter is WE CAN'T HELP EVERYBODY IN THE WHOLE ENTIRE WORLD!!! Wake up!!! That is why the U.S. has so many individual non-profit (SUCCESSFUL) organizations where Americans help others in need. Each individual needs to take responsibility for his/her action and not blame everybody else because the world is not perfect.

If you see atrocities, help! Donate money to your most important causes. Write to your Congress People, to your President, to your State Representatives. VOTE! Enlist with the Peace Corps; help out with the Red Cross. If you're just sitting in your comfortable home, stuffing your face, playing games on your nice computer, and just sitting on your high horse bitching about it, you need to just shut up.

It's as simple as saying NO to day-to-day cruelty. If you see a man abusing a woman, turn him in. If you see parents abusing children, turn them in. If you see citizens abusing the system (welfare fraud, frivolous lawsuits, etc.), work up the nerve to do something about it! Complacency is an ugly thing and it's even uglier when the people wearing it bitch about everything that's wrong in the world but don't want to do a damned thing about it.

 
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