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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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334. Re: USA got what it asked for Sep 12, 2001, 01:37 anon@64.166
 
Wow, russians are getting REALLY bad representation here. I hope there are people in russia that can actually think for themselves.

There's no evidence of that here, but I'm hoping...
 
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333. sorry again Sep 12, 2001, 00:45 sinew
 
no one is defending anyone. george bush says is speaking to an imaginary 'we.' remove one grain of salt from all news you hear then add your own. go buy a chocalate bar to share with someone and be nice.

all we do as human beings is point in the mirror. if we shun something, we are pointing at our own loathing. if we agree, its our own belief that we are showing off. i won't go into how those 'others' are actually self projections but remember, 'they' need chocolate too. also remember that i am only pointing at myself right now.

george says 'we' are a beacon of freedom. as long as he assumes that 'we' exclude other countries and entities who do not 'agree' with 'us,' i do not consider myself part of 'his' freedom. though i know he needs support and i will be saying some prayers for him, i am not especially comforted by his being in office at this time. i apologize for my ungainliness but, no matter who attacked 'us,' 'i' did it to 'myself.' i think i'll have a chocolate.

all we can do is try to understand ourselves a little better. just notice ourselves, dont be judgemental, just notice. and dont forget to eat well.

fasting brings a whole other issue entirely. for, of course, 'justice' will be 'served.'

 
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332. Re: USA got what it asked for Sep 12, 2001, 00:45 F1
 
1.)Please explain better what your point is?
2.)Please tone down the swearing it is a kiddy gamers board after all.
3.)Please tell us what the United States should do to make your life easier. Just wondering.
4.)You seem to know a lot, and can oporate a television set really well.

Quiet honestly I can only laugh at people like you.
Let me tell you this...
If you ever had the balls to say such things you would have and should have said(posted)it before this tragedy, or else your words are meaningless, words of a hateful man confused about how his life is shit and unfair.
Boo-Hoo
Call mommy if you ever decide "Canada sucks" and go back to russia

~ForGoTTeN OnE~

 
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331. Re Scary Math Sep 12, 2001, 00:39 anon@130.195
 
#329, I doubt there's anything to it eh. I mean, what would the terrorists done if there was no flight flying today which added up to either of those numbers?
just call off the whole thing?
 
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330. Re: USA got what it asked for Sep 12, 2001, 00:39 Judas
 
You say that America is not a very nice place to live in, and that people that you go to college with are mostly happy with what has happened in New York. I would say that wherever you go to college would not be considered civilized, as civilized society should not take pleasure out of the pain and suffering of innocent people. You say that education in Europe is better than that offered in the USA, (and I do agree with you on that point) but did it occur to you to make use of any of it? English lessons that did not involve the word "F*uck" as the main word of use. People like you make me want to puke.

The USA has done many things that are not widely liked, and I agree that the USA needs to keep its nose out of many situations that it finds itself in, but it won't, and people don't seem to realize that. Maybe you should try and see democracy in action, as you used to live in a communist state, and now live in a socialist state.

Oh, and finally, grow up!

 
Supporter of the "A happy fredster is a muted fredster" fanclub.
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329. scary math Sep 12, 2001, 00:35 anon@66.45
 
Did you guys see this?

the flights that were Highjacked were from United and AA, they were numbered as follows:
11, 93, 175, and 77
11 = Today's Date
9+3 = 12 = Tomorrow
1+7+5 = 13 = Thursday
7+7 = 14 = Friday
Hopefully this is a coincidence and the terrorists can't add. but if this is correct there will either be acts of terrorism every day for the next few days or a grand event the last day.

i dont think there is anything to it... but yikes...
 
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328. Re: USA got what it asked for Sep 12, 2001, 00:30 Josiah
 
dude you are one sick f***. you're glad this happened? i think i speak for the entire forum when i say if you were here in front of me i would beat the f*** out of you.

 
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327. Re: USA got what it asked for Sep 12, 2001, 00:28 anon@64.123
 
seem like you didnt opt for moving ... it would seem more like no one wanted you so you had to leave. with your mentality and your fascination with the word fuck..its a wonder why you would have any difficulty in any place. if you have to post.. could you at least try to use a little sense? borrow some if you have to, because it appears you dont have any of your own.  
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326. Re: USA got what it asked for Sep 12, 2001, 00:26 anon@4.61
 
If you could spell and put words together in a logical way I could maybe beleive you were in college, but since you cant do that your whole post is null and void.  
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325. Re: Let's not make this a witch hunt. Sep 12, 2001, 00:24 PunchDrunkard
 
It is time for America to stand tall and defiant. We have suffered our greatest tragedy as a nation but we must go on. We must resume normal day activities and rebuild. We must show that no matter what damage and attack may be capable of, our freedom will not be vanquished. I can't stand the fact that people are complaining that the mall is closed or that they can't watch some stupid television show. I feel that these people have no idea of the sacrifices that are made to give them the freedom they so carelessly take for granted. Action must be taken. We must retaliate, not against those responsible, but terrorism as a whole. We must stand with our democratic brothers worldwide to prevent another tragedy of this magnitude. Many our calling this the "Second Pearl Harbor." Earlier, I spoke with my grandfather who is a Pearl Harbor survivor and he said something that is related to the comment:

"We have fought the samurai. Now we must fight the ninja."

Rouse yourself.
PunchDrunkard

 
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324. Re: USA got what it asked for Sep 12, 2001, 00:23 anon@4.61
 
If you could put a real words together you might just hurt yourself 323.  
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323. USA got what it asked for Sep 12, 2001, 00:17 =-Vic3k-=
 
USA got what it asked for a long time. first world war 2, then vietnam then help in afganistan then conspiratual help in chechnia then yugoslavia oh and and ongoing affairs with izrail....
you see...i'm russian, i immmigrated to canada 4 years ago, why? coz it's of course better to live here and shit. i don't really give a fuck who's best who's worst or what the fuck happens in russia. i just let all the fuck in the world cut eachother throats. what if it would happen in my city? who knows... BUT USA asked for it. just go to earope and ask ppl if they like USA. btw oh europe is very civilized so don't you fuckers say anything about europe, for instance take your crappy USA education and compare to the one in europe and then also look at who's working in your silicon vally. k so what ppl will say?..you know the answer, even same here in canada, i talked in my college with all ppl i know which include foreigners like me, canadians and USA citizens. practically 90% were happy this event happened.
"the world police" thing doesn't do much good except making ppl hate USA even more. the politics of USA should change now to "if it's not your problem, don't you fucking sneak your nose there" and if USA will not change it's attitude towards the world then expect more to come and i will be more then happy to see it on my screen.
this was the worning from whoever and if that worning wouldn't happen now it would happen soon anyway probably masterminded for someone else OR perhaps a country?..
anyway i'm sorry for the people who died but that's life, it's nature of things, where ever is new idea, new action there is always sacrifice and consiquences.
probably the sadest thing is that they didn't get the whitehouse will george "THE FUCK" in it. just analize his actions or the actions of this lets say puppet coz he's probably doesn't even have the full controll and being monipulated but higher organization...who knows...some xfiles for you.
yes it's sad but sooner or later it would happen anyway and not because of some poor muslams that are indeed kind of mean but because people don't want any autocracy just coz some shitty country being away from the mainland in early years staying in shaddows mannaged to get rich...
just look at your reactions guys...nuke em..hah...you really said enough about your USA intelligence and your logical USA type thinking. i can see why Bush was elected oh yah...
anyway as long as you have this super over exagurated democratic government things will just get worse and i'm willing to see it even if it will touch me in a way but enough is enough. And not "enough is enough" for some poor afganistan that was pressed by both USA and Russian powers back in time but for USA that tries to be the center of the world and the more it does it the more world hates it, not coz of jealusy but coz of people who choose and approve their government.
my 2 cents and this pathetic discussion. there is nothing you can do, go play games and shit while you can, while some dumb fuck like you ppl didn't yet press the hot button.

 
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322. The reason Sep 12, 2001, 00:11 anon@64.194
 
Bush keeps saying we were attacked "because we are a beacon of freedom." The recent terrorism did not happen because we are a beacon of freedom; it happened because we have been bombing the Arabs for several decades now.  
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321. Good job??!?! Sep 12, 2001, 00:09 anon@64.166
 
I can't F-ing believe that there are whackos out there praising and defending these acts. One of you is even saying it's not cowardly?!?!

To you: Up yours, ass-monkey. Why don't I come over and kill you mommy, dad, sister, brother, dog, and cat? Why don't I come to YOUR neighborhood and kill preschoolers in the name of my cause (especially if it's a mystical being I call a god)?

Get the point? Dying for a cause doesn't make you brave. If the cause is stupid, then so are you...
 
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320. Re: From CNN Sep 12, 2001, 00:05 Ray Marden
 
Yeah; it's confusing keeping up with all the stories/claims.

Everybody was saying there were eight planes in the moring and now we know it's "only" four planes...

-Ray

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319. Possessions? Important? Na.. Sep 12, 2001, 00:02 F1
 
msg 311...
You "seem" to be weak minded so I will be gentle on you. You can live like a King in the US for just $5 US Dollars. Still can't figure out how? Well...
Have you ever heard the old saying...
One Man's Trash IS another Man's Treasure.
It's NOT about what you have or how much, it's ALL about what you know, and what to do with it.

And you wonder why Russia is confused about how to get the financial and corrupted life styles going, you've been doing it all wrong.

Yeah Freedoms a bitch to keep up, but it's worth it.

Peace Russia friendly
~ForGoTTeN OnE~

 
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318. Re: Hrrm, is this guy in on it? Sep 12, 2001, 00:02 anon@152.163
 
I didn't hae time to see the link, but 9/11 is a big terrorist day.  
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317. Re: From CNN Sep 12, 2001, 00:01 anon@24.4
 
I have opened up the forums over at tacsim.com, for people to post their feelings thoughts or just vent about the situation. Please also come read my Rant on the news page.

SWATJester
 
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316. Re: From CNN Sep 11, 2001, 23:53 Propagandhi
 
Explosives in van story has been shot down, there were no explosives in the van....

The 2nd story is still considered true, though..

 
I eat pasta!
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315. Re: From CNN Sep 11, 2001, 23:42 Ray Marden
 
And some of the best/worst news, trapped survivors are making outgoing calls on their cell phones...

-Ray

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