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1.)   Increased Police Presence - I'm sure it's supposed to make me feel better but cops everywhere, and I do mean everywhere, don't make me feel any safer.  Seems like a hundred were at the game last night including a police helicopter buzzing the stadium. This morning there were half a dozen in uniform and probably several more milling about undercover at my train station.  Honestly, more "random" searches when I'm trying to get to get to and from work just screams big show of force designed to look effective but isn't at all.

2.) Soldiers with assault rifles - I'm saying this as a person who worked in Herald Square during 9/11, enough with the soldiers.  Again, I'm sure it's supposed to make me feel better but two dudes from Fond De Lac Wisconsin holding Bushmaster Assault Rifles just screams: RED ALERT!!  This place is a huge target.  Enter at your own risk.  RED  ALERT!!

3.) Muslim and or Immigrant Bashing - Can we at least wait until we have a suspect before we go all Pat Robertsonor Representative Steve King on the festivities? We have exactly zero suspects in custody.  There was a Saudi Arabian man in Boston who was apparently questioned for being a Saudi Arabian man in Boston.  But he wasn't arrested.  Nor do we know if the attacker(s) were immigrants but thanks for being your usual insulting and racist self Steve King.  We don't know if it was Boyd Crowder, career criminal from Kentucky who likes to quote Jesus and blow shit up or a member of the Crimson Jyhad.  There will be plenty of time for intolerance later.  I swear.

4.) Watching the News (There is no news)- No particular news station in general here.  Since there is no real news in terms of new information regarding suspects, motivations for the attack, or anything else really, stations have concentrated on one thing:  the video of the explosion.  Only it's played over and over on some hellish infinite loop.  It is disturbing and the opposite of helpful.  In between that we have whole swaths of experts detailing a bunch of stuff that may or may not be pertinent.  So the perpetrators could be foreign terrorists or domestic.  WOW!!  What stunning analysis.  I had no idea it could be anyone.  But thanks for eliminating alien invasion from Mars.

5.) Watching the News  Part II- Since there's no real info to give out, all of the stations have been just giving out more and more information about the number of people who've died and were hurt.  Day 1:  three dead (among them one eight year old boy), 80 injured.  Day 2: three dead (eight year old boy identity has been verified), 120 injured.  Day 3: three dead, 180 injured (10 people who had limb amputations).  Is this granular level of detail really necessary?  We get it.  It's freaking horrible.

I know nature abhors a vacuum.  But filling it with bullshit isn't helping.  That's just my humble opinion.  Your mileage may vary.

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  •  News media jumping to conclusions, over reacting (3+ / 0-)
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    Gooserock, skod, Ticorules

    and reporting false news has to begin pattern of not listening to the news. News has becom irrelvant!  They certainly haven't learned any lessons from their gross errors in reporting of the Oklahoma bombing thru the recent news of the Newtown shooting, that being first with "breaking" news is risky when reporting actual truth from the situation. Being responsible for what you report is so out of date today! Sad!

    •  Dunno, Most I've Heard Have Emphasized That (3+ / 0-)
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      Ticorules, drmah, valion

      we don't have enough to go on to suspect a demographic or philosophy, and they often cite the OK case.

      Now there have been individual characters especially consultants and analysts who have leaned strongly in certain directions without justification.

      There have however been some dramatic factual overreaches such as the erroneous report today that a suspect was in custody. I think I heard that it traces to a particular consultant on one of the cable outlets who said they had a reliable law enforcement personnel source.

      But it's pretty clear the reporter and the network didn't double check.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Wed Apr 17, 2013 at 12:12:06 PM PDT

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  •  Amen! (1+ / 0-)
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    First wall to wall coverage I recall watching was Kennedy assassination/funeral/shooter shootings.      

    I sympathize that white people in UNITED STATES blown up while trying to have fun -- is unusual, thus newsy to us.  We don't get such extended coverage when US is the cause of other world citizens getting blown up by our bully style politics.

    Nor do we give parity balanced coverage to the women killed daily by the ongoing terrorism campaign against proper reproductive healthcare/education rights protections.

    All victims deserve our empathy/sympathy/protection.  But this news overkill just feeds the perpetrator/s's greedy need to bully others.  It is unbalanced response to unbalanced human behavior.

    De fund + de bunk = de EXIT--->>>>>

    by Neon Mama on Wed Apr 17, 2013 at 12:24:54 PM PDT

  •  But if Korean troops parachute into Boston Common, (1+ / 0-)
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    the cops and Nat Guard are ready.

    I heard the Nat Guard was there to secure the crime scene, which was 12 blocks wide yesterday. However, in my experience you don't need soldiers with automatic weapons to guard against runners who want to retrieve their stuff , kids looking for souvenirs or a few lowlifes hoping for an opportunity to indulge in a little smash and grab.

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