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PostPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 6:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Terrorism is the number one cause of Micheal Bay.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 7:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dogen wrote:
It really makes you wonder if any of these terrorists recognize the power they wield over the entertainment industry. I'm not saying shrapnel-filled explosive devices that existed for hundreds of years did inspire the shit show that was Swordfish, and I'm not saying they didn't, but I hope they stop and ask themselves, "Is it possible that I am going to inspire the next shitty John Travolta movie? Do I want that on my conscience?"


on the contrary, what could be a more potent weapon of terror than that?
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 7:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

damn, ShadowCell - don't give anyone any ideas! we could end up with a followup to Battlefield Earth!

Sam wrote:
More shit in this shitty fucking week which I am surprised hasn't been talked about here yet.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/18/us-usa-explosion-texas-idUSBRE93H02A20130418


it is truly horrific. but it is kind of interesting - of course, especially with boston, people are citing past terrorist events in waco - but it is stunningly similar to the explosion of the Grandcamp, which caught on fire while being loaded with ammonium nitrate fertilizer, and then exploded, practically leveling the town of texas city. april 16, 1947 (it was tuesday's headline "this day in history" story in the nytimes, is why i noticed it.)

fertilizer is some seriously dangerous shit.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 8:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mouse wrote:
damn, ShadowCell - don't give anyone any ideas! we could end up with a followup to Battlefield Earth!

Sam wrote:
More shit in this shitty fucking week which I am surprised hasn't been talked about here yet.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/18/us-usa-explosion-texas-idUSBRE93H02A20130418


it is truly horrific. but it is kind of interesting - of course, especially with boston, people are citing past terrorist events in waco - but it is stunningly similar to the explosion of the Grandcamp, which caught on fire while being loaded with ammonium nitrate fertilizer, and then exploded, practically leveling the town of texas city. april 16, 1947 (it was tuesday's headline "this day in history" story in the nytimes, is why i noticed it.)

fertilizer is some seriously dangerous shit.


You'd be amazed, especially when it comes to stuff being stored in silos. Even things that normally aren't thought of as explosive at all, like flour and sawdust, can explode due to high dust concentrations. They used to use dynamite to help loosen compacted material at the bottom of storage silos, until an ammonium nitrate plant in Germany exploded and killed some five or six hundred people and flattened a town in the 20's. ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oppau_explosion )

Although any kind of nitrate (-NO3) is bad news when it comes to fires, highly oxidizing chemicals that tend to be stored in bulk quantities due to their agricultural/industrial nature.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 8:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mouse wrote:
fertilizer is some seriously dangerous shit.


urgh
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 9:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yeah, i went there.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 10:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hey, the senate passed a gun bill!

....penalizing states for releasing gun ownership data.





well, i certainly feel safer.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 1:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/mark-zuckerberg-says-it-s-totally-ok-to-ignore-dinner-guests-while-checking-your-phone-150633196.html
Zuckerberg was asked about this at the Facebook Home event (emphasis added) wrote:
Q. Do you ever think about presence? How when you’re out at dinner with your wife, and you get a message, it distracts you from whoever you’re with?

Zuckerberg: “Yeah. That comes up a lot. Whether or not communicating online disconnects you from people offline. [...]. I think that’s overblown. There’s this idea; technology is a tool. Glasses augment your vision, your reality. Steve Jobs said that computers augment your mind. With Facebook and other tools, you can stay connected and get more context from more people.

People often think of staying connected as frivolous — it’s not. It’s powerful

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 2:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

fritterdonut wrote:
mouse wrote:
damn, ShadowCell - don't give anyone any ideas! we could end up with a followup to Battlefield Earth!

Sam wrote:
More shit in this shitty fucking week which I am surprised hasn't been talked about here yet.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/18/us-usa-explosion-texas-idUSBRE93H02A20130418


it is truly horrific. but it is kind of interesting - of course, especially with boston, people are citing past terrorist events in waco - but it is stunningly similar to the explosion of the Grandcamp, which caught on fire while being loaded with ammonium nitrate fertilizer, and then exploded, practically leveling the town of texas city. april 16, 1947 (it was tuesday's headline "this day in history" story in the nytimes, is why i noticed it.)

fertilizer is some seriously dangerous shit.


You'd be amazed, especially when it comes to stuff being stored in silos. Even things that normally aren't thought of as explosive at all, like flour and sawdust, can explode due to high dust concentrations. They used to use dynamite to help loosen compacted material at the bottom of storage silos, until an ammonium nitrate plant in Germany exploded and killed some five or six hundred people and flattened a town in the 20's. ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oppau_explosion )

Although any kind of nitrate (-NO3) is bad news when it comes to fires, highly oxidizing chemicals that tend to be stored in bulk quantities due to their agricultural/industrial nature.


Not that surprising, given that ammonium nitrate fertilizer was originally developed when the U.S. government needed to repurpose all the explosives it was creating at the end of WWII.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 6:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

um, Boston? wtf is going on?

Sam, you okay?
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 10:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Before anyone gets that feeling of justice at the news one of the Boston bombing suspects has been killed, remember Richard Jewell.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 10:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That was our dinner conversation last night.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 10:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can we get another Boston fester check in? What the fuck is going on out there?
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 11:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whatever it is, it doesn't look very good. Does anyone know whether the people in the cordoned area have been evacuated ? A cornered terrorist in an area with lots of civilians seems like a recipe for disaster.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 12:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

as of 57 minutes ago:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2013/04/19/boston-mit-shooting-campus-police-officer.html

Jesus christ what the fuck.
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