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2009-09-11 11:42:11 AM  
zootsuit: Come on, it's a little bit different. Most of us didn't experience Pearl Harbor or D-Day, and Katrina (while awful) was a natural disaster, while 9/11 was a terrorist attack. It's hardly the same thing.

Yes, you are correct. However my point is most people in this thread DIDN'T experience 9/11 close enough to get all worked up 8 years later.

I live in New Orleans, and one of the things I'm happiest about this year is the 4 year anniversary of Katrina was very downplayed. No real memorial, no speeches, very little TV coverage down here. And nationally. Because its friggin' time to move on.

Make with re-building a tower or two there, get these wars finished, and lets grow the hell up as a nation.
 
2009-09-11 11:42:13 AM  
Crispy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNNTcHq5Tzk

This is the 26 minute video filmed from an apartment close to the towers. Its so surreal listening to the camera woman speculate about what's going on. Its like you're there for the first time again but this time you know what's happening. She has footage before the other plane hit, so you're just watching with the sick anticipation because you know what's coming and you consider all the consequences that it brought.


It's the same feeling you get with this video Link (new window) that I - coincidentally - uploaded on the same day.
 
2009-09-11 11:42:19 AM  
cameroncrazy1984: I was a senior in High School. In Government class at 9:03am. We were watching tv at 9:04 when the second plane hit. I have never heard 35 seniors suddenly go silent before. I remember thinking "Are we in a war now?" I was 17 years old.

Oddly, those were almost exactly my circumstances on that day as well. The key difference I should note is that after the second plane struck and it was obvious that there was intent, I decided to announce to the class that we as a nation had been asking for something like this by interfering in the affairs of so many foreign countries.
 
2009-09-11 11:42:32 AM  
drew was posting that day.
how come he doesn't have an ignore feature in his profile?


msnbc was replaying the events in real time, no commercials. it was the nbc feed with katie and matt. brokaw was there.

i watched it till the second tower fell.
it was very emotional.

terrorist bastards.
 
2009-09-11 11:42:36 AM  
I can pinpoint to within a couple feet where I was on 9/11.

During the actual attack, I was taking a Genetics exam. Walked out of that at about 9:15, and over to the library for a quick check of my email before Spanish II at 10.

Everything I could think of on the Internet was down. CNN? Toast. CBC? Gone. BBC? Outta here. Fark was one of the only sites up, and I first saw some of what was going on.

Headed across the Quad in shock, and my first thought was how much it looked like newsreels from the Kennedy assassination. People huddled around TVs, people openly weeping. I later heard about one TA who got savagely beaten for cheering as a tower fell, but I've no idea if that's true.

Went to Spanish, and obviously, lecture was right out the window. Somehow, I managed to jerry-rig an antenna for our classroom TV (using a TI-83 transfer cable, no less), and we watched it unfold through a snowy picture.

I knew life was never to be the same.
 
2009-09-11 11:43:16 AM  
I was going to college at the time and was also a Lance Corporal in the Marine Corps Reserve. I watched the TV coverage and then packed up my gear and waited for the call. (It never came, I was out of the reserves by the time my unit got called up.)

I remember being more excited and energized than anything else. Anger quickly turned into resolve for the job I thought I was going to do.
 
2009-09-11 11:43:17 AM  
KingKauff: guess what? You can leave anytime you want.

No, you kids are on my lawn, and by jove you'll leave before I get my shotgun
 
2009-09-11 11:43:33 AM  
9/11 when the planes hit, I was sitting in a hospital room waiting for my 1+ YO son to get back from hernia surgery.

JC
 
2009-09-11 11:43:45 AM  
Fark helped me so much that day - my mom would be on the phone with all of her American Airlines and Sabre friends (live here in DFW at AAs home hub) and I would be online @ Fark and talking to my air traffic controller friend who was relaying stuff from other airfields.


Farking unbelievable how bad things got
 
2009-09-11 11:43:49 AM  
colon_pow: drew was posting that day.
how come he doesn't have an ignore feature in his profile?


msnbc was replaying the events in real time, today. no commercials. it was the nbc feed with katie and matt. brokaw was there.

i watched it till the second tower fell.
it was very emotional.

terrorist bastards.


a bit clearer
 
2009-09-11 11:44:03 AM  
I came back from class and a guy down the hall was saying something about "Yeah we're going to to war with Afghanistan". I just ignored him as he was kind of dick anyway and went back to bed.

About 20 mins later my mom called me and told me what had happened. My roommaate and I were the only ones on the hall with with cable, but we hadn't actually plugged in the TV yet. So we set it up and everyone on the floor came to watch news in our room.
 
2009-09-11 11:44:17 AM  
i251.photobucket.com
 
2009-09-11 11:44:24 AM  
coderitr: I stayed at home with a sick toddler that day. Turned on the tv just in time to see the second tower struck. Watched them collapse on live tv. Reading this thread, watching people post in real time, gives me chills and tears.


I now have a toddler. I couldn't imagine what I would have done if I had a toddler then. How did you ever let go of your little one?
 
2009-09-11 11:44:29 AM  
Eight years ago I was at work for the same engineering firm I'm with today. I was an undergrad going to night school. As soon as my boss saw the second plane hit he said, "Those towers aren't going to last." I shot him a puzzled look.

I couldn't believe what he was saying. It was impossible. Skyscrapers don't collapse. This isn't a Roland Emmerich movie. I was really numb. Then I was proven wrong.

He had 12 family members in and around the WTC that day. Somehow, all escaped without injuries.

Later that day came rumors that the planes were also quasi anthrax bombs and that people in NYC, Queens and westerns Nassau County would soon start dying. There were reports of survivors calling from the subway stations below where the WTC once stood. A woman in my neighborhood told us all about her brother that she spoke with for 2 hours until his phone died, he told her that there were hundreds of people alive down in the subway.

She was lying, her brother did die on 9/11. Some doctors and lawyers made the case that she was so traumatized that she fabricated the call from her brother and was not responsible for her actions. Last I heard she was hospitalized in Stony Brook hospital's psychiatric ward (back in 2002 anyway).

...Not much more to say beyond the cliched 'Never Forget'.
 
2009-09-11 11:44:48 AM  
This just in, Tatsuma is an Israeli apologist cock sucker.

i14.photobucket.com

/yes, i'll enjoy my weekend
 
2009-09-11 11:45:33 AM  
I was in band. they rolled out the boob tubes in all of the classrooms and we watched. ALL DAY. More serious conversations never happened on one day in school before or after. Everyone learned who osama was, for that was the best guess. Everyone learned about the trade centers, and our science teacher explained how it was possible for the concrete and iron to give way like that.
 
2009-09-11 11:46:14 AM  
Oddly enough Dstanley, the same thing alot of people did on 9-11-2001. At least thats what my Grandfather and Mother did.

I woke up around 8:20 am and got ready for my 3 day in college, freshmen year. I turned on the tube to speed vision, before it became speed. Didnt have to change it so i had no idea what was going on until i got in my car to drive to school. I heard the reports of a plan hitting the center and that it was "complete pandemonium". I figured it was a small plane like a Cessna or something. Even the guys roofing my house that day didnt know anything going on untill later when they went to lunch. So i got to class around 9:30 and entering school parking was never better, odd huh. I walk up to class and class was normal and then around 10:30 i go to the cafeteria to grab a bite.

I see tons of people in there and they are surrounding this old tv. I see lots of fire and the trade center. Looks like a movie and i ask whats going on. This angry looking guy says you dont know?? We've been attacked!!!

Whoa what? what do you mean?

Planes just crashed into the trade center and they fell.


I asked which one.. and he says "BOTH". Thats when i finally got hit will this crap.

I watch those buildings fall over and over again for the next 2 hours with eveyone. I made some calls to friends and family in the area. Very hard to get through. I remember this one guy next to me just swearing constantly that "WHO EVER THESE F**Ks ARE WERE GONNA GET THEM, ALLL OF THEM" Very Angry.

I was sort of in a daze and trying to think of what i should do. Did the only thing i could think of...I went to my next class.
So I went to the remainder of my classes which turned out to be pointless because my instructors wigd out and could not function.

So i then packed up and went home and filled up all the gas tanks of my family cars. Talked with a few friends on an RPG i use to play (Asherons Call) and they gave me alot of info about what happen in DC as most ot the news was focus on NY. Fark was also a great source of info. I was such a young farker back then.

The last thing i remember were the articles being posted on some forums i use to browse showing the people in some middle eastern countries dancing in the streets passing out candies...this ticked me off and was the first time i had been somewhat angered that day.

I haven't forgotten that day but sometimes wonder...Have other people forgotten?

its fun to reminisce
 
2009-09-11 11:46:24 AM  
I just looked at my clock and it read 8:46am. Even though I'm on PST, I just started crying.
 
2009-09-11 11:46:55 AM  
I heard about it on the radio on my way to University. It was on the Bob and Tom show so I didn't realize it was real for a few minutes. Then classes were canceled just a couple hours after I got to school and I spent the rest of the day trying to find news on the net but it was farking nearly impossible to find servors that weren't down (except porn sites. They had the most up to date information iirc.) I remember the day very clearly.

Also, it was my brothers birthday. He now celebrates it on the 10th.
 
2009-09-11 11:46:58 AM  
Allah is my co-pilot.
 
2009-09-11 11:47:06 AM  
Tatsuma: Death, destruction and thousands of people dying: COMEDY GOLD amirite guyz?

Nothing is sacred. Stop trying to be the thought police. People have a right to free speech, no matter how odious, but you have an ignore button for a reason.
 
2009-09-11 11:47:10 AM  
The start of the thread says so much about farkers.

"isn't mae east in one of the trade centers?"

"mae east == One of the core internet 'hubs'"

"OK, you guys are now my sole source for info on this - all European traffic goes through mae east and now I can't get squat out of the US.."

"MAE East is not in NYC, it's in the D.C. area (Vienna? VA I believe, definitely NoVA though). The NYC Sprint NAP, which is pretty major, might be in that area though. Not sure where it goes through. Depending on how things route that might cause some strange shiat to happen."
 
2009-09-11 11:47:27 AM  
I was in college at the time, and had just completed my Computer Fundamentals course when I walked to my car like I always did at 10:15 AM since I was always done 15 minutes early. On my way out of the building, I saw one of my teachers from the previous year walking into a room, and he and a few other staff were huddled around a TV screen. I got to the car and when I started it, instead of rock music coming out of the speakers on 97.3, Katie Couric's voice was coming out of the speakers on 97.3. They were talking about the World Trade Center, and my mind was like, "Why are they talking about something that happened over eight and a half years ago?" I changed stations - again, news. I didn't know what the fark was going on. Then, finally somebody said on one of those simulcasts that planes had hit the WTC, and they had collapsed. I shut the car off and called my mother. My brother had just finished basic training at Ft. Benning - hell, I had just dropped him back off the day before after his weekend off, then had to rush back to Albany to take an accounting exam. I had wondered if she had heard anything from him, which she hadn't (and we wouldn't until about 8:30 that evening), but she told me about the Pentagon. I ran back into computer class (didn't know where the computer lab was) and tried to get onto some website, any website, to see what the hell was happening. On my way, I told two girls that the WTC had been hit - they looked at me like I was on crack. When the computers in class wouldn't work, I raced to the only one I knew would work - mine, located at that time 30 miles away in Camilla, GA. I had JUST gotten DSL like a few months before. I was literally flying - 60 on Westover Blvd. in Albany, 95-100 on Hwy. 19 South. I flew by a cop, but he didn't care (so yeah, speeding at 30-35 miles over the speed limit was apparently legal for that day only). On the way, reports came over ABC Radio of a plane crashing in Pennsylvania. Got home, and saw all the footage, kept refreshing sites, don't think I found Fark though. And remember how we pretty much went back to three or four channels on the tube?

Crazy day, and pray to God we never have another like it.
 
2009-09-11 11:47:31 AM  
Insert_Obscure_80's_Pop_Culture_Reference_Here: I just looked at my clock and it read 8:46am. Even though I'm on PST, I just started crying.

you mean PMS?
 
2009-09-11 11:48:03 AM  
blairdobson: Insert_Obscure_80's_Pop_Culture_Reference_Here: I just looked at my clock and it read 8:46am. Even though I'm on PST, I just started crying.

you mean PMS?


Pacific Time, dick.
 
2009-09-11 11:48:09 AM  
Yep, this thread reminds me why we went to war with Iraq. Wait. What?
 
2009-09-11 11:48:13 AM  
Heard a 30-year EMT today on radio impart his experience that was chilling. He came over from NJ to help after the 1st tower went down. The only reason the guy is alive to tell his story today is that all the FDNY guys kept him from running into tower 2, due to the fact that he was probably going to be hit by the falling bodies of jumpers. The guy said the amount of people who jumped was staggering. How bad must it have been in there to have so many people view jumping to their death as a best option?

God bless anybody who helped on that day.
 
2009-09-11 11:49:08 AM  
Kome: Stop trying to be the thought police. People have a right to free speech, no matter how odious

I'm sorry, where did I say that they had no right to say what they are saying, or tried to police them? I called them assholes, and put them on ignore.
 
2009-09-11 11:49:19 AM  
Teddy Hopper: I never thought I'd get a legit laugh out of this topic. But I just did. Congrats.

Bows. I wish I could say I created it but I cannot. Glad you enjoyed it.
 
2009-09-11 11:49:33 AM  
I had dropped my kids off at school, and had just poured a cup of coffee. The radio was on, and Warner Wolf [NY sportscaster] called in to say that he was in his apartment and a plane had just hit the WTC. I turned on the TV- MSNBC, I think- and watched, horrified, as the second plane hit. All I wanted to do was get my kids from school
This was the western burbs of Philadelphia, and police cars were everywhere, with sirens and flashing lights- not sure why. But it certainly added to my anxiety about the kids.
FARK and its helpful updates did very well that day.
 
2009-09-11 11:49:34 AM  
I remember hearing on the bus on the way into college that a plane had hit the WTC. No TV at school and no real internet connection (lab), so all I heard was rumors about collapses and the Pentagon. It didn't seem real, more like a big building fire. Then classes got canceled and I went home and turned on the TV. The enormity of what had happened struck at that time. I felt physically ill just watching those images replay.
 
2009-09-11 11:49:51 AM  
nothingyet: Heard a 30-year EMT today on radio impart his experience that was chilling. He came over from NJ to help after the 1st tower went down. The only reason the guy is alive to tell his story today is that all the FDNY guys kept him from running into tower 2, due to the fact that he was probably going to be hit by the falling bodies of jumpers. The guy said the amount of people who jumped was staggering. How bad must it have been in there to have so many people view jumping to their death as a best option?

This angle of the story was not covered nearly as much as it should have been.
 
2009-09-11 11:50:52 AM  
I was living in Florida at the time, only 13. My first period class would also have the TV on SportsCenter before class started but not this time. I remember watching CNN after the 1st plane hit and thinking it was an accident. Class started as normal so the TV went off. A few minutes later, the principal goes over the PA system and tells everyone that the 2nd plane had hit. We turned the TV back on and watched. Then only a few minutes before the 1st tower down went down the principal again comes over the PA system and asks the teachers to turn off the TVs and get back to class I guess because it was too scary. They also asked everyone who had family in New York or was on a plane to come to the office so they could find out if they were ok. I'll never forget the looks on those people's faces as they walked to the office.
 
2009-09-11 11:50:53 AM  
darkscout: 4th Amendment.

That argument's gone back and forth for a while. I was mainly curious if the pretentious one could identify any rights he had sacrificed. But you knew that.
 
2009-09-11 11:50:58 AM  
Mr. Chick and I had just gotten back from our honeymoon the day before and he was at work when I heard the news. He works near downtown Chicago and I kinda freaked out when the Chicago news stations were reporting that the Sears Tower was next. I sat glued to the TV all day waiting for him to call.

It was surreal hearing f-16's go over the house rather than the usual O'Hare traffic.
 
2009-09-11 11:51:31 AM  
I was a freshman in high school at the time. I was in my science class when they announced over the intercom what had just happened, and turned on all the tvs. Everyone was in total shock, and people were crying. Our school had the news on all day, even in the cafeterias. Reading the thread made me tear up again.
 
2009-09-11 11:51:56 AM  
The sad part about reading that thread was how quick everyone was to anger, even for a supposed left-leaning website. Lots of calls for death, glass parking lots, etc. I don't think anyone could have speculated that these events would lead where they did. And I think Corporate MoFo said it best:

Remember that while we fight Jihad, we can't allow McWorld to take over

And that's exactly what happened. While patriotism rallied, so did greed. I'm not a truther, but no one can deny that a few people made a lot of money from this tragedy.
 
2009-09-11 11:52:09 AM  
I was actually working for the Pentagon that day, though not at the Pentagon. By a funny coincidence, I was with my best friend since grade school installing a SCIF (new window) in an undisclosed location somewhere in Texas, along with a retired Air Force colonel who was an eyewitness survivor of the Pearl Harbor attacks. We three were the only English speakers on the job site, all the other contractors were Spanish-speaking Hispanics.

After we realized that the country was under freaking attack, Joe (the colonel) asked my friend and I if we wanted to go back to the hotel to watch the coverage on television. We looked at each other and said "No" at the same moment. The job site had no doors installed (that was our job) so we backed a Ford F-350 pickup truck into the building, opened both doors, tuned the radio to the local right-wing talk station and cranked the volume up to the max. We worked through the day like that.

When we got back to our hotel room about 6pm, the phone rang. It was Joe. He said, "Gentlemen, the bar is open." We went to his hotel room to find him sitting in front of the television in his underwear and a wife-beater shirt, drinking whiskey straight out of the bottle. We sat there for a few hours, three grown men cringing at the television. Then Joe got up, turned the TV off, and told us what Pearl Harbor was like.

It was a remarkable experience, but still absolutely the single worst day of my entire life. A big, hearty "fark you!" to George W. Bush for letting Osama bin Laden get away with it.
 
2009-09-11 11:52:13 AM  
Something else that's worth a listen if it can be found:

The Howard Stern Show broadcast of 9/11/01. I think they stayed on the air until about 2pm and, like everyone else, were trying to sort through a flurry of emotions as well as the ton of misinformation that was out there in all the confusion.

We were in the process of moving to a new building that morning, so most people were busy packing things up (I think my computer had already been disconnected). We had a TV on pretty early once the news hit, and after about an hour of a group of people just standing around in shock, our company president came through and just told us to finish up any packing and go home.

That day is still pretty surreal.

/The Hulk Hogan thing cracks me up, too.
//Lighten up, Francis.
 
2009-09-11 11:52:18 AM  
Drizzit: During it there were some kids cracking jokes about it and all I can remember is wanting to turn around and beat the shiat out of them.

People deal in different ways. I joked the rest of the day with another friend with a dark sense of humor also that. "We'll show them. Lets go bomb their women and children."

We weren't too far from the truth.
 
2009-09-11 11:52:53 AM  
theredsea1: God bless their families

bluorangefyre: Crazy day, and pray to God we never have another like it.

nothingyet: God bless anybody who helped on that day.


It's this kind of attitude that caused 9/11.
 
2009-09-11 11:52:57 AM  
Arcaist 2001-09-11 09:12:34 AM
*Two* planes crashes in *both* of the buildings? What's that, a terrorist attack??
Legman 2001-09-11 09:12:45 AM
The second plane crash looked like it was deliberate. How could the pilot not see the towers?


The time between these two posts.... in less than 15 seconds everything changed. Some people had already done the math, for others this was a cold splash of water.
 
2009-09-11 11:53:04 AM  
Woke up late, came out, the TV was already on. Probably about 10:30 est, I picked up just when the real panic was starting to hit. My father had been out having breakfast with his father, this was just a couple years before his stroke killed him.

My father was watching TV with stony silence. I remember looking at the TV and jerking wide awake into a total adrenaline "HOLY FARK". Spent the rest of the day watching CNN, reading Fark (I didn't have a posting account at the time, I think), and eventually went out with my boyfriend for a sandwich because neither of us had eaten anything.

I don't remember the food. It tasted like nothing. I just remember the absolute eerie silence of the diner. It was busy - not packed, but people were there. But nobody was talking. It was one of the few places where there were no TVs, so people would eat in that terrible silence and then leave, presumably back to glue themselves to the TV more. Which is what we did.

I remember thinking that we, as a country, had just gotten forced out of adolescence, forced into the grown up world culture around us that had adapted to such horrors. That maybe we'd become more global - right after we kicked the everloving shiat out of whoever did this to us. I was wrong. I'm still depressed about that.
 
2009-09-11 11:53:22 AM  
Molavian: nothingyet: Heard a 30-year EMT today on radio impart his experience that was chilling. He came over from NJ to help after the 1st tower went down. The only reason the guy is alive to tell his story today is that all the FDNY guys kept him from running into tower 2, due to the fact that he was probably going to be hit by the falling bodies of jumpers. The guy said the amount of people who jumped was staggering. How bad must it have been in there to have so many people view jumping to their death as a best option?

This angle of the story was not covered nearly as much as it should have been.



That freaks me out. People jumping to their death, I mean. How awful. And how awful to witness that in person. *shudder*
 
2009-09-11 11:53:25 AM  
I was in downtown LA working in the First Interstate building replacing a bunch of PC's and surfing Fark. Needless to say I GTFO as soon as I realized it was a terrorist attack...that and my fiance calling me and telling me to GTFO of downtown LA.

The strangest feeling after that was not seeing any planes in the sky for the next few days. Anyone who's lived in Southern CA knows their are ALWAYS planes in the sky....
 
2009-09-11 11:53:54 AM  
Just here to say the fark coverage was amazing.

I finally gave up lurking and signed up for a Fark account during those events.
 
2009-09-11 11:54:05 AM  
I was on the way to work when the first plane hit, and heard about it on the radio (NPR, to be specific.) At the time, like everyone else, they thought it was a terrible accident.

A few minutes after I got into the office, the second plane hit, and of course we all knew at that point it was an attack.

We gathered in the conference room and watched the news for the rest of the day. Peter Jennings was the consummate professional.

My office was under the approach path for one of the runways at RDU, so we had grown used to hearing planes flying overhead all the time. Shortly after the order was given for all non-military flights to land, the noise increased for about an hour, then stopped completely. That was the spookiest part of that day: the utter silence of the skies.
 
2009-09-11 11:54:06 AM  
Molavian: nothingyet: Heard a 30-year EMT today on radio impart his experience that was chilling. He came over from NJ to help after the 1st tower went down. The only reason the guy is alive to tell his story today is that all the FDNY guys kept him from running into tower 2, due to the fact that he was probably going to be hit by the falling bodies of jumpers. The guy said the amount of people who jumped was staggering. How bad must it have been in there to have so many people view jumping to their death as a best option?

This angle of the story was not covered nearly as much as it should have been.


The two French brothers who were filming a documentary on the NYFD had part on that. When the firemen were in the lobby of one of the towers you kept hearing these loud bangs and the firemen looking around for the source. It was determined it was the sound of jumpers hitting the structure above them. Pretty chilling to say the least.
 
2009-09-11 11:54:33 AM  
Did we lose any farkers that day? And how is Squinth, did she ever get her hug?
 
2009-09-11 11:54:47 AM  
From the original thread:

OmegaStauf 2001-09-11 07:29:27 PM

This act upon us could cause us to become a facist state and cause us to abuse our power.

You called it buddy...
 
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