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2009-09-11 01:14:34 PM  
kirbman16: Klippoklondike: 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.


My brother's birthday as well...


Its my mother-in-law's and stepfather-in-law's anniversary - 9/11/00. What a serious mindfark of a first anniversary they must've had! They don't even celebrate it now.
 
2009-09-11 01:15:23 PM  
cfletch13: Stop spreading stupid baseless conspiracy theories. LooseChange is the most unscientific critiscism of that day ever produced. All it does is propose theories with circumstantial unrebuttled evidence.

Interesting fact; Loose Change began as a fictional story by some kids who had no money but wanted to create a movie. They came up with the idea of making a fake documentary about 9/11 in which the government had done it. Alex Jones, the radio host who believes in a One World Government conspiracy and that the Jewish Elite like the Rockefellers are trying to chip us with RFIDs, heard about their movie and gave them 20,000 dollars to turn it into Loose Change.
 
2009-09-11 01:15:50 PM  
pathouston22: Meanwhile, in 2008, an estimated 11,773 people died in drunk driving related crashes.

Where's the outrage/sadness/never forget?


DAMM
 
2009-09-11 01:16:12 PM  
Mija: sea of words

Summary?
 
2009-09-11 01:16:32 PM  
I remember being struck by the thought that this was the first time in my life that Americans had come together as a single people. And hearing lots of patriotic songs on the radio (probably since never).

That feeling lasted a good two or three weeks.

Now look at us, split down the middle over huge socialist government programs, and arguing over whether fighting Al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan is still a good idea or not. Sheesh.

//Lost a co-worker on Flight 93.
//No, I will never forget that day.
 
2009-09-11 01:16:46 PM  
Mija: Fifty questions

51. Why do the nutbags like you believe that everything is a government conspiracy?
 
2009-09-11 01:16:50 PM  
Mija: Fifty questions

How come the black helicopters haven't taken you away yet? One would think with you spreading all the governments secrets they would lock you up quick.

Listen, I hear Valium and scotch really help. Give it a try.
 
2009-09-11 01:17:49 PM  
jmaster306: Tatsuma: Ok, let's ignore the retards.

Required viewing on 9/11:

Jon Stewart's speech (for dirty non-Americans, google it you can get it on websites that violate copyright)

and

Late Show with David Letterman

Reposted (w/links) for great justice


These are amazing. I've never seen these before, and the Jon Stewart one is tremendous. Wow.

I remember this day very well. I hooked up a foil antennae to the TV in the Chorus Room, where I was in class, and we saw the second plane hit live.

I remember whispering to my friend, "They'll say Osama bin Laden did this" which got me in trouble culturally later, as the paranoia set in and my friends couldn't understand how I would know that.

We need to think about today. What it means. How it's been used. How we felt. How we reacted. How we've acted since, and everything we've done and justified with the events of today, eight years ago. We are not a typical nation; composed of disparate ethnicities, religions, world views, 'races,' peoples of all divisions who are citizens of this country, and the single fact common to us is the legal agreement that we are all indeed citizens. We are actually Americans. And what transpired challenged, tested, and totally affirmed that. Many beautiful things happened.

And many terrible things happened.
 
2009-09-11 01:18:03 PM  
I was in bed (in metro NY)--I didn't typically wake up until maybe 10:30--and just kinda randomly "woke up early" and started listening to 880 WCBS radio. They said that a plane hit the World Trade Center and were fielding callers who were describing what they had seen ("it was a prop plane," "it was a big jet with a black tail"), including a few that didn't see much or who "really needed to get cut off." I looked outside; it was a sunny day, and I immediately thought "that was NOT an accident." And then I heard that a second plane hit.

I called my brother in Jersey City (he lived practically on top of the Holland Tunnel, just across the Hudson from the WTC) and yelled at his answering machine telling him to wake up, turn on the television ("any channel!!"), and get himself outside ("NOW NOW NOW!!!")

A little later, I went to work here in suburbia... and registered a few domain names (for my company, totally unrelated to 9/11) that day.
 
2009-09-11 01:18:18 PM  
mija

(51) when speaking of plums, is three enough or is four too many?
 
2009-09-11 01:19:19 PM  
ski9600: pathouston22: Meanwhile, in 2008, an estimated 11,773 people died in drunk driving related crashes.

Where's the outrage/sadness/never forget?

DAMM


Drunks Against Mad Mothers?
 
2009-09-11 01:19:52 PM  
At least we got that bastard Hussein.
 
2009-09-11 01:22:42 PM  
I was in a class when the planes hit. No one was aware anything had happened until after the class ended. I was on my way back to my dorm when I overheard people talking about the towers being gone. Not knowing which towers they were referring to, I continued on. When I got back to the dorm and my room, I turned on the tv and it was all over the news. I spent the next few hours downstairs in the common room watching the news with everyone else.
 
2009-09-11 01:22:48 PM  
Loadmaster: I remember being struck by the thought that this was the first time in my life that Americans had come together as a single people. And hearing lots of patriotic songs on the radio (probably since never).

That feeling lasted a good two or three weeks.

Now look at us, split down the middle over huge socialist government programs, and arguing over whether fighting Al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan is still a good idea or not. Sheesh.

//Lost a co-worker on Flight 93.
//No, I will never forget that day.


Yeah, calling everyone you disagree with socialist might have something to do with that.
 
2009-09-11 01:22:53 PM  
Lenny_da_Hog: At least we got that bastard Hussein.

And Noriega. Never forget.
 
2009-09-11 01:22:54 PM  
pd771: cfletch13: Stop spreading stupid baseless conspiracy theories. LooseChange is the most unscientific critiscism of that day ever produced. All it does is propose theories with circumstantial unrebuttled evidence.

Interesting fact; Loose Change began as a fictional story by some kids who had no money but wanted to create a movie. They came up with the idea of making a fake documentary about 9/11 in which the government had done it. Alex Jones, the radio host who believes in a One World Government conspiracy and that the Jewish Elite like the Rockefellers are trying to chip us with RFIDs, heard about their movie and gave them 20,000 dollars to turn it into Loose Change.


Correction: It was Phillip Jayhan who originally gave the seed money for the film.
 
2009-09-11 01:23:23 PM  
Sorry about your loss.
 
2009-09-11 01:23:30 PM  
bluorangefyre: kirbman16: Klippoklondike: 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.


My brother's birthday as well...

Its my mother-in-law's and stepfather-in-law's anniversary - 9/11/00. What a serious mindfark of a first anniversary they must've had! They don't even celebrate it now.


It was my aunt's birthday.

And her sister, my mom's birthday? 12/7. (Pearl Harbor, for the history disinclined).

My birthday's 5/31. We should all be wary of that date.:p
 
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2009-09-11 01:23:36 PM  
Tatsuma: Ok, let's ignore the retards.

Required viewing on 9/11:

Jon Stewart's speech (for dirty non-Americans, google it you can get it on websites that violate copyright)

and

Late Show with David Letterman


Tatsuma, thank you for posting those links.
 
2009-09-11 01:26:13 PM  
208.116.9.205

Opps
 
2009-09-11 01:26:39 PM  
WTF moment:

The moment I look away from this screen, a hard disk scan's output on sectors (ranked by how long it took to read the sector) read:
9
1
1
2
0
0
1

Whiskey tango foxtrot, over.
 
2009-09-11 01:28:50 PM  
where the hell is gorgor??? gorgor, this is your calling and you are nowhere to be found!!!
 
2009-09-11 01:28:56 PM  
forresttriax: Opps

Torturing Canadians is always funny.


/brb, must throw a Torontonian on the rack.
 
2009-09-11 01:29:36 PM  
why wont glenn beck deny that he flew a jet liner into the world trade center on september 11th, 2001?
 
2009-09-11 01:30:03 PM  
Mija, one of your questions answers a different one:

"13) Bush said that he and Andrew Card initially thought the first hit on the WTC was an accident with a small plane. How is that possible when the FAA as well as NORAD already knew this was about a hijacked plane?"

As you asked in #9, the FAA lost contact with that flight, so they DIDN'T KNOW.

The FAA isn't psychic, and doesn't possess really big telescopes; they don't keep an eye on every plane, even today. They rely on the aircraft transponders...which can be turned off.

Also, flight recorders aren't indestructible... if they were, they'd build planes out of the same material :)
 
2009-09-11 01:31:13 PM  
PunGent: if they were, they'd build planes out of the same material :)

okay that part is just stupid.
 
2009-09-11 01:32:21 PM  
I remember exactly what I was doing 8 years ago..I had just got home from work and had laid down in bed when my phone rang and it was my mom telling me that the trade center in NY had been attacked...
 
2009-09-11 01:32:28 PM  
PunGent: Also, flight recorders aren't indestructible... if they were, they'd build planes out of the same material :)

They're damn near indestructible.

It's a valid question. Where the hell are the FDR's?
 
2009-09-11 01:33:26 PM  
solokumba: Can't we just move the fark on people!

No. Never. Get bent.
 
2009-09-11 01:33:52 PM  
The tragedy is that people out there still buy the government lies about this.
It was an inside job, and if you contest that you're either too ignorant to matter much or too much of a coward to accept the truth. Either way, keep your mouth shut.
 
2009-09-11 01:33:54 PM  
I still remember that day. I was 19, not in school at the time, but had a crappy job as all 19 yr old's do

It was about 7am PT and I had just gotten up and was about to jump in the shower. I hadn't turned on the radio or tv, and I wasn't a net nerd at the time like I am now.

My brother was active duty Marine Corps Recon at the time, but had just gotten home for a two week leave 3 days prior

I'll never forget stepping out into the hallway heading for the shower, only to see my brother closing his bedroom door, fully dressed in his military garb. I stopped halfway down the hall but didn't say a word. I knew something was going on at that moment, but I didn't want to know exactly what.

He walked passed me and gave me the little brotherly shoulder nudge that he always had. Not realizing that it had been a few years since the last and he's now built like a tank, he throws me into the wall. He laughed, cracked a little smile and just stared at me for a good 10 seconds, almost as if he was trying to remember that exact moment, in it's entirety.

He turned, took a few steps towards the front door, then turned back to me and said "I'm pretty certain that you're not going to work today. Turn on the TV and enjoy your day off".

I worked at Disneyland at the time, and got a call about 15 minutes later saying the park was closed until further notice, and they would be in contact.

We went 8 months without hearing from him, and still to this day he has not spoken a word about his post 9/11 military career to anyone but our mother. He's not crazy or anything, just doesn't talk about it.
 
2009-09-11 01:35:10 PM  
cheer: I was getting ready to take my daughter to the bus stop. I had the local TV news on, and shortly before I left they broke in with the story. I am (and was) a network engineer for a big telecom company; at the time, I was dedicated to one large account whose HQ was in 2 WTC. I was a team leader of about 5 engineers, so before I left for the bus stop, I sent a page out to the team: "A plane has crashed into one of the WTC towers; I don't know which one. Be prepared in case we need to take action." I'm still thinking accident, at this point.

I decided to drive to the bus stop (even though it's a couple of blocks away) so I could listen to the radio. My daughter and I were standing at the stop when the news came over the radio about the second plane. Like (I'm assuming) pretty much everyone else, I no longer suspected accident.

After the bus picked my daughter up, I rushed back home and sent another page out to my team; we all joined a conference bridge, along with other folks assigned to the account (sales folks, service manager, you name it). The customer in question had probably 40+ routers of ours there and over 70 circuits. I logged into one of the routers in our data center and started pings to about half a dozen routers in 2WTC. All continued to respond.

I turned on CNN (I work from home) and watched. I couldn't concentrate on anything else. We all stayed on the phone, hoping for word from the many people we knew there. (I took annual trips out there and had made several friends.) I don't really have the vocabulary to describe what it felt like; I don't have proper context. Is horrinumbed a word?

As I'm watching, I see 2WTC collapse. And in my shell prompts with the continuous pings, I see:

!.......................

That was the most horrifying thing I've ever seen on a PC screen.


As a tech, THIS is the most chilling post in this thread so far for me.
 
2009-09-11 01:35:16 PM  
Huh. I see Blackvampyr was posting in there. Too bad all his posts were yanked. He's Fark infamous nowadays.
 
2009-09-11 01:36:01 PM  
Is horrinumbed a word?

After that day, it should be.
 
2009-09-11 01:36:13 PM  
I was in my grade 9 music class when my principal came over the PA and announced what was happening. We put away the instruments and found a radio and listened as they described the towers collapsing.

I went home early that day. I'd never seen my mother cry before that - but she was watching coverage [I think we were all glued to the TV that day...] of people jumping out of the buildings.

I've never forgotten those images. I still have the newspapers from the days following that, and I've preserved them so I can show my son someday. I will never forget asking my father [now retired military] if we were going to war and for once in his life, he told me he didn't know the answer.

There's not a one among us who doesn't remember what they were doing that day, I think. It really changed the western world.
 
2009-09-11 01:36:51 PM  
Mija: Fifty questions

Each one of those questions can be answered by one of these:

-Bureaucrats are morons
-9/11 was completely unprecedented
-People panic
-People screw up
-[citation needed]
-You're retarded

Clear?
 
2009-09-11 01:36:57 PM  
mija -- Fifty questions

One answer: die in a fire.
 
2009-09-11 01:37:38 PM  
ravenlore: As a tech, THIS is the most chilling post in this thread so far for me.

All that's missing is the cigar that drops from his mouth.
 
2009-09-11 01:39:01 PM  
RobTheNerd: The tragedy is that people out there still buy the government lies about this.
It was an inside job, and if you contest that you're either too ignorant to matter much or too much of a coward to accept the truth. Either way, keep your mouth shut.


That's a nice tin foil hat ya got there.
 
2009-09-11 01:39:17 PM  
I woke up to the sound of the first crash and within moments my mother left me a message saying the WTC had been hit by a plane.

I grabbed my video camera and walked a few short blocks to WTC2 and videotaped bodies crashing into sidewalk. I also got some great footage of the fire trucks arriving and the faces of the NYFD as they geared up and entered the building.

I spent a short while filming the two burning buildings, jumpers hitting the ground (lots of jumpers) and assorted shoes, plane wreckage and body parts littered everywhere.

Eventually I was afraid I was going to be hit by something or someone falling and walked a short distance away to continue to film. I ended up a block away directly in front of 140 Bway when the south tower fell and myself and a small crowd were hit by an opaque wall of dust that knocked us to the ground. (that's when I lost both my shoes and my video camera)

I stumbled about unable to breathe and by luck made it to the revolving door of 140 Bway. I had to pull a limp body out of the door and made it inside where it was chaos.

It was still pretty hard to breathe so I found the stair to the basement and bashed the firedoor down with a fire extinguisher. once inside things were pretty clear so I had another guy that was there round up about 15 people from the lobby into the basement.

I spent a short while running around the basement and found an access door to the subway tunnel where I found a ladder to a manhole type thing. When I lifted the door there was a foot or so of dust and debris on top but it opened and I was able to escape with the rest of the people in the basment.

It was weird because everything at street level was covered in a snow of dust.

After a short walk I pointed out the enterance to the Brooklyn Bridge to my group (tourists) and I left them to go to my appartment which was directly under the bridge.

Once inside the only news source I had working was the Howard Stern Show and it was the exact moment I turned it on that they were saying there were many more planes in the air that were hijacked.

Weird morning.
 
2009-09-11 01:41:04 PM  
I was working at a gas station making good use of my science degree at the time. The boss put a tv up near the cash register to watch it unfold.

Pretty horrific, but far worse tragedies have happened in the world, some committed by the Americans themselves.

Hiroshima & Nagasaki, for instance.

Yes, you were at war with the Japanese, but from Hiroshima alone, more than a hundred thousand people (the vast majority of which were not soldiers nor engaged in the war effort) died, many very horrifically and painfully. If it's easier to swallow because they weren't Americans or white, then fark you!
 
2009-09-11 01:41:14 PM  
TsukasaK: It's a valid question. Where the hell are the FDR's?

No, it's not. They were pulverized under tons and tons and tons of rubbles and melting steel.

A brain is never useful if you don't use it.
 
2009-09-11 01:41:37 PM  
At the time, I was driving semi for a chemical company. I was hauling a load of 2 ton chlorine cylinders for water purification to Choctaw Oklahoma. The events unfolded before me on the radio. I had just gotten to Choctaw when the second plane hit, and I noticed the gas prices were about $1.58 per gallon.It took me 2 hours to unload and when I left Choctaw, there were lines to the gas stations a block long, and the price on gas had risen to $5.85 a gallon. A horrible situation had really gotten my attention, even though I was many miles from New York City.
 
2009-09-11 01:42:51 PM  
Enrico Pallazzo:

We went 8 months without hearing from him, and still to this day he has not spoken a word about his post 9/11 military career to anyone but our mother. He's not crazy or anything, just doesn't talk about it.


There's a chilling, interesting story in there. I don't know if I'd want to hear it, and I'd never press your brother to tell it unless he chose to, but there's a story there. I'm glad he came home.
 
2009-09-11 01:43:57 PM  
First thing anybody did at my school when we heard was joke about getting the day off.

"Maybe we're next!" we jokingly said. (My school was in a town of about 3,000.)

It never really registered (I guess) that this was A) real and B) actually happening in our country.

Does that say anything about us?
 
2009-09-11 01:45:48 PM  
I commemorated the anniversary by listening to this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlfBNs-0r74&feature=related (it's in German)

I still remember clearly where I was when I first heard, and I remember watching CNN for hours after school.

On the other hand. It was 8 years ago, and how many innocent have died as a result of the war? How many people who either never had heard of the attack until the war was fought in their streets and in their homes or who we mortified that such a thing could happen have been killed, or mistreated since then? People need to move on. While I understand that this is still a fairly recent tragedy in the scope of history, but move on. Seriously.

Cry for the appoximately 100 000 who have died in Iraq first then tell me the 3000 who died are worth it.
 
2009-09-11 01:46:02 PM  
8 years ago my day started as usual - woke up at 8, got ready for work, took a mile walk around the neighborhood, put in a favorite album or mix tape and drove to work. I didn't watch TV or listen to the radio that morning, nor did I have my cell phone on, so I was oblivious to what was happening.

As I pulled into the parking lot of the recording studio I managed, however, I knew something wasn't right. The owner was standing in the doorway waving his hands frantically with a strange look on his face. I parked, ran in, and on the projection screen set up in the main sound room they were showing a replay of the second plane hitting.

The band that was there to record that day stuck around, but all work was canceled for the day. Instead, we all sat in this beautiful sound room watching the world change on the giant projection screen while trying to wrap our minds around what was happening. Around 3p, I decided to call it a day and went home to read the rest online at Fark as well as other online sources.

It's funny how absurd the little things became on that day.
 
2009-09-11 01:47:40 PM  
Bartleby the Scrivener: mija

(51) when speaking of plums, is three enough or is four too many?


1 is enough to restrict myself to no fewer than 20' from a toilet.
 
2009-09-11 01:48:46 PM  
X-RayPaintSpray: I commemorated the anniversary by listening to this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlfBNs-0r74&feature=related (it's in German)

I still remember clearly where I was when I first heard, and I remember watching CNN for hours after school.

On the other hand. It was 8 years ago, and how many innocent have died as a result of the war? How many people who either never had heard of the attack until the war was fought in their streets and in their homes or who we mortified that such a thing could happen have been killed, or mistreated since then? People need to move on. While I understand that this is still a fairly recent tragedy in the scope of history, but move on. Seriously.

Cry for the appoximately 100 000 who have died in Iraq first then tell me the 3000 who died are worth it.


Oh screw you, troll. There are 3000+ families out there who might have a thing or two to say about that.
 
2009-09-11 01:48:59 PM  
I had a statistics exam early that moning. Aced it, wrote a cool song called "I remember" (not about 911) before the first plane hit. Had to work that evening but no work was done. We just sat glued in front of the tv. Had a few people who stayed on AIM all day looking for any signs of some dear friends I had in NYC. That evening met with a few friends at a bar and had a few beers.
 
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