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2013-04-18 11:51:04 AM  

Shadow Blasko: SN1987a goes boom: To be fair, you can safely film tornadoes if you know what your doing.

/from Kansas,
//its the state's unofficial pastime

Used to be... yeah.

Now there are so many people out there that just BEING there is either is hindering to people trying to leave the area, or to first responders trying to get in.

I'm a trained spotter, and yeah.. I chased back in the day (mid 90's) but even then... there are dozens of dangers out there that are not the tornado itself that chasers don't think about. Lightning (Almost my undoing), HUGE hail, flash floods, road food, and just being distracted by what is in front you... then suddenly being blinded by dust and debris coming from behind you in a feeder band while trying to drive.

Any one of those things can kill you dead just as fast as the tornado can.

Anyways... I still don't blame the guy. I might well have done the same thing... thinking I was safe across the field. Sure, it was stupid, but not criminally so, and no more stupid than what 1/2 the population of any plains state does every May


Mmmm!  Road food!  Get a fork.
 
2013-04-18 11:51:06 AM  

awalkingecho: Are you waging a war on the scientific method?


Yes! (it's just Scientific Method, no 'the')
 
2013-04-18 11:51:22 AM  
Is it just me, or is this a REALLY destructive week in the US news?
 
2013-04-18 11:51:52 AM  

emersonbiggins: Thebloodpotato: i'm just wondering when alan jackson will come out of the woodwork to find out what we were doing at the time...or to profit off of redneck hysteria

Would it feel less icky if Willie Nelson did it?  He's from the next town north of West.


willie nelson is a clever songwriter and uses metaphors and stuff. alan jackson just shoves a pile of steaming sentiments and rotten guilt trips under people's noses and is like buyyyy thisssss shiat. so yes.
 
2013-04-18 11:52:39 AM  

uttertosh: awalkingecho: Are you waging a war on the scientific method?

Yes! (it's just Scientific Method, no 'the')


When used as a proper noun, yes. It happens to also simply be a method they were using, and it's a scientific one, therefore my statement is fine as improper as well.

Don't be pedantic.
 
2013-04-18 11:52:44 AM  

SisterMaryElephant: wouldn't comparing it to OKC bombing be more accurate?


fertilizer goes boom?


Too soon. That joke is lamer than FDR's legs.
 
2013-04-18 11:52:54 AM  
God, the local news decided they needed to show video of the explosion this morning for some reason. The video consisted of about 2 frames that showed the explosion, then some dude's leg and the floor of his pickup truck for the remainder. Is the video THAT important to the story that you have to show it when it sucks that badly? It's like the cell phone video of the second explosion in Boston that really jsut shows the sidewalk, a store window, some people's feet, the sky, anything but the actual second explosion.
 
2013-04-18 11:53:00 AM  

serpent_sky: orclover: Ok guys this is Texas. This is the state that when we had fires burning their way across the state the Texas media almost in unison excitedly exclaimed "the fires are spreading across the brush and trees almost like a wildfire".

Was that around when the governor held a rally to pray for rain? Or was that a different wildfire?


Its happend two different wildfires including the one you are referring to, I know because I spent 10 minutes swearing at the TV while my wife tried to calm me down on the last one.
 
2013-04-18 11:53:03 AM  
That guy was one lucky motherfarker to come out of that relatively unscathed...
 
2013-04-18 11:53:32 AM  

Shadow Blasko: SN1987a goes boom: To be fair, you can safely film tornadoes if you know what your doing.

/from Kansas,
//its the state's unofficial pastime

Used to be... yeah.

Now there are so many people out there that just BEING there is either is hindering to people trying to leave the area, or to first responders trying to get in.

I'm a trained spotter, and yeah.. I chased back in the day (mid 90's) but even then... there are dozens of dangers out there that are not the tornado itself that chasers don't think about. Lightning (Almost my undoing), HUGE hail, flash floods, road food, and just being distracted by what is in front you... then suddenly being blinded by dust and debris coming from behind you in a feeder band while trying to drive.

Any one of those things can kill you dead just as fast as the tornado can.

Anyways... I still don't blame the guy. I might well have done the same thing... thinking I was safe across the field. Sure, it was stupid, but not criminally so, and no more stupid than what 1/2 the population of any plains state does every May


Not sure if intentional or not, but I larf'd.

"I'm gonna kill you 'till you die!"
 
2013-04-18 11:53:51 AM  

Oldiron_79: 12 hours I was figuring 12 minutes


I had the time at 9-11 minutes.
 
2013-04-18 11:54:20 AM  
Hey, subby...they said it looked like 9/11 there, not that it was another 9/11. I used to live there. I have family and friends there. My dad's best friend knew every single one of the first responders who were killed in the blast. My nephew was blown off his feet almost a mile away while he was playing baseball.

This town was built around the plant. Was it the smartest thing to do? Probably not. But is it smart to build an apartment building 20 feet away from a gas station? Probably not, but it happens.

These are strong people. They're already picking themselves up and helping each other instead of asking everyone else for help. All the snarky dicks just need to put it on hold for a bit and realize that this town is hurting and will be for quite a while.
 
2013-04-18 11:54:58 AM  
It's closer to the Oklahoma City bombing.  Same stuff in fact.

I think it is also what they used on Mythbusters to make a cement mixer disappear.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jv2F9y5AD0g

Imagine that ramped up significantly, but also in a residential neighborhood.
 
2013-04-18 11:55:41 AM  
I've been to Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Iraq, and I can say without hyperbole that this is a million times worse than all of them combined.
 
2013-04-18 11:55:49 AM  
Silly me, I was mentally comapring it in size and damage to the exploding rocket fuel plant, Halifax 1917, Texas City 1947
 
2013-04-18 11:55:54 AM  

Oldiron_79: Well grapefruit sized hail aint no joke, it will leave fist sized holes in a metal tool shed(granted its thinner than a car)


No joke either, there's plenty of crazies out there who chase after 4" hail-producing storms all their professional (and sometimes amateur) lives.
 
2013-04-18 11:56:12 AM  
"There was probably double-digit people standing in front of me videoing that were closer than I was, and after the blast, they were nowhere to be seen."

I'm finding it hard to summon up any sympathy here for any of these yokels.
 
2013-04-18 11:56:15 AM  
This reeks of a false flag attack. And poo.
 
2013-04-18 11:57:40 AM  

awalkingecho: Don't post on fark.


No. I come here to be this was intentionally.
 
2013-04-18 11:58:17 AM  

blazemongr: Is it just me, or is this a REALLY destructive week in the US news?


Weeks not over yet.  Anything major happens today and I'll be wearing a helmet all day Friday.

Tsar_Bomba1: That guy was one lucky motherfarker to come out of that relatively unscathed...


A half second before the boom the father mumbles: "somebody just jumped out of the windo*BOOM*"
Somehow the guys inside knew what was about to happen and at least one of them tried to make a run for it.  Highly doubt he made it.  Hell I doubt his body is in the same county.

Watching the local news with the Waco PD chief doing the PR work (where is West PD chief?, prob just busy).  He's flanked by two typically stern looking DPS troopers staring and looking serious.  Dont know why it makes me giggle.
 
2013-04-18 11:58:45 AM  
"It actually looked like 9-11, what you saw on TV with 9-11 "

9-11
 
2013-04-18 11:58:49 AM  

lilplatinum: I've been to Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Iraq, and I can say without hyperbole that this is a million times worse than all of them combined.


Well I've been to one World's Fair, a picnic, and a rodeo, and that's the stupidest thing I've ever heard come over a set of earphones.
 
2013-04-18 11:59:14 AM  

uttertosh: Carn: That is the nature of morons scientists. I see a tornado and I get the hell away or I grab my dog, run for the basement and hope it doesn't kill me.

And they keep repeating the process, over and over, to determine if 4" hail always leave dents like that.


Eh, I give a pass if it's actually scientists doing the crazy stuff.  I understand that there are things we can learn about weather only by getting data from inside.  But it's one thing for a team of experts doing research to knowingly put themselves in danger and it's another entirely for an average Joe to do so.  And the guy taking this video isn't really dumb because he was far enough back that they didn't get hurt, versus other people closer who might be a fine meaty mist.
 
2013-04-18 11:59:43 AM  

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: "It actually looked like 9-11, what you saw on TV with 9-11 "

9-11


Yeah but I bet it smelled more like 7-11.
 
2013-04-18 11:59:55 AM  
And this, ladies and gentlemen, is why we keep our toxic explosive chemical factories in small towns in Texas.

/it is a pity it wasn't located in Waco :(
 
2013-04-18 12:00:50 PM  

serpent_sky: orclover: Ok guys this is Texas. This is the state that when we had fires burning their way across the state the Texas media almost in unison excitedly exclaimed "the fires are spreading across the brush and trees almost like a wildfire".

Was that around when the governor held a rally to pray for rain? Or was that a different wildfire?


Yup...2011 was brutal drought.
 
2013-04-18 12:01:52 PM  

awalkingecho: lilplatinum: I've been to Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Iraq, and I can say without hyperbole that this is a million times worse than all of them combined.

Well I've been to one World's Fair, a picnic, and a rodeo, and that's the stupidest thing I've ever heard come over a set of earphones.


upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-04-18 12:03:07 PM  

SwiftFox: Silly me, I was mentally comapring it in size and damage to the exploding rocket fuel plant, Halifax 1917, Texas City 1947


Ah yes texas city '47 2.3 kilotons of fertilizer.
 
2013-04-18 12:04:02 PM  
Since 9/11, everything that has happened has been like 9/11.

It's been, like, 9 to 11 years or so of 9/11.
 
2013-04-18 12:04:16 PM  
In this post 9/11 world, everything and anything can be compared to the events on 9/11.
 
2013-04-18 12:04:45 PM  

Carn: uttertosh: Carn: That is the nature of morons scientists. I see a tornado and I get the hell away or I grab my dog, run for the basement and hope it doesn't kill me.

And they keep repeating the process, over and over, to determine if 4" hail always leave dents like that.

Eh, I give a pass if it's actually scientists doing the crazy stuff.  I understand that there are things we can learn about weather only by getting data from inside.  But it's one thing for a team of experts doing research to knowingly put themselves in danger and it's another entirely for an average Joe to do so.  And the guy taking this video isn't really dumb because he was far enough back that they didn't get hurt, versus other people closer who might be a fine meaty mist.


imgs.xkcd.com

yeah, that's where I got the thought from. Knew it wasn't that original. hmph
 
2013-04-18 12:07:20 PM  

Oldiron_79: opiumpoopy: Jim.Casy: I was going to post something snarky, then I read the article. I didn't realize so many people were injured! Why were there this many hanging around next to a poop factory?!

Because in Texas they put an explosive toxic chemical facility right next to a school and an old folks home.

Just like in the third world.

Zoning - how does it work?

Im pretty sure the chemical plant was there first and they built the school and old folks home next to it rather than the other way around


Because that makes it sound a lot better.
 
2013-04-18 12:07:32 PM  

YouPeopleAreCrazy: In this post 9/11 world, everything and anything can be compared to the events on 9/11.


That's pre-9/11 thinking.
 
2013-04-18 12:08:25 PM  
i48.tinypic.com
 
2013-04-18 12:09:12 PM  
Last night, when they were interviewing the survivors and first responders, they were comparing it to the Atom Bomb (their words, not mine), a Nuclear explosion (again, their words), so 9/11 doesn't really surprise me...

I can't wait for this injury riddled, death prone week to be over already. Boston and this one are just the tip of the iceberg.
 
2013-04-18 12:12:45 PM  
I suspect some from Boston secretly enjoyed the attention and they view this disaster, which was many times worse than what happened there, as stealing their steam.  Sad week.
 
2013-04-18 12:13:27 PM  

brap: That fertilizer plant is on fire, seems like a good time to pull my truck with my two young daughters in it up close and shoot me some video.


and hold the camera/phone in the most annoying viewing angle.
 
2013-04-18 12:13:57 PM  
Perhaps you didn't get the memo. Post 9/11 catastrophes are measured in units called a Giuliani.

The Boston Marathon attack probably measures in at 5.6 Giulianis.

The Fertalizer plant explosion looks like about 18.1 Giulianis.
 
2013-04-18 12:14:21 PM  
I would think that it would be more similar to the PEPCON explosion.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KuGizBjDXo
 
2013-04-18 12:14:38 PM  

Hot Carl To Go: blatz514: "The nursing home looked like it had just been blown kind of out."

Is this a plot for a really gross old people porno?

Prolapse Party 7
Wrinkle Raiders
Liver Spot Lovers


Incontinent coont crammers 5
G spot grannies
Been gay
 
2013-04-18 12:14:40 PM  

bubbler86: I suspect some from Boston secretly enjoyed the attention and they view this disaster, which was many times worse than what happened there, as stealing their steam.  Sad week.


John King, maybe.
 
2013-04-18 12:17:08 PM  

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: [i48.tinypic.com image 640x480]


Dammit that made me laugh.

/I'm an awful person.
 
2013-04-18 12:17:11 PM  

tuna fingers: pjbreeze: "There was probably double-digit people standing in front of me..."

Hmmmm, people with 20 fingers and 20 toes in Texas.

Fun fact:  Ten is in the double digits.  Ten.


*whoosh!*

Not that it was that great, but it flew right past ya.

/fingers are digits
//as are toes
 
2013-04-18 12:17:55 PM  

opiumpoopy: Jim.Casy: I was going to post something snarky, then I read the article. I didn't realize so many people were injured! Why were there this many hanging around next to a poop factory?!

Because in Texas they put an explosive toxic chemical facility right next to a school and an old folks home.

Just like in the third world.

Zoning - how does it work?


Zoning laws infringe on our freedoms

/Merica
// Texas
 
2013-04-18 12:18:13 PM  

cftc: Perhaps you didn't get the memo. Post 9/11 catastrophes are measured in units called a Giuliani.

The Boston Marathon attack probably measures in at 5.6 Giulianis.

The Fertalizer plant explosion looks like about 18.1 Giulianis.


I think we ought to measure it in Courics.

/80 Courics
 
2013-04-18 12:19:24 PM  
As a New Yorker who had to walk down 70 flights of stairs on 9/11, I'm ok with a first responder using 9/11 as a way to help people understand huge disasters.  Hell if they need to use 9/11 to bring about more restrictive industrial regulations like they use 9/11 to infringe on our privacy and Civil rights, I'm OK with that as well.

Here's a fun fact, West, Texas has a population of 2,700(according to google). 15 People are reported dead, 160 injured  which comes out to ~0.5% and 6% of the population. If you take NYC with a population 8 million and use those same rates you get 40,000 dead & 480,000 wounded (note, if you double check my math, you are probably righter than me).
 
2013-04-18 12:19:54 PM  

Carn: cftc: Perhaps you didn't get the memo. Post 9/11 catastrophes are measured in units called a Giuliani.

The Boston Marathon attack probably measures in at 5.6 Giulianis.

The Fertalizer plant explosion looks like about 18.1 Giulianis.

I think we ought to measure it in Courics.

/80 Courics


bono?
 
2013-04-18 12:20:41 PM  
ficklefkrfark:

Been gay

lol'd. Quality.
 
2013-04-18 12:21:15 PM  

Cardrico Lajuan Nash: Hey, subby...they said it looked like 9/11 there, not that it was another 9/11. I used to live there. I have family and friends there. My dad's best friend knew every single one of the first responders who were killed in the blast. My nephew was blown off his feet almost a mile away while he was playing baseball.

This town was built around the plant. Was it the smartest thing to do? Probably not. But is it smart to build an apartment building 20 feet away from a gas station? Probably not, but it happens.

These are strong people. They're already picking themselves up and helping each other instead of asking everyone else for help. All the snarky dicks just need to put it on hold for a bit and realize that this town is hurting and will be for quite a while.


so they're a strong people but you guys better not point out the absurdity of comparing a fertilizer explosion to a terrorist attack?
 
2013-04-18 12:25:45 PM  

tuna fingers: pjbreeze: "There was probably double-digit people standing in front of me..."

Hmmmm, people with 20 fingers and 20 toes in Texas.

Fun fact:  Ten is in the double digits.  Ten.


Fun fact: fingers and toes are anatomically known as "digits", a word that has nothing to do with numbers in this context.  The normal complement of digits is 10 fingers, 10 toes.  Double those digits is 20 fingers and 20 toes. Twenty.  Yes, pjbreeze took liberties with the intended meaning of TFA's quote, in true Fark tradition.  Cue youarethejoke.jpg.
 
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