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(CNN)   Remembering 9/11. Let's share our stories of where we were when we heard the news   ( divider line
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2013-09-11 08:19:17 AM  
7 votes:
Do we really need to do this every year?
2013-09-11 08:25:38 AM  
5 votes:

pinchpoint: Do we really need to do this every year?

Sorry to take you away from your busy schedule of fapping to lesbian nun bondage porn. If it is too much of an inconvenience, you could try, oh I don't know, skipping the whole thread? Last time I looked, participation in these threads was not mandatory.
2013-09-11 09:06:31 AM  
4 votes:
Hard to believe it has been 40 years.  Never forget.
2013-09-11 08:35:33 AM  
3 votes:
Hey guys,
2013-09-11 09:00:49 PM  
2 votes:
I woke up and checked my email to see a CNN breaking news alert about a plane hitting one of the towers.  I figured it'd be a small commuter plane and didn't think much about it.   I turned on the news to check out the traffic just in time to see a big ball of fire. Because the second building was hidden at that camera angle, the news anchor thought that the fuselage of the first crash plane had exploded. So when I left for work, I still believed it was an unnfortunate accident.

As I headed into work I checked the local news station, but they were still playing a pre-recorded local interest story about bird calls, if I recall correctly. Instead, I learned from the hip hop station that it was a terrorist attack.

I worked at a hospital at the time and every patient room had the TV turned to the news.  I quietly slipped into a room just in time to see the second tower fall.   Then I had to go back to my desk and sit for the rest of the day. I could hear the various news channels, but I couldn't see anything.  I'd occassionally field a call from some tourist stranded in town and worried about getting medications renewed.   Since the nursing staff couldn't surf the internet, I'd print CNN updates and tape them to the desk.

We had a patient who had been on a ventilator for months and wanted to have it removed so he could die with dignity.   His family had come into town to be there with him and the vent was supposed to be pulled later that day.   Since his family was stressed by the day's news, he asked to reschedule.  He waited 3 weeks and decided that his family was ready to handle his passing and his vent was shut off.   He had worried that if he waited too long, that it'd be too near Halloween. He wanted to give his family enough time to mourn, so they could enjoy the holidays. Every time this anniversary rolls around, I think of him trying to die the most considerate death possible.

The next evening, while washing dishes there was a loud bang in the neighborhood.   It sounded like a car backfiring, but my neighbor called it in.  About 5-10 minutes later, I hear a loud voice yelling "Police! Come out of the house!"   Confused, I peek out my door and there's a cop holding what looks like a M16 (I don't know guns. It was something assault rifle-ish).

I walk out the door and I don't know what to do with my hands.   They're wet and soapy, so I want to dry them on my shirt all while my brain is screaming "Hey stupid!  Keep 'em up! Don't get shot!".

I could see the cop relax and think "oh yeah, she's no criminal".   He puts his gun down and I see 2 other cops walk out from behind the shed and front of the house with firearms drawn, but pointed down.   My neighbor's lights are off, but in his window I see a lit cigarette glow as he takes a drag. So I knew the asshole was watching the whole damn thing.

As I'm talking to the main cop, one of his partner points his gun towards my kitchen window and demands "who else is in there?".   My cat had jumped into the window and nearly got herself shot.
2013-09-11 02:26:14 PM  
2 votes:
Twelve years later and *still* no one has gone after those responsible:
2013-09-11 12:09:08 PM  
2 votes:
we as a country REALLY need to get over this shiat, stop putting our losses at a pedestal while being blissfully ignorant of the hundred if not thousands of times more innocent lives we have both taken and ruined, they got us once.... good for them, we have gotten them a  million times over, and most of them had nothing to do with it!!! can we PLEASE put our dick collectively back in our pants?
2013-09-11 11:21:10 AM  
2 votes:
In my college dorm at NYU. I woke up with the alarm on "radio" and heard something about the WTC being on fire. I assumed it was about the 1993 bombing and turned it off. Then I started to hear screaming in the hallway; it was my sorority sisters freaking out (many of whom had boyfriends interning at WTC).... and.... I just don't want to talk about it any more.

Something that I'd like people to remember is not just the victims and the sacrifices of the first responders, but the people of NYC and America. It was an oddly beautiful day that day and I'd like people to also appreciate it as such. NYers would take flyers of missing people they didn't know and make copies and post them on their own accord; they hugged crying strangers, went to schools to walk children home whose parents couldn't get them, they went to parks and drew memorials, they opened their homes to people who couldn't get home, gave out water and food and slippers to people walking back north from the WTC.... it is those things I want to remember. How we reacted as a city was amazing and makes me so proud to be a New Yorker.
2013-09-11 09:10:39 AM  
2 votes:
I was there. It was awful. My only regret is dropping my video camera when WTC 2 fell. I had footage of the first responders arriving. shiat's gone now.

I just took this picture of Ladder 54 out my office window a few seconds ago. They lost 15 men.
2013-09-11 08:59:25 AM  
2 votes:
I was in Trois-Rivières, Québec doing consultant work for a large cable-tv provider. That morning all the employees were convened to a company meeting downtown, so there were only two of us in the building. When things started happening, the other consultant came to get me.

I will never forget the sick feeling in the pit of my stomach as the two of us just stood there, alone in a roomful of TVs with the live broadcasts of the events. And how sick turned to great sadness when it became clear that this had not been an accident, but a deliberate act. On that day, all the West stood with our American friends. On that day, we were all Americans.
2013-09-11 08:40:43 AM  
2 votes:
2013-09-11 08:40:33 AM  
2 votes:
2013-09-11 08:38:23 AM  
2 votes:
Just curious, for how long did America collectively freak out on 12/7 after '41?
2013-09-11 08:32:22 AM  
2 votes:
Dear subtard,
On behalf of myself and all those I had to attend memorial services for, please go f*ck yourself.
It will always be "too soon" for me and the many friends, families and colleagues who lost their loved ones.

2013-09-11 08:28:27 AM  
2 votes:
Second day of classes at URI my junior year. Needless to say, I didn't go. Spent all day transfixed.

Also Discovered a website that had links to backdoors and updates, as all the news sites were getting hammered. Plus the people there were very cool, and made a very sad day a little less awful.

Thank you
2013-09-11 10:23:29 PM  
1 vote:
Warning: This description is very long and is from someone who doesn't even live in the US, so feel free to skip right past this post.

I live in Ireland. That's where I was 12 years ago. I was working in the IT department of an Insurance company. It was just before lunchtime when a workmate turned around from her desk and blurted out that two planes had hit the WTC. She'd gotten a newsflash alert to her e-mail.

Since we heard about it after the second plane hit we knew straight away it was a terrorist attack. Sadly, coordinated attacks like that were nothing new here (my parents, still only dating then, had survived the Talbot Street bombing back in the 70s, which was part of a coordinated attack in Dublin) but we'd never seen anything on this scale. As I was in IT, I was one of only a handful of employees with internet access. I was trying to connect to BBC News and Sky News without much success when a random result from Yahoo brought me to Fark. I remember being glued to the Fark threads for the rest of the working day, but after all these years the only things that stand out are a guy called Stebain (I think...) who was the first to mention the second plane hitting the south tower and another guy called Squinth who was in a bit of a heap because someone belonging to him was flying that day. Oh, and much later some other guy came in with a description so detailed and vivid of escaping the north tower I would have *sworn* he was making it up until years later I recognised some of the situations and people he mentioned in the Discovery Channel documentary "Inside the Twin Towers". Sorry for disbelieving you, whoever you are.

So anyway, since we had heard from the start that two planes had hit, the "Oh Shiat!" moment in our office came when someone told us the Pentagon was on fire. That's when all hell broke loose. As far as we were concerned, someone had declared war on the US, and we had no idea who it was. After that it just got worse and worse. Every time you started to wrap your head around one piece of news, something else happened. The planes had been jumbo jets, filled with people. The Pentagon had been hit by another plane. There were four more planes lost somewhere in the sky. Another one had crashed in Pennsylvania, on the way to the White House. A car bomb exploded outside the Capitol building. A bomb exploded in one of the towers, making it collapse. Now the other one is gone... Some of it was true, some of it was mixed up. All of it was bloody scary, even an ocean away.

After I'd heard that a plane had hit the Pentagon I called my mum. She was in the car with my dad and little brother. This is roughly how the conversation went.

Me: "Where are you?"
Mum: "In the car with your Dad, what's wrong?"
Me: "Turn on the news."
Mum: "What station?"
Me: "Any station! Doesn't matter! Two planes have hit the World Trade Centre and another has hit the Pentagon!"
Mum: "Oh my God!"
*repeats this to my dad. I hear the radio come on. Sure enough it's a solemn sounding voice relaying what's happening*
Mum: "How did it happen?! Is it air traffic control? Has it stopped working or something?"

That always makes me smile. That my dear, wonderful Mum, who'd survived a terrorist bombing herself, assumed the whole thing was some horrible accident.

I was pretty new to the department and was sent home shortly after news filtered through that Canary Wharf in London was being evacuated. Two things stand out the most for me. I was working near Ballsbridge in Dublin, and passed the American Embassy on my way home. There were dozens and dozens of Gardai (Irish police officers) there, all with their arms linked, making a protective ring around the building. I'd never seen so many of them in one place. People were already starting to arrive with flowers. That was about 4:30pm Irish time.

The second thing is when I got off the bus at Clonskeagh and started walking home. Everything was quiet. People were gathering in silent huddles around radios and TVs, standing in shops listening to the news on the radio. That was something I'd only ever heard people talk about before. I'd never seen it happen in real life. Then I reached home and every station here was covering the same thing. RTE. BBC. ITV. Footage of the planes crashing. Footage of the towers falling. Footage of the Pentagon in flames. Footage of the crater in a random Pennsylvanian field. Over and over and over again. We watched nothing else for days.

So... that's what 9/11 was like in Ireland. For me, anyway. Oh, and we had a day of mourning for you a couple of days later. Except I had to show up for work anyway. And pretty much all of the American based multinationals stayed open for business that day. Heh.
2013-09-11 08:48:33 PM  
1 vote:
I was in my junior year of college. I'm a little fuzzy about if I knew about the attacks before I got into the car or if I heard about them on the radio. Pretty sure I saw the footage on TV and I remember talking to my dad on the way in. He works at a state building in AZ and since no one knew what the fark was going on I was worried it might be some coordinated attack across the US. He had decided to stay home after hearing the news.

At school, my marketing prof made us still take the scheduled test. I still don't know whether I hate her for keeping the exam on a day when everyone was collectively losing their shiat, or respect her for trying to keep a sense of normalcy.

Rest of the day and for the next couple weeks I obsessively read and collected stories and pictures. I only had a few of people jumping and don't think I voluntarily watched the videos of it. That was "the line" for me for whatever reason. Lost that hard drive some time ago. Would be interesting to see what it had now. I do remember going to Mapquest and grabbing a screen cap of the WTC satellite before and then getting one later of the after.

Every year I look for this thread on Fark and skim through the posts from people as it happened.

When Obama talks about Syria and a "small scale" strike, it makes me think of Bush saying that he didn't want to shoot a $2 million dollar missle and hit a camel in the butt.

For the last 12 years I've also had a style music video in my head of the attacks set to System of a Down's Chop Suey. I never created it but that song always reminds me of 9/11.

I flew on 9/22 to see my boyfriend. It was a beginning to the end when he said I was an idiot for having reservations about flying so soon after. He was right, of course, but he didn't have to be a dick about it.

The Onion's first edition after 9/11 was perfect. The TV Guide with "Dan Rather loses his shiat" after the 12th solid hour was gold.

While my connection is not a very personal one because I was on the west coast and did not personally know anyone that was killed in the attacks, i still think about it often. It was a dose of reality in what was otherwise a charmed life.
2013-09-11 02:06:09 PM  
1 vote:

HAMMERTOE: September- yer 11th, 2001. BASE jumping in NYC.

Uncle B.S., where were you on December 7th, 1941?
2013-09-11 12:33:14 PM  
1 vote:
My brother got home from his graveyard shift, and woke me because he said the one of the WTC towers was "on fire"

I watched the news, wondering what was going on, and saw the smoking tower.  Eventually they came to the "conclusion" it was a accident with a plane collision.

Then I watched the second plane hit.

I'm on the west coast in Canada, but at that moment, I was sure I knew what those at Pearl Harbor were feeling when the first bombs started falling.  By the time the Pentagon was hit, I realized that this was going to go so far out of control that unless there was a clear target of revenge, America would go stomping around the planet in a blind rage.

Little did I know that a few opportunistic bastards would use this event to further their own goals of greed and power.
2013-09-11 12:19:55 PM  
1 vote:
I was living with my brother in Canada, and had gotten up early that day to head to work. Although I never turned on the television in the mornings, I was usually too rushed, that day I did. Saw the North Tower on fire and the news graphics and thought to myself; "What is this... some crappy earthquake/disaster in New York movie?". Took a few seconds to realize what was actually going on, and then the second plane came in and struck the South Tower. I ran to my brother's room and screamed at him to get up, the World Trade Center is under attack. He rolled over and grumbled at me, he told me later he thought I was playing a joke on him, and I yelled back "[Brothername], now!". I guess it was how my voice sounded, because he woke right up and looked at me in shock/disbelief, seeing the look on my face, and he knew I wasn't joking. We rushed back upstairs to the television and just watched as things unfolded. After a few minutes we remembered my mother, and I went to the phone and called her. I really can't remember what I said, other than a steady stream of panicked information. She wasn't near a television, so my brother spent the day feeding her updates. I called my then fiancée and told her what was going on, and told her not to head into Indianapolis that day. I headed to work, and kept in touch with my brother and fiancée throughout the day. I was on the phone with my brother when he told me that the South Tower had collapsed. I couldn't believe this, I knew that the towers were designed to take a hit from a 707, and I tried to clarify that he had to mean a piece had collapsed, and as he was telling me that the whole tower had collapsed he stared to yell that the second tower was collapsing right now. I left work, came home, and spent the rest of the day wondering what the hell was going to happen, and especially how this was going to disrupt my immigration to the US, which I'd started in July. It took a lot of extra time, but I eventually was approved and flew down to my home here in Indiana... on September 11, 2002.
2013-09-11 12:05:34 PM  
1 vote:

yves0010: Flash_NYC: To all of you not in the towers, or who did not lose someone in the towers or who did not have a nightmare commute home that day I have this reaction to your stories:

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Though our stories are not that interesting. They still show insight in how much the event changed our days or lives. This was the first major world event I ever witness that I can remember the significances of. I was alive during the fall of the Berlin Wall but I was only 3. September 11 does have an impact on me just like the assassination of JFK did on my mother and father who know exactly where they were when that event happened and Pearl Harbor did on my Grandfather and Grandmother.

A couple of CSBs from my week at the site post attack:

When we first arrived in NYC, a coworker who was previously on site brought me out to the rubble right as they were clearing a piece of framing. Saw my first dettached body parts. That sticks in your mind. It also stands out that I arrived at 1:30 AM, and the site was illuminated like it was daylight. This was three weeks after the attack.

We went to the hotel in the financial district (closest we could find) and they had messed up our room order. The coworker was trying to figure it out since, again, he had been there all week, and a guy walked out of the bar who coworker had met and talked to the night before. Nice italian gentleman, mid 30's. When he heard of the room problem, he offered a room that was in his name but he knew wouldn't be used. He kept saying, "I keep it handy for my boss, but its ok, he won't need it." he kept it really cryptic about his boss. We thanked him profusely, and his reaction was, "You're here to help the city, it's me who should be thanking you." I'm tearing up thinking about the sincerity in his voice.

Next day was first full day on site, and because we wanted as long a workday as possible we ate as close to site as we could. American Red Cross or some other organization had setup a cafeteria at the St. Johns University student union i think, about 3 blocks away, within the containment zone so badges were needed to access. While standing in line for some food, guys would walk up to you with their construction helmets and ask you to sign your name and hometown. They'd ask where you came from, explained where they were from, and thanked you for volunteering. This happened over and over again.

Final day before leaving, was sitting in the back of the bar mentioned in the first paragraph. A gentleman came in who was forlorn and bought a beer. Asked if everything was ok, said he had just been to his 3rd or 4th funeral (can't recall which, but it was more than 2). My boss apologized for his loss and offered to buy him a beer. The guy asked what we were there for, so we explained we were building decontamination showers on site. He then took out his ID card and said he was on the 40th floor of the tower which was hit second. Said as soon as they looked up and out the window to see the one tower burning, they immediately started running down the stairs. On his way down, felt his building rocked by the second plane. Said as he was getting closer to the bottom floors, he was being passed by firefighters climbing the stairs into the tower which would fall shortly thereafter. Said he had only gotten a couple blocks away when the towers started falling.

Looking back as a 29 year old, I wish my 17 year old self would've asked more questions, talked to more people, and thanked more people. It was an incredible time to be helping in NYC, both for the good stories and the bad.
2013-09-11 11:59:48 AM  
1 vote:

Daffydil: Dear Drew,

We could at least use a 'dumb' button on Fark.


that would be the most pressed button on any website anywhere.
2013-09-11 11:31:56 AM  
1 vote:

Flash_NYC: To all of you not in the towers, or who did not lose someone in the towers or who did not have a nightmare commute home that day I have this reaction to your stories:

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I feel the same way.  I'm not in New York.  I wasn't in New York.  So, I just don't care what happened to the people of New York.  It's not like this tragedy was large enough to affect the entire nation or anything.
2013-09-11 11:02:08 AM  
1 vote:
What's with the reading of the names every year of those killed in the attacks? Will this ever stop? As a child I remember the names of Pearl Harbor victims read --- oh wait, that never happened. Are these names read now because we have 24/7 news and we've become a self-absorbed people, a nation enamored of long goodbyes, drawn-out memorial services and general navel-gazing.

And MSNBC, STOP showing the coverage as it happened non-stop on that day. They replay it like it's the annual showing of 'The Wizard of Oz.' Talk about dropping a house on someone...
2013-09-11 10:23:19 AM  
1 vote:
2013-09-11 10:17:41 AM  
1 vote:
It doesn't matter what I was doing, but as I watch my students in class this morning I realize how insignificant it is to most of them. They don't think about it, or really remember it (most of them were 3-4 years old at the time), and to them it's a day where they show lots of sad people on TV and the occasional replay of video of the towers or the Pentagon, or the field in PA. We live in rural Iowa, and most of these kids have never met people from other cultures or non-Christian religious backgrounds, so I hope that their perception of people of different colors and religions hasn't been forever tainted because of something that happened when they were small.
2013-09-11 10:06:09 AM  
1 vote:
I was lurking the Fark page from Computer science class in high school.

All the Farkers predicting the gov't using it as an excuse to invade people were correct.
2013-09-11 10:04:23 AM  
1 vote:
First of all, I'm surprised at all the outrage at subby. I took the headline as grim sarcasm, and the fact that subby is then inviting people to engaged in a reflective experience doesn't make it feel callous or mean-spirited to me.

Also, I'm equally surprised at the "this thread again?" comments. It may have been 12 years, but it's the kind of emotional experience that makes an imprint for life, and there's something valuable in occasionally turning to each other and exclaiming "holy crap, can you believe when that happened?"

My story. I had just graduated college and started an internship in San Francisco, living 3,000 miles from home. It was all over when I woke up and tried to access CNN. I was terrified seeing the images and remember feeling like I was really growing up - for the first time, I wasn't part of a family or an educational institution to mediate the impact of this event. My parents were stuck in Europe and I couldn't get a hold of them for days. It was surreal. My roommate came home from work and we just consoled each other all day. i freaked out at the sound of fire engines for weeks.
2013-09-11 10:04:03 AM  
1 vote:
As traumatic as those event were for many of us (I was at the Pentagon and left more than one hour before the plane hit but had to drive back and see all the destruction first hand /csb), it's been already 12 farking years.

For how many years did we commemorate other tragic events the way we do 9/11? For instance, Pearl Harbor, as bad as it was, is remembered in a more humble and discrete way. I think we are past the point to just honor those who die that day in a more subtle and humble way, and stop all the jingoism and uber-patriotism that we see every 9/11 as it had happened yesterday. We mourn and we don't forget but we do move on.
2013-09-11 09:54:46 AM  
1 vote:
Getting ready to leave for my 9:30 accounting class when one of my roommates mentioned it.  I thought it was just a small private plane or something that had hit it rather than a commercial airliner.  After class I came back to the room and was looking for more info when I came across Fark for the first time.

/for the past couple of years 911 Truthers have become more annoying than 911 Never Forgetters
2013-09-11 09:38:37 AM  
1 vote:
"What do you mean, I'm the only person who says 'Happy 9/11?'"
2013-09-11 09:34:16 AM  
1 vote:

neversubmit: Instead of sharing our stories of where we were when we heard the news, let's share what we have done about it.

Well, let's see.  I advocated strongly for the creation of the Patriot Act to protect Americans from terrorism. Whenever someone criticized it I pointed out that it has the word "Patriot" right in the name so you know it's good.  I also demanded the creation of a Department of Homeland Security to protect the homeland.  I really wanted to call it the Department of Fatherland Security, but people said it was too sexist.  I thought the TSA was definitely needed to protect us from terror because the old system could not be adjusted to prevent another 9/11 and since there hasn't been another 9/11 then clearly the TSA has worked.

Finally, I strongly advocated regime change in the Middle East to depose anyone in the Axis of Evil capable of conspiring with al-Qaeda to get us again.  I chose Saddam Hussein because I'm pretty sure guys like him and Osama bin Laden are in cahoots.  They look a lot alike.  When anyone opposed this plan, I made sure it came to fruition by reminding them of 9/11 over and over.  "Do you remember what that day felt like" I'd say.  "I'd like you to say you love Saddam to the first responders!" was another good one.  9/11 gave us so much.  You can't fail to exploit a tragedy.
2013-09-11 09:29:08 AM  
1 vote:

ColSanders: KingKauff: Confabulat: What happened on 9/11?

Pete Rose broke Ty Cobb'shiat record

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That man was robbed of his legacy by hypocrites who never got caught.
2013-09-11 09:26:01 AM  
1 vote:
I was lurking in the Fark Forums.
2013-09-11 09:13:22 AM  
1 vote:
We all know where Hulk Hogan was...
2013-09-11 09:04:11 AM  
1 vote:
I know FARK was the only news source I could get to load.
2013-09-11 08:58:39 AM  
1 vote:
Knock knock.
Who's there?
9/11 who?
You said you'd never forget!
2013-09-11 08:57:06 AM  
1 vote:
I think the greeting for 9/11 should be "Happy 5/2"
2013-09-11 08:55:52 AM  
1 vote:

Rapmaster2000: On 9/11, I had a view of Logan Airport from my office window.  Never forget.
2013-09-11 08:54:43 AM  
1 vote:

WI241TH: walked into 8th grade math class after the first had hit and the TV was on, we watched the entire class period and then the teachers were told to turn off the TVs; the principal would make an announcement at 2.

I was in math class too, only 11th grade math class. We tuned in about the time people were jumping from buildings and then the second plane hit and watched for the rest of the class. I remember it looking so strange that the skies were empty. I also have to admit I was a stupid youth eager to get a taste of war, since the last tv war I remembered at that time was the Iran-Iraq one. I regret that we went into Afghanistan/Iraq, I know some people consider Afghanistan the just war but I disagree.

It wasn't a country that hit us after all, It was a terrorist group. Yes the Taliban were bad to the Afghans but they weren't involved with 9/11 and those who were left the country. Which is why I honestly consider Afghanistan as stupid as Iraq, because going to war with a very vague mission in mind and no clear plan is stupidity. Yet, that's what we did. Thus the open-ended "war on terror" begun and we're still fighting it with many more people who died during 9/11 having died as a result.

So its no wonder that the American people are skeptical of even "very small strikes" in Syria.
2013-09-11 08:54:07 AM  
1 vote:
I was in my 8th grade geography classes. When we found out about the first plane. Then we watched the second one hit. The part I'll never forget is watching my geography teacher standing there silently with tears streaming down her face.
2013-09-11 08:53:05 AM  
1 vote:
2013-09-11 08:52:12 AM  
1 vote:

Felgraf: sprag: I was at work.  My wife was 3 months pregnant and stayed at home.  She saw it and called me.  I spent the rest of the morning on slashdot, since I didn't know about fark at the time.

Was there a fark thread for it?

Aye, it was pretty instrumental in helping get data out to folks, finding back ways to news sites that were getting slammed, and the like.

There  were *several* fark threads for it, I think.

Many many threads, with backdoors into cnn and other news sites(like using to get in when the front door was getting crushed).
2013-09-11 08:51:08 AM  
1 vote:

my_cats_breath_smells_like_cat_food: Uhhh...pretty sure it is ongoing. I know I see stories about it every year, and take a few momemts to ponder history and how events unfolded, even though my father wasn't even born yet.

There's a big difference between appropriately acknowledging a "day of infamy", and what we still do about 9/11.  Maybe I'm a bit desensitized to the whole thing, but I was really getting tired of glittery, crying eagles.
2013-09-11 08:50:54 AM  
1 vote:
I work for a company that makes software used to create special effects for film.

I got to work that morning without listening to the radio or talking to anyone. When the elevator doors opened, I saw almost everybody who worked there crowded around a large screen TV -- just then the second plane went into the tower. I thought it was a show reel from one of our customers -- my first reaction was "wow -- that was good! Is this from ILM?"

Looking at the expressions on the faces of my friends and colleagues, I realized it was not a clip from an upcoming movie.

My first thought on realizing it was real was "The American reaction to this will kill way more innocent people than died today, and we'll all be dealing with the repercussions of their reaction for the rest of our lives." America has not let me down -- that prediction is the most true and reliable prognostication I've ever made.

/100% true story...
//second thought -- the economy is going to go straight into the shiatter because of this. Hope I still have a job in 3 years.
2013-09-11 08:47:07 AM  
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Also, is this the thread where desperate narcissists tell their negligibly tangential stories about how they were almost impacted by 9/11 in their compulsive need to make the story about themselves?  I love that part.
2013-09-11 08:46:37 AM  
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GoldSpider: Just curious, for how long did America collectively freak out on 12/7 after '41?

Ask George Takei
2013-09-11 08:40:04 AM  
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GoldSpider: Just curious, for how long did America collectively freak out on 12/7 after '41?

It was a pretty huge Day of Infamy for my parents, and they were both born in the 30s.
2013-09-11 08:37:54 AM  
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Of course the real reason we celebrate 9/11 is the Mountain Meadow Massacre where the Mormonists slaughtered the men and women of a wagon train in Utah and then stole the children to brainwash them into Mormonism.
2013-09-11 08:34:08 AM  
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Hey guys, remember that time someone threw a rock at us so we dropped boulders on two different locations for a bunch of years and then still couldn't start to let go?  That was good times.
2013-09-11 08:33:42 AM  
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On 9/11, I had a view of Logan Airport from my office window.  Never forget.
2013-09-11 08:33:31 AM  
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2013-09-11 08:31:52 AM  
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Felgraf: Given that we now wish people a happy Memorial/Armistice day, and that it's an excuse to sell cars...

... I honestly think within a few decades, people will say the subby's headline ironically. Perhaps even have 9/11 car sales.

It'll be "Happy Patriots' Day", and 9/11 will just be two numbers, like 11/11.
2013-09-11 08:26:46 AM  
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Dinki: pinchpoint: Do we really need to do this every year?

Sorry to take you away from your busy schedule of fapping to lesbian nun bondage porn. If it is too much of an inconvenience, you could try, oh I don't know, skipping the whole thread? Last time I looked, participation in these threads was not mandatory.

And I've just found something to do today to give myself a happy 9/11.
2013-09-11 08:20:40 AM  
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Confabulat: What happened on 9/11?

Pete Rose broke Ty Cobb'shiat record
2013-09-11 07:16:37 AM  
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What happened on 9/11?
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