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2013-09-23 04:11:25 PM  
I think local. I don't see any particular event which would make it national. Perhaps the bombing of Gus, or maybe the murder of a DEA agent. But I feel like that stuff happens anyways and America generally doesn't pay attention.
 
2013-09-23 04:23:02 PM  
It would make it to Fark about a week after Reddit. Other than that it wouldn't be national.


/love you Drew!
 
2013-09-23 04:36:06 PM  

DamnYankees: I think local. I don't see any particular event which would make it national. Perhaps the bombing of Gus, or maybe the murder of a DEA agent. But I feel like that stuff happens anyways and America generally doesn't pay attention.


I think the plane crash would be another candidate for a brief amount of national coverage.

All in all, it would probably depend on what else is happening in the news at the time. If it's stuff like war and terrorist attacks and whatnot, sure. You'd see the Breaking Bad story. But if Miley Cyrus does something that's supposed to be shocking on the day the BB story breaks, you'd never get the slightest hint of Walter.
 
2013-09-23 04:38:05 PM  

Secret Agent X23: I think the plane crash would be another candidate for a brief amount of national coverage.


Yeah, but that would never be tied to the Heisenberg story. The connection is extremely tangential, and by the time the Heisenberg story broke the crash would be old news anyways.
 
2013-09-23 04:39:09 PM  

DamnYankees: I think local. I don't see any particular event which would make it national. Perhaps the bombing of Gus, or maybe the murder of a DEA agent. But I feel like that stuff happens anyways and America generally doesn't pay attention.


I don't know. There's some sensation the story. Mild-mannered chemistry teacher turned meth kingpin.

At the very least, I could see it showing up on Fark. Perhaps a feature in Rolling Stone.
 
2013-09-23 04:40:09 PM  

Shostie: DamnYankees: I think local. I don't see any particular event which would make it national. Perhaps the bombing of Gus, or maybe the murder of a DEA agent. But I feel like that stuff happens anyways and America generally doesn't pay attention.

I don't know. There's some sensation the story. Mild-mannered chemistry teacher turned meth kingpin.

At the very least, I could see it showing up on Fark. Perhaps a feature in Rolling Stone.


Yeah, as someone on twitter said, it wouldn't be news, but it would be a 64,000 word piece in The New Yorker.
 
jbc [TotalFark]
2013-09-23 06:16:27 PM  
Fring's death would have probably been greenlit two or three times. Pinkman throwing cash around town would have been a kicker story on at least some national newscasts.
 
2013-09-23 06:34:30 PM  
It's one of those things that wouldn't be national news since all the different newsworthy dimensions of it wouldn't necessarily be linked together at the same time (Walt being a meth kingpin, nursing home bombing, ten federal witnesses being shanked, Drew Sharp disappearance, whatever the hell mayhem happens in the finale), but would later be written up extensively as people piece together Walt's life after the fact.
 
2013-09-23 06:41:57 PM  
I do, however, have no problem with there being a "national manhunt."

I'm pretty sure the law enforcement folks would be out for blood for Heisenberg after, you know, the killing and all.
 
2013-09-23 06:41:59 PM  
I think it goes national if the cops tie things together...especially the coordinated witness murders.
 
2013-09-23 06:52:45 PM  
I remember Albuquerque...there were alway meth labs blowing up in the cheap hotels on Central Ave.

The weird thing about that show COPS is they loved doing Albuquerque but they never ever ever showed the gang stuff in the south valley. It was all drugs, domestics, and hookers.

I always wondered if the ABQ police department made that decision because they didn't want to make the city look bad. But now I'm wondering if it was just too dangerous to bring a film crew into the barrio.
 
2013-09-23 06:58:46 PM  
I often think the same thing about Cop Rock.
 
2013-09-23 07:00:44 PM  
Look at CNN, MSNBC, and Faux News.

Of COURSE it would be big "news".

Hell, after Walt takes Holly, Nancy Grace would go all "METH KING!"
 
2013-09-23 07:02:09 PM  
@timothypmurphy #shakestinyfist
 
2013-09-23 07:04:55 PM  
A nine year old kid smoking a ricin cigarette would probably make national news.
 
2013-09-23 07:06:30 PM  
It would be national if only for the Neo Nazi angle. The media loooves pointing out how evil and racist white people are.
 
2013-09-23 07:09:55 PM  

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: It would be national if only for the Neo Nazi angle. The media loooves pointing out how evil and racist white people are.


Will this persecution of white people ever end?
 
2013-09-23 07:10:01 PM  

shanrick: A nine year old kid smoking a ricin cigarette would probably make national news.


1) No it wouldn't.
2) That didn't happen in Breaking Bad.
 
2013-09-23 07:11:42 PM  
"Crystal Blue" would have made the media a couple of times. Also some folks would have made websites for it.
 
2013-09-23 07:12:04 PM  

gunga galunga: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: It would be national if only for the Neo Nazi angle. The media loooves pointing out how evil and racist white people are.

Will this persecution of white people ever end?


lol "persecution of white people"
 
2013-09-23 07:12:52 PM  

OtherLittleGuy: Look at CNN, MSNBC, and Faux News.

Of COURSE it would be big "news".

Hell, after Walt takes Holly, Nancy Grace would go all "METH KING!"


Yep. And if you don't think the 24 hour news cycle isn't going to pick up a story about a chemistry teacher becoming a major drug lord and being suspected of killing 2 feds, you are nuts.
 
2013-09-23 07:13:06 PM  
It's not meth, but William Pickard (briefly) made national news when he was busted.  But if the DEA figures of him supplying 90% of the world's LSD are accurate, it was a somewhat larger operation than Heisenberg.
 
2013-09-23 07:14:09 PM  

DamnYankees: shanrick: A nine year old kid smoking a ricin cigarette would probably make national news.

1) No it wouldn't.
2) That didn't happen in Breaking Bad.


That's right because Brock was 8 when he smoked it - after he found it in Hanks bathroom.
 
2013-09-23 07:20:54 PM  
It would definitely be national news at the point where the show is now. Before that? Probably just local news, with a few things (Gus's death especially) maybe getting brief national attention. When it was all over, it would for sure end up being one of those long, in-depth reporting pieces for GQ, Esquire, or Rolling Stone.
 
2013-09-23 07:21:57 PM  

Mr. Chainsaw: It would definitely be national news at the point where the show is now. Before that? Probably just local news, with a few things (Gus's death especially) maybe getting brief national attention. When it was all over, it would for sure end up being one of those long, in-depth reporting pieces for GQ, Esquire, or Rolling Stone.


What do you think would trigger the national coverage? Hank's death? Or just the knowledge that a chemistry teacher became a drug lord?
 
2013-09-23 07:23:43 PM  

ongbok: OtherLittleGuy: Look at CNN, MSNBC, and Faux News.

Of COURSE it would be big "news".

Hell, after Walt takes Holly, Nancy Grace would go all "METH KING!"

Yep. And if you don't think the 24 hour news cycle isn't going to pick up a story about a chemistry teacher becoming a major drug lord and being suspected of killing 2 feds, you are nuts.


That's why I home-school; I don't want my kid learnin' to make meth.
 
2013-09-23 07:24:01 PM  
It would be National News only because of the fact that it's a 50-Year-Old Chemistry Teacher / Mild-Mannered Guy-Next-Door type.  The media would sensationalize the HELL out of that.  Absolutely it would be National News.
 
2013-09-23 07:25:34 PM  

DamnYankees: What do you think would trigger the national coverage? Hank's death? Or just the knowledge that a chemistry teacher became a drug lord?


Chemistry teacher becomes drug lord even with brother in law DEA head who is missing presumed dead or possible partner? (especially if the DVD gets found and leaked somewhere, by say the Nazi's)
 
2013-09-23 07:27:45 PM  

DamnYankees: Mr. Chainsaw: It would definitely be national news at the point where the show is now. Before that? Probably just local news, with a few things (Gus's death especially) maybe getting brief national attention. When it was all over, it would for sure end up being one of those long, in-depth reporting pieces for GQ, Esquire, or Rolling Stone.

What do you think would trigger the national coverage? Hank's death? Or just the knowledge that a chemistry teacher became a drug lord?


simply the fact that a chemistry teacher, who was a co founder of a major tech company, became a major drug lord. That is enough to get a mention on cable news shows. Then throw in the fact that he is also suspected of killing two DEA agents will really peak interest.
 
2013-09-23 07:29:54 PM  

Kanemano: DamnYankees: What do you think would trigger the national coverage? Hank's death? Or just the knowledge that a chemistry teacher became a drug lord?

Chemistry teacher becomes drug lord even with brother in law DEA head who is missing presumed dead or possible partner? (especially if the DVD gets found and leaked somewhere, by say the Nazi's)


ongbok: simply the fact that a chemistry teacher, who was a co founder of a major tech company, became a major drug lord. That is enough to get a mention on cable news shows. Then throw in the fact that he is also suspected of killing two DEA agents will really peak interest.


I guess I just disagree. This seems more like a story that would be made into a movie, and then afterwards you'd be blown away to find out it was actually a true story and you can't believe you didn't hear about it when it happened.
 
2013-09-23 07:30:25 PM  

ongbok: DamnYankees: Mr. Chainsaw: It would definitely be national news at the point where the show is now. Before that? Probably just local news, with a few things (Gus's death especially) maybe getting brief national attention. When it was all over, it would for sure end up being one of those long, in-depth reporting pieces for GQ, Esquire, or Rolling Stone.

What do you think would trigger the national coverage? Hank's death? Or just the knowledge that a chemistry teacher became a drug lord?

simply the fact that a chemistry teacher, who was a co founder of a major tech company, became a major drug lord. That is enough to get a mention on cable news shows. Then throw in the fact that he is also suspected of killing two DEA agents will really peak interest.


Nancy Grace would be giving thanks to her Dark Lord Satan every night for a story like that.  It would be wall-to-wall coverage.
 
2013-09-23 07:31:31 PM  
IT'S JUST A STUPID TV SHOW!!! WHY DO WE NEED TO HAVE 10 THREADS A DAY DEVOTED TO A farkING TV SHOW?!?!?!?!
 
2013-09-23 07:37:45 PM  

B.L.Z. Bub: IT'S JUST A STUPID TV SHOW!!! WHY DO WE NEED TO HAVE 10 THREADS A DAY DEVOTED TO A farkING TV SHOW?!?!?!?!


Because it's the greatest TV series since the Sopranos and there's only one episode left.
 
2013-09-23 07:41:02 PM  
the grey matter connection would have been enough... the financial news and pr blitz with interviews would have been on all of the 24 hour news and daily talk shows.

if a co-founder of a major corporation like apple, microsoft, google, or facebook was an on the lam meth lord, i am pretty sure it would merit a little national exposure and at least one "pun" graphic to go along with a daily show piece.
 
2013-09-23 07:41:29 PM  

senor frank: if a co-founder of a major corporation like apple, microsoft, google, or facebook was an on the lam meth lord, i am pretty sure it would merit a little national exposure and at least one "pun" graphic to go along with a daily show piece.


That's a good angle; best argument yet I think.
 
2013-09-23 07:49:59 PM  

B.L.Z. Bub: IT'S JUST A STUPID TV SHOW!!! WHY DO WE NEED TO HAVE 10 THREADS A DAY DEVOTED TO A farkING TV SHOW?!?!?!?!


To many in this country it's not real if it isn't on TV or facebook.
 
2013-09-23 07:52:51 PM  
Honestly I think Gus would end up being a bigger news story than WW.  'Owner of a wannabe KFC chain busted for using it as a front for meth' would be a bigger story than 'Random chemistry teacher and a junkie cooked meth'.

WW story would probably end up on one of those 'How I almost got away with it' type shows.

I reserve the right to change my mind after the final episode.

/Jesse throwing money around would have probably been a mildly humorous story people would forget about the next day
//Jane doing Playboy would be a bigger story than either
 
2013-09-23 07:56:37 PM  

jaylectricity: I remember Albuquerque...there were alway meth labs blowing up in the cheap hotels on Central Ave.

The weird thing about that show COPS is they loved doing Albuquerque but they never ever ever showed the gang stuff in the south valley. It was all drugs, domestics, and hookers.

I always wondered if the ABQ police department made that decision because they didn't want to make the city look bad. But now I'm wondering if it was just too dangerous to bring a film crew into the barrio.


Why go to the South Valley when the  War Zone International District is so much closer?
 
2013-09-23 07:56:38 PM  

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: B.L.Z. Bub: IT'S JUST A STUPID TV SHOW!!! WHY DO WE NEED TO HAVE 10 THREADS A DAY DEVOTED TO A farkING TV SHOW?!?!?!?!

Because it's the greatest TV series since the Sopranos and there's only one episode left.


So the fark what? It's still just a TV show. TV isn't life.
 
2013-09-23 07:57:47 PM  

Creoena: //Jane doing Playboy would be a bigger story than either


Go on....
 
2013-09-23 07:58:24 PM  

senor frank: if a co-founder of a major corporation like apple, microsoft, google, or facebook was an on the lam meth lord, i am pretty sure it would merit a little national exposure and at least one "pun" graphic to go along with a daily show piece.


cdni.wired.co.uk

Doesn't fit exactly but its pretty close.
 
2013-09-23 07:59:19 PM  
brief newsclip turned into a human interest movie of the week a year later about a young mother who has no clue her husband is a drug lord but then she takes over when he goes to prison and will do nothing to protect her children. so, sort of like traffic only starring jodie foster and a more upbeat women-positive message.
 
2013-09-23 08:00:58 PM  
img1.fark.net Pot now the second most common drug tied to fried chicken
 
2013-09-23 08:03:24 PM  

B.L.Z. Bub: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: B.L.Z. Bub: IT'S JUST A STUPID TV SHOW!!! WHY DO WE NEED TO HAVE 10 THREADS A DAY DEVOTED TO A farkING TV SHOW?!?!?!?!

Because it's the greatest TV series since the Sopranos and there's only one episode left.

So the fark what? It's still just a TV show. TV isn't life.


It's a part of many peoples lives, and we like to talk about it online.
 
2013-09-23 08:11:13 PM  
Well, the recent story of the home invasion and the kidnapping of the 14 year old girl went national for a bit. Zimmerman should have stayed local but went national. Lot of Amber Alerts go on National News sometimes, but combine that with a drug slant and two missing DEA agents plus the Grey Matter connection, it becomes a multi angle story for awhile.
 
2013-09-23 08:13:09 PM  

tollbooth_willy: jaylectricity: I remember Albuquerque...there were alway meth labs blowing up in the cheap hotels on Central Ave.

The weird thing about that show COPS is they loved doing Albuquerque but they never ever ever showed the gang stuff in the south valley. It was all drugs, domestics, and hookers.

I always wondered if the ABQ police department made that decision because they didn't want to make the city look bad. But now I'm wondering if it was just too dangerous to bring a film crew into the barrio.

Why go to the South Valley when the  War Zone International District is so much closer?


500 Texas St. I almost died there. Another time we woke up to bring home my roommate's hookup home and there was a dead guy in the gutter. Cane in one hand, gun in the other.
 
2013-09-23 08:14:52 PM  

skinink: Well, the recent story of the home invasion and the kidnapping of the 14 year old girl went national for a bit. Zimmerman should have stayed local but went national. Lot of Amber Alerts go on National News sometimes, but combine that with a drug slant and two missing DEA agents plus the Grey Matter connection, it becomes a multi angle story for awhile.


Yeah. It has potential, but it would depend on what else is going on.
 
2013-09-23 08:20:14 PM  

B.L.Z. Bub: IT'S JUST A STUPID TV SHOW!!! WHY DO WE NEED TO HAVE 10 THREADS A DAY DEVOTED TO A farkING TV SHOW?!?!?!?!



Sssshhhhhh. It's okay, it's okay. There there. It'll all be over soon.

Hush little baby, don't say a word
Mamma's gonna buy you a mockingbird...
 
2013-09-23 08:22:58 PM  
I still have no idea what the show is about.
 
2013-09-23 08:30:39 PM  
It still wouldn't be as big a story as that contest winner from Albuquerque.

-Survived a plane crash
-Got into an altercation over a snorkel
-Was attacked by weasels
-Put out a grease fire with his face
-Dismembered a man with a chainsaw
-Bit a man in the jugular

Beat that, Walter White.
 
2013-09-23 08:36:49 PM  

senor frank: the grey matter connection would have been enough... the financial news and pr blitz with interviews would have been on all of the 24 hour news and daily talk shows.

if a co-founder of a major corporation like apple, microsoft, google, or facebook was an on the lam meth lord, i am pretty sure it would merit a little national exposure and at least one "pun" graphic to go along with a daily show piece.


One word: McAfee.
 
2013-09-23 08:38:24 PM  
a high school teacher making drugs with a former student would probably set off a ton of "think of the children articles" as well... hell, just the high school teacher meth cook story would do that without the connection to a former student.

danceswithfat.files.wordpress.com
hot...
 
2013-09-23 08:53:39 PM  

Radak: It's not meth, but William Pickard (briefly) made national news when he was busted.  But if the DEA figures of him supplying 90% of the world's LSD are accurate, it was a somewhat larger operation than Heisenberg.


Wow, that Pickard story is crazy. I wonder how close his operation really was to a 90% supply rate though? It's not like the DEA doesn't occasionally exaggerate their figures.
 
2013-09-23 09:01:43 PM  

2wolves: B.L.Z. Bub: IT'S JUST A STUPID TV SHOW!!! WHY DO WE NEED TO HAVE 10 THREADS A DAY DEVOTED TO A farkING TV SHOW?!?!?!?!

To many in this country it's not real if it isn't on TV or facebook.


yes, and fark you!
 
2013-09-23 09:11:09 PM  

jaylectricity: tollbooth_willy: jaylectricity: I remember Albuquerque...there were alway meth labs blowing up in the cheap hotels on Central Ave.

The weird thing about that show COPS is they loved doing Albuquerque but they never ever ever showed the gang stuff in the south valley. It was all drugs, domestics, and hookers.

I always wondered if the ABQ police department made that decision because they didn't want to make the city look bad. But now I'm wondering if it was just too dangerous to bring a film crew into the barrio.

Why go to the South Valley when the  War Zone International District is so much closer?

500 Texas St. I almost died there. Another time we woke up to bring home my roommate's hookup home and there was a dead guy in the gutter. Cane in one hand, gun in the other.


Spent time as a gun carrying security guard at Circle K, including the ones at Central/Pennsylvania and Zuni/Utah.  I'm pretty sure 75% of the clientele were packing a piece that would have put my 9mm to shame.
 
2013-09-23 09:20:00 PM  

DamnYankees: senor frank: if a co-founder of a major corporation like apple, microsoft, google, or facebook was an on the lam meth lord, i am pretty sure it would merit a little national exposure and at least one "pun" graphic to go along with a daily show piece.

That's a good angle; best argument yet I think.


Yeah, but I'm not sure how long Walt was actually with Grey Matter.  It may be he's to Gray Matter what Ronald Wayne was to Apple: yeah, a co-finder technically, but not really there long enough to be associated with the company.

Of course, he could also be the Woz to Elliot Schwartz's Jobs.  Who knows.
 
2013-09-23 09:28:03 PM  

Shostie: At the very least, I could see it showing up on Fark. Perhaps a feature in Rolling Stone.


That's exactly what I'd expect, once the connection (via marriage) between Walt and Hank came out.  Jane's death and the plane crash would only come up tangentially to the story (like Billy's death and Operation Genoa).
 
2013-09-23 09:32:03 PM  
I see it as more of a movie, like American Gangster.   The title could be Blue Magic.
 
2013-09-23 09:36:40 PM  

tollbooth_willy: jaylectricity: tollbooth_willy: jaylectricity: I remember Albuquerque...there were alway meth labs blowing up in the cheap hotels on Central Ave.

The weird thing about that show COPS is they loved doing Albuquerque but they never ever ever showed the gang stuff in the south valley. It was all drugs, domestics, and hookers.

I always wondered if the ABQ police department made that decision because they didn't want to make the city look bad. But now I'm wondering if it was just too dangerous to bring a film crew into the barrio.

Why go to the South Valley when the  War Zone International District is so much closer?

500 Texas St. I almost died there. Another time we woke up to bring home my roommate's hookup home and there was a dead guy in the gutter. Cane in one hand, gun in the other.

Spent time as a gun carrying security guard at Circle K, including the ones at Central/Pennsylvania and Zuni/Utah.  I'm pretty sure 75% of the clientele were packing a piece that would have put my 9mm to shame.


Typed this out for another forum the other day, guess I'll repost it here. It's topical because it happened in Albuquerque:

Has anybody ever had a gun pointed at them? I did. I was walking to McDonalds with $1.85 in change to buy two Big Macs. They were on sale for 88 cents each. I was a real loser at the time, donating plasma and shiat.
Anyway, I walk out into the street, a ghetto street, and a guy asks me if I want anything. He means crack. I say no, he says, "just sell these rocks for me." He was a big guy, wearing overalls with no shirt. I tried to say I can't and he says, "Just walk over here to my car with me."

I'm afraid. He pulls a gun out of his car and casually points it at me and asking, "Do you want me to have to use this?" I was petrified. Suddenly he looks towards his house as his pregnant girlfriend had come out. He yells, "Angela! Angela get back in the farking house!"

He is totally consumed with her I slowly walked away from him and went back to my apartment to ask my roommate to borrow her car. He must have been on the crack himself because he seemed to forget all about me as I drove by.
 
2013-09-23 09:42:00 PM  
It would be local, maybe picked up as an oddball news story here and there. It's not like Walt is Pablo Escobar. He ran a semi-successful regional drug market and pocketed like $100 million. In the grand drug trade, he's nothing. He's like successful McDonald's franchisee. That's what always struck me as weird about his empire talk. He sold good meth in like a three-state area, and then eventually in Eastern Europe. Your average citizen would have no idea of the importance of blue meth in any case. We only knew it because Hank made Heisenberg out to be some mad scientist who makes the most super duper drugs on the planet.

If everyone and their mother was strung out on blue meth, then yeah, finding out some putz of a chemistry teacher orchestrated the whole thing would be national news, but there's not enough crossover between hardcore meth addicts and the general population as to make Walt's story anything more than a side blurb. His position in society would need to be higher - governor of New Mexico is ran the biggest drug trade in his state - or Walt's empire would've needed to be bigger: chemistry teacher's cartel controls entire southwest.
 
2013-09-23 09:58:11 PM  

gunga galunga: B.L.Z. Bub: IT'S JUST A STUPID TV SHOW!!! WHY DO WE NEED TO HAVE 10 THREADS A DAY DEVOTED TO A farkING TV SHOW?!?!?!?!


Sssshhhhhh. It's okay, it's okay. There there. It'll all be over soon.

Hush little baby, don't say a word
Mamma's gonna buy you a mockingbird...


And if that mockingbird won't sing, daddy's gonna cook up the rest of the methylamine...
 
2013-09-23 09:59:18 PM  

Oysterman:  Pot now the second most common drug tied to fried chicken


Laughed so hard, awesome.
 
2013-09-23 10:33:17 PM  

Barry Lyndon's Annuity Cheque: It would be local, maybe picked up as an oddball news story here and there. It's not like Walt is Pablo Escobar. He ran a semi-successful regional drug market and pocketed like $100 million. In the grand drug trade, he's nothing. He's like successful McDonald's franchisee. That's what always struck me as weird about his empire talk. He sold good meth in like a three-state area, and then eventually in Eastern Europe. Your average citizen would have no idea of the importance of blue meth in any case. We only knew it because Hank made Heisenberg out to be some mad scientist who makes the most super duper drugs on the planet.

If everyone and their mother was strung out on blue meth, then yeah, finding out some putz of a chemistry teacher orchestrated the whole thing would be national news, but there's not enough crossover between hardcore meth addicts and the general population as to make Walt's story anything more than a side blurb. His position in society would need to be higher - governor of New Mexico is ran the biggest drug trade in his state - or Walt's empire would've needed to be bigger: chemistry teacher's cartel controls entire southwest.


But that's exactly why national news outlets would love it: some white middle-aged schlub with an innocuous job suddenly becomes a millionaire drug kingpin? Dateline and primetime news shows live for that shiat.
 
2013-09-23 11:18:19 PM  
I picture it as showing up on Fark mostly. Especially stuff like...

(Some Guy) [Amusing] Having a crisis of conscience and throwing millions around your neighborhood while drunk is no way to go through life, son. (747)
 
2013-09-23 11:25:09 PM  
To this point in the plot?

- Let's be honest with ourselves. Fox News would have busted all the nuts over the "hola DEA" incident. A bunch of dead and mangled DEA agents due to an IED planted by a Mexican drug cartel along the border? You'd  still be hearing about that from the Palin-Americans a year and a half after the fact.

- The Wayfarer crash would have eaten up a news cycle or two. It's too salacious a story -- airline collision caused by depressed air traffic controller whose hot junkie daughter took the Hendrix way out. The usual suspects on cable news would have gone haywire over mental health for air traffic controllers, blah blah blah.

- Busting Fring's operation would have gone nationally in "oddball" news. Definitely would have eaten up some snark. Fox and the Palin-Americans, again, would have lined up around the block to shoot a wad on that cracker.

- Chemistry teacher gone suspected meth kingpin, associated with Fring due to the blue meth connection, responsible for the deaths of  more DEA agents? Darrell Issa's office would be buried in a mountain of bloodied feathers. Meanwhile, every other cable news network would be lining up to run "what caused a mild-mannered middle-class teacher to do this?" bleeding heart stories. More talking head circle jerking over health care reform.
 
2013-09-23 11:37:31 PM  
It would be a small story, until some cable news network desperate for ratings -- OK, OK, it's obvious I'm talking about CNN -- interviews Saul Goodman.
 
2013-09-23 11:45:08 PM  

that bosnian sniper: To this point in the plot?

- Let's be honest with ourselves. Fox News would have busted all the nuts over the "hola DEA" incident. A bunch of dead and mangled DEA agents due to an IED planted by a Mexican drug cartel along the border? You'd  still be hearing about that from the Palin-Americans a year and a half after the fact.

- The Wayfarer crash would have eaten up a news cycle or two. It's too salacious a story -- airline collision caused by depressed air traffic controller whose hot junkie daughter took the Hendrix way out. The usual suspects on cable news would have gone haywire over mental health for air traffic controllers, blah blah blah.

- Busting Fring's operation would have gone nationally in "oddball" news. Definitely would have eaten up some snark. Fox and the Palin-Americans, again, would have lined up around the block to shoot a wad on that cracker.

- Chemistry teacher gone suspected meth kingpin, associated with Fring due to the blue meth connection, responsible for the deaths of  more DEA agents? Darrell Issa's office would be buried in a mountain of bloodied feathers. Meanwhile, every other cable news network would be lining up to run "what caused a mild-mannered middle-class teacher to do this?" bleeding heart stories. More talking head circle jerking over health care reform.


Plus abused spouse, handicapped son, kidnapped baby...
 
2013-09-23 11:57:46 PM  
I'm starting to enjoy B.L.Z. Bub freaking out on every BB thread.

And to answer the question, hell the balloon boy was national news.  You never know.  Which reminds me, there's also the Drew Sharp angle, which was at least a big local story.  And Heisenberg is still missing too, so the story's likely to linger much longer than if he was in custody already.  It probably started local and became big news as all the info came out.  HS teacher, BIL in the DEA (and now DOA), the Grey Matter connection, the train robbery, etc.  He's probably up to legendary status by the time he shows up again in ABQ.
 
2013-09-24 12:02:46 AM  

schpanky: He's probably up to legendary status by the time he shows up again in ABQ.


In the story, of course. In the real world I think Walt's story ends up as a question on Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me rather than Charlie Rose.
 
2013-09-24 12:05:51 AM  

schpanky: I'm starting to enjoy B.L.Z. Bub freaking out on every BB thread.

And to answer the question, hell the balloon boy was national news.  You never know.  Which reminds me, there's also the Drew Sharp angle, which was at least a big local story.  And Heisenberg is still missing too, so the story's likely to linger much longer than if he was in custody already.  It probably started local and became big news as all the info came out.  HS teacher, BIL in the DEA (and now DOA), the Grey Matter connection, the train robbery, etc.  He's probably up to legendary status by the time he shows up again in ABQ.


Actually, need to correct myself here.  Drew Sharp isn't linked yet, I guess, since the Pinkman tape never got out (the Nazi boyz took it).  I was thinking maybe Marie saw the video before they stole it and was relaying all the info to the DEA and the press, but it looks like that never happened.
 
2013-09-24 12:07:48 AM  
I love this show, I watched every episode from season 1 starting in June to get ready for the finale. And I've watched every episode 3-4 times a week. Hell, I'm watching last nights episode for the third time right now.

If you're not into it, I can see how these threads would piss you off.

It's great acting. Fascinating story lines. And characters that you equally love and hate.
 
2013-09-24 12:15:25 AM  

pounddawg: DamnYankees: shanrick: A nine year old kid smoking a ricin cigarette would probably make national news.

1) No it wouldn't.
2) That didn't happen in Breaking Bad.

That's right because Brock was 8 when he smoked it - after he found it in Hanks bathroom.


I think you meant Hank's bathroom.
 
2013-09-24 12:20:20 AM  

DamnYankees: Kanemano: DamnYankees: What do you think would trigger the national coverage? Hank's death? Or just the knowledge that a chemistry teacher became a drug lord?

Chemistry teacher becomes drug lord even with brother in law DEA head who is missing presumed dead or possible partner? (especially if the DVD gets found and leaked somewhere, by say the Nazi's)

ongbok: simply the fact that a chemistry teacher, who was a co founder of a major tech company, became a major drug lord. That is enough to get a mention on cable news shows. Then throw in the fact that he is also suspected of killing two DEA agents will really peak interest.

I guess I just disagree. This seems more like a story that would be made into a movie, and then afterwards you'd be blown away to find out it was actually a true story and you can't believe you didn't hear about it when it happened.


Yeah, they'd get some big names to star in it too.  Denzel or maybe Lawrence Fishburne, Tobey Maguire, hell maybe Gary Oldman just because.  It'd be like American Gangster, but Southwest.
 
2013-09-24 12:28:47 AM  

brandnewchair: pounddawg: DamnYankees: shanrick: A nine year old kid smoking a ricin cigarette would probably make national news.

1) No it wouldn't.
2) That didn't happen in Breaking Bad.

That's right because Brock was 8 when he smoked it - after he found it in Hanks bathroom.

I think you meant Hank's bathroom.


www.explosm.net
 
2013-09-24 12:32:37 AM  

that bosnian sniper: - Busting Fring's operation would have gone nationally in "oddball" news. Definitely would have eaten up some snark. Fox and the Palin-Americans, again, would have lined up around the block to shoot a wad on that cracker.


Let's not overlook the fact Rafael Gustavo was brown, an immigrant, and it was very strongly implied he immigrated here illegally.
 
2013-09-24 12:48:40 AM  

foo monkey: Let's not overlook the fact Rafael Gustavo was brown, an immigrant, and it was very strongly implied he immigrated here illegally.


Gus Fring would've been national news, and daily news for months on end on conservative outlets. Gus is a gay, socialist, academic elite who fled Chile when our American-backed, heroic man of action, Pinochet, took control of the country in order to let capitalism and freedom ring. He'd be the conservative news jackpot for the anti-immigration crowd, the anti-socialism crowd, and foster boycotts of any chicken places with names like El Pollo Loco.
 
2013-09-24 01:48:12 AM  

Barry Lyndon's Annuity Cheque: foo monkey: Let's not overlook the fact Rafael Gustavo was brown, an immigrant, and it was very strongly implied he immigrated here illegally.

Gus Fring would've been national news, and daily news for months on end on conservative outlets. Gus is a gay, socialist, academic elite who fled Chile when our American-backed, heroic man of action, Pinochet, took control of the country in order to let capitalism and freedom ring. He'd be the conservative news jackpot for the anti-immigration crowd, the anti-socialism crowd, and foster boycotts of any chicken places with names like El Pollo Loco.


Gus was gay?
 
2013-09-24 01:57:57 AM  

teenage mutant ninja rapist: Barry Lyndon's Annuity Cheque: foo monkey: Let's not overlook the fact Rafael Gustavo was brown, an immigrant, and it was very strongly implied he immigrated here illegally.

Gus Fring would've been national news, and daily news for months on end on conservative outlets. Gus is a gay, socialist, academic elite who fled Chile when our American-backed, heroic man of action, Pinochet, took control of the country in order to let capitalism and freedom ring. He'd be the conservative news jackpot for the anti-immigration crowd, the anti-socialism crowd, and foster boycotts of any chicken places with names like El Pollo Loco.

Gus was gay?


It's never made explicit but it's implied that his partner whom the cartel murdered was actually his lover.
 
2013-09-24 01:59:00 AM  

teenage mutant ninja rapist: Gus was gay?


It was implied, especially with the one who was shot pool side. And Gale as well, to be honest.
 
2013-09-24 02:02:10 AM  
RevRaven: ...And Gale as well, to be honest.

"What are Gustavo Fring's fingerprints doing in Gale Boetticher's butthole?".
 
2013-09-24 02:07:23 AM  

Barry Lyndon's Annuity Cheque: foo monkey: Let's not overlook the fact Rafael Gustavo was brown, an immigrant, and it was very strongly implied he immigrated here illegally.

Gus Fring would've been national news, and daily news for months on end on conservative outlets. Gus is a gay, socialist, academic elite who fled Chile when our American-backed, heroic man of action, Pinochet, took control of the country in order to let capitalism and freedom ring. He'd be the conservative news jackpot for the anti-immigration crowd, the anti-socialism crowd, and foster boycotts of any chicken places with names like El Pollo Loco.


Hasn't it been implied that Gus was in some way associated with the Pinochet regime?
 
2013-09-24 02:09:59 AM  

optional: Hasn't it been implied that Gus was in some way associated with the Pinochet regime?


One of the cartel guys called him Generalissimo, and I think they said he was from Chile. And wasn't that cartel scene in the 80s? Which would have put it when Pinochet came out of power.
 
2013-09-24 02:10:08 AM  
Of course it would be, seems like a no brainer.
 
2013-09-24 03:12:22 AM  

RevRaven: teenage mutant ninja rapist: Gus was gay?

It was implied, especially with the one who was shot pool side. And Gale as well, to be honest.


Yes. Gale mentioned more than once that he and Gus often had diner together.
 
2013-09-24 04:03:34 AM  

Benjamin Stone: Wow, that Pickard story is crazy. I wonder how close his operation really was to a 90% supply rate though? It's not like the DEA doesn't occasionally exaggerate their figures.


No way to tell for sure, of course, but after his bust, it did get way more difficult to find acid.

/or so I'm told
 
2013-09-24 05:19:17 AM  

Snapper Carr: teenage mutant ninja rapist: Barry Lyndon's Annuity Cheque: foo monkey: Let's not overlook the fact Rafael Gustavo was brown, an immigrant, and it was very strongly implied he immigrated here illegally.

Gus Fring would've been national news, and daily news for months on end on conservative outlets. Gus is a gay, socialist, academic elite who fled Chile when our American-backed, heroic man of action, Pinochet, took control of the country in order to let capitalism and freedom ring. He'd be the conservative news jackpot for the anti-immigration crowd, the anti-socialism crowd, and foster boycotts of any chicken places with names like El Pollo Loco.

Gus was gay?

It's never made explicit but it's implied that his partner whom the cartel murdered was actually his lover.


That would provide quite a bit more motivation to seek revenge.  And they never show Gus' family even though he mentions them.
 
2013-09-24 08:12:46 AM  

RevRaven: One of the cartel guys called him Generalissimo, and I think they said he was from Chile. And wasn't that cartel scene in the 80s? Which would have put it when Pinochet came out of power.


Yes, its implied that he fled Chile and was part of the higher ups that were thrown out of power

that bosnian sniper: To this point in the plot?

- Let's be honest with ourselves. Fox News would have busted all the nuts over the "hola DEA" incident. A bunch of dead and mangled DEA agents due to an IED planted by a Mexican drug cartel along the border? You'd  still be hearing about that from the Palin-Americans a year and a half after the fact.

- The Wayfarer crash would have eaten up a news cycle or two. It's too salacious a story -- airline collision caused by depressed air traffic controller whose hot junkie daughter took the Hendrix way out. The usual suspects on cable news would have gone haywire over mental health for air traffic controllers, blah blah blah.

- Busting Fring's operation would have gone nationally in "oddball" news. Definitely would have eaten up some snark. Fox and the Palin-Americans, again, would have lined up around the block to shoot a wad on that cracker.

- Chemistry teacher gone suspected meth kingpin, associated with Fring due to the blue meth connection, responsible for the deaths of  more DEA agents? Darrell Issa's office would be buried in a mountain of bloodied feathers. Meanwhile, every other cable news network would be lining up to run "what caused a mild-mannered middle-class teacher to do this?" bleeding heart stories. More talking head circle jerking over health care reform.


And this. Most of these moments would have eaten up at least a few seconds on the national news wire, especially Gus and the ties to Madrigal and the suicide in the bathroom. That would have eaten at least a few days on your money news reports as markets reacted to the news.

And there would have been a nation wide man hunt for Walt, especially as an Amber alert was issued. That would have gotten at least a passing mention by someone like Brian Williams. And as details emerged about him being a lowly Chemistry teacher, the drug lord details emerging it would have gotten more mention on your shows like Inside Report.

Then as time passed and everything came out, yeah I could easily see the board at at Grey Matter requesting that Elliot and Gretchen do 'damage control' to maintain stock prices that likely would have taken small hit from the news of Walt's attachment.

Which upon hearing them do this and dismiss him on top of the total loss of his family sends him into a blind Heisenberg rage and was the impetus for him to return to town loaded up both Bond stealth like with the ricin and Rambo style with the M60.

....there will be blood, ohh yes there will
 
2013-09-24 08:15:27 AM  

RevRaven: One of the cartel guys called him Generalissimo, and I think they said he was from Chile. And wasn't that cartel scene in the 80s? Which would have put it when Pinochet came out of power.


I thought he left Chile beforehand, but I may not be correct in my dates. If he was part of the Pinochet crew, then he's news for an altogether different reason, because the Chilean courts (or the Hague) would probably like to have a long talk with him.
 
2013-09-24 08:28:44 AM  

RevRaven: teenage mutant ninja rapist: Gus was gay?

It was implied, especially with the one who was shot pool side. And Gale as well, to be honest.


That was his motive to taunt, humiliate, and eventually murder Tio.  Last one didn't go as planned, but he was motivated.
 
2013-09-24 09:01:08 AM  
It probably would get a national byline that might get the publics interest for a max of a week and be forgotten a week later.  It would only be known long term because Blitzer would have had a breaking news piece where creditable sources maintain  that he police have found a working nuclear device in the garage.  The case would be known as the case that actually got CNN to shiatcan Blitzer.
 
2013-09-24 09:34:29 AM  
It would definitely be a Dateline special that my mother would watch.

Walter sold his Grey Matter ownership very early on (to pay rent or something, I forget) so his connection to that firm would most likely be glossed over as interesting trivia.
 
2013-09-24 09:35:22 AM  
If it wouldn't already be a national headline, I'm pretty sure that whatever goes down this Sunday would put it there.
 
2013-09-24 09:41:44 AM  

Detinwolf: Walter sold his Grey Matter ownership very early on (to pay rent or something, I forget) so his connection to that firm would most likely be glossed over as interesting trivia.


The implication from the series thus far is that Walter was the Woz in the business- he created the product (whatever it was). Then he got maneuvered out of the business.
 
2013-09-24 10:35:13 AM  

Benjamin Stone: Radak: It's not meth, but William Pickard (briefly) made national news when he was busted.  But if the DEA figures of him supplying 90% of the world's LSD are accurate, it was a somewhat larger operation than Heisenberg.

Wow, that Pickard story is crazy. I wonder how close his operation really was to a 90% supply rate though? It's not like the DEA doesn't occasionally exaggerate their figures.


I wonder what the "unforeseen consequences" were. Like, did a lack of LSD on the market lead to a shift to much more dangerous drugs, bath salts, etc.
 
2013-09-24 10:38:47 AM  

mentallo69: 2wolves: B.L.Z. Bub: IT'S JUST A STUPID TV SHOW!!! WHY DO WE NEED TO HAVE 10 THREADS A DAY DEVOTED TO A farkING TV SHOW?!?!?!?!

To many in this country it's not real if it isn't on TV or facebook.

yes, and fark you!


Sorry, I thought you knew.
 
2013-09-24 02:06:48 PM  
If Bryan Cranston could be linked to the West Mesa Murders maybe.
 
2013-09-24 03:14:03 PM  
Mexican/Chilean drug violence erupting in a bombing at an American nursing home? You bet your ass that would be national news. Especially how Gus was such a stand up member of the community first. Founders of fast food chains are minor celebrities in our society already.

The Grey Matter thing was described best by another farker in another thread. "It would be as though Microsoft was founded by Bill Gates and the Unabomber. That story would glue some fingers to remotes.

School teacher turned meth kingpin who killed his DEA brother in law? Also would make national news as well.
 
2013-09-24 03:15:54 PM  

B.L.Z. Bub: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: B.L.Z. Bub: IT'S JUST A STUPID TV SHOW!!! WHY DO WE NEED TO HAVE 10 THREADS A DAY DEVOTED TO A farkING TV SHOW?!?!?!?!

Because it's the greatest TV series since the Sopranos and there's only one episode left.

So the fark what? It's still just a TV show. TV isn't life.


Yet you and other waste time just biatch about others wasting time writing about the show. Look in the mirror. Why does it bother you so much? What difference does it make?
 
2013-09-24 06:19:40 PM  
Yes, it would make national news ...

Every other country in the world:
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United States:
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/Q&D
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2013-09-24 09:56:05 PM  

Lernaeus: Yes, it would make national news ...

Every other country in the world:
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United States:
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/Q&D
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+5 Internets to you sir
 
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