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(   Student's harmless science project left on train causes total evacuation of train station and all nearby homes. And they say terrorism hasn't won   ( divider line
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5134 clicks; posted to Main » on 23 Jan 2014 at 6:02 PM (4 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2014-01-23 06:45:58 PM  
3 votes:
Inside the shoebox was a small black box with wheels attached to the side and taped on top was a straw with a balloon attached to an end... "The (NJ Transit) employee peeked inside the shoebox, saw pipe cleaners and the black box," Skinner said. "Without looking closely he felt it could have been a bomb."

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2014-01-23 06:18:40 PM  
2 votes:
"This incident serves as a strong reminder for the public to remain alert for unattended packages or suspicious activity," Skinner said. "Any unattended packages should be left alone and not moved by members of the public."

No, this incident serves as a reminder that the odds of something left on a bus or train actually being an explosive device is infinitesimal, and that continued paranoia and overreaction by the public and officials makes us all look silly.

/last week it was a leftover sandwich
2014-01-23 10:05:23 PM  
1 vote:
Back in the day I left my electronics box on a train. I forgot it and went to lost and found at the next station. It had a breadboard with a 555 timer and LEDs. Binary counter project. They just handed it to me. Circa 85. People were not so paranoid then.
2014-01-23 10:04:24 PM  
1 vote:

minuslars: And people whine about snow days wussifying America.

Yeah. Snow days are snow days because sometimes they are actually dangerous. Up north, at least. (It takes quite a bit of snow and/or ice and/or extreme cold for people to call a snow day.)
2014-01-23 08:57:39 PM  
1 vote:

Fireproof: And they say terrorism hasn't won.

Silly me, I thought terror was only a means to an end. I guess Al Qaida's goals had nothing to do with Israel, and everything to do with inconveniencing railroad passengers.

Al-Qaeda's goals didn't have anything to do with Israel.

They did have everything to do with convincing other Muslims that they could strike at the heart even of America with impunity. You need to take a step back from the talking points and expand your world view a little bit.
2014-01-23 06:34:39 PM  
1 vote:

Dragonflew: caddisfly: No, this incident serves as a reminder that the odds of something left on a bus or train actually being an explosive device is infinitesimal

Has a package that was left in plain view EVER been a bomb?

Pretty sure the boston backpacks weren't hidden.
2014-01-23 06:28:36 PM  
1 vote:
In Canada, people find forgotten things on the buses and subways, and turn them into the lost and found.

Stay brave America!!! lol
2014-01-23 06:18:06 PM  
1 vote:
Holy fark.  Will you people get a grip already?
2014-01-23 06:11:20 PM  
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