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(WBUR Boston)   It's been a year since the Boston Marathon bombing. Let's check in with Jeff Bauman, from the infamous picture #8 (warning: pic is graphic)   (hereandnow.wbur.org) divider line 50
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2014-04-15 09:39:07 AM
One of the things I'll never forget about that was that infamous #8.  The other is the absolute weirdness of that whole week.  I think the ratio of newsflashes to total greenlights may have hit an all time high.  West, TX explosion and ricin letters why not!
 
2014-04-15 09:45:30 AM

nekom: One of the things I'll never forget about that was that infamous #8.  The other is the absolute weirdness of that whole week.  I think the ratio of newsflashes to total greenlights may have hit an all time high.  West, TX explosion and ricin letters why not!


I remember about 4-5 greenlights happened that night with the manhunt. I had one, seemingly innocent one at the time that just said there was a shooting on MIT campus and the place is on lockdown. Turns out it was them killing the police officer and started the shootout/chase. I went to bed at like 1130 that night, got up and not only had the thread gone green but it exploded into 2000 responses overnight. I just started to get into the thread when I had to go to work, by that time (in thread) the chase/shootout hadn't started. It was an interesting drive into work listening to NPR doing recap of the night's events.

That was one bizarre and out there 48hr period
 
2014-04-15 10:13:30 AM
Wow. I live in Boston but I guess I've been isolated enough to avoid hearing this guys story. That excerpt from the book is powerful. I'm glad he lived through that and is able to share his experiences.

/I worked a block past the finish line when this happened, and the media encampment was just outside the main entrance to our building.
 
2014-04-15 10:15:40 AM

SphericalTime: and the media encampment was just outside the main entrance to our building.


was Wolf Blitzer in your office?

"Jessica, I don't want to alarm you, but it seems that...yes, we have confirmation that SphericalTime did in fact steal the lunch of that jerkwad in Accounting. More on this development later from the Tragedy in Boston"
 
2014-04-15 10:18:21 AM

SphericalTime: I'm glad he lived through that and is able to share his experiences.


You know it sucks that he lost his legs, obviously, but it's kind of fitting that he still has more mobility than the two jackwagons who did this.  One of them is no longer wasting our air, the other will be in prison until either the government puts him down or his natural death.  Personally I hope that his life is spared so he can "enjoy" many years of hell in ADX Florence, but either way I don't think anybody envies his position.
 
2014-04-15 10:52:25 AM

somedude210: SphericalTime: and the media encampment was just outside the main entrance to our building.

was Wolf Blitzer in your office?

"Jessica, I don't want to alarm you, but it seems that...yes, we have confirmation that SphericalTime did in fact steal the lunch of that jerkwad in Accounting. More on this development later from the Tragedy in Boston"


Curses! Foiled by that meddling CNN talking head!
 
Skr
2014-04-15 10:59:40 AM
Well it seems like he has kept most of the weight off after his tragedy.
 
2014-04-15 11:18:04 AM
Is it just so standard for people involved in tragedies like this to forgive their attackers?  I wrote a book about losing limbs I'd say "there are some things you cant forgive and blowing off my legs is one of them. I hope you get shot through the throat again D-Bag"

Fark the Bruins, but I watched those games and it was very moving to see.
 
2014-04-15 11:18:13 AM
The people I feel the most pity for are the women who are married to or date members of the Boston Police Department.  It took the entire force close to 48 hours to find the man in the boat.
 
2014-04-15 11:25:43 AM

Anderson's Pooper: The people I feel the most pity for are the women who are married to or date members of the Boston Police Department.  It took the entire force close to 48 hours to find the man in the boat.


You've been waiting a whole year to unleash that one, haven't you?
 
2014-04-15 11:26:58 AM
I want to know what the blue coat Adam Sandler look alike 4Chan suspect is up to these days
 
2014-04-15 11:29:16 AM

Anderson's Pooper: The people I feel the most pity for are the women who are married to or date members of the Boston Police Department.  It took the entire force close to 48 hours to find the man in the boat.


-_-
 
2014-04-15 11:31:01 AM

nekom: One of the things I'll never forget about that was that infamous #8.  The other is the absolute weirdness of that whole week.  I think the ratio of newsflashes to total greenlights may have hit an all time high.  West, TX explosion and ricin letters why not!


I was leaving a bar when I heard "Police Office Down" over a cop's radio.  I remember those events more clearly than I do the day of the bombing.

My most vivid memory, and the one that will stick with me, is how uneasy everyone on the train way on Tuesday.  Going over the river, packed into the car with everyone else, I felt really scared.

Crazy week.
 
2014-04-15 11:32:15 AM

BEER_ME_in_CT: Is it just so standard for people involved in tragedies like this to forgive their attackers?  I wrote a book about losing limbs I'd say "there are some things you cant forgive and blowing off my legs is one of them. I hope you get shot through the throat again D-Bag"

Fark the Bruins, but I watched those games and it was very moving to see.


I would expect those people don't get interviewed much -- if this guy was bitter then his interview would have been lower priority even though he was probably the most recognizable victim in all of this.
 
d23 [TotalFark]
2014-04-15 11:32:31 AM

Anderson's Pooper: The people I feel the most pity for are the women who are married to or date members of the Boston Police Department.  It took the entire force close to 48 hours to find the man in the boat.


netdna.tvovermind.com
 
2014-04-15 11:32:38 AM

Anderson's Pooper: The people I feel the most pity for are the women who are married to or date members of the Boston Police Department.  It took the entire force close to 48 hours to find the man in the boat.


csublogs.com
 
2014-04-15 11:45:57 AM
Good for this guy, I'm glad he was able to come through it without becoming bitter. I think I would have been consumed by rage at someone taking my legs like that, but he's put a good spin on it.

I often wonder when reading accounts like his, however, about how much of it is what he actually remembers and how much is colored by the media filling everything in for him after the fact. I was in a pretty bad car wreck a few years ago and remember NONE of it. I remember driving along and I remember being in the hospital about an hour later. There's a hole there. The doctor said that during trauma, the body is too busy doing other things to make new memories, and that kind of makes sense. So I always wonder about the insights a guy like this has. He looked right into the guy's eyes and knew he was there to kill him? Really? He remembers seeing a dead woman next to him? I know it makes for compelling storytelling and he might very well believe that he remembers it, but I bet most of his "memories" were crafted by the media in the days and weeks following the event itself.

But anyway, big kudos to him for not letting it beat him. I hope his book is successful enough that he can rebuild his life comfortably.
 
2014-04-15 11:48:39 AM

BEER_ME_in_CT: Is it just so standard for people involved in tragedies like this to forgive their attackers?  I wrote a book about losing limbs I'd say "there are some things you cant forgive and blowing off my legs is one of them. I hope you get shot through the throat again D-Bag"

.


I'd say that's more the exception than the norm. The expectation to hate and rage up to beating the crap out of the assailant is strong.
 
2014-04-15 12:02:30 PM

BEER_ME_in_CT: Is it just so standard for people involved in tragedies like this to forgive their attackers?  I wrote a book about losing limbs I'd say "there are some things you cant forgive and blowing off my legs is one of them. I hope you get shot through the throat again D-Bag"

Fark the Bruins, but I watched those games and it was very moving to see.


I suspect forgiveness is sometimes less about the perpetrator and more about the person who was wronged.
 
2014-04-15 12:02:45 PM

JerkStore: I hope his book is successful enough that he can rebuild his life comfortably.


Me too.  And to that end, I just bought his book.  $12.99 Kindle edition.

As far as looking into the guy's eyes (or sunglasses, rather), he does say that he was telling EMTs and a police officer *while they were trying to get him medical attention* that he saw the guy who did it.  Someone ought to be able to corroborate that.
 
2014-04-15 12:03:30 PM
I think what struck me the most about the entire thing wasn't the violence or the media scramble or the fear. What I remember more than anything was thinking to myself how impressive it was that people just came together in a pinch like that and helped each other out. It was mind boggling how quickly even regular people reacted in a dire situation. I'm not from Boston, and I wasn't there, but I really felt proud of my fellow Americans that day.
 
2014-04-15 12:03:32 PM

Anderson's Pooper: The people I feel the most pity for are the women who are married to or date members of the Boston Police Department.  It took the entire force close to 48 hours to find the man in the boat.


You are a horrible person.

As am I for laughing at this as I did.
 
2014-04-15 12:06:23 PM

SansNeural: JerkStore: I hope his book is successful enough that he can rebuild his life comfortably.

Me too.  And to that end, I just bought his book.  $12.99 Kindle edition.

As far as looking into the guy's eyes (or sunglasses, rather), he does say that he was telling EMTs and a police officer *while they were trying to get him medical attention* that he saw the guy who did it.  Someone ought to be able to corroborate that.


That's actually how authorities got their description of the brothers responsible.
 
2014-04-15 12:09:24 PM

Gunny Highway: nekom: One of the things I'll never forget about that was that infamous #8.  The other is the absolute weirdness of that whole week.  I think the ratio of newsflashes to total greenlights may have hit an all time high.  West, TX explosion and ricin letters why not!

I was leaving a bar when I heard "Police Office Down" over a cop's radio.  I remember those events more clearly than I do the day of the bombing.

My most vivid memory, and the one that will stick with me, is how uneasy everyone on the train way on Tuesday.  Going over the river, packed into the car with everyone else, I felt really scared.

Crazy week.


Huh, Red Line?  I was totally oblivious to that during that Tuesday morning.  At least in the US, there haven't really been any followup attacks after terrorist thingy-majiggies.  I didn't consider the possibility that a subway car would be targeted.  I thought it would be more about location bombings (same MO) or random shootings.
 
2014-04-15 12:09:28 PM
 
2014-04-15 12:11:15 PM

Anderson's Pooper: The people I feel the most pity for are the women who are married to or date members of the Boston Police Department.  It took the entire force close to 48 hours to find the man in the boat.


Maybe it's just me. I feel pity, but not "the most" pity for anyone who was lucky enough to be arm-chairing this crisis, woman or man.
 
2014-04-15 12:13:43 PM

SphericalTime: Wow. I live in Boston but I guess I've been isolated enough to avoid hearing this guys story. That excerpt from the book is powerful. I'm glad he lived through that and is able to share his experiences.

/I worked a block past the finish line when this happened, and the media encampment was just outside the main entrance to our building.


img.fark.net
/seriously

 
2014-04-15 12:14:03 PM

supayoda: I think what struck me the most about the entire thing wasn't the violence or the media scramble or the fear. What I remember more than anything was thinking to myself how impressive it was that people just came together in a pinch like that and helped each other out. It was mind boggling how quickly even regular people reacted in a dire situation. I'm not from Boston, and I wasn't there, but I really felt proud of my fellow Americans that day.


I've read over the years that, despite Hollywood portrayals of disasters like this, what happens most of the time is that most people pull together and help each other. There's chaos, but not he sort of chaos we are used to seeing in movies and TV, where people are running over each other and panicking. The impulse to help others in trouble in moments like this is incredibly strong. We saw it during 9/11, too, with random people picking up the injured and moving them away, or running into the buildings to help others. The human spirit is capable of great good when faced with horrific events.
 
2014-04-15 12:15:42 PM
eeyore102:
I suspect forgiveness is sometimes less about the perpetrator and more about the person who was wronged.

Yep.  He could spend the rest of his life in seething hatred for that asshole, but why?  What's done is done, why allow him to live in your head and continue to victimize you?
 
2014-04-15 12:17:32 PM
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-27018751
 
2014-04-15 12:22:49 PM

SphericalTime: Gunny Highway: nekom: One of the things I'll never forget about that was that infamous #8.  The other is the absolute weirdness of that whole week.  I think the ratio of newsflashes to total greenlights may have hit an all time high.  West, TX explosion and ricin letters why not!

I was leaving a bar when I heard "Police Office Down" over a cop's radio.  I remember those events more clearly than I do the day of the bombing.

My most vivid memory, and the one that will stick with me, is how uneasy everyone on the train way on Tuesday.  Going over the river, packed into the car with everyone else, I felt really scared.

Crazy week.

Huh, Red Line?  I was totally oblivious to that during that Tuesday morning.  At least in the US, there haven't really been any followup attacks after terrorist thingy-majiggies.  I didn't consider the possibility that a subway car would be targeted.  I thought it would be more about location bombings (same MO) or random shootings.


Realistically I didnt think it would happen either but damned if my imagination didnt run wild.  I think a lot of people were feeling the same way. Eerie feeling.

Yeah, Red Line BTW.
 
2014-04-15 12:25:31 PM
What I remember the most was the idiotic farking kneejerk patriotism that the victims were associated with, with them being True American Heroes TM and so forth, all for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.   What happened to them sucked, and those brothers should have both gotten 20 years in the electric chair if they both lived.
 
2014-04-15 12:31:40 PM

Gunny Highway: SphericalTime: Gunny Highway: nekom: One of the things I'll never forget about that was that infamous #8.  The other is the absolute weirdness of that whole week.  I think the ratio of newsflashes to total greenlights may have hit an all time high.  West, TX explosion and ricin letters why not!

I was leaving a bar when I heard "Police Office Down" over a cop's radio.  I remember those events more clearly than I do the day of the bombing.

My most vivid memory, and the one that will stick with me, is how uneasy everyone on the train way on Tuesday.  Going over the river, packed into the car with everyone else, I felt really scared.

Crazy week.

Huh, Red Line?  I was totally oblivious to that during that Tuesday morning.  At least in the US, there haven't really been any followup attacks after terrorist thingy-majiggies.  I didn't consider the possibility that a subway car would be targeted.  I thought it would be more about location bombings (same MO) or random shootings.

Realistically I didnt think it would happen either but damned if my imagination didnt run wild.  I think a lot of people were feeling the same way. Eerie feeling.

Yeah, Red Line BTW.



I remember there seemed to be a group of Farkers desparetly hopping it would be a white Christian male from southie who was responsible for the bombings, as if that would make a difference.

Also remember listening to the internet police bands as Watertown was in a lock down a few days later. One quick witted farker posted "shoot him in the dick!"

Still makes me chuckle.
 
2014-04-15 12:36:02 PM
Where are all the Alex Jones Foilhats with their proof it was all staged?
 
2014-04-15 12:46:37 PM
I don't think I could forgive the perp if I was in this guy's position. I'm just glad I had crossed the finish line an hour before this occurred last year. And, I can't wait to do it again next Monday!
 
d23 [TotalFark]
2014-04-15 12:49:38 PM

Danger Mouse: I remember there seemed to be a group of Farkers desparetly hopping it would be a white Christian male from southie who was responsible for the bombings, as if that would make a difference.


To be fair, I remember plenty of "kill the towelhead" comments, too.
 
2014-04-15 12:58:05 PM
There are a lot of Boston Strong tributes today. This one came out a few days ago and I think it's pretty powerful. It depicts some amputees, so if that grosses you out, don't click.

http://projects.dearworld.me/boston-marathon
 
2014-04-15 12:59:33 PM

svanmeter: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-27018751


Gravity and distance
Change the passage of light
Gravity and distance
Change the color of right.
 
2014-04-15 01:03:13 PM

Mitch Taylor's Bro: svanmeter: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-27018751

Gravity and distance
Change the passage of light
Gravity and distance
Change the color of right.


Pretty sure the color of right is the same as the color of wrong, and the color of don't give a shiat, around there.

/sorry
//I think I'm funny
 
2014-04-15 01:10:02 PM
Danger Mouse:
I remember there seemed to be a group of Farkers desparetly hopping it would be a white Christian male from southie who was responsible for the bombings, as if that would make a difference.

***I recall all those at this site who were just absolutely sure it was a Tea Partier who did the bombing to protest the government on Tax Day...
 
2014-04-15 01:14:34 PM

BATMANATEE: Where are all the Alex Jones Foilhats with their proof it was all staged?


False Flag, blah blah blah...

I can't believe people have given him money and befriended him thinking he didn't do it.

/Boston Strong
 
2014-04-15 01:22:52 PM
I have a friend that was in one of the medical tents. I had a sheer moment of panic, didn't know where the explosions were at first. Like an idiot I called him, like he was gonna answer. He texted back quickly he was OK.
 
2014-04-15 01:33:52 PM

eeyore102: BEER_ME_in_CT: Is it just so standard for people involved in tragedies like this to forgive their attackers?  I wrote a book about losing limbs I'd say "there are some things you cant forgive and blowing off my legs is one of them. I hope you get shot through the throat again D-Bag"

Fark the Bruins, but I watched those games and it was very moving to see.

I suspect forgiveness is sometimes less about the perpetrator and more about the person who was wronged.


I think it takes a lot of energy to be angry at someone. I think after a while you get to the point where you realize you need to get on with your life if you want to have one.
 
2014-04-15 01:52:46 PM
FALSE FLAG
 
2014-04-15 02:52:50 PM

BEER_ME_in_CT: Is it just so standard for people involved in tragedies like this to forgive their attackers?  I wrote a book about losing limbs I'd say "there are some things you cant forgive and blowing off my legs is one of them. I hope you get shot through the throat again D-Bag"

Fark the Bruins, but I watched those games and it was very moving to see.


This. I would never forgive them. I'd like to think I'd get on with my life as best as possible but I would never forgive them.
 
2014-04-15 04:15:27 PM

Anderson's Pooper: The people I feel the most pity for are the women who are married to or date members of the Boston Police Department.  It took the entire force close to 48 hours to find the man in the boat.


Actually they didn't find him, the boat owner found him and called the police. The whole 48 hours was a scene out of Keystone Cops, I am so sick of everyone saying what hero's BPD were. When they finally found out where the wounded teenager was, they waited hours while amassing a small army before even approaching the boat.
Yeah, real friggin heroes.
 
2014-04-15 05:34:30 PM

Sucka_Fish: Anderson's Pooper: The people I feel the most pity for are the women who are married to or date members of the Boston Police Department.  It took the entire force close to 48 hours to find the man in the boat.

You've been waiting a whole year to unleash that one, haven't you?


By unleash, you mean copy/pasta from 12 months ago?
 
2014-04-15 07:11:22 PM

Rex Kramer - Danger Seeker: Anderson's Pooper: The people I feel the most pity for are the women who are married to or date members of the Boston Police Department.  It took the entire force close to 48 hours to find the man in the boat.

Actually they didn't find him, the boat owner found him and called the police. The whole 48 hours was a scene out of Keystone Cops, I am so sick of everyone saying what hero's BPD were. When they finally found out where the wounded teenager was, they waited hours while amassing a small army before even approaching the boat.
Yeah, real friggin heroes.


Says the second or third person to not get the (recycled) joke.
 
2014-04-15 11:16:10 PM

taxachucetts: SphericalTime: Wow. I live in Boston but I guess I've been isolated enough to avoid hearing this guys story. That excerpt from the book is powerful. I'm glad he lived through that and is able to share his experiences.

/I worked a block past the finish line when this happened, and the media encampment was just outside the main entrance to our building.



/seriously


Lol. HMH reference for the win. ;-)
 
2014-04-16 07:36:42 AM

Rex Kramer - Danger Seeker: Actually they didn't find him, the boat owner found him and called the police. The whole 48 hours was a scene out of Keystone Cops, I am so sick of everyone saying what hero's BPD were. When they finally found out where the wounded teenager was, they waited hours while amassing a small army before even approaching the boat.
Yeah, real friggin heroes.


Don't forget shooting the boat full of holes without hitting the kid once.

MA residents know what a joke our law enforcement is. We learned way back when Whitey Bulger fled and we learned the Boston FBI was in cahoots with him.
 
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