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2002-08-12 11:49:14 AM  
Ignore that last post, Rbuzby is right, this guy threw his life away, and that song that guy posted was pathetic, where was your magic god when the WTC fell down? He was too busy not existing I guess.
2002-08-12 11:49:21 AM  
these photo were really nice to see.

I also think it is interesting how americans have reacted to the stunning reality we are not invincible.

I know that people from various countries deal with terrorism on a daily basis or at least have had to deal with the loss of loved ones due to outside influences. I am just glad we as Americans would never fill the role of an "outside" influence.
2002-08-12 11:51:10 AM  

I don't want to ban people from visiting the site. To the contrary, I believe the more people who see the aftermath of 9/11/2001 the better. It serves as a reminder of why our armed forces are fighting in various parts of the world.

I simply find the circus atmosphere a bit distasteful. ScatPack's photo of the vendors selling postcards says it all.
2002-08-12 11:51:19 AM  
The sick picture posts were in violation of Fark Rules. And as for the censorship of text, the message board nerd's hackneyed complaint is that this is America and censorship is wrong, First Amendment, etc.

Give it up!

The prohibitions on censorship relate to government, not . . . Drew! This country SHOULD make a big fuss when a public school removes a book from its library, but for over 200 years we have respected the rights of private citizens to discriminate and censor as they like. If they wanted to, Fark could censor every post from a Euro, or a specific ethnnicity, or everything that mentions God.

*takes Glory Glory Hallelujah off the Victrola*

So when they do some censoring to try to keep people from being offended by reading the boards, it's probably a good thing. Without the fear of mild censorship, the comments areas here might just be overrun by stupid kids like every other message board on the Internet.

How would you like it if the comments area for every boobies link had pictures of blown-up Afghani people? Well, I bet some of you would love that . . .
2002-08-12 11:53:26 AM  
"The man died because he was trying to share the most tragic moment in modern times with the world. "

Gimme a break. You know thats not what he was thinking as he shot the photos.

Reminds me a little of Daniel Pearl. He went looking for terrorists, found them, and they killed him.

This photograhper ran towards danger just to get some pictures. It wasnt worth his life.

Single moms raising 4 kids and working 3 jobs are heroes. Guys who widow their wives by seeking glory and money from exclusive photos/stories are fools.

He was thinking of how big he was going to score off the photos. And thats fine. But it wasnt worth his life or the grief his family and friends are going through missing him.

Sometimes we photograhers forget that what we see through the lense is happening right around us. We get in "zone".

This is sad, not heroic. If the guy was alive he would admit,

"Ya I guess a few pics werent worth my life after all."
2002-08-12 11:54:29 AM  
Rbuzby: I agree. Its too bad the guy died, but his pictures aren't anything new. I have seen many other pictures better than this one from guys who observed enough caution to stay alive. What shocks me is that the guy died. He didn't die in the initial collapse of the 2 towers (from looking at the pics). So when was the guy crushed?

I hate to say it, but this guy wasn't very bright. These photographers just lose their mind on assignment and start taking crazy shots and risking their life. And for what? Often its for personal glory and a lot of cash. It isn't like photographers are saving people lives like the firefighters did.
2002-08-12 11:54:38 AM  
Very well said Leth.
2002-08-12 11:54:45 AM  
man, it does sound like a disgraceful atmosphere at ground zero. how sad.
2002-08-12 11:55:28 AM  
Rbuzby: I don't think it fair you attempting to paint this man's actions as frivolous or selfish. The man was a photographer. Sure he was attempting to carry out his profession, which would mean taking a photograph and selling it. There's no shame in that. Think how empty an ill informed your life would be without people who performed that service.

If no one had taken any pictures of 9/11, then opinions couldn't have been formed, lines couldn't have been drawn in the sand and political policy wouldn't have been instituted.

Don't kill the messenger if you don't like the message. I admire photographers for having the ability to make a split second decision to go for the picture at all costs. And while they may get paid for it, don't think they didn't do it for you and I and our children and their children.
2002-08-12 11:55:33 AM  
I know I'm posting this late, but for any of you who want, I made a nice little tribute video using a bunch of still images. A lot of it really captures the human loss, but there's some really good shots of the devastation (if there is such a thing as GOOD shots of devastation). Anyway, it's streaming video. You can see it here.
2002-08-12 12:02:36 PM  
Follow up point: This guy (or his family) are not asking for sympathy nor is the website maudlin. They are presenting the photographs. That's all.

Reminds me of race car drivers. They don't want you to feel sorry for them if they wreck or, god forbid, get killed. They know the risks as do their families. They, like photographers and their kin, could probably give a rat's ass whether or not the ignorant among us disagree with what they do.

I think it shows great pomposity on your part to disrespect the dead. If you don't like it, there's the door.
2002-08-12 12:06:43 PM  
"And while they may get paid for it, don't think they didn't do it for you and I and our children and their children."


You apprently think this guy was thinking " I have got to get these photos to show the world what happened here today. I might die, but I am doing this for everyones kids and grandkids!"

I disagree. In our society people know they can score big cash if they get photos or video of big events. Nothing wrong with that. That is why this guy took the pics and got himself killed, not so you grandkids cold see pics of that day.

Why did that Doctor who went to "help" just walk around with a video camera the whole time?

Was it easier to "help" people with a video camera stuck on his face?

If this guys photos never existed, we would still have photos showing the exact same things.

You think he did it so your kids and grandkids would know about 9/11. I think that was the farthest thing from his mind. We can agree to disagree I guess.

Senseless death sucks. We want to assign meaning. In this case, I like your version better, but it sounds more like justification after the fact than truth.
2002-08-12 12:06:54 PM  
The amount of dedication is truly amazing.
2002-08-12 12:13:28 PM  
I cant help but laugh when I imagine a guy running toward a collapsing building saying to himself

"I must get these photos for the children of the world, and our children's children too!"

Sorry gang, but life is for the living. If you carry 9/11 around with you like a lead weight around your neck, then the terrorists have won (seriously).

And get off your high horses of grief, cause mine is higher. Yes I lost someone last year too, my brother.

Viva life!
2002-08-12 12:18:15 PM  
Rather than to continue arguing with people in this thread, I would much rather read about what other farkers experienced on 9-11, or the days following.
I don't think this guy was taking the pictures for money. I think he was trying to capture a record of something extraordinary. I take pictures, so I can go back and remember something, or so others can see what I experienced.
I put a few in my profile page. (the taxicab picture on my profile page, happens to be one that would have the WTC in the background if they were still there. I took it on the Brooklyn Bridge about a month ago.)
2002-08-12 12:19:39 PM  
Rbuzby, even if you are correct (and I do not believe you are) in your assessment that he was only in it for the money and self-promotion, you seem to wasting a lot of time in your own life, complaining about this guy wasting his life. Why don't you return to maintaining the quality of your existence, and just let us fritter our time away in peace.
2002-08-12 12:20:12 PM  
I, too, was in NYC on 9/11. Walking on 15th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues, I heard some women standing outside of a building mention something about a plane hitting a building. My immediate thought was "Why in the world would they be talking about the incident in the 40's when a US military bomber struck the Empire State Building"? As I reached 5th Avenue and turned uptown (my office is on 16th and 5th), I saw a guy coming towards me on his cell phone and his comment to the person with whom he was speaking was "I'm walking down 5th Avenue and I can see the flames". That's when I realized that I was the only person not stopped in his tracks and looking downtown. I turned and saw flames. It's a picture I will never forget. 15th Street was far enough away, in retrospect, to be out of the danger zone, but we stayed in the office until 6 PM that night, never knowing what was going to happen next. On 9/11/2002, I'll be coming to work a little early to ensure I'm standing in the same spot as I was a year before. When it comes time for the moments of silence, I would like to be standing there, no doubt with an American Flag in my hand and a tear in my eye.
2002-08-12 12:21:19 PM  
I'm still waiting for Disney/ABC/WhoresofBabelon to mutate 9/11 for their own profit. They'll slap those damn mouse ears on anything it seems.
2002-08-12 12:25:39 PM  

Ok I will. You didnt notice, but another poster and I were responding to each other.

Have a nice day of not noticing stuff !

("Those who wallow in grief and self pity will always be grieving, and always pitying themselves."

Neville Throckmorton )
2002-08-12 12:25:47 PM  
Hey, great idea here guys: let's honor this guy's death by posting some pandering masturbatory drivel by a no-talent hack like, I don't know, Alan Jackson? Oh wait, someone beat me to it.

The lack of class never ceases to amaze me.
2002-08-12 12:27:56 PM  
I lost someone on 9/11, he was a mailman for the Pentagon. His name? Dennis Craigface. He died serving his country!
2002-08-12 12:35:34 PM  
for those complaining that he lost his life taking those pictures and saying it was worthless, i disagree... it's a shame he lost his life over a few pictures, but at the same time it shows the rest of the world what it was like to be there... i hate reliving it in my mind but it's refreshing to let other people know what i and many others say that morning... no one expected the first plane to hit, and then the one expected the towers to fall from what in reality is only a little bit of damage to such huge towers especially when hit from the top like that... had i had a camera with me i would've taken pictures as well... it was definatly an event that changed many lives, and with pictures like these people can understand why...
2002-08-12 12:39:15 PM  
Actually Bump, I was in Disney World a couple of months ago and saw a print for sale of a sad looking Mickey Mouse shaking a fireman's hand. I don't know for a fact that that hadn't been done some other time, or if it was in fact commissioned after 9/11 (for instance, I didn't notice "FDNY" on the firefighter, nor did I check the artist's date and signature). But, just thought you might be interested...
2002-08-12 12:44:28 PM  
I remember this day because I was on my second day of jury duty. (symbolic of the freedoms and sacrafices we make as citizens of this great nation) I saw the news reports of the first and second plane hitting and had to then leave to go into the courtroom for jury selection. Everyone there was upset and the fact that we had to be there with fear of jailing was bad. (you can't just leave like in a job)There was a federal judge in the jury with us and she was scared silly and the fact that she had parked in the federal couthouse garage a couple blocks down and her car was sealed off was a bad feeling also. She had the US Marshalls calling her on her cellphone to check her status and to pick her up after jury duty to get her car. We were all scared of being in a government building also but soon figured out "Why the hell would a terrorist want to come to Cincinnati anyways?" The whole next few days were surreal.

It amazes me though that people have gone back to the status quo biatchin and comlainin about everything though. I thought that we would have learned our lessons and would become better people. But that has not happened yet.
2002-08-12 12:46:12 PM  
EatMeat: Don't you know anything? A terrorist would go to Cincy for the excellent bratwurst. Duh.
2002-08-12 12:47:29 PM  
Wow, very impressive... [image from too old to be available]
2002-08-12 12:50:26 PM  
anyone else remember seeing some 'list of songs that wouldn't/couldn't be played on the radio' following 9/11. I'm all but positive I did - although I'm sure it was some bogus creation. I cannot imagine censoring music cause of this...
2002-08-12 12:53:17 PM  
Clear Channel's list of songs with questionable content

Drowning Pool "Bodies"
Mudvayne "Death Blooms"
Megadeth "Dread and the Fugitive"
Megadeth "Sweating Bullets"
Saliva "Click Click Boom"
P.O.D. "Boom"
Metallica "Seek and Destroy"
Metallica "Harvester or Sorrow"
Metallica "Enter Sandman"
Metallica "Fade to Black"
All Rage Against The Machine songs
Nine Inch Nails "Head Like a Hole"
Godsmack "Bad Religion"
Tool "Intolerance"
Soundgarden "Blow Up the Outside World"
AC/DC "Shot Down in Flames"
AC/DC "Shoot to Thrill"
AC/DC "Dirty Deeds"
AC/DC "Highway to Hell"
AC/DC "Safe in New York City"
AC/DC "Hell's Bells"
Black Sabbath "War Pigs"
Black Sabbath "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath"
Black Sabbath "Suicide Solution"
Dio "Holy Diver"
Steve Miller "Jet Airliner"
Van Halen "Jump"
Queen "Another One Bites the Dust"
Queen "Killer Queen"
Pat Benatar "Hit Me with Your Best Shot"
Pat Benatar "Love is a Battlefield"
Oingo Boingo "Dead Man's Party"
REM "It's the End of the World as We Know It"
Talking Heads "Burning Down the House"
Judas Priest "Some Heads Are Gonna Roll"
Pink Floyd "Run Like Hell"
Pink Floyd "Mother"
Savage Garden "Crash and Burn"
Dave Matthews Band "Crash Into Me"
Bangles "Walk Like an Egyptian"
Pretenders "My City Was Gone"
Alanis Morissette "Ironic"
Barenaked Ladies "Falling for the First Time"
Fuel "Bad Day"
John Parr "St. Elmo's Fire"
Peter Gabriel "When You're Falling"
Kansas "Dust in the Wind"
Led Zeppelin "Stairway to Heaven"
The Beatles "A Day in the Life"
The Beatles "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds"
The Beatles "Ticket To Ride"
The Beatles "Obla Di, Obla Da"
Bob Dylan/Guns N Roses "Knockin' on Heaven's Door"
Arthur Brown "Fire"
Blue Oyster Cult "Burnin' For You"
Paul McCartney and Wings "Live and Let Die"
Jimmy Hendrix "Hey Joe"
Jackson Brown "Doctor My Eyes"
John Mellencamp "Crumbling Down"
John Mellencamp "I'm On Fire"
U2 "Sunday Bloody Sunday"
Boston "Smokin"
Billy Joel "Only the Good Die Young"
Barry McGuire "Eve of Destruction"
Steam "Na Na Na Na Hey Hey"
Drifters "On Broadway"
Shelly Fabares "Johnny Angel"
Los Bravos "Black is Black"
Peter and Gordon "I Go To Pieces"
Peter and Gordon "A World Without Love"
Elvis "(You're the) Devil in Disguise"
Zombies "She's Not There"
Elton John "Benny & The Jets"
Elton John "Daniel"
Elton John "Rocket Man"
Jerry Lee Lewis "Great Balls of Fire"
Santana "Evil Ways"
Louis Armstrong "What A Wonderful World"
Youngbloods "Get Together"
Ad Libs "The Boy from New York City"
Peter Paul and Mary "Blowin' in the Wind"
Peter Paul and Mary "Leavin' on a Jet Plane"
Rolling Stones "Ruby Tuesday"
Simon And Garfunkel "Bridge Over Troubled Water"
Happenings "See You in Septemeber"
Carole King "I Feel the Earth Move"
Yager and Evans "In the Year 2525"
Norman Greenbaum "Spirit in the Sky"
Brooklyn Bridge "Worst That Could Happen"
Three Degrees "When Will I See You Again"
Cat Stevens "Peace Train"
Cat Stevens "Morning Has Broken"
Jan and Dean "Dead Man's Curve"
Martha & the Vandellas "Nowhere to Run"
Martha and the Vandellas/Van Halen "Dancing in the Streets"
Hollies "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother"
San Cooke Herman Hermits, "Wonder World"
Petula Clark "A Sign of the Times"
Don McLean "American Pie"
J. Frank Wilson "Last Kiss"
Buddy Holly and the Crickets "That'll Be the Day"
John Lennon "Imagine"
Bobby Darin "Mack the Knife"
The Clash "Rock the Casbah"
Surfaris "Wipeout"
Blood Sweat and Tears "And When I Die"
Dave Clark Five "Bits and Pieces"
Tramps "Disco Inferno"
Paper Lace "The Night Chicago Died"
Frank Sinatra "New York, New York"
Creedence Clearwater Revival "Travelin' Band"
The Gap Band "You Dropped a Bomb On Me"
Alien Ant Farm "Smooth Criminal"
3 Doors Down "Duck and Run"
The Doors "The End"
Third Eye Blind "Jumper"
Neil Diamond "America"
Lenny Kravitz "Fly Away"
Tom Petty "Free Fallin'"
Bruce Springsteen "I'm On Fire"
Bruce Springsteen "Goin' Down"
Phil Collins "In the Air Tonight"
Alice in Chains "Rooster"
Alice in Chains "Sea of Sorrow"
Alice in Chains "Down in a Hole"
Alice in Chains "Them Bone"
Beastie Boys "Sure Shot"
Beastie Boys "Sabotage"
The Cult "Fire Woman"
Everclear "Santa Monica"
Filter "Hey Man, Nice Shot"
Foo Fighters "Learn to Fly"
Korn "Falling Away From Me"
Red Hot Chili Peppers "Aeroplane"
Red Hot Chili Peppers "Under the Bridge"
Smashing Pumpkins "Bullet With Butterfly Wings"
System of a Down "Chop Suey!"
Skeeter Davis "End of the World"
Rickey Nelson "Travelin' Man"
Chi-Lites "Have You Seen Her"
Animals "We Gotta Get Out of This Place"
Fontella Bass "Rescue Me"
Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels "Devil with the Blue Dress"
James Taylor "Fire and Rain"
Edwin Starr/Bruce Springstein "War"
Lynyrd Skynyrd "Tuesday's Gone"
Limp Bizkit "Break Stuff"
Green Day "Brain Stew"
Temple of the Dog "Say Hello to Heaven"
Sugar Ray "Fly"
Local H "Bound for the Floor"
Slipknot "Left Behind, Wait and Bleed"
Bush "Speed Kills"
311 "Down"
Stone Temple Pilots "Big Bang Baby," Dead and Bloated"
Soundgarden "Fell on Black Days," Black Hole Sun"
Nina "99 Luft Balloons/99 Red Balloons"
2002-08-12 12:55:08 PM  
There's some Sept 11th footage at of the south tower collapsing where you can see a person standing exactly where Bill Biggart took the photo of the collapse. I'm pretty sure it's him since you can tell from his photo that he's up the street from the pedestrian bridge, standing next to a fire truck. In the video footage which was taken from a bit farther back you can see the fire truck and a person standing next to it. Chilling.
2002-08-12 12:56:36 PM  
They couldn't play "What a Wonderful World?" what the hell.
2002-08-12 01:00:52 PM  
finally, a tasteful, smart and simple tribute. hell, not even a tribute in the Disney sense of the word.... just a story.

i hope when 9/11/2002 rolls around people realize this is truly the best way to present what happened...

but, i think we're in for a dose of Mtv patriotism, benefit concerts and insincere, thoughtless BS.
2002-08-12 01:03:49 PM  
2002-08-12 01:04:14 PM  
On the pages of the pictures, down at the bottom is a link that is called "Platypus." I'm tempted to click it.
2002-08-12 01:12:27 PM  
Almost a year lator there isn't a day goes by when I don't think of this.
2002-08-12 01:15:22 PM  
These pictures bring it all back...

I will remember the morning of 9/11 with more clarity than any other moment in my life. My roommate awoke before me and discovered a a single photo of tower 1 on the cnn website with the words "breaking news". We figured some lunatic ad flown a Cessna into the top tower, we had no idea from the photo the scale of the damage. We turned on the TV and realized every channel was running the same story and came to the realization something had gone very wrong. In the subsequent minutes, most of us watched the second plane appear from the side of the screen and impact the second tower. I could not believe what I had just seen, absolutely chilling. Those of you who were watching NBC probably remember the horrified gasp the crew of the Today show uttered. I remember when my friend, a civil engineering major, told us those towers would collapse. Even at that moment it seemed absurd, everything seemed out of phase with reality. I went to class in a state of shock, only to find out afterwards the situation had become so much worse. Most students were walking around jabbering on their phones, a few walked without any expression whatsoever. I went back to my room, called my mother and cried for the first time in years. I spent the rest of the day with my friends trying to understand why all this had happened...

We must never forget the people in those towers, people whose best solution was to jump hundreds of feet to their deaths...or the people on those jets who had no idea of their fate until the final seconds. Every single American who died on September 11th perished in the most sickening, cruel, and unfair way possible. It still upsets me to think about so many firefighters who ran up those towers looking to help, to do good. We all need to do our best to ensure this never happens again. No matter how much we dislike or disagree with how our government is behaving in light of the attacks, no one should ignore the memory of the victims of 9/11, the heroes who tried to save lives, the workers who died because they were at their jobs, and the people like Bill Biggart who worked to record history in such a moving way.

Thanks to all you Farkers out there who have contributed such moving and meaningful stories on this thread today.
2002-08-12 01:25:56 PM  
wow, that sucks this guy got killed when the 2nd tower came down. must of been debris.
2002-08-12 01:29:22 PM  
Wow, I just spent the last two hours looking at the article pictures, & the pictures that Czar posted the link to, & reading the Fark posts from 9-11.

I was taken immediately back to that day and it was like I was living it all over again. And I kind of like that, because I don't ever want to forget. Worrying about repeating the past if I forget it.

Czar, those were some incredible images. Did you take these? The one that really knocked me out was the big 1.2mb phote of Manhattan taken from the air. Manhattan after rotation I think it was.
2002-08-12 01:29:33 PM  
Greyrescue-My immediate thought was "Why in the world would they be talking about the incident in the 40's when a US military bomber struck the Empire State Building"?

When that plane hit the building, and then came crashing down on the street, It landed on my Uncle's (through marriage) Father's car.
2002-08-12 01:37:34 PM  
I've just been back over the Farkives for Sep 11th and the following few days. I was going to re-read every comment, but had to abandon that idea. Then, I decided to count up the total number of comments posted directly about the attacks. I stopped when I got past 6,000 but I wasn't anywhere near finished. For some reason, that moved me much more than I was expecting.
2002-08-12 01:39:40 PM  

Thanks for linking that. I wasn't a farker at that time.
My whole office was in the rec room watching it on TV since no news sites were working. (Just referring to the farkers saying they could only see FARK.)
I was busy trying to get in touch with my dad that works downtown. Not in immediate danger, but once the towers collapsed.

That was some call bigpeeler.

09-11-01 10:00:00 AM Bigpeeler

[image from too old to be available]
2002-08-12 01:42:00 PM  
I thank all of you who have shared your stories with us. It is so sad that threads like these become the exact opposite of what Fark was like on that horrible day. Oh so sad.

Yesterday when I first saw this link, I spent hours going over the pictures and I was in awe of what this man did.

Please keep sharing your stories. I need to read them.
2002-08-12 01:50:11 PM we now how a lot of the world feels about getting bombed and attacked....we seem to think that this is the most horrible thing in history...well it wasn't..people deal with horror and death on a daily basis in many parts of the world. Also, most of the world does not care about us just like we do not care about most of the world. Sorry to burst your bubbles but most people do not have time in their daily struggle to care about people from a land far away that are suffering....just like we ignore suffering in countries that are not important for oil or political reasons....
2002-08-12 01:54:32 PM  

Sad but true. We Americans live in a bubble - tragic massacres of people go on all the time but nobody cares 'til it's in their own backyard. O well.
2002-08-12 01:54:55 PM  
I also remember local news stating stuff like, "we're not going to see movies like 'Die Hard' on the screen"
2002-08-12 01:56:49 PM  
I spent the entire day on 9/11 coordinating refugees from the incoming planes that were supposed to land in the in halifax we had about 50 planes land, and thousands of people with nowhere to go while america was declared a no-fly zone. People had seriously asked me while coming off the planes if there had been a nuclear war, because nobody knew what was happening. To make things worse, alot of the planes were from europe, and we had about 100 french, and 50 german only speaking people who I had to translate for. Those are 3 days straight of being awake I'll never forget
2002-08-12 02:00:33 PM  
I am going to try and get my hand on some photos that my Grandmother's neigbor has. He is an NYPD Detective, and was at the towers. As the first tower fell he was right there. He, and his partner, jumped in a car and sped away as the debris chased them down the street. One person in the car took photos out the back window while they sped away, smoke right behind them.
2002-08-12 02:14:20 PM  

I notice that your name in your bio is "Mr. Insightful." That is appropriate. After reading your post above, I must say that it is very insightful, especially for one so young. I mean, you are eight years old or thereabouts aren't you? If not, disregard the rest of this post.
2002-08-12 02:18:52 PM  
I worked the overnight on September 11 (12am to 8 am). By the time I fought my way home through Atlanta traffic, It was about 8:30. I went in and woke my wife up so she could get ready for work. We didn'thave cable at the time, so I turned on the local talk radio station to catch up on the news. I had just turned it on and sat down with my wife at the table when they broke in saying that a plane had hit the Trade Center. I will, to my dying day, remeber saying to my wife: "Oh Christ, some hotshot in a Cesna lost control." My wife was walking out the door when they said another plane had hit. I was stuned. I will also never forget the next thought through my brain when I heard that. One word: attack. I didn't want my wife to leave, but she has always had a cooler head than me, and she knew that working in the home health care industry at the time, that she had to go. I remeber watching a snow rabbit ear aided picture of smoke at flames pouring out of the WTC. Then, everything seemed to happen so very fast after that. The Pentegon was hit. I rember thinking 'This can't get any worse.' Then rembering that the CDC is here in town. Then the first tower fell. My god, how I wish I could forget what that looked like. I thought "Someone will pay in blood. There is no other choice." After the second tower fell, I got my bottle of Jack Daniels, some Pepsi, and began to try and forget what I had just seen. At about 1230, I decided that I would try and sleep. Suprisingly, I did for about an hour and a half, before I got called in to work (we deal satelite feeds for TV stations). I didn't cry for two days. I was just angry and scared. Then, it hit me on the Friday after. I just broke down. And still to this day, when ever I see pictures of the human side of the attack (i.e., Father Judge, the funerals), I still get misty eyed, and I suspect I will until the day I die.
wil [TotalFark]
2002-08-12 02:22:15 PM  
I just had a thought.

Some people are accusing the photographers of being opportunistic, or trying to exploit the events of 9/11.

I disagree. In the months since September 11, the real human toll of these attacks has been obfuscated by political maneuvering. People all across the political spectrum are really doing their best to make political hay out of the terrorist threat, and the fear and outrage that most people feel when they recall 9/11.

Seeing these pictures brought right back, into extremely sharp focus, the magnitude of 9/11, and reminded me of the very real loos of thousands of lives.

That's a photojournalist's job: to take us to the events, and allow the images to tell us what happened.

This guy lost his life doing his job, taking us right into the middle of that horrible, horrible day.
2002-08-12 02:24:38 PM  
Intense stuff...

So many people don't see God in all of this, but He was totally there. God was in all the heroes on that day. You could see the innate love for one another in the eyes of all those people. Like the guy who said you could see the grim determination of the rescue workers and stuff. Thats love!

You can pretend we're just overgrown primates with no soul and we're only living to live, but man. You look at 9/11 and you see us pulling together and loving each other and you can see we're so much more than that. We have a soul and you can see it on that day. God's love was sooo evident, you just have to look past the tragedy. 9/11 restored some of my faith in humanity. Its almost a year later and my faith has diminished again. The bickering, backbiting, selfishness of people has returned. Fat farks suing fast food, priests covering up sex abuse, and everyone attacking the US for responding to an atrocity. On 9/11, we were all about love for our fellow man. It didnt take long for people to turn 9/11 into a political tool to attack our president and his staff.

I like to remember 9/11 if only to remember the day God revealed himself to the whole world.

Psalms 29:10-11
"The Lord sits enthroned on the flood, yes, he sits as a king forever. He will give strength and peace to his people."

God was with us during the terrible flood of a collapsing tower, and he was evident in the strength he gave to us.
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