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(Newser)   Think of all the things you imagine a cleaning woman might find in an 18-year-old male's room. An IED probably wasn't on your list   ( newser.com) divider line
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2013-05-08 12:16:03 PM  
3 votes:
I first read that as IUD. That would have been strange as well.
2013-05-08 02:17:38 PM  
1 vote:

Ego edo infantia cattus: To tell you the truth, I'm on the fence about this one. Having been an eighteen year old, I know how fun blowing shiat up is. On the other hand, you can never tell which kid is going to go nuts and try to kill a bunch of people. I never really made a "bomb" but I Loved illegal fireworks, and knew people who blew up trees and cars in the woods for fun. ...And that's the thing, it is fun, the best kind of fun, the kind that kids aren't allowed to have anymore: dangerous fun. I find it suspicious that the picture of the "IED" was replaced with a Wile E Coyote time bomb. I'd understand if it was a pipe bomb, or a stick of dynamite wrapped with nails, but I'm guessing it's more like a home made cherry bomb.
 FTA: ...authorities say. "It was something that wasn't big, but could cause serious injuries and the death of someone,"
Well, I guess that rules out a black cat, but nothing much larger. I bet the judge will throw the book at him just to be on the safe side.

That's the problem, they just group them all together and call anything that explodes a weapon of mass destruction and give them 10 years for even thinking of having such a device.  But get caught with a gun and you get a slap on the wrist unless they can prove you were planning to or actively trying/succeeding at killing somebody.  Having made considered making a few explosives myself there were more than capable of killing in the right circumstances, I can tell you that possession alone does not convey an intent to cause anybody harm.  It means you had access to gunpowder and, hey, look at this piece of PVC!  Let's go make a hole in the ground while we cower behind a tree!
2013-05-08 02:09:11 PM  
1 vote:
It's good to be white with a white sounding name.
2013-05-08 02:07:17 PM  
1 vote:
They would have put us away a long time ago if they had known about some of our 80's teenage explosive exploits. Home-made bottle rockets with nose cone warhead (with accompanying double-barrelled, shoulder-mounted, electrically-fired rocket gun), cherry bombs, frag grenades, etc. We even had access to our own supply of home made black powder (the drug store owner thought nothing of selling us a huge supply of Potassium Nitrate). Running from the RCMP on Halloween night was a right of passage. We would tell our parents that it was for SCIENCE (which, in a roundabout way, it was).

/No, you may not short-cut across my yard.
//eyebrows and Cabbage Patch Kids were the only victims
2013-05-08 01:42:07 PM  
1 vote:
So the real question is, are the authorities and the media having an alarmist day, or was there an actual threat?
2013-05-08 01:39:58 PM  
1 vote:
Oh no, a kid playing with small explosives, the horror!  It's nice that they call it an IED and not a homemade m-80 or anything, cause we all know that teens have no interest in small explosions just for fun and are perfectly happy to leave fireworks to the professionals.  He must have been plotting something terrible!

/almost blew myself up on more than one occasion
//still have all 6 fingers
2013-05-08 01:32:07 PM  
1 vote:
Sunny has obviously never had 18 year old boys
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