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I'll just keep the victims in my prayers and hope for their recovery. Thats the most I can do.

A few of you sarcastically 'oh-so-intelligent' forum members can continue to argue about each other's perspectives. Just don't forget to respect the victims who got injured and were hurt.
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A few members of this forum either don't comprehend the English language, didn't take me seriously, or just weren't smart enough to read the whole thread before posting troll and flamebait comments.

Shrapnel893, I am glad you "don't care" I guess you didn't care about your ability to post in forums either. 1 week ban. Sorry.

Carbokill, you REALLY should have known better. One month ban, wait... no... Saw some other posts in extended discussions, let's go ahead and make it two months.

heyitsthatguy, I already warned in the thread not to come back with politics and I know you read it. Instead you got into personal argument with Carbokill and started calling each other names. One week ban.

Aruariandance, you are walking up to the line, I suggest you step back. Encouraging trolling is only one step shy of the act itself I don't feel very charitable right now.

There are places for flaming and other internet garbage. This thread isn't it. My tolerance is at zero. So I strongly advise you do not post flames, political nonsense, trolls, graphical images of the bombing, or any other witty things that come to mind in this thread. If your post isn't respectful to the event and in good taste you will be banned for posting it.
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There's a lot of speculation going on right now; which is perfectly reasonable. When something so drastic occurs, you can't really expect people to think rationally (no matter how great of an idea that sounds). Those who, typically, are thinking straight are those who are attempting to twist this horrible situation into political propaganda. I'd be lying if I were to say: "Oh, so we'll get instant coverage of this but not when another country has something similar." hadn't crossed my mind. While true, there are specific reasons. Most of which have been covered throughout this thread already, so I'm not going to beat on about a "dead topic".

The explosions seem to have been rather easy to create, in construction, which is a "smart" thing for the culprit to have done. The more elaborate the explosive, the easier it is to track down (ala "signature"). Ball bearings, nails, pressure cooker - really, the type of explosive that a thirteen year old with access to the Internet could make. That being said, who is always the question on people's minds at this time. As time passes, people learn that there isn't really such a thing as safety. One can believe it to be true; but, alas, that doesn't make it true. With more "random" violent events having happened (including this one), nobody should assume that they're safe. Be responsible for your own (and others with you) safety by being mindful of those around you that seem out of the norm/suspicious. While we're in an "abnormal" community here at Crunchyroll, reactions/actions to certain environments can still be read as highly suspicious and/or abnormal.

I hope those injured recover to their fullest and the families of those whom passed can overcome such an obstacle.
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All the victims are in my prayers, hope they find who did this.
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Yeah. At least they know what they suppose to be doing.
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heyitsthatguy wrote:

But when there is a suicide bombing in the middle east where dozens of people are killed and many more injured, it is nothing more than a side note, maybe getting about 20 seconds of coverage. Am I the only one that finds this almost disturbing?



This is so true. It's probably because of the media coverage in America is the biggest + Most news channels on YouTube are from the US.. It's basically the media is OP in the West and the media in the East needs to be nerfed. I think not that people don't care about what's happening in the East, they are just not noticing it as well as for say, America.. A country WE hear about [EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.]

But people are dying everyday, why does an event like this get this much attention from example: an Airplane that crashed? A person got run over, or even an old man died of old age.. Sure there is terrorism involved here, but that's pretty much all to it.

But I do think it's sad for the family's that witnessed and/or wore involved in this horrible event.

As for my prayers.. My prayers go to everyone that is hurt, not to only these people, but every man, every child, every woman that suffers. Nobody should be more special than others, because of events like these.
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I heard that one of the victims was a 8 year old girl =(
My heart goes out to her family and the other families as well <3
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With regards to the topic of why this is getting so much more coverage than other similar attacks in other countries it is actually pretty simple. This type of attack doesn't happen as often here in America while in other countries, especially the middle east, it is, unfortunately, old news. It happens so often that the general population over there is just more desensitized to it and just accept it as a part of life over there. It is really unfortunate that it is that way but it just is.

I do want to restate what others have pointed out just for the sake of the victim though. The 8 year old child who died is a boy. So the pictures of the supposed victim you see that has a girl in it are just fake and need to be ignored or corrected.

This incident is really terrible and I hope everyone recovers quickly but this incident did bring out a lot of good in people. On the news it talked about how many people on social media sites were offering up their homes to people who needed a place to stay and rest and how so many others came out with food and drinks and whatever aid they might be able to offer. A lot of brave people rushed toward the explosions rather than away in order to help and so as bad as it all was it was still nice seeing that side of people.

One of my favorite authors posted this and I really like the way it was put so I will post it here as well.


Been trying to collect my thoughts here...

At the Boston Marathon, people take drinks or even unwrapped food from perfect strangers, all with a smile, a thanks and no small amount of trust. The race is a personal competition full of nothing but winners, where onlookers cheer wildly for people they don't even know, and only the runner looks at the clock, if he or she even bothers at that point. The victory has already been achieved.

Patriots Day in Boston is one big party. The Red Sox play in the morning, the city is one big celebration of sport, of country, of humanity. At Fenway on Sunday, we saw runners from all over the country and the world, just enjoying the city and the springtime weather.

Someone tried to take all that away. Well, to that wretched person, I say, you failed. You brought senseless misery to a lot of people, nothing more. You made no statement anyone wants to hear. And if you think that your act of cowardice will bring Boston down for long, then, well, you just don't understand Boston.

On a personal note, I know several people who were at the blast site: the son of a friend and his newlywed wife who were blown back by the blast, but who are, thankfully, all right; the aunt and young cousins of someone very dear to me - one of the kids was hit with shrapnel but is, thankfully, home and okay. There are probably more...

To everyone affected, I'm sending good thoughts. To all who rushed in to help, bravo - you represent the best of human nature, in the face of the worst.

And to anyone reading this, I implore you, do not use this to foster divisiveness. We don't know who did this; angry speculation aimed at "the left" or "the right" or "the Islamists" or any other group, does nothing more than give the bomber a little victory. You see those people lying in blood? You see those people running in to help, disregarding their own safety to try to do some good? Some are Democrats, some are Republicans, some are Christian, some are Jewish, some are Muslim, some are atheist, some are Americans, some are from other countries.

All are...people. Just people. Understand that and those who would commit such acts of terror cannot ever win.

Peace,
Bob
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Posted 4/16/13 , edited 4/16/13
this may not answer the thread's question but i'll leave this here:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/apr/16/boston-marathon-explosions-notes-reactions
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HikariHaru wrote:

I heard that one of the victims was a 8 year old girl =(
My heart goes out to her family and the other families as well <3


Read the previous page for the actual facts. It was a boy.

It's these kind of posts that make me shake my head, people going about believing a few posts from friends of friends of friends and going with that rather than actually looking up actual news reports and comparing things to which is fact from fiction.

There was no 8 year old girl killed.
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LynnTerra wrote:Read the previous page for the actual facts. It was a boy.

It's these kind of posts that make me shake my head, people going about believing a few posts from friends of friends of friends and going with that rather than actually looking up actual news reports and comparing things to which is fact from fiction.

There was no 8 year old girl killed.


The sad nature of social networking/media is that, just like in the "real world", information does become distorted the longer it goes on. This is no exemption. You can't necessarily blame the poster, as she was only going by what she was informed of.

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LynnTerra wrote:Read the previous page for the actual facts. It was a boy.

It's these kind of posts that make me shake my head, people going about believing a few posts from friends of friends of friends and going with that rather than actually looking up actual news reports and comparing things to which is fact from fiction.

There was no 8 year old girl killed.


The sad nature of social networking/media is that, just like in the "real world", information does become distorted the longer it goes on. This is no exemption. You can't necessarily blame the poster, as she was only going by what she was informed of.




I know. I myself almost got sucked in by that report too, until I actually looked up news articles and found out the truth of things.

Never trust anything posted on Facebook, Twitter, and similar sites until you can actually see credible news sources backing such.
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Posted 4/16/13

LynnTerra wrote:


ninjitsuko wrote:


LynnTerra wrote:Read the previous page for the actual facts. It was a boy.

It's these kind of posts that make me shake my head, people going about believing a few posts from friends of friends of friends and going with that rather than actually looking up actual news reports and comparing things to which is fact from fiction.

There was no 8 year old girl killed.


The sad nature of social networking/media is that, just like in the "real world", information does become distorted the longer it goes on. This is no exemption. You can't necessarily blame the poster, as she was only going by what she was informed of.




I know. I myself almost got sucked in by that report too, until I actually looked up news articles and found out the truth of things.

Never trust anything posted on Facebook, Twitter, and similar sites until you can actually see credible news sources backing such.


I think that, like you, people should be enlightened with the concept of going out and reading the news themselves. They should learn not to rely solely on pictures. It's sad how so many things people believe in photos on Tumblr/Twitter/Facebook/etc. were debunked on Snopes.com or something.
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demongurrl13 wrote:

I have decided to put on a blindfold and blast music into my ears. I'm just going to pretend I don't live in the same planet as these things... whatever they are that did this.


I agree isnt humanity suppose to get better as time goes on.
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I agree with someone I found:

"Literally just heard about the bombing in Boston. It's disgraceful to think that people running a marathon to raise money for charity can become victims of a bomb attack. What has the world become? R.I.P to those four dead; my thoughts are with them."
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Was watching the news eatting dinner when I saw that the 8yr old boys Mom had injuries to her head and that the boys sister had lost her leg. I started to tear up and choke on my food as a family filled with joy waiting for their dad to cross the finish line had a joyous day turn to tragedy. God Bless that family, the family of the young women who lost her life and the other lost life, and every other family and individual affected by this horrific experience. To the city of Boston and those affected be strong during these terrible trying times but know this nation is strong and we are there for you.
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