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I actually had a little linkspam written up for yesterday, and then I idly checked the news. Think I'll save that a couple of days.

Well, wait. Here are some red pandas. I like red pandas because they look like Sam if he'd been a raccoon.

You guys doing okay?

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I like red pandas.

I have nothing else to add tbh...

I know the feeling. The one thing a lot of people have been focusing on is how everyone's first reaction was to run toward the disaster to help people. That's all I got.

My thoughts go out to the families and the injured. Just terrible. (Also annoyed that news reports seem very excited to report on all the non-whites that are being investigated. ffffffff)

There are some good posts floating around about what to do in the crisis; one that kinda got to me was to watch out for scam charities asking for donations on FB and making robocalls. Like, within 20 minutes of the story breaking.

Another good one was to wait several weeks before donating blood since blood has a shelf life of 42 days; after a crisis, there's often a glut of donated blood that goes bad and results in a shortage because everyone can't redonate.

Selfishly, I rather wish this had come at a time when I didn't have exams looming! I made some poor choices re: clicking on links and saw some NSFL pictures of a fellow who is now a double amputee and one of the women who died on the scene. I'm pretty distracted from studying now. :/

Yeah, I was all like "I'm pretty good about not clicking on pictures people tell me not to click on," and then clicked on something I thought would be okay. It was not okay.

(Also annoyed that news reports seem very excited to report on all the non-whites that are being investigated. ffffffff)

I am really, really concerned about who will end up claiming responsibility for this. No one wants it to have happened at all, but the worst-case scenario is that someone demagogues up another war over this.

I'm still a little shook up. But thank you for red pandas.

Totally shook up, but I wasn't anywhere near the finish line. I work in the Longwood Medical Area, which has three hospitals that were accepting wounded, so we heard sirens all afternoon. The commute home was... a bit of an adventure (which reminds me, i need to write an email to the MBTA praising our bus driver, which I'm sure they will find weird since I usually only write to them to tell them how awful they are).

And last night I did what many Bostonians I'm sure did: got pretty shitfaced. Because if I hadn't had to work, it's entirely possible I would have been near there- just past the finish line is some of the best people watching in the city. The crime scene is some place I've been a million time since I moved here and that's my stomping grounds and I, um... yeah, I'm not that okay.

...and that's my stomping grounds and I, um... yeah, I'm not that okay.


My step-dad's a runner, and he told me about this. I heard on the radio that they shut down cell phone coverage for the entire area, supposedly because the bombs were triggered remotely and they wanted to make sure no more of them went off, or something?

Part of me doesn't even want to know who's responsible. We don't need another scapegoat to hate--or to add MORE hate to an existing one.

That's what I heard, too.

I'm really worried about the scapegoat thing, yeah. At the same time, there's no telling if whoever it is means to do something else. Even if this is all they mean to do--we won't be able to know that for sure. Even aside from the obvious need for justice--we have to find out, I guess.

I love Red Pandas (yes, they get capitals), and can totally see the connection between them and Sam! (Aww, I miss Sam.)

As for the Boston Marathon blasts - my heart goes out to the people there, the people caught up in it, and the victims and their families and friends. Much past that, I can't even-- It's been an emotionally exhaustive day for this Emotional Empath. I just- can't process it all, I guess. :(

I'm getting to a point where I can go sort of blank within 30-60 minutes of something horrible happening, and it's sad that I've had enough "opportunities" to get to this point.

Red pandas are always a good thing.

I was down there; my brother was coming up on the finish when the second bomb went off a block and a half in front of him. We were incredibly lucky -- we found him within minutes of finally figuring out just what had happened and was going on. (It was chaos down there and most people didn't have any information.)

It's both surreal, and heartbreaking. I can too easily imagine what the victims and their families are going through. I'd never gone to the marathon before as a spectator, and was really impressed with all the positive energy out there all along the course. I don't know whether people think of Boston as a warm city? But it was really warm and generous. It's horrible to have targeted that.

I don't mind you posting linkspam whenever you want to. It wouldn't feel frivolous to me. I feel like I can't look away from all the coverage right now, but in a lot of ways, I wouldn't mind being given some other, nicer things to look at and think about.

Thank God you and your brother are okay.

I keep thinking that it could have been worse. It could have been so much worse - if there had been more bombs, if they'd gone off right when the first runners hit the finish line, if they'd targeted the T as well. It's still horrific and there were National Guard soldiers at my T stop this morning and the train was half-full and quiet. But it could have been so much worse.

But I was home all day, and the one person I know who was down there is fine, and everybody's reported back that I think I know. And this is an amazing, resilient city. We'll pull through.

I definitely can't shake that thought as well -- there were a lot of ways to make it so much worse. It was horrible, but in a way it was also more limited than it might have been, on a day like that.

Thank you for the red pandas. They helped a lot.

This won't keep Boston down. Bostonians are the toughest mofos around. Whoever did this clearly didn't understand that city at all. I know they'll be okay and will find the slimeballs who did this. But I still grieve for all that senseless loss of life and health. I want an end to people who think it's okay to use violence and fear to get their way. I want this to END. Maybe this will be the time that does it.

This won't keep Boston down. Bostonians are the toughest mofos around. Whoever did this clearly didn't understand that city at all.

Yeah, a thought I had pretty early on was, "Well, shit, y'all done it now." I don't even know who "y'all" is and I know they're in deep shit. I do keep wondering if Boston and/or Patriots' Day was the real target of... whoever it was... or the fact that it attracted people from all over the world.

A little something to celebrate, perhaps . . . or at least to remind us of what's good and noble.


Thanks--that's right here, but I was so busy trying not to watch the news that I'd missed that. (I actually know that reporter from college, though I'm not sure he remembers me.)

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I was more okay before the barrage of "no offense to Boston, but: drone strikes / overseas bombings / pick your atrocity" started showing up on Facebook. This is how outrage fatigue happens, people.

Oh, ffs. I've seen a lot of that, too. While it's a good and true point generally, beating people over the head with it right now only closes their hearts and minds to it, you know? You just want to feel superior when you show up 15 minutes into a tragedy with all that.

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I moved to a fairly small city in Sweden about a year ago from a fairly large, fairly crime-ridden city in the US, and I've gotten so used to (read also: spoiled) by our non-existent crime rate that when I read about it first thing this morning, I just burst into unexpected tears because it's like...I don't know, like I forgot that things like this happen? Not sure. I feel the same way after every tragedy like this now. It was so, so nice that the news here focused on what everyone was doing to help and not on the investigation.

TL;DR, I have emotions and offer everyone and anyone mama-bear hugs if they're wanted.

I think at this point the police and FBI are keeping a pretty tight lid on the investigation--even here, the news seems to be focusing on eyewitness reports, talking to people who helped, talking about the people who were injured or killed, because they don't have anything else to talk about even if they wanted to.

We have just had way too many horrific tragedies in the last year or so. Hurricanes are one thing.

I am doing ok, but I feel like I shouldn't be. I tend to wall these situations off in my head and not thing of them, as much as possible.

Thanks for the pandas!

Ever since Aurora, probably, I've started doing the same thing. Whereas I used to watch cable news 24/7 if something happened. I just finally got to a point where I realized I should keep up with actual news developments, if anything, and not let the hot air blow over me constantly.

*don't wanna think about Boston, have more red pandas*

Re: *don't wanna think about Boston, have more red pandas*


Your red pandas cheered me up yesterday.

I just hate the feeling of helplessness. I'm up in Canada, and the only people we know in Boston are thankfully safe, but there's just nothing to be done. Nothing I can do, at least.

I've been trying not to saturate myself in it. I know that you have to cover it and people need to know, but at the same time, if the persons responsible want attention, then they are bloody well getting it. It's the approach-avoidance thing I have with any tradgedy like this in the 24-hour news era. It's hard to keep perspective when it's everywhere.

Edited at 2013-04-16 09:15 pm (UTC)

Part of the problem with 24-hour news, too, is that it's a pound of news in a ten-pound bag. In a sad way, it's kind of like a soap opera (in more ways than one, maybe)--so repetitive that you can walk away and still not miss a whole lot. It's somewhat useful while an event is in progress, but when it's just hours of "This is all we know"... I don't feel bad about turning it off.