Much love to New York artists and other residents with Web presence, such as Morning News
and Flick Filosopher
A mosque in Irving, TX came under gunfire in the early hours of this morning just before Muslims gathered for the early morning (first) prayer of the day.
Design choice for tower helped save lives
: via FARK - can you imagine what would have happened had the planes hit the base of the towers?
News from here in Boston, the police have arrested
people (Boston Globe says 3, other local sources say 1) in Coply Square Hotel, and are investigating passengers on an Amtrak train bound for Providence.
Also, word has it that the Pennsylvania Plane was heading for the White House. There's numerous reports of civilians overtaking the plane and crashing it. If this is true, they saved a lot of lives.
partial list of passengers
on the four flights. time to start attaching names to the trauma.
Wondering why those in power are so earnestly characterizing an act of terrorism as an act of war? Because under New York Consolidated Law S3203.a.17.c.1.C, insurance companies don't have to pay for acts of war
. (More inside.)
The problem with retaliation.
"Don't get me wrong. If Bin Laden is indeed behind this, then he should be either killed or put on trial....still, how we go about bringing Bin Laden to justice (assuming, again, that this is his work) will massively influence how safe Americans are in the decades to come." The sanest analysis I've seen so far.
From PVP Online's Forums:
"If we do wage war, will we be any better? What happened today, 9-11-01, was atrocious and could not be justified by any means. However, how could we justify violence while abhoring it?"
FBI Currently storming Copley Hotel (Streaming Windows Media)
I am truly amazed at the speed at which this investigation is unfolding.
A call for help
I swear I read an article that listed a female USC student that was on one of the planes, but can't find it anywhere.
Can anyone help out with an URL? I've got an upset friend who attended USC and would like to have any info she can find.
that this will be offensive to many (seriously; if I didn't think this was important, I wouldn't post). It's an article linking American foreign policy to the terrible events yesterday.
Blogger sets up special search page.
It displays posts mentioning "World Trade" or "terrorist." It's really something. It starts right at the very beginning. From the Blogger front page:
"'The need to connect is intense,' said Donna Hoffman, a professor who studies the Web and Web commerce at Vanderbilt University. 'While the network TV stations blather, the Internet carries the news and connects the masses in a true interactive sob.'" Indeed. Today was the most active posting day on Blogger ever—by over 22 percent.
Poynter.org has begun posting pdfs of newspaper front pages from around the country. Oddly, the San Fran Examiner's special edition front isn't up. Does anyone else have a link to it? How has your local paper handled it?
Taleban will extradite Bin Laden...
If there is sufficient evidence for his guilt, according to the BBC.
WTC Editorial cartoons
I don't know if they trivialize or symbolize, but they're often part of the artifacts we use to remember events like this.
Search warrants issued.
Survivors still in the rubble. And a van filled with explosives has been seized....
Plastic.com has been down all day. I know that the site has experienced server problems in the past, but usually they get fixed within hours. So this is unusual. Does anyone know if the site's server went down in connection with the World Trade Center thing?
Are we sure it's over?
I don't mean to play the role of doomsday prophet here, but as happy as I am to be alive (I watched the buildings fall from my office on 23rd St), I feel utterly trapped on Manhattan and completely vulnerable to an attack which would dwarf today's tragedy as much as today dwarfed the previous WTC attack. Anyone want to allay my fears?
Or cruise missiles? What will America's military response be if the Taliban are determined to be liable? The Russians certainly didn't too well with a conventional military attack on Afghanistan.
Photos of tragedy
- Warning, may be distressing to some.
Tragedies like this always provide for very dramatic photos. What are some of the ones you've seen today that made you gasp?
made me think "all these people are now dead."
Bush addresses the nation
What did you think? "A silent, unyielding anger"? I was generally impressed, but would like to hear others' reactions.
- An in-depth story on the methodology the attackers used to hijack the plane (flight-attendants stabbed)
- A third World Trade Center building has collapsed
X10 redirects site traffic to blood donation info.
I understand all of their popups have been changed as well. (Figures I can't find one, now that I actually want to see it.)
Is the DFLP responsible?
The Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) has reportedly claimed responsibility for the attacks on the World Trade Center. This report, from a television station in Abu Dhabi, is unconfirmed.
The attacks differ significantly from the DFLP's previous methods of operation. Likewise, the resources and infrastructure necessary for such attacks are far beyond the group's traditional means. Either the DFLP's claims are spurious, or it has joined forces with other groups.
Caution: This links might be inflamatory
A friend runs a site that is a portal dealing with middle-eastern news (for his safety, I will not link to it). He often receives hate-filled emails urging him to act out against various ethnic groups. This link was sent to him a couple of months ago; it is Islamic Resistance Support Association and is loaded with anti-american propaganda. [view at your own risk]
Explosions in Kabul.
There are missles coming in Afghanastan. (Saving front page bandwidth, more inside)
Osama Bin-Laden confederate due to be sentenced tomorrow.
Saudi citizen Mohammed al'Owhali, convicted for arranging the 1998 US Embassy bombings in Africa, is due to be sentenced on September 12, 2001. From indications, that would be at the US Courthouse in Foley Square
, which is about a mile from the World Trade Center. A possible reason for the timing?
Washington state and the Bangor submarine base
are all also in a state of heightened security. I drove past Subase Bangor and they are in Condition Delta, which is when every person who enters the base is physically searched, as well as their car. As a former member of the US Submarine Service I can tell you from first hand knowledge that the military is being scrambled right now to prepare for heightened security along the coastlines of the US.
The entire Puget Sound is reeling from the tragic news... malls are closing, the WA state ferry service is no longer transporting cars, federal buildings are being closed, and major structures such as the Space Needle are being evacuated.
New Yorkers can check in here
. (via windowseat
jason is encouraging
people in NYC to donate blood
today. wherever you are, I encourage you to do the same.
"I've been a broadcast journalist for a quarter of a century and I've never seen a slower period
... There is really no comparison in our lifetime." Are we facing The End of News? Will we ever again live in interesting times? (Yes, I know it's a Salon link. But I've been thinking about this for a while.)