September 11th, 2004

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Who served

This is probably a case where more research would topple the argument, but on the surface this is a quite a striking illustration:

From AlterNet:

Recognizing who served

This could be the last election where military service in Vietnam has any political currency. But just for the record, it's worth noting who really served among the heavyweights in each of the major political parties. There are some surprises here. Did you know John Kerry received three purple hearts? Just kidding. But here's the list. Be sure to check out the bottom where the people who spend their time jabbering about military service (the TV pundits) have their military credentials exposed.

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Posted by Jan on September 10, 2004 @ 2:14PM.
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Falling Towers

Yesterday the NY Times ran an article on "the fallen" -- people who fell or jumped from the WTC after the attacks but before the buildings collapsed. There was mention of how broadcasters quickly learned to stop showing images of the falling bodies, as it was considered to be in poor taste.

This got me thinking of something else it's near-impossible to see images of anymore -- the fall of the towers. Some may call me a sick weirdo, but really bothers me how withint 2-3 days of the event, nobody would run those videos. Seeing as that moment was the apex of the entire disaster and the moment that most made me want to puke (every time I saw it), it totally baffled me that it disappeared.

I remember asking some people about this and was told that it was considered to be "too much" or "in poor taste" to show those videos because it's showing something that represents the deaths of a few thousand people. Am I nuts or are there pictures showing two nuclear bombs hitting Japan?

I get this weird feeling that a desire to watch these videos is seen as some twisted desire to "get off" on people's death. To me, it's not about that at all -- it's about understanding the magnitude of what happened, i.e. one minute a tower is standing and then KABOOM! it's not. I remember sitting on a mattress in my living room with Caleb and Daniel and every time they'd show the fall, my stomach would do a turn and we'd all go "WHOAH" and just not believe it. It took days for us to believe it.

Anyway, yesterday I decided I was going to FIND videos of the WTC collapse and my mission was successful. For anybody like me who wants to see:

9/11/01 WTC Videos

The long ABC and CNN clips are worth the huge download.
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