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LEANIE64
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4/19/13 2:16 P

I am deeply saddened by what is happening, not only to us..but to our world..I feel we need to bring the Lord back..not shut Him out of our schools, public business,ect..but mainly not shut him out of our lives. Are we living for Him? And yes it does have everything to do with what is pasted all over the internet and broadcast on TV/radio. If we are turning our backs on the Lord..He will turn away from us. We need to wake up ..we need to be a Christlike people.



SHERYLDS
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4/19/13 2:11 P

@KJ.... well said

I find it hard to keep thinking about the entire situation but I find it equally hard to stay away. I keep watching, hoping and waiting to hear that they caught the guy. And even when I get away from it, I keep checking back to see the update.

It just feels like we've gotten such a string of bad news in so short a time that it feels unreal...I feel like I'm watching movies instead of reality....and that's scary.



KRAFTYKRAFT
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4/19/13 2:10 P

It is starting to get to me a bit - I usually listen to NPR here at work, but today it has been a constant barrage of coverage on all of the stuff that has been happening. I stopped listening for the moment just to take a break.



JESTICJADE
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4/19/13 2:09 P

I dont watch tv news because I hear as much as I need to know by customers comming into my work. There is no reason to stress about things that are not in your control. And if something was happening near by or something that could affect me or my family then I would be listiong more. But bad things happen every day to good and bad people both. If I was in a place that I could help then I would but I can bearly afford to feed my 3 kids.



LOVE4KITTIES
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4/19/13 2:04 P

SHERYLLDS... But, don't you think you're giving the people who did this what they want by tuning in to the coverage so much?

Actually, I'm thinking that I need to even stop posting on this thread because I'm giving too much of my life away to the horrible people who did this by my participation here... I really, really don't want to give them what they want.



ROBBIEY
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4/19/13 2:00 P

I am checking the internet some to stay updated, but I do not want to be consumed by this news because it is depressing and sad.



SHERYLDS
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4/19/13 1:56 P

@LOVE4KITTIES....I have the TV on in the background as I work on other stuff and they aren't rehashing the bombing...they are concentrating on the manhunt and the interviews with people involved In the search, or with people somehow connected with the suspect. For some of us with family or friends in Boston it is hard to keep away.

Edited by: SHERYLDS at: 4/19/2013 (13:58)


KJFITNESSDUDE
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4/19/13 1:52 P

The interesting underlying theme here in the thread, in my opinion, is that there doesn't seem to be wiggle room to "talk" about the subject in which SLLDS is trying to convey; that such horrible news makes us sad yet we have a fixation on it as IF we were watching a movie (hence the popcorn comment). And the lack of wiggle room are folks who miss her angle. There isn't one SP member here that would make light or be insensitive to the tragedy. A separate post was already made on that angle and I for one posted my sympathy and disheartened feelings about it on there. This thread is about "cause & effect" with the assumption by EVERYONE that we're ALL saddened by this horrible news.

If I missed the point Sheryllds I'm sorry.



DANYLEIN
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4/19/13 1:51 P

I'm taking it in doses. Not constantly watching the news. It's so tragic...



LOVE4KITTIES
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4/19/13 1:41 P

SHERYLLDS, I guess I don't understand how anyone can get closure through watching the news media continually replay the bomb exploding or through their interviews with the victims. Closure, for me, will be when the responsible individuals are caught and punished. I also don't understand how the continual coverage will do anything to help the police apprehend the people who did this.
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BAMAROSE
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4/19/13 1:34 P

Yes, it is. I have only been checking two or three times a day to see if anything new has been found out, though, I can't take watching it all day. Although I did listen for several hours this morning to see if they found the second bomber.



SHERYLDS
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4/19/13 1:04 P

@LOVE4KITTIES.....
I totally understand what you are saying...but I think a lot of people want Closure.
I hope all the coverage will make it impossible for the suspect to slip thru the cracks.




IAPHOTOGIRL75
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4/19/13 1:00 P

yes. I am very saddened by what our world is coming to. It breaks my heart. Jesus needs to come back very soon!



LOVE4KITTIES
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4/19/13 12:58 P

While I do find current events in our nation to be disturbing and sad, what I find even more upsetting is the fact that so many tune in to watch it for hours upon end on the "news." Why on earth people will sit, captivated by the coverage, to watch the bomb explosion being replayed time after time and to watch interviews with person after person is beyond me. I think it's sad that we allow this sort of "news coverage" to go on because I think it is just a way for our corporate media to make $$$ at the expense of these victims ("if it bleeds, it leads" is their mentality because they have everything to gain from the sensationalism). I think that this sort of "news coverage" and the fact that people watch it also encourages further acts of violence because the people who commit these sorts of crimes are all about it being as widely publicized and talked about as possible (making the maximum impact on us as individuals and as a nation).

So, I think the best things we can all do are to turn off our televisions, consider sending a donation for the victims, and go about our lives (so as to not give the perpetrators of this violence the victory of having an impact on us as a nation, which is what they want) until the police catch whoever did this. Then, we should let whoever did this rot in prison (unnoticed, not talked about, etc.) until they either die of old age or get executed.


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GRACED777
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4/19/13 12:57 P

Yes, my heart aches over all the bad news lately. I pray for the people who were hurt, and their families and the families for those who died in both Boston and TX, and for God's justice in the Boston situation. I pray for the truth about the roots of this and all terrorism to be discovered, and for God to speak His will in our nation--and for a people willing to hear and obey.



MRS_CIESIOLKA
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4/19/13 12:52 P

Yes... I am really scared of what is happening in our country!!



JOANIEBUG46
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4/19/13 12:40 P

Yes. It is really getting to me.



JONEC14333
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4/19/13 12:12 P

Oh yes.



JAVAJENN
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4/19/13 12:05 P

Yes, I'm getting tired of it, but I do wish they'd catch the other suspect in the bombing, alive.



ARCHIMEDESII
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4/19/13 12:03 P

I was up early this morning to watch the news. That's when I learned that one suspect had been killed and the second suspect was on the run in Watertown. The news hadn't reported the "lock down" when I left the house to hit the gym. They'd only reported that a half mile area was shut off. At 7am, one of the gym employees was walking around telling the members that they were closing up. I went home to watch the news. That's when the news reported that the subway (MBTA) was shutting down and the following cities, Boston, Cambridge, Watertown, Belmont, Allston-Brighton and Waltham were also locked down.

So, I'm hunkered down waiting for the all clear. And I'm waiting for a news conference to see what's going on. At last report, suspect number two (the younger brother) was on the run. They're saying he may be wearing a vest bomb. A couple of hours earlier, it looked like he may be caught, but nothing has been reported yet.

You never think that something like this can happen in your home. You think targets are places like NYC or Washington. Not anymore, no one is immune to violence of this kind. We're all at some risk. There are just too many crazies in the world. Everyone has an agenda.

What happened in West, Texas was a horrible tragedy. Was it criminal negligence ? If the company ignored safety protocols, if they cut corners. Then yes, it's criminal negligence and the company needs to be held accountable just like the compounding center in MA that distributed the injections that caused fungal meningitis. Like the fertilizer company in Texas, I believe the NECC (compounding company) is guilty of negligence too.

Edited by: ARCHIMEDESII at: 4/19/2013 (12:11)


SHERYLDS
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4/19/13 11:55 A

@PATTIJOHNSON
so many of these chemical companies want to be close enough to towns to have a local work force and the towns want the residual business from the workers ... so both end up being at fault. It will be interesting to hear if they ever determine the cause. And if it will stop them from repeating that mistake.



PATTIJOHNSON
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4/19/13 11:38 A

The fertilizer plant in Texas should set precedence as to how far away these plants can be from congested areas. Here in Arizona, most of these plants tend to be in desolate areas away from cities and towns.



SHERYLDS
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4/19/13 11:35 A

@IHMF emoticon as usual, you are always on the attack,

Of course I'm affected...who wouldn't be

but I am mesmerized by the manhunt in Boston...
I'm listening to the interviews and the info being collected.


Edited by: SHERYLDS at: 4/19/2013 (11:38)


BONOLICIOUS2
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4/19/13 11:33 A

I hate to admit it - but it is. I'm trying to balance out my thoughts... for example, the boston events were terrible, but look at all of the people helping and doing good. I am counting my lucky stars. I am reminding myself to be thankful for my health and safety. I even took motivation from the events to lace up my shoes and get going. Last but not least, I'm taking this as a reminder to spread kindness and respect to those around me. You never know when a smile or a nice word may change the course of history. Chin up everybody!



PATTIJOHNSON
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4/19/13 11:29 A

@ANARIE -- In the aftermath, I'm sure plenty of family members will be seeking retribution from the fertilizer company owners. However, since they were so lacking in safety measures (like multiple firewalls in and between areas at the plant), I wonder if they will even attempt to help victims families. Hopefully, their horrendous profits that they allow themselves will cover something for the victims and their families.

Yes, the news is overwhelming. Since the media repeats and repeats the news and the same videos over so often, I don't find myself missing much if I turn it off and back on again later when I am finished with the things I need to do. Also, I find that often, they have resolved the misinformed and negligent reports from earlier news reports by the time I turn it back on.



I_HEART_MY_FAM
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4/19/13 11:09 A

I found your post lacking empathy. Would you want popcorn if one of your loved ones got killed or hurt?




How do I feel? I take my news and information in dosages, enough to know whats going on but not enough to get me down although I do feel sad. I turn to prayer.



SBURDEN
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4/19/13 11:06 A

I agree there are too many bad things happening right now. When i get overwhelmed by it, I turn off the news. There's only so much you can absorb. It doesn't mean you don't care about those who have been wronged or hurt!



RIET69
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4/19/13 11:02 A

One tragedy after another. Hard to comprehend it all. Suddenly, nothing about North Korea because we have tragedy after tragedy right here. Hard to know what to do, except to pray.



GRIZ1GIRL
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4/19/13 10:50 A

I don't watch the news....



SUZIEQUE77
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4/19/13 10:43 A

The whole thing makes me very sick to my stomach. Senseless deaths and terrorism are beyond horrible no matter how you look at it, but it hits too close to home for me. My daughter and her husband live in the Boston area and she works at MIT, which is where this drama from last night seemed to originate with the shooting of a police officer. I did not even realize it until talking to my daughter this morning, but my son called me right after that. He is driving semi in the area and was supposed to go in to Boston to get his load. Now it looks like he can not get in. Better that I have reasonable assurance he will be safe but this situation is just horrible.



NEPTUNE1939
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4/19/13 10:41 A

no - but it's going to get worse before it gets better. Too many ignorant people around that just don't care or understand what freedom is all about. And they probably won't until they have lost it. Israeli people live with this kind of fear every day. Political correctness will be America's downfall. Geez even our government sanctions the term "Czar's" which in my day Czar's were considered the enemy. Today's baby boomers & youngsters are in for a lot worse it they continue with their liberal BS.



SHERYLDS
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4/19/13 10:30 A

@ANARIE.....I hear you
but in Texas...it's the fault of zoning boards, the corporation, and the town's administration. There are nuclear power plants located in far more populated areas that could suffer from an accident. And political administrations don't use common sense when they think in terms of money.

But while I can choose where I live, I don't know where the next 'terrorist' might attack.
I think that is what bothers me. It seems the more people see terrorist type behavior, the more copy cats come along.



KJFITNESSDUDE
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4/19/13 10:29 A

and so the threads turns religious....I should've bet money on it...



TIG123GER
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4/19/13 10:29 A

What bothers me is the misinformation out there. Every news channel is so intent on being the one to "break" the story that they are willing to go with whatever they hear if it's something "breaking". I want to get the real facts and understand what is really going on without having to doubt each piece of information's accuracy.



MKMMARTY
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4/19/13 10:22 A

Yes - but things will become worse - I believe in Biblical prophecy - and things will become a lot worse yet - it is written so we are forewarned............



KJFITNESSDUDE
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4/19/13 10:21 A

Though the news is bad (because "good" news doesn't draw viewers) I still watch it. I am affected by it as everyone else but I can't allow myself to live in FEAR as a result of it.....

"just keep swimming, just keep swimming...."
~Dory



EMILYMARGO
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4/19/13 10:18 A

I think right now it's impossible for what's going on to not get under your skin. It's horrible what's going on in Boston, and quite bizarre that something like that is happening here. With having a parent in the military who's been in Iraq twice, I'm used to personally being affected by such violence in the news, even if it's on the other side of the globe. But the fact that this sort of thing is happening HERE is just so surreal.

Edited by: EMILYMARGO at: 4/19/2013 (10:19)


RENATA144
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4/19/13 10:10 A

I Did weep when I realized the magnitude of what happened in Boston. I've been there once with my parents & once by myself & look forward to another visit. Hearing about the sites & Ho everyone has been affected broke my heart.
When I visited by myself my parents were considering moving there so I was looking into that possibility. I stayed in BEACON HILL -1 of the most expensive neighborhoods in the country ! I was a Sunday school teacher for the Unitarian Universalist church so I got to stay at their inn very inexpensive ( thankGod). I took a tour & fell in Love with Boston. I did a lot of walking. I walked all over where the tragedy occurred.
I enjoyed Boston Common. I heard a Whitney Houston concert there & from my window !
I still look forward to visiting Boston again.



ANARIE
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4/19/13 9:45 A

It frankly disturbs me that many more people were murdered in West, Texas (and murdered so gruesomely that they can't even find the bodies), but because the perpetrator was a corporation, there's no public outrage. These people spent years building a bomb next door to a nursing home, a school, and homes. They have a record; they've killed before. But because they're a corporation, we let them call it an "accident" when their bombs go off and wipe out a town's entire fire and EMS department as well as a bunch of innocent people in their own homes. If corporations are people, why aren't the police hunting down the Texas bombmakers and hauling them to jail at gunpoint?



GERARLAUR
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4/19/13 9:42 A

sure is.



DIDS70
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4/19/13 9:25 A

my heart goes out to Boston and now Waco, though I haven't been following it on TV the way I did 9/11 or the New Town Shooting. I heard this morning that one of the bombers is dead and the other is still at large. I think that scares me even more. the bomber who is alive has no regard for life so taking out hundreds of people would be no problem with him. Boston you continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. Hopefully he is caught soon so you can get out of your houses and feel safe walking the streets.



SHERYLDS
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4/19/13 8:37 A

@NEWSTARTSPARK
stay safe....must be nerve wracking



AMOREAU0
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4/19/13 8:17 A

I try not to listen to the news, I am saddened for the people who were hurt & injured tho.

Edited by: AMOREAU0 at: 4/19/2013 (08:29)


NEWSTARTSPARK
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4/19/13 8:12 A

YES. I live in the Boston area! We are locked down at home this morning.



NOTANINJA
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4/19/13 8:08 A

It is disheartening to see such violence. I like that there is some focus on the helpers and heroes. It is wonderful to see pictures of people running towards the scene to help. I try to focus on that with my children.



MLAN613
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4/19/13 7:55 A

The news is sad lately. I am trying to do something positive to support the Boston Marathon fund set up. It helps.



DELRIO1
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4/19/13 7:52 A

it should be renamed the "Bad" news because that is all it is.



BLUENOSE63
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4/19/13 7:38 A

YES it is grating and really no need to have my TV on at all with kids under 12 around.



GLITTERFAIRY77
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4/19/13 7:05 A

YES. The elementary (ELEMENTARY!!!!) school shooting, now the bombings, and all the crap in between. It is really...grim...to say the least.



SHERYLDS
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4/19/13 6:19 A

I find myself constantly checking the news on TV and checking the websites for an update on the Boston Marathon issue. On one hand, I'm deeply disturbed that this happened and I worry about things to come....On the other hand, I'm fascinated by the way it is being handled and the way technology and the public response came together to identify these people.

Half of me feels anxious and the other half wants popcorn.

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