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Thu Feb 14, 2013, 07:15 PM

OMG, media, the Triumph "disaster" ain't the USS Indianapolis

Settle down already.

Yes. The situation sucks. But the passengers and crew survived a FIRE on a free-floating stucture the size of a few city blocks. So there's that.

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Reply OMG, media, the Triumph "disaster" ain't the USS Indianapolis (Original post)
elehhhhna Feb 2013 OP
Warpy Feb 2013 #1
Grammy23 Feb 2013 #2
kestrel91316 Feb 2013 #6
nadinbrzezinski Feb 2013 #7
kestrel91316 Feb 2013 #8
nadinbrzezinski Feb 2013 #12
Brigid Feb 2013 #13
OldDem2012 Feb 2013 #9
kestrel91316 Feb 2013 #10
malaise Feb 2013 #17
Omaha Steve Feb 2013 #3
elehhhhna Feb 2013 #16
pinboy3niner Feb 2013 #4
arely staircase Feb 2013 #11
edbermac Feb 2013 #15
Brigid Feb 2013 #5
JI7 Feb 2013 #14

Response to elehhhhna (Original post)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 07:22 PM

1. Yes, they could do to read up on the "horse latitudes"

and what happened on becalmed sailing ships back in the bad old days.

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Response to elehhhhna (Original post)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 07:42 PM

2. Yes, and some of those "passenger comments" were from

teens and pre-teens (to their parents waiting for them) whining and crying to be "let off this ship!" Boo hoo.
"We had to eat an onion sandwich. Woe is me!" I know they've been inconvenienced and disappointed but come on. Have these people never been through any adversity?

One photograph they sent out was a tangled mess of extension cords strung together and guess what they were doing with it? Charging up their cell phones. Can't live without THAT. I am sure some of them have been in withdrawal throughout this ordeal since they've had limited cell phone use. For some I am sure that is the worst tragedy of all.

Another photograph on CNN's website was people on the deck spelling out the word H E L P with their bodies. Are they kidding? SOS written on a sheet hanging from the railing? Do they think no one knows of their plight? Each and every one of them will have their opportunity for their 15 minutes of fame once that ship gets into port later tonight. A whole hoard of reporters will be there waiting to accost them as soon as they come into the terminal. Some will, no doubt, make their arrangements, via their recently charged cell phones before they ever depart from the ship!

Do I think some of these people are being overly dramatic? Yes. Opportunistic? You bet. I totally understand their disappointment and inconvenience. But they are grown ups (for the most part) and if I had a child on board with me, I'd be doing everything I could to reassure them that we'll be OK. Not plotting how much I could get out of the situation. And no, I don't think most of those passengers are doing that. Just some.

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Response to Grammy23 (Reply #2)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 08:42 PM

6. My guess is that you are not familiar with the concepts of

sanitation and public health. This thing had the makings of a deadly catastrophe. They are very lucky large numbers of people didn't fall seriously ill or even die.

But go ahead and mock people who have been cheated, mistreated, and subjected to inhumane conditions.

I'm not sure you belong on a site for liberals, however. Your lack of compassion for your fellow humans is rather telling.

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Response to kestrel91316 (Reply #6)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 08:44 PM

7. I will add, I would have been in serious trouble

Diabetes and gluten allergy...

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Reply #7)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 08:46 PM

8. They are lucky they didn't have a Norovirus outbreak. That thing is one of the top 5

foodborne (and also fomite borne) killers.

(I just wrote a little food service safety course for a nonprofit so I picked up that little tidbit).

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Response to kestrel91316 (Reply #8)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 08:50 PM

12. Yup

It is still a mystery (no, not really the answer is greed) why they did not tow to the shipyards n Veracruz. They were the closest port with facilities.

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Reply #7)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 08:53 PM

13. Yes, you would.

And I am sure there are some on that ship who do have these or other health problems.

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Response to kestrel91316 (Reply #6)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 08:46 PM

9. BAM!! Nobody could have said it better. nt.

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Response to OldDem2012 (Reply #9)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 08:48 PM

10. <<< (dusting off her lapels)

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Response to Grammy23 (Reply #2)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 07:05 PM

17. These people paid a lot of money for service

and were stranded in shit for starters.
Sure there are way more serious hardships on the planet but they paid for a vacation and were stranded in an awful situation.

I am no teen or pre-teen, but I would have wanted to get off that ship. Well truthfully I'd never be on it in the first place.

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Response to elehhhhna (Original post)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 08:21 PM

3. I met and bought the autographed book of a USS Indianapolis survivor


http://www.omahafilmevent.com/past/jaws1.htm


Special Guest Clarence Hupka a survivor of the USS Indianapolis sinking, that is mentioned in Jaws, and his wife and nephew.


Fact meets Fiction; Clarence joins Carl.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 06:57 PM

16. Yeah! My FIL's 2 best childhood friends survived the Indianapolis

Kuryla and McGuigan - they're in your book! Sweet guys, nice wives, they were still all in "card club" together when I met my hubs. They came to our wedding. Shortly after we married I was watching TV and yelled to honey that PBS had a special on the Indy and had he heard that story? That's when he told me those two guys had been on that boat. Just wow.

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Response to elehhhhna (Original post)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 08:23 PM

4. The USS Indianapolis?

Quint can tell about that...



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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #4)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 08:49 PM

11. +1 eom

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #4)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 09:49 PM

15. Nobody listens to Quint's tale.

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Response to elehhhhna (Original post)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 08:36 PM

5. You might be singing a different tune if you were on that ship.

The stories are of no sanitation, little electricity, and little food. It doesn't take long for the mood to get extremely ugly under such conditions.

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Response to elehhhhna (Original post)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 08:56 PM

14. the bathroom situation seems the worst to me

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