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ChavezSpeakstheTruth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 09:08 AM
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Coordinated train attacks are what scare me the most about NYC
Edited on Thu Jul-07-05 09:09 AM by ChavezSpeakstheTruth
All sympathy to Londoners - this just got me thinking.

The subways and Penn and Grand Central Stations crowd with hundreds of thousands of people every day. The thought of cordinated bombings scares the shit out of me.
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Kathy in Cambridge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 09:11 AM
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1. I think of that everytime I'm in NYC
I take the Amtrak into Penn every couple of weeks, and that scenario has crossed my mind too, unfortunately. :-(

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AValdoux Donating Member (738 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 09:11 AM
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2. First trip to NYC next week n/t
AValdoux
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ronnykmarshall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 09:11 AM
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3. Me too.
My best friend takes the train into the city from NJ. I'm sure they're freaked out today.

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ChavezSpeakstheTruth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 09:15 AM
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4. Every entry point is vulnerable
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Zensea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 09:16 AM
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5. I work in Midtown Manhattan
& I was here on September 11 also.
I've got better things to do than be freaked out.
The closest I've ever personally come to death was in the Midwest in a nice safe college town a decade ago.
When it comes it comes, what's the point of freaking out about it?

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ChavezSpeakstheTruth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 09:18 AM
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6. How about being more prepared?
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Zensea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 09:27 AM
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11. On a personal level ...
the best preparation is to not freak out.
On a societal level? Different answer.

The evening of 9-11, after watching the news and going out on the street and going back home, I said the hell with this -- all these evil voices of militarism etc and freaking out aren't helping me any, so I put some John Coltrane on the stereo (starting with "Spiritual" from Live at the Village Vanguard) and listened to him the rest of that evening. That's what I mean about not freaking out.
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ChavezSpeakstheTruth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 09:31 AM
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14. Oh no doubt - that's the best approach on a personal level. I don't know
how to stop it from happening - the Israeli-type approah is not an option - I'm just seeing nothing to stop it from happening. I'll still ride the subways and all.
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sniffa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 09:20 AM
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7. it's hard to be scared
if i'm gonna be taken from here, being afraid of that isn't going to stop it.

i'm afraid of NYC trains because they're not coLor-codes. x(
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ChavezSpeakstheTruth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 09:22 AM
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9. It isn't myself that I'm scared for - it's the thousands of other people
If I'm gonna go I'm gonna go - I'll still ride the Iron Worms but the thought is always just in the back of my mind
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Crowdance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 09:21 AM
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8. Penn and the subways are my daily reality
as I commute into Manhattan, and I think about it every day. I try to avoid crowds, move along quickly, and get out from under as quickly as possible. I find the commute to be heart-poundingly terrifying at times.

I know many folks are fatalistic about this, but I can't be; I support three children and I know their lives would be poorer without me. I truly wish our government was doing positive things to mitigate this danger to my children's future, and not engaged in genocide around the world.
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Lavender Brown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 09:25 AM
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10. The stations were crowded with police officers this morning
It doesn't really calm my nerves, since it seems they aren't there to prevent anything from happening, they are there in case something does. :shrug:
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ChavezSpeakstheTruth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 09:27 AM
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12. Exactly - the guys with machine guns at Grand Central won't stop a damn
thing
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Midlodemocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 09:29 AM
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13. It scares me, too.
My two brothers live in Manhattan. My office is based there. I don't worry about myself as much, but I do worry about them and their families.
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WilmywoodNCparalegal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 09:33 AM
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15. I take the PATH train from Jersey City into Manhattan
every day and then a bus to my place of work in the Meatpacking District.

The PATH train stopped at every station for what seemed like forever and Port Authority police would check the train, then tell the conductor to go ahead and leave. Very uncomfortable.

However, what's the sense in worrying? If a bomb were to explode, there would be nothing I could do. I can't let terrorists dictate how I should live and enjoy my life.

I love this city and its people. As far as I'm concerned, the terrorists and fearmongers can just simply kiss my big ass.
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GalleryGod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 09:42 AM
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16. Well put, Indeed!
We travel to NYC frequently.

I never think about terror on the subway system...if you let that "lock you up" where is it NOT crowded in the Big Apple!

Thanks for your thoughts.
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ChavezSpeakstheTruth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 09:44 AM
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17. Yes - that's also how I feel - it's not paralyzing fear but it's a tragedy
that I would have said "I saw that coming" if it happened. It's horrible incidents like today that bring it to the front of my mind.
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