What Cross Strait Institutional Frameworks?
10 hours ago
“FYI, as some of you may have heard, there was an explosion in Boston today near the Boston marathon course.
I am fine and had no interaction with the event, at least not as yet. (I'll skip the jokes about the likelihood of my actually running in the Boston marathon or not.)
When the event took place I was teaching in a small ESL school on the Bostom commons. Students took to watching the TV news (who I think did a terrible job, showing the same five minutes of clips repeatedly while saying "We do not know the details yet"). Meanwhile, outside my window everything appeared cool, calm and collected.
The most dramatic thing I did was encourage students (who range from age 16 to 36 or so) to take a break from watching the TV and look out the window where they could see that the city was functioning normally. I then advised Muslims to be careful but said that in a few days we will probably learn that this was the work of a nutty American.
( --why?-- I did not publically speculate. Some incomprehensible nut reason. Perhaps to protect rabbits from the cosmetic industry or to show they STILL after all these years love Jody Foster. We'll see. ) “
Later I received a text message from a friend with an interest in terrorism who said they were still finding bombs.
“Someone e-mailed me and said "they're still finding bombs."
My two cents. As an EMT and general paranoid nut-job I know more about these things than average (although far less than most experts.)
Often the most effective "secondary devices" or follow up bombs are saved for when the fire department and ambulances start to arrive to tend to the wounded. This leaves the wounded unattended and throws EMS and fire response into confusion.
This did not happen.
My guess is that when the explosion happened many people dropped their back packs and ran away from the danger area.
Then the bomb squad came and, instead of dangerously opening the back packs, decided to blow them up "just in case." I could be wrong but I am not worried about unexploded bombs (unless whoever did this built a bomb or two that did not work.)
OTOH, I have no plans to go anywhere near the danger area.”
People, as they always are at a time like this, were tense and nervous but friendly and caring, trying to reach out.