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'lance
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posted 09 July 2002 03:35 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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These days, ground zero smells like a fairground. The acrid chemical stench that poisoned downtown Manhattan for months has dissipated, and in its place are the summertime scents of hot dogs, cotton candy, roasting nuts and shish kabob, all competing to tempt the hordes of visitors to New York's newest blockbuster tourist attraction.

According to the New York Times, 3.6 million people will visit ground zero this year. There's no longer much to look at -- the expanse where the twin towers once stood is now just a vast construction site -- but people keep coming, disgorged by tour buses that idle nearby. There are giddy high school students in foam Statue of Liberty hats, dour families squinting under visors that read "Ground Zero NYC," religious groups including, on a recent visit, a few dozen Jews for Jesus in matching fluorescent orange T-shirts, middle-aged men staring intently into their camcorders and young guys strutting topless in the summer sun. Last Saturday one woman leaned into her husband and seemed, for a moment or two, to tear up, but mostly people seemed to be enjoying themselves in the perfunctory, listless way of tourists everywhere.



A whole cottage industry has sprung on the site's perimeter, a marketplace to peddle souvenirs of the catastrophe. Besides the aforementioned visors, there are Ground Zero NYC T-shirts and baseball caps. Five-dollar snow globes of the World Trade Center with police cars or fire trucks in the foreground swirl with red, white and blue sequin stars. Stall after stall sells $9.95 "Day of Terror" commemorative books, their covers decorated with pictures of the planes smashing through the buildings. DVD montages of the disaster -- running in a constant loop on the vendors' laptops -- go for $15 to $20.


America really is different.


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Rebecca West
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posted 09 July 2002 04:18 PM      Profile for Rebecca West     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I had vultures calling me at home to sign me up for insurance "in the wake of recent events" within a week of 9-11. "Process of coping" be damned. The commodification of misery sickens me - I feel like a bit of my humanity is looted every time I come across it.
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DrConway
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posted 09 July 2002 10:22 PM      Profile for DrConway     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
You want bad? Primerica Financial Services once scammed a whole lot of people by getting their reps to claim that their special mutual fund, unlike many others, had not fallen in the wake of the September 11th attacks.

What they didn't tell anyone was that the brochures and prospectuses dated from about January of 2001. It's not illegal to use dated material to flog financial securities as long as the material is no more than a year old.

So a whole lot of people lost their shirts by being convinced to buy into a declining mutual fund when they should have been informed of the risk and being allowed to decide whether to stay in or bail out.


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Arch Stanton
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posted 10 July 2002 12:17 AM      Profile for Arch Stanton     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Ah c'mon you sour-pusses.

What's wrong with folks making a good honest dollar when the opportunity presents itself?

These vendors are making a sad place into a happy place, and turning that frown upside-down.




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nonsuch
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posted 10 July 2002 12:35 AM      Profile for nonsuch     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The business of America is business.
What's good for business is good for America.
Therefore, a disaster a year... sells hot dogs.

(btw - 'ground zero' - both calling a few blocks of NY that, given what it originally meant, and also literally - really stinks, but nobody seems to care, so there ya go)

[ July 10, 2002: Message edited by: nonesuch ]


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shabbadoo
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posted 10 July 2002 12:53 AM           Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
screw you, terrorists, rag-tops or otherwise. bring on them t-shirts and foot-longs. would you rather vacation in Kabul or Manhattan?

anyone got tickets for Cats?


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meades
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posted 10 July 2002 03:29 AM      Profile for meades     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
What the hell is your problem?!
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Arch Stanton
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posted 10 July 2002 03:33 AM      Profile for Arch Stanton     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
...something to do with his mama?

Duck eggs?

What are the odds on a $64,000 answer?


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Zatamon
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posted 10 July 2002 10:51 AM      Profile for Zatamon     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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nonesuch: (btw - 'ground zero' - both calling a few blocks of NY that, given what it originally meant, and also literally - really stinks, but nobody seems to care, so there ya go)
According to Random House, "Ground Zero" means "the point on the surface of the earth or water directly below, directly above, or at which an atomic or hydrogen bomb explodes"

The expression was first used in 1945 when the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima by the US military, destroying 90% of the city and killing 130,000 human beings: men, women, babies, children, adults, middle aged and old; civilian, soldiers -- plus all the cats, dogs, horses and humming birds.

Dropping the bomb was militarily pointless as historians mostly agree today - actually planners of the 'drop' had to plead with the air force to leave them a couple of Japanese cities relatively undamaged, so the full effect of the bomb could be accurately measured.

Now the US has its own "Ground Zero" and they call it a terrorist act of "unimaginable proportions". Using the expression "Ground Zero" and the adjective "unimaginable" only shows their ignorance of history and their lack of imagination.

I wish to God, they never have the experience of a real "Ground Zero" on their soil (or on anyone else's soil ever again).

[ July 10, 2002: Message edited by: Zatamon ]


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