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Patton Oswalt’s Facebook Post After Boston Bombing

Patton-Oswalt Boston Marathon

Patton Oswalt; image at @PattonOswaltFacebook

Patton Oswalt wrote that while violence such as Monday’s tragedy exemplifies the worst of humanity, it’s easy to lose track of the bigger picture.

Here’s is what he posted to his Facebook page. Well said I think.

Boston. Fucking horrible.

I remember, when 9/11 went down, my reaction was, “Well, I’ve had it with humanity.” But I was wrong. I don’t know what’s going to be revealed to be behind all of this mayhem. One human insect or a poisonous mass of broken sociopaths.

But here’s what I DO know. If it’s one person or a HUNDRED people, that number is not even a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of a percent of the population on this planet. You watch the videos of the carnage and there are people running TOWARDS the destruction to help out. (Thanks FAKE Gallery founder and owner Paul Kozlowski for pointing this out to me). This is a giant planet and we’re lucky to live on it but there are prices and penalties incurred for the daily miracle of existence. One of them is, every once in awhile, the wiring of a tiny sliver of the species gets snarled and they’re pointed towards darkness.

But the vast majority stands against that darkness and, like white blood cells attacking a virus, they dilute and weaken and eventually wash away the evil doers and, more importantly, the damage they wreak. This is beyond religion or creed or nation. We would not be here if humanity were inherently evil. We’d have eaten ourselves alive long ago.

So when you spot violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or fear or just garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance, just look it in the eye and think, “The good outnumber you, and we always will.”

Explosions reported at the Boston Marathon

Photo: MyFox Boston

Photo: MyFox Boston

Updated: Apr 15, 2013 2:45 PM CST

via NY Times

via NY Times

BOSTON – An apparent explosion has hit the finish line area of the Boston Marathon. Witnesses reported hearing a loud explosion near the finish line just before 3 p.m. Multiple casualties are now being reported.

There appeared to be blood on the ground near the finish line. Video from Skyfox showed a number of emergency crews in the area tending to victims.
Reuters was reporting that the Boston Marathon headquarters were in lockdown.

With today being Patriots Day, the symbolism can’t be ignored.

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Boston Marathon explosion

via Boston_to_a_T/Twitter

Boston Marathon images

Authorities will likely want to find out who was on that roof.

 

The Great Boston Molasses Flood

Today in strangeness – The Great Boston Molasses Flood happened on January 15th, 1919. A large tank burst and 2.3 million gallons of molasses barreled out in a 30 ft. wave leaving 21 dead and 150 injured. Witnesses stated that as it collapsed, there was a loud rumbling sound, like a machine gun as the rivets shot out of the tank, and that the ground shook as if a train were passing by. Holy nightmare.

Some residents claim that on a hot summer day the area still smells of molasses.

Considering the phrase “slow as molasses,” how could these people not outrun the seeping spill?

molasses spill

Panorama of the Molasses Disaster site. Source: Globe Newspaper Co.

Damage to the Boston Elevated Railway due to the flood

Damage to the Boston Elevated Railway due to the flood

Related:
Books: Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919, by Stephen Puleo.
More books about the flood.