sewercentipede · 2 days ago
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fuck it
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brendanicus · 8 months ago
People make fun of 9/11 now not because 3000 people dying in a terrorist attack is funny, but because the utter fucking self-righteousness and sentimentality with which Americans treat it and have used it endlessly to justify mass violence and misery on a scale that dwarfs 9/11 ever since makes its anniversary worthy of derision.
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royalhandmaidens · 8 months ago
9/11 is coming up - and with it, a sharp spike of anxiety that always accompanies the anniversary. each year our community deals with attacks, threats, even deaths. each anniversary i don’t leave my house. i don’t go to the masjid.
i remember the time someone shot up the side of our mosque when we were inside
i remember the time someone chased two young hijabis with a taser
i remember the time someone intentionally swerved towards me when i was crossing the street and i stood frozen in fear
i remember the time someone slipped a knife threat into my mailbox
or the times my friends and i have been verbally and physically assaulted in crowded public spaces and nobody said a word
call out racism and islamophobia when you see it. check in on your muslim neighbors and friends. refuse to tolerate the bigotry and hate that takes lives and spreads fear - both in public and online. stand united with us against hate.
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likeabxrdinflight · 8 months ago
Somewhat ironically, I think possibly the most human story about 9/11 is the one about the tree they found in the rubble.
About thirty days or so after the attacks, as rescue workers were trying to clear the wreckage and find the bodies of the dead, they found this little tree branch sticking out, otherwise unremarkable...but it still had leaves. And do you know what they did?
They dug out this tree. They dug this burnt and blackened tree out of the pile, took it out of the city and re-planted it to give it a chance to survive. To grow back. Just because they saw these leaves. And by some miracle, it did, and ten years later they brought this now 30-foot-tall tree back to lower Manhattan to plant it in the memorial at ground zero. They brought the tree home.
And is that just not...the most human fucking thing? These guys saw this one thing in that pile that was still alive, and they said dammit, we're gonna save this little tree. We can't save anything else, but we're gonna save this tree. And they did.
Say what you want about people, but I truly believe we are good at heart.
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morbidology · 8 months ago
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This Golden Retriever statue commemorates the 9/11 rescue dogs. It was created from the likeness of the last living 9/11 rescue dog, Bretagne.
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waragainstintelligence · 8 months ago
Lost amidst all the sentimental 9/11 tributes, Abu Zubaydah remains, after almost twenty years of unimaginable torture, imprisoned without charge in Guantanamo Bay. Despite having had no involvement in the attacks, the US is committed to keeping Abu Zubaydah trapped there until he simply dies - so important is it that he not be released and risk exposing the full, nightmarish extent of the rendition and torture programmes operated against him and hundreds of others. American comfort and apathy has been purchased with their blood.
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paulthebukkit · 2 months ago
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advance wars has to have the most unfortunate releases of all time
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left-reminders · 8 months ago
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vintagegeekculture · 3 months ago
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The Garfield strip published on 9/11/2001 unintentionally feels like Garfield did 9/11.
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damnulet · 8 months ago
Happy Birthday to the best movie ever made
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nerviovago · 8 months ago
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sirfrogsworth · 8 months ago
I am going to write a very honest rant about my feelings concerning this date. If you don't want to think about 9/11 feel free to skip this.
I don't know if people will find this disrespectful or not. But I was traumatized by this like a lot of people and I am just so angry about how politicians have twisted this day and I just need to get it out.
9/11 has become this weird day of who can out "never-forget" one another. Conservatives, and honestly, quite a few Liberals have given up on making this a solemn day of mourning and are just leaning into 9/11 as a political tool to score weird imaginary points.
One of my Reps posted this.
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Gotta add that Ann Wagner logo otherwise people might not give her credit for never-forgetting.
My governor, Mike Parson, instituted something called "Missouri Patriot Day" to never-forget the shit out of 9/11. There is going to be a parade with bands and people are going to symbolically climb stairs.
He is determined to be the never-forgettingest person in America.
One of the Patriot Day activities was a contest asking high schoolers to create a 9/11 poster.
The theme was "We Must Never Forget September 11, 2001."
Which is going to be tricky for high school students considering their brains didn't exist to remember 2001 at the time.
It just feels like an attempt to program young people to buy into nationalism and using a tragedy as an excuse to serve that agenda.
Then there is the 9/11 porn where people insist on showing video and pictures of planes crashing into buildings. My favorite part is how all the videos loop infinitely. That's terrific.
I saw it happen live on TV and I really don't need to see it again. I have had to close my Twitter tab 3 years in a row now.
I know not everyone believes in trigger warnings, but if there was ever something to make an exception for, I feel like video of mass murder might be it.
The truth is, 9/11 brought out the worst in this country. We used it as an excuse to arbitrarily kill brown people around the world. Almost all of whom had nothing to do with the attack.
On this day violence and harassment of Muslim-Americans increases greatly. Actually, it happens even if people think you kinda/sorta look Muslim.
I think this nation has lost the privilege of victimhood.
For a long time now, this day makes me feel a lot of shame for the country I live in.
The families of the victims and the first responders do deserve a day to mourn and remember their loved ones.
I wish that could be all this day is about.
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fructidor · 8 months ago
today we honor all the people who lost their lives in the 9/11 terrorists attacks. my heart goes out to everyone affected by this tragic event, and may the deceased rest in peace.
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tenderanarchist · 8 months ago
Remember the Muslim Americans lost to islamophobic violence this 9/11. Remember the civilians whose lives were destroyed by the United States’ cruel war campaigns in the Middle East. Remember those tortured and killed indiscriminately by United States troops, humiliated and violated for soldiers’ sick fun. Remember there is blood on our hands too. The violence we committed cannot be forgotten.
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queenhelenblackthorn · 8 months ago
It's that time of year again
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anamericangirl · 8 months ago
The transcript of the phone call from Todd Beamer, a passenger aboard Flight 93
Todd: Hello… Operator…listen to me…I can’t speak very loud. – This is an emergency. I’m a passenger on a United flight to San Francisco.. We have a situation here….Our plane has been hijacked…..can you understand me?
Lisa: (exhaling a deep breath to herself) I understand… Can the hijackers see you talking on the phone?
Todd: No
Lisa: Can you tell me how many hijackers are on the plane?
Todd: There are three that we know of.
Lisa: Can you see any weapons? What kind of weapons do they have?
Todd: Yes…. they don’t have guns….they have knives – they took over the plane with knives.
Lisa: Do you mean…like steak knives?
Todd: No, these are razor knives…like box cutters.
Lisa: Can you tell what country these people are from?
Todd: No…..I don’t know. They sound like they’re from the mid-east.
Lisa: Have they said what they want?
Todd: Someone announced from the cockpit that there was a bomb on board. He said he was the captain and to stay in our seats and stay quiet.
He said that they were meeting these men’s demands and returning to the airport… It was very broken English, and… I’m telling you…it sounded fake!
Lisa: Ok sir, please give me your name.
Todd: My name is Todd Beamer.
Lisa: Ok Todd….my name is Lisa…Do you know your flight number? If you can’t remember, it’s on your ticket.
Todd: It’s United Flight 93.
Lisa: Now Todd, can you try to tell me exactly what happened?
Todd: Two of the hijackers were sitting in first class near the cockpit. A third one was sitting near the back of the coach section. The two up. front got into the cockpit somehow; there was shouting. The third hijacker said he had a bomb. It looks like a bomb. He’s got it tied to his waist with a red belt of some kind.
Lisa: So is the door to the cockpit open?
Todd: No, the hijackers shut it behind them.
Lisa: Has anyone been injured?
Todd: Yes, ..they…they killed one passenger sitting in first class. There’s been lots of shouting. We don’t know if the pilots are dead or alive. A flight attendant told me that the pilot and copilot had been forced from the cockpit and may have been wounded.
Lisa: Where is the 3rd hijacker now Todd?
Todd: He’s near the back of the plane. They forced most of the passengers into first class. There are fourteen of us here in the back. Five are flight attendants. He hasn’t noticed that I slipped into this pantry to get the phone. The guy with the bomb ordered us to sit on the floor in the rear of the plane……….oh Jesus.. Help!
Lisa: Todd….are you ok? Tell me what’s happening!
Todd: Hello…..We’re going down….I think we’re going to crash……Wait – wait a minute. No, we’re leveling off….we’re ok. I think we may be turning around…..That’s it – we changed directions. Do you hear me….we’re flying east again.
Lisa: Ok Todd…. What’s going on with the other passengers?
Todd: Everyone is… really scared. A few passengers with cell phones have made calls to relatives. A guy, Jeremy, was talking to his wife just before the hijacking started. She told him that hijackers had crashed two planes into the World Trade Center……Lisa is that true??
Lisa: Todd…..I have to tell you the truth…..it’s very bad. The World Trade Center is gone. Both of the towers have been destroyed.
Todd: Oh God —help us!
Lisa: A third plane was taken over by terrorists. It crashed into the Pentagon in Washington DC. Our country is under attack….and I’m afraid that your plane may be part of their plan.
Todd: Oh dear God. Dear God…….Lisa, will you do something for me?
Lisa: I’ll try….if I can….Yes.
Todd: I want you to call my wife and my kids for me and tell them what’s happened. Promise me you’ll call..
Lisa: I promise – I’ll call.
Todd: Our home number is 201 353-1073…….You have the same name as my wife…Lisa….We’ve been married for 10 years. She’s pregnant with our 3rd child. Tell her that I love her…….(choking up)..I’ll always love her..(clearing throat) We have two boys.. David, he’s 3 and Andrew, he’s 1…..Tell them……(choking) tell them that their daddy loves them and that he is so proud of them. (clearing throat again) Our baby is due January 12th…..I saw an ultra sound…..it was great….we still don’t know if it’s a girl or a boy………Lisa?
Lisa: (barely able to speak) I’ll tell them, I promise Todd.
Todd: I’m going back to the group—if I can get back I will…
Lisa: Todd, leave this line open…are you still there?……
Lisa: (dials the phone..) Hello, FBI, my name is Lisa Jefferson, I’m a telephone supervisor for GTE. I need to report a terrorist hijacking of a United Airlines Flight 93….Yes I’ll hold.
Goodwin: Hello, this is Agent Goodwin.. I understand you have a hijacking situation?
Lisa: Yes sir, I’ve been talking with a passenger, a Todd Beamer, on Flight 93 who managed to get to an air phone unnoticed.
Goodwin: Where did this flight originate, and what was its destination?
Lisa: The flight left Newark New Jersey at 8 A.M. departing for San Francisco. The hijackers took over the plane shortly after takeoff, and several minutes later the plane changed course – it is now flying east.
Goodwin: Ms. Jefferson…I need to talk to someone aboard that plane. Can you get me thru to the planes phone?
Lisa: I still have that line open sir, I can patch you through on a conference call…hold a mo…..
Todd: Hello Lisa, Lisa are you there?
Lisa: Yes, I’m here. Todd, I made a call to the FBI, Agent Goodwin is on the line and will be talking to you as well.
Todd: The others all know that this isn’t your normal hijacking. Jeremy called his wife again on his cell phone. She told him more about the World Trade Center and all.
Goodwin: Hello Todd. This is Agent Goodwin with the FBI. We have been monitoring your flight. Your plane is on a course for Washington, DC. These terrorists sent two planes into the World Trade Center and one plane into the Pentagon. Our best guess is that they plan to fly your plane into either the White House or the United States Capital Building.
Todd: I understand…hold on……I’ll…….I’ll be back..
Lisa: Mr. Goodwin, how much time do they have before they get to Washington?
Goodwin: Not long ma’am. They changed course over Cleveland; they’re approaching Pittsburgh now. Washington may be twenty minutes away.
Todd: (breathing a little heavier) The plane seems to be changing directions just a little. It’s getting pretty rough up here. The plane is flying real erratic….We’re not going to make it out of here. Listen to me….I want you to hear this….I have talked with the others….we have decided we would not be pawns in these hijackers suicidal plot.
Lisa: Todd, what are you going to do?
Todd: We’ve hatched a plan. Four of us are going to rush the hijacker with the bomb. After we take him out, we’ll break into the cockpit. A stewardess is getting some boiling water to throw on the hijackers at the controls. We’ll get them….and we’ll take them out. Lisa, …..will you do one last thing for me?
Lisa: Yes…What is it?
Todd: Would you pray with me?
They pray: Our father which art in Heaven
Hallowed be thy name,
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive our trespassers,
And lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from evil
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want…
He makes me to lie down in green pastures
He leads me beside the still waters
He restores my soul
He leads me in paths of righteousness
for His name’s sake
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death
I will fear no evil, for thou art with me…..
Todd: (softer) God help me…Jesus help me….(clears throat and louder)
Are you guys ready?……..
Let’s Roll……………………
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lothloriien · a year ago
im not going to be on tumblr tomorrow (still might check dms), for my own safety and wellbeing. but before i log off, i want to say a couple things
9/11 was a tragedy. everyone knows and sees that. just because i am muslim does not mean that i am going to justify 9/11. whatever bin laden’s motivation was, he did a disgusting thing and killed thousands of innocent people
just because 9/11 was an attack by someone who calls themselves muslims doesnt make all muslims terrorists. i cannot believe this is a sentence i have to type, but here i am. muslims - true muslims - do not condone violence. against anyone. i can go into all the details and the what-ifs and everything, but i dont have the energy for that. just know that violence is strictly frowned upon (note: this does not include self-defense. if somebody is attacking you and you are unable to get away, then fight back. again, there’s no debate on that).
check up on any muslims you know. your friends, neighbours, coworkers, acquaintances, even people you don’t like all that much. we are incredibly stressed out, especially if we live in a western country. just a quick text to see if they’re okay tomorrow will mean a lot
do not think that because you don’t live in america, you’re exempt from this. any western country has this problem, even if you live in a relatively okay area. i do. my friend (who lives in the same area as me) went to walmart and had a hijab on. she was nearly run over (intentionally, the guy was glaring at her and her mother the entire time) while trying to get to the store. she only realized when she got home that it was 9/11. i live in a safe area of canada. this should not be happening. but it is.
if you are in any way, shape, or form, islamophobic, get the hell off my blog
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oxymitch · 8 months ago
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Spider-Man and Captain America pay tribute to the victims of September 11 attacks on its 20th anniversary
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morbidology · 8 months ago
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Moira Smith was an NYPD officer on duty on September 11, 2001. She guided dozens of citizens to safety before returning to the South Tower to rescue more. Moments later, it collapsed.  She is the only female member of the NYPD to lose her life that day.
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