- Man: Do you want to sit on my lap?
- Me: No.
- Man: Story of my life.
- Me: I fucking wonder why.
Developing: Multiple casualties in Texas fertilizer plant explosion
April 17, 2013
A massive explosion has rocked a fertilizer plant near Waco, Texas. Hundreds of people were likely injured, state official says. A nursery home was destroyed by the blast and numerous buildings were damaged.
The explosion occurred around 7:50 p.m. local time in the town of West, north of Waco. A fireball of nearly 100 feet high has been reported along with a massive power outage.
A spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety, D.L. Wilson, told Reuters the explosion had resulted in “probably hundreds of casualties,” saying he did not know if any of those were fatalities.
An official number of fatalities has yet to be confirmed but 60 people have been admitted to Hillcrest Hospital in Waco, just one of the multiple emergency facilities in the area.
The explosion destroyed a nearby nursing home, where it is thought that people may still be trapped inside.
Roughly 150 survivors from the damaged nursing home had been evacuated and sent to a community center outside of town, while doctors and staff of the Hillcrest Hospital have been taking in the first wave of burn victims. Fire units were draining water from community pools to douse the flames.
More than 1,000 people are said to be without electricity, according to local ABC News affiliate KXXV.
A large swath of West was “leveled” in the explosion, according to WFAA-TV Dallas reporter Jason Whitely.
West’s population was 2,674 at the 2010 census. The town is located 19.3 miles north of Waco, Texas and 70 miles south of the Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area.
First responders requested a bomb squad to investigate a pervasive scent of flammable chemicals. Multiple barns in the area are engulfed in flames.
Nine emergency helicopters were reported to be en route to the local high school. Emergency officials were also trying to evacuate a neighborhood near the site of the explosion. Hospital officials told CNN they were anticipating as many as 100 victims.
Police officers were seen transporting the injured in their squad cars.
According to WBZ News:
Logan airport is still open, but there will be delays on all flights. They are initiating the emergency protocols. That means tighter security, more thorough searches, etc.
The T is offering limited service.
The police are asking people to avoid traveling in crowds.
Buildings in the area are being evacuated.
All events (ex: the Bruins game) have been postponed or cancelled.
If you do not need to go into Boston today, please don’t.
Explosions Reported at Boston Marathon
Our thoughts and prayers go out to those in Boston.
Here are some resources we’ve gathered so far.
- Looking for a runner? Use this form.
- If you’re trying to call someone in Boston, phone lines are jammed. SMS, Twitter, and Facebook might work better. [Lifehacker]
- Live news updates on The Verge
- Reconnect with loved ones in Boston on Red Cross Safe and Well
- Donate blood at the Boston American Red Cross
Chances are you enjoy something that is problematic. Now, don’t panic. These things happen; nearly all forms of media are problematic in some way. Here’s what you do when you realize your favorite show, book, etc. is not perfect:
- Recognize and own up to the ways in which this thing is problematic, and understand why that aspect of this thing is bad.
- If and when someone criticizes this thing for being problematic, do not defend it with an irrelevant tidbit (ex: “Yeah, it lacks diversity, but it’s funny!”). Doing so means you’ve completely missed the point.
- Remember that you like problematic things, so it stands to reason that other people probably do too. You wouldn’t want them to personally attack you for liking a TV show, would you? The Golden Rule applies all the time, and don’t you forget it.
- Know that enjoying something is not the same as agreeing with everything it stands for. Someone who watches The Walking Dead every week might not want to kill any zombies when the apocalypse rolls around (that was a silly example, but you get the idea).
Congratulations, you are now one step closer to being a decent human being.
Maybe you feel pressure to be positive because so many people rely on your good, fake-positive energy? If that’s the case, screw everybody else. You’re not a bottle of Valium.
There’s a new movie about the 2005 tsunami that affected much of Southeast Asia.
They somehow managed to make it about white people.
Somebody told a real life woman that her skin was too brown to play an imaginary creature. That basically in the whole fictional world of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, where you have dragons and trolls and talking trees, where you draw the line, where imagination is capped out, no more room, is for a brown hobbit.
Like firery eyeball thing, no problem but don’t even try to imagine a Samoan elf. That shit will blow your mind.
It is pretty obvious that he did love her very much or he would have never have gone to such an extreme.