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biffp 1
After watching WTC 1 and 2 collapse from street level (7 WTC from uptown), I'm happy to see this happen.
Posted by biffp on April 30, 2012 at 1:54 PM · Report this

Is that the fire escape ladder on the side?
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe on April 30, 2012 at 1:55 PM · Report this
Ten and a half years ago, my boyfriend could see the smoke from a park in Queens. Last week, we drove past that same park, and now we can see the tower. :)
Posted by adamsass on April 30, 2012 at 1:57 PM · Report this
Gurldoggie 4
They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”

But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”

So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. That is why it was called Babel — because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world. From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth.
Posted by Gurldoggie on April 30, 2012 at 2:12 PM · Report this
Fnarf 5
@4, I don't think the fourteenth-tallest building in the world will really qualify as "the tower of Babel".
Posted by Fnarf on April 30, 2012 at 2:33 PM · Report this
I'm sure this building will have a grand opening ceremony some day. And I bet George W Bush (whose administration presided over the greatest intelligence failure in the history of the United States) will be there to celebrate. That will not be a good day.
Posted by DOUG. on April 30, 2012 at 2:37 PM · Report this
Gurldoggie 7
@5: Maybe no, but I was inspired by Charles' "One World" comment.
Posted by Gurldoggie on April 30, 2012 at 2:47 PM · Report this
Fnarf 8
@7, ah. You were inspired; I was confused.

I find the memorial garden thingie horribly offensive. The bad architecture of the tower isn't that big a deal; the main urban purpose of it is as a direction-finder elsewhere in the city, for when you come up out of the subway.
Posted by Fnarf on April 30, 2012 at 3:36 PM · Report this
rob! 9
Japan swings its mightier cock.
Posted by rob! on April 30, 2012 at 3:44 PM · Report this
Free Lunch 10
@8 - That'll be useful. I'm always disoriented when I come up from the subway. I usually look for a satellite dish, since they all point southward.
Posted by Free Lunch on April 30, 2012 at 6:04 PM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 11
Personally, I always wished they would have just built the exact same towers again.

What better statement to make to those who wish to destroy our nation and kill our people?
Posted by Theodore Gorath on May 1, 2012 at 9:20 AM · Report this
long-time reader 12
@11, Exact same? You wouldn't have made them a little more... jet-proof?
Posted by long-time reader on May 1, 2012 at 10:36 AM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 13
@11: Well sure. I did not necessarily want them to make sure the building had the same exact rust spots inside, or the same level of dust on the I-beams either.

And the buildings were jet-proof. They held up admirably through the impact, and would not have fallen if not for the flames. If only steel was heat resistant, and the building was not full of petroleum-based plastics with high rates of heat release.
Posted by Theodore Gorath on May 1, 2012 at 11:42 AM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 14
Er, that was @12, obviously
Posted by Theodore Gorath on May 1, 2012 at 11:42 AM · Report this

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