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Sep. 19th, 2016 02:32 pm (UTC)
I saw the report about the bombs at the Elizabeth NJ train station. Yours is probably just a student being stupid, but be cautious anyway.

The terrorism problem is growing and the white supremacist terrorists have increased their bombing and shooting lately along with the Muslim terrorists.

Sep. 19th, 2016 02:41 pm (UTC)
A student or some general schmuck. Yeah, likely so. Currently they're actually searching the train and surrounding area at our New Brunswick train station. Feel bad for the folks trying to get back and forth to work and school

Lot of hate going on in the world. The sad thing is that some friends are falling down the rabbit hole and getting super paranoid and striking out at their friends. So I'm currently muting those friends on FB and the like and hope that they calm down. The world is not a "safe" place, never has it ever been. Sometimes the stuff happening is closer to home and in today's case, it seems that it's bred local paranoia. It'll pass but the trick is not to hold on to the fear about things like that. As I said on FB Keep calm folks down the street, it's either jokesters or just the fact that everyone is hyper paranoid. It's good to be alert, but it doesn't do your heart or mental health any good to be spazzing out. Contact authorities, let them take care of it and keep on keeping on.
Sep. 19th, 2016 03:30 pm (UTC)
Glad your bomb scare was nothing.

People are very paranoid after any incident. A couple months after 9/11, there was a Hindu holiday when sisters traditionally send bracelets woven of sari threads to their brothers (history involves sister sending secret message to warn her brother of impending sneak attack by Muslim Mughals).

The sister of a friend's husband sent him one of these bracelets from London to northern NJ. She transposed two of the street numbers so the package went to the wrong address. Mysterious package from UK with weird foreign name addressed to local US citizens with weird foreign name! Three police cars, bomb squad van, and several cops delivered the package to my friend's house.

My friend said it was from her husband's sister and thank you for bringing it. They insisted she open it on the doorstep while they all backed up behind their cars. She opened it, took out the thread bracelet, and held it up. A couple cops cautiously approached to look at it and ask why it was sent. She started to explain about the holiday, but realized "secret message", "sneak attack", and "Muslim" were all they would hear and quickly changed to "it's like a friendship bracelet". Cops looked embarrassed and went away. My friend was seriously frightened by the incident.
Sep. 19th, 2016 08:01 pm (UTC)
Dang, that's like paranoia taken to eleven! It's sad that people see a foreign name or even hear arabic spoken or see it written and get instantly freaked out that it's a terrorist. It's a visually lovely written language, it's a shame that a minority of jackasses have to ruin it for the rest of the 1.6 billion respectable Muslims.
Sep. 20th, 2016 05:08 pm (UTC)
Bad enough when one group is being targeted, but it seems to be anyone who doesn't fit some peoples' stereotype of "real American".

In the case of my friend above she was frightened that all the sirens and police were because her nasty white "real 'Mercian" neighbor was running a meth lab or something.