Boston Blows Up the Mooninites

Turner Broadcasting, apparently following the Mooninite imperative that "We do whatever we want, to whomever we want, at all times," places as an ad campaign a bunch of ill-described "devices"--basically images of the Mooninite characters from the Aqua Teen Hunger Force show, involving some electronics--around Boston.

The city goes on an Orson Welles-sized rampage of ridiculous, unnecessary panic--even though, as per a Turner Broadcasting apology, the advertising thingies had been in many cities, including Boston, for weeks.

From a WCVB-TV account :

"Emergency deployment teams were sent into the center of the city immediately upon these reports. There were significant shutdowns of not only highways, but rail traffic with the MBTA," Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said. "Several of the devices do have common characteristics, but it is too early to say how many are connected."

The first device was found under Interstate 93, and the state police bomb squad was called and detonated the package in Sullivan Square just before 10 a.m. Officials said it contained an electronic circuit board with some components that were "consistent with an improvised explosive device," but they said it had no explosives.

Several hours later, Boston police said the department received four calls, all at about 1 p.m., reporting the devices. Officials responded to at least nine locations, including the Boston University Bridge, the Longfellow Bridge, the McGrath O'Brien Highway in Somerville, a comic store on Harvard Avenue in Brighton, a location near the intersection of Stuart and Columbus streets, a location near Washington and Water streets and under the McCarthy Overpass in Somerville, according to Davis.

A device described by officials as a pipe bomb was found in the basement of the Tufts New England Medical Center at 185 Harrison Ave.

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Davis said that residents should not be afraid to enter or leave the city and that additional police resources have been deployed to help ensure people that they are safe......"The individuals who placed these packages should be warned that there is a heavy penalty -- two to five years imprisonment for each one of them. We are not playing around."

The punchline for this whole bit of absurdist security theater?

....police were told about the first package by a transit passenger who spotted it on a column that supports I-93. "This is a perfect example of our passengers taking part in Homeland Security," [MBTA Lt. Sal] Venturelli said.

Major cities should be warned that decent intelligence has it that Cavity Creeps lurk in many major cities' subways and catacombs, and possibly even offshore.

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    We smoke while we flip the bird.

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    You earth people are nerds. Our superior moon race would never fall for this.

  • John||

    How funny is it that Foxnews felt they needed to censor out the pixilated middle finger of the mooninite. God forbid someone be able to see that.

  • Minipundit||

    Sadness is for poor people!

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    Thank goodness the governor is on the ball: "We feel there is not a reason for anyone to panic". Well said, sir! You speak well English!

    I LOVE the Mooninites.

  • Carl||

    Freakin' awesome!

  • Thomas Paine\'s Goiter||

    The explosion shall be of extraordinary magnitude. Just hang on. -- Ignignokt

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    The innocent shall suffer... big time.

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    That was nothing, just wait until you see the ad campaign for Robot Chicken!

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    Turner Broadcasting may be going on the principle that no publicity is bad publicity. They can now advertise their program as "the show everyone's talking about!"

    I wonder what would happen if the opposite scenario took place: Someone placed a *real* bomb, but no-one paid attention because they thought it was a publicity stunt by an entertainment company.

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    Of course, the is an Aqua Teen movie coming out later this year. Greatest promotional stunt EVER.

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    "Residents should not be afraid to enter or leave the city."

    What about staying where they are?

    WHAT ABOUT STAYING WHERE THEY ARE?!?!?!?!

  • Ur||

    Homeland Security is of no use against the quad laser.

  • norbizness||

    Inignot: And everyone understands how this will come about? Remember, there are no dumb questions.

    Mothmonsterman: Um, yeah, right here...?

    Inignot: In the back, yes, the retard with the dumb question.

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    Are there no nerdy, single males age 15-25 in Boston that could have helped avert this crisis?

  • J||

    Are there no nerdy, single males age 15-25 in Boston that could have helped avert this crisis?

    Nerds get their pants pulled down and they are spanked with moon rocks.

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    This isn't funny anymore. The artist has been arrested. Patrick, Menino, and Coakley are calling for blood.

    http://www.boston.com/news/globe/city_region/breaking_news/2007/01/artist_arrested.html

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    So is the Boston Globe in a truly awful editorial.

    http://www.boston.com/news/globe/editorial_opinion/editorials/articles/2007/01/31/turner_tricksters_should_pay/

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    CNN was hyping this story all day. Now, as they are part of a very large corporation it is possible the news dep't wasn't aware of the ad campaign -- however the "screw up" was somehow advantagious, as is usualy the case, to all parties involved: CNN hypes the scary story, driving up their own ratings while at the same time advertising a show broadcast on antother channel owned by the parent company.

    And -- to make matters even better, this will no doubt be the MAJOR story on all morning news shows.

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    This is the sort of conflict that I really enjoy...

    On the one hand you have Aqua Teen Hunger Force whose popularity makes me question my libertarianism (emotionally I want to force the people who watch it to improve their tastes. At gunpoint. I'm even tempted to nerve gas their villages.).

    On the other hand, you have the administration of Mayor Menino, whose tenuous grasp of economics is well hidden by his inability to enunciate. I suspect that he wasn't paying attention when someone was telling him about Demosthenes, and he thought he was supposed to leave the stones in...

    When I loathe both sides in a dispute, I get a bit of a kick watching them fight each other. Kind of like when Republicans and Democrats start arguing about who should get the loot.

    What I hope to see is Ted Turner and Menino getting their dander up and challenging each other to a duel of some sort. If they killed each other in this duel, the I would consider it a miracle. Actually, that would be incontrovertible proof that god exists.

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    Bombs, is everything a bomb? Oh, and I'd have totally snatched one of those for my living room.

  • Franklin Harris||

    tarran, the fact that you don't like Aqua Teen Hunger Force probably says it's your taste in TV that needs to be improved. Just sayin'.

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    What amazes me is the professional and (ostensibly) trained Boston bomb squad weren't able to distinguish an LED light controller from an explosive device. The obvious lesson here is that the bomb sqaud is completely worthless. The people of Boston ought to be thankful to Turner for this revelation.

    Anyway, any 20-year-old would have known that the proper way to deal with Mooninites is to call in Frylock.

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    Let me get this straight. The city of Boston is paralyzed in fear of Lite Brite?

    This is why I moved to VA.

  • KAPOWEE!||

    the bomb sqaud is completely worthless

    Not that I believe anything the news says, but I heard that they did "detonate" some Mooninites, and you can't "detonate" a Lite Brite without sticking a bomb on it, so the bomb squad clearly can plant bombs.

    And Amerikkka's Most Wanted and Nation of Millions still hold up.

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    What the hell were these officials smoking? This wasn't Turners fault, you could more mistake a bookbag for a bomb than a mooninite giving the middle finger. They are calling for blood because its embarassing to them - as it should be. Idiots.

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    My name is!
    Shake-Zula, The Mic Rula, The Old Schoola.
    You Wanna Trip? I'll Bring it to ya!
    Aw Frylock, and I'm All Cock Blockin. Like I got Meat Wad, Ya Up Next, Workit Out Na!
    Meat Wad Getz The Money, See? Meat Wad Getz The Honey's Shee. Drivin In My Car, Livin Like a Star. Ice On My Fingers And My Toes. And I'm A Taurus...

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    I'm with Ted on this. The worst crime imaginable is to expose the incompetence of the state. I assume someone will go to jail for this (and unfortunately it won't be the fools who blew up the lite brite).

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    Master Shake: I tell ya, they sneak into this country and try to tell you how to do things. Well, maybe I should sneak into your country and not cash your checks! How will you like that? You won't! Because you'll be here!

    Ignignokt: Your logic is flawless.

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    Found this via engadget.

    http://paranoidboston.ytmnd.com/

    Heh.

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    The irony of the situation is that the paranoid reaction of the police means that basicly anyone can throw a few fake bombs around, not hurt anyone, and pretty much cripple the economy of any major urban area in the United States.

  • tros||

    I live in Boston. I have seen the narc cop for my school smoking a blunt on the street. That guy had the biggest dread I have ever seen on a human being before. They detonated the first device? What, with their own grenade launcher?

    Did you know the feds are developing a gun that microwaves protestors?

    Shit, people, I hope we don't fuck up this planet so bad that we have to start a colony on the moon! What the fuck would we do then?

  • Thomas Paine\'s Goiter||


    Shit, people, I hope we don't fuck up this planet so bad that we have to start a colony on the moon! What the fuck would we do then?


    Most likely stare in awe at the power of Err.

  • Thomas Paine\'s Goiter||

    The irony of the situation is that the paranoid reaction of the police means that basicly anyone can throw a few fake bombs around

    Or a bunch of strategically placed lite-brites and simons.

  • Thomas Paine\'s Goiter||

    What amazes me is the professional and (ostensibly) trained Boston bomb squad weren't able to distinguish an LED light controller from an explosive device.

    They confirmed that one was a pipe bomb and one was an electronic explosive device. They detonated them. PIPE BOMB?!?!?!?!

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    My neighbor who is an ex-KGB agent said that the pipe-bomb was actually a cardboard-pipe with a Gigli movie poster rolled up inside built by Mossad agents and planted by the Iranians.

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    Pipe bomb indeed. If it wasn't a pipe bomb how would the artist be able to prove it wasn't now that it's blown up?

  • Guy Montag||

    How funny is it that Foxnews felt they needed to censor out the pixilated middle finger of the mooninite. God forbid someone be able to see that.

    What FOX news were you watching? Here in Miami, FL, USA Fox News Network did not pixilate anything and even had a graphic of the middle finger getting longer.

  • tros||

    See, in the south cops are like vicious carnivors. Here they are more like herd animals. It is very similar to the way they treat the cows in India. They are allowed to wander into the road and hold up traffic whenever they want. They have a symbiotic relationship with construction workers.

    Seriously though, all the cops here are unionized. I am not surprised that they can't do anything besides wave at cars.

    There were two or three murders down the street from where I live in late November/early December. Cops said nothing, media said nothing. It's mostly a nice neighborhood so people just assumed that the parties knew each other beforehand and one of them had it coming.

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    So is the Boston Globe in a truly awful editorial.

    Shorter Boston Globe Editorial Board:
    We're a bunch of total fucking morons, and someone ought to pay for exposing that.

    Are there no nerdy, single males age 15-25 in Boston that could have helped avert this crisis?

    What's worse is that these things have been around for a while. Maybe not in Boston, but they've been up in San Francisco for weeks. I mean seriously, does this look like a bomb?

  • Gorgatron||

    New city motto: "Boston: We're Not Hip to Pop Culture, and It Shows!"

    Aw Frylock, and I'm All Cock Blockin.

    Actually, it's "Frylock, and I'm on top/Rock you like a cop..." But whatever works for you.

    Another ytmnd: http://whnboston.ytmnd.com/

  • Egon||

    I introduced my DHS coworkers to ATHF. This is so delicious!

  • Thomas Paine\'s Goiter||

    I mean seriously, does this look like a bomb?

    BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

  • Thomas Paine\'s Goiter||

    HEY BOSTON!

    http://www.angelfire.com/ego2/egautographs/MOONINITE.jpg

    BOO!

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    Boy, I hope there are plenty of laundromats in Little Green Footballs-ville. Lots of bedwetting going on over there, and I'm guessing that the thought of another terrorist attack on our soil probably produced some other bodily fluids among those psychos as well.

  • tros||

    I seriously can not believe they are claiming that one of those things exlpoded. It's so conventient, too. Just say that one of them exploded on the Faux News and now they were all, what? DESIGNED ONE PURPOSE TO LOOK LIKE BOMBS AND FOOL THE POLICE. Right. We wanted all this retarded hysteria. Right.

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    I got the quad lazer it will amaze ya, my gizat is fizat.

  • Thomas Paine\'s Goiter||

    I seriously can not believe they are claiming that one of those things exlpoded.

    They aren't. They are claiming that they detonated at least one.

  • Xavier||

    The Authorities up there in Boston were supposed to have a press conference praising the benefits of their security efforts. Instead, on the day of, they become the laughingstock of the nation.

    So the--um, mostestly-innocent of Discordian art stunts brings the State to its knees, like a banana peel left lying on the stairs for over three weeks.

    The irony is cosmically delicious.

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    I seriously can not believe they are claiming that one of those things exlpoded.

    Tros, I don't think the police claimed that any of the packages were a bomb. They placed another explosive next to the suspicious package, and detonated it, in order to destroy the suspicious package. That's standard bomb squad procedure, I think.

  • Graphite||

    City of Boston paralyzed by feckless public workers. This is news?

    Can't wait to see ATHF's take on all this.

  • tros||

    http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/6420AP_WA_Suspicious_Devices_Seattle.html

    SEATTLE -- Four blinking electronic devices like the ones that threw a scare into the city of Boston on Wednesday have been found and removed from two Seattle suburbs, police said.

    Nice. Homeland Security = Ultimate Stupidity across Amerikkka. Eat it.

  • Guy Montag||

    Please, just keep the stupid things out of Miami and keep Castro alive until I am out of Miami. k?

  • Curtis G.||

    How soon before they show up on eBay?

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    There are three on ebay right now, one going for over $3,000.

  • lunchstealer||

    Shit, people, I hope we don't fuck up this planet so bad that we have to start a colony on the moon! What the fuck would we do then?

    I don't know, but our vertical leap would be beyond all Earth measurement!

    Show them, Err.

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    BTW, I remember when the Aqua Teen Hunger Force crew was on Space Ghost. It was a riot!

    BTWBTW, Isn't "riot" a curious synonym for funny?

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    "This isn't funny anymore. The artist has been arrested. Patrick, Menino, and Coakley are calling for blood."

    Of course they are. It's the only way for them to avoid looking like complete and utter tools.

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    Guy Montag:

    ...keep Castro alive until I am out of Miami.

    How Come? I guessing there'll be a swell celebration in Miami when the murdering, torturing dictator dies.

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    This isn't funny anymore. The artist has been arrested.

    Typical. Leave it to the government to take the fun out of a good publicity stunt.

  • Guy Montag||

    Rick Barton,

    Because things around Dolphin Stadium have been nice, quiet and peaceful (other than the nut arrested a few days ago). The Chupacabra nonsense is enough for now, thank you.

    I just want my visit to be quiet and uneventful. My idea of a "swell celebration" is more like when the Pope died, not when Arafat died. I anticipate Miami being more like the latter when Castro dies.

  • Guy Montag||

    This isn't funny anymore. The artist has been arrested.

    Yea, like when the Germans kept arresting that little sign painter.

    Who wants to die for art?

    NAIL HIM UP! NAIL SOME SENSE INTO HIM!

  • Guy Montag||

    2 arrests at this hour!

    Perhaps the trail of wrongdoing will lead all the way to Atlanta.

    Some are saying that former wife Jane Fonda is penning chants for Ted Turner's defense.

    HEY HEY HO HO MOONINITES ARE JUST A SHOW.

  • Muttley||

    This brings me back to the 90s, there was a very good puzzle game for the Amiga:

    The Boston Bomb Club

  • Guy Montag||

    Muttley,

    Wasn't Boston the main place that bomb money was collected for Ireland? I mean besides the Soviet Union.

  • Muttley||

    Well, you should ask some Irish-American. But I guess so.

    Wasn't that the plot of the 1994 movie Blown Away?

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    Great, police in Boston can't tell the difference between an LED and an IED.

    I feel safer already.

  • Guy Montag||

    How funny is it that Foxnews felt they needed to censor out the pixilated middle finger of the mooninite. God forbid someone be able to see that.

    This just in: ABC Channel 10, Miami is pixilating it right now! Oh the humanity! Broadcasters bowing to the jackbootied federal communications regulators but cable versions of the same networks are free to show the finger!

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    [Akira flips the entire city of Boston the Bird.]

    I hope he can see this 'cause I'm doing it as hard as I can.

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    Should have sent me that check for this cheap Milk & Cheese rip-off. All it took was one phone call to the cops down at Sully's.

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    ATHF (don't they have a movie coming out?) oughta rush a commercial out featuring Ignignokt and Err singing "Well we love that dirty water, Oh, Boston, you're our bitch"

  • Todd Frye||

    How about a civil disobedience campaign to put life-size Daleks on the street corners of major cities? That would send some sort of anarchist message to The Man. The message would actually be non-existent, of course; I just think it would be cool as hell to see clueless cops freak out over those machines.

    God, it's early. Where's that coffee?!

  • chris||

    Ah, the state of fear some people live in. As funny as this could be, it's just sad.

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    Hey Boston! BOO!!!! Boo! Boo!Boo!Boo!Boo!Boo!Boo!Boo!Boo!Boo!Boo!Boo!Boo!Boo!Boo!Boo!Boo!Boo!Boo!Boo!Boo!Boo!Boo!Boo! Hey Boston! Boo!Boo!Boo!Boo!Boo!Boo!Boo!Boo!Boo!Boo!Boo!Boo!Boo!Boo!Boo!Boo!Boo!Boo!Boo!Boo!Boo!Boo!Boo!Boo!Boo!

    What a bunch of wusses!

  • Thomas Paine\'s Goiter||

    This is hilarious. The outrage from law enforcement and the right wing is delicious. I suggest a national campaign of putting lite-brite versions of Oglethorpe and Emory plastered to every structure in every major city.

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    Unfortunately for the City of Boston, when or if the terrorists do strike, their fine police forces will be too busy rounding up artists and sign makers.

    Out here.

  • Ted Turner||

    Boston is just so Right Wing you know.

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    I was hoping joe might have had something to say on the efficiency of public worker's in his home state.

  • norbizness||

    Multimedia presentation of the imminent threat.

  • :-||

    I'm thinking it's part of a larger and more sinister plan to out all H&R's nerds.

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    Boston cops are pathetic. Either dumb, lazy or corrupt, sometimes all 3. They created the panic because of their own stupidity and now have to try and save face. Unfortunately the statists I work with think it's a good thing they arrested the guy who put them up. "Can't be too careful after 9/11!" What a bunch of scared little girls this country has become.

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    Yeah, you guys don't have illegals walkin' through your yard,every day, looking at your sister, in some perverted manner. If you did, you wouldn't be so complex.

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    I didn't see one on Ebay for $3,000. They currently have bids ranging from the upper $200 to mid $700. That's still a lot of cash for $20 dollars worth of radio shack parts.

    In a fools world, paranoia reins over truth.

    I think Boston needs to explain why they thought it was a threat when the other 9 cities had little or no problems. I live in NYC, it wasn't a big deal. If I see one I'm snagging it for my apartment.

    If this was art work by the infamous bomb artist Gregory Green, I might understand their reaction. That's because it would have meant to look like a bomb.

    I think Boston is mad because the rest of the county is laughing AT them.

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    That's country not county!!!

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    One thing I can't tell from the news stories: did Turner/Cartoon Network rent the poles or other locations of the electronic billboards as a part of this marketing campaign?

    I'm guessing not, but that's a ridiculously risk-exposing thing for a multimillion-dollar company to do: at best, they'd be littering right on up to stealing the market-value of the billboard space. No one cares so much if it's an art school dropout putting "Obey Giant" stickers on the trolley poles; deep-pockets Turner's at least stealing display rights value and littering.

    If Turner did pay for spaces or arrange the campaign with the advertising department of the T or whatever, then Boston's response is even more ridiculous.

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    I'm so afraid.

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    """One thing I can't tell from the news stories: did Turner/Cartoon Network rent the poles or other locations of the electronic billboards as a part of this marketing campaign? """

    I don't believe so, it was a graffitti marking technique. If Turner had permission from Boston, I think he would have brought that point up already.

    The way I see it, at best, the guy broke anti-graffitti laws.

    The city of Boston needs to own up to their paranoia and not try to blame it on anyone else.

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    I wonder what would happen if the opposite scenario took place: Someone placed a *real* bomb, but no-one paid attention because they thought it was a publicity stunt by an entertainment company.

    You mean like what our kops, um, I mean armed forces, are/aren't doing in Baghdad right now?

  • Snorky, Dolphin King||

    This is the last straw, you humans have created a culture of fear in our kingdom now as well.

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    Wow. That thread over at LGF is surreal.

    "I'd like to see EVERYONE involved and any/all "superiors", all the way to the top, slapped with a multi million dollar fine and about 25 years behind bars. Such action would tell the rest of this so-called "industry" that such IDIOCY and STUPIDITY that creates near panic reactions will NOT be tolerated. Has cnn been running interference for this IMBECILIC action, blaming everyone in the Bush Administration, including Karl Rove?"

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    As an electrical engineer, my first thought was similar to some of you. "These bomb squad dudes can't tell the difference between LED controllers and a bomb."

    But then I wondered how much room they have to think. When a scenario like this starts I'm guessing they just have to follow procedure, like cogs in a giant bureaucratic
    machine. Cogs that risk their lives as part of the job mind you. So I don't blame the bomb squad directly. Their superiors, maybe.

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    "When a scenario like this starts I'm guessing they just have to follow procedure, like cogs in a giant bureaucratic
    machine. Cogs that risk their lives as part of the job mind you."


    ...cogs that have now been publically humiliated.

    I'm sorry, but this is the funniest shit ever.

  • Mr. X||

    Does everyone remember when the LGF crowd was making fun of Islamic extremists for rioting and killing over Mohammed cartoons?

    Ain't irony grand?

  • dhex||

    "i do not care how funny they are.
    we are at WAR and it is about time the people of this country started acting like it."

    lgf is great.

    oh, what? they're serious?

    fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck.

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    All I can say is that I survived the Mooninite Attack.

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    Mediageek, It pretty much shows the intelligence of your average Bush fan. They are probably repeating something they heard somebody say on Fox. I say that because most who what Fox hate CNN.

    It will be interesting to see the outcomes of the soon to be legal actions. The big issue is subjective Vs. objective. Will the advertisment be viewed by the courts as what it really was, an ad? or will they accept the subjective? Boston says it looked like a bomb. I believe advertisment has first amemdment protection. If screaming "fire" in a theater is not covered by the first because it creates panic, screaming bomb in a city shouldn't be either, for the same reason. Therefore, I conclude, whomever started screaming bomb should be the one punished in the same manner that someone screaming "fire" in a theater would be, for you do not have a right to do so.

    Will the artist be at fault because Boston misconstrued the electronic ad and acted not in truth, but in fear?

    Stay tuned

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    Vic, I think that the downside to the whole thing is that Boston's prosecutors "will make an example" out of the kids who did this viral marketing campaign.

    And they'll probably give medals all around to the bomb squad members who so bravely detonated a lightbright, and a public pat on the head to the shmuck who actually called the cops in the first place.

    The thing that'll suck is that Adult Swim, which has been doing viral marketing campaigns like this for awhile now, will probably clamp down on how they're done. The legal department at Cartoon Network is probably shitting a collective cinderblock right about now.

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    Good Lord:

    BOSTON -- Two men were arrested Wednesday night in connection with the discovery of 38 hoax devices found throughout greater Boston, Mayor Thomas Menino and Attorney General Martha Coakley said Wednesday night.

    The devices were eventually determined to be part of a marketing campaign that involved a character from the cartoon show "Aqua Teen Hunger Force."

    Coakley said Peter Berdovsky, 27, of Arlington, and Sean Stevens, 28, of Charlestown, will be arraigned Thursday in Charlestown District Court. They were charged under a new statute that makes it a crime to place, transfer or possess a hoax device that results in panic. Berdovsky was also charged with one count of disorderly conduct.

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    Menino has increased his absurdity by calling for the Cartoon Network to lose its broadcast license. I was under the impression that cable networks, by definition, do not have broadcast licenses. Am I wrong?

  • Jack||

    I'm going to pick up my General Tso's a little early today, before the Boston Police Department "safely detonates" the restaurant because those crazy blinking symbols mean the Chinese have invaded us....

    I wish my grandfather was still around to tell me the story of how the only thing we have to fear is fear itself, instead of ratcheting up the terror-anxiety alert level to about the same as coming off a three day coke bender.

    What assholes.

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    They were charged under a new statute that makes it a crime to place, transfer or possess a hoax device that results in panic.
    Except a hoax device is something that looks like a nefarious device, but isn't. How a professionally trained munitions expert can look at a lite-brite and think it's a bomb defies all logic.

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    Dan: A Boston Herald columnist wants them to get two to five years for each of the 38 locations! A bad sign is that they each had to post a $2,500 bond instead of being released on their own recognizance.

    Have the mayors of the other nine cities where these were placed reacted yet? If these are dangerous pseudo-bombs, there should be prosecutions everywhere, right? (On second thought, I hope I don't give anyone any ideas.)

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    The problem with Boston's claim is that the devices were NOT hoax devices, they were advertisements for a cartoon show on a cable TV channel.

    I would be interested, don't have time to look it up now, what Boston law defines as a hoax device. Logically, I would assume, it's a device with the intent to look like something it's not (hoax) with the intent to scare (panic), but I'm ass-u-me-ing. Even if the law covers not intending to scare, they have a problem with the hoax part.

    James, I haven't heard what Bloomberg has said about it here in NYC, but I can say the NYPD did not react to it in the same manner. I do believe they are taking them when they find them.

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    Without the bomb squad.

  • Thomas Paine\'s Goiter||

    Vic,

    Read McPhee's column in the Herald. She's saying they were wired to look exactly like a bomb. They are already setting their case up in the court of public opinion.

  • ron||

    wait is that really evan dorkin? dude i love milk and cheese and athf, and i do not really see a similarity beyond food products and swearing.

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    I damn near blew up my clock radio this morning. I mean, I saw the lights, and the batteries, and the wires, and I'll tell ya, for a minute there I was scared shitless.

    Ultimately, I think the fact that it took them weeks to notice these things, and the fact that like 10 other cities haven't had any problems whatsoever, is not going to help Boston's case.

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    Yep Thomas, trying thing in the court of public opinion is what newspapers like to do. Fortunatly for the guys involved, it rarely translates into the court of law.

    I would have to ask McPhee's explosive background is? McGiever? That goes to the problem of know-it-all news staff that don't really know jack. I would also like to ask McPhee if she has ever started liberating the dolls in the toy store because they "look" like babies.

    The reality is Boston is knee-jerking because one of the 9/11 plane came from Logan. I can't really blame them on the knee-jerk, they are touchy about the subject, but they shouldn't try to punish these guys for the city's reaction. Especially since none of the other 9 cities acted the same way.

    Consider this possible headline.
    Cartoon shuts down Boston.
    If it wasn't true, if would be funny. Since it's true, it's pretty damn sad. Ok, it's pretty damn funny either way.

  • ||

    Good news: The judge at the hearing, although he did set a $2,500 bail as I noted earlier, "seemed skeptical of the state's case."

    http://www.boston.com/news/globe/city_region/breaking_news/2007/02/men_accused_of_2.html

  • ||

    The Assistant Attorney General John Grossman said at their arraignment. "It's clear the intent was to get attention by causing fear and unrest that there was a bomb in that location."

    I think the only qualification for being in the AGs office is that you are willing to prosecute anybody, for anything, at anytime, and that it's not important to look at the facts for what they are, but for how you want to believe they are.

    When the subjective takes over the objective in matters of law, the rule of law fails and our judical system becomes the style of dictators and tyrants.

    I do not believe the MA courts will be as "loose" with the reality as the Boston's DA office.

    Boston is going to have a hard time trying to convince anyone this was something other than advertisement.

  • ||

    "That's not a hair question. I'm sorry." The absurdist political theater is now complete:

    In a news conference, Rich told reporters he had advised his clients not to discuss the incident. Stevens and Berdovsky took the podium and said they were taking questions only about haircuts in the 1970s.

    When a reporter accused them of not taking the situation seriously, Stevens responded, "We're taking it very seriously." Asked another question about the case, Stevens reiterated they were answering questions only about hair and accused the reporter of not taking him and Berdovsky seriously.

    Reporters did not relent and as they continued, Berdovsky disregarded their queries, saying, "That's not a hair question. I'm sorry."


    These men are heroes.

  • ||

    Adult Swim did air an apology to the citizens of Boston last night before the episode of ATHF. I had hoped they'd be a bit more flippant about the whole circus, but I imagine they feel a lot of pressure to play nice right about now.

  • Egon||

    The pirating has already begun: http://tinyurl.com/yw88cj

    I love it.

  • Guy Montag||

    I really liked the way they worked the press confrence. I figured their lawyer told them not to talk about the case (noted by someone else above), but the way they refused to comment on the case was great.

    Now, give them a fair trial and nail some sense into them.

  • Ed Smith||

    "I hope they can see it..."
    "I'm doing it as hard as I can..."

  • Laconic||

    It's just too bad their lawyer was so out of his depth.

  • ||

    i saw the pics and these thingies didn't look anything like bombs- a hairdryer with the cover off looks more like a bomb than these things did. i think boston should be mad at the people who wanted in on this stupid easter egg hunt and reported these things in the first place.

  • M||

    Why has no one admitted that these are caricatures of the Prophet (PBUH)?

  • ||

    Turner Broadcasting had planned another campaign planned using lighted likenesses of cartoon characters. The other campaign would feature a short, balding man with a shotgun and Duck. The plan was to start in Washington D.C. with 50 electronic signs to promote the upcoming reruns of Elmer Fudd and Daffy Duck. They have scrapped the plan in fear Capital Police would assume the characters were a threat to VP Cheney and Lame Duck Bush. Then Bush at the urging of Cheney would declare the entire nation and our ally under Marshall Law until the terrorist threat was contained. Turner Broadcasting decided that they would be unable to pay the cost of containing such a threat to National and International Security and would probably have to file Bankruptcy. Therefore they have canceled the planned ad campaign.
    Note:
    The Mayor of Boston, The Boston Chief of Police, The Boston Bomb Squad, The Boston District Attorney and The Head of Homeland Security have been nominated for the first DARWIN AWARDS for 2007.

    Jim Frego
    Grants Pass, OR

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