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    This is really scary

    http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/11/02/az....ant/index.html
    "You can tell a lot about a fella's character by whether he picks out all of one color or just grabs a handful." -explaining why Reagan liked to have a jar of jelly beans on hand for important meetings

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  • #2
    No, Its not.

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    • #3
      How is that not scary
      "You can tell a lot about a fella's character by whether he picks out all of one color or just grabs a handful." -explaining why Reagan liked to have a jar of jelly beans on hand for important meetings

      CO for 1st S.INC Shock Security Troop

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      • #4
        I'm sure this guy didn't mean any harm.

        Signed
        The Unabomber

        "And you may find yourself living in a shotgun shack. And you may find yourself in another part of the world. And you may find yourself behind the wheel of a large automobile. And you may find yourself in a beautiful house, with a beautiful wife, and you may ask yourself 'Well...how did I get here?'"
        'Once in a Lifetime"

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        • #5
          Originally posted by No_Nickname View Post
          How is that not scary
          Well, If it was a few 55 gallon oil drums full of diesel fuel and fertilizer, Then yeah, It would be cause for concern, But a pipe bomb isn't really something to start voiding your bowels over.

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          • #6
            I think that also a little explosive placed in the 'right' place could have a devastating effect in a atomic power plant. It should be well not to undestimate events like that one.
            Historia Magistra Vitae.
            M. T. Cicero

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            • #7
              Well I'd bet a weeks pay that if he was named Abdila and was Muslim, the story would read more like "Terrorist Plot at Nuke Plant Thwarted", He would have had small device which could taken out key control devices. He would have been a loner living alone, with prayer rugs and a Koran open to verses on smitting the enemies of Allah in a purifying fire. HOLY SPIN CITY,

              What a ThudF**k, here's a News Flash you don't take Bombs to work!!! And the Plant needs to fire his butt.
              Eternal War(gaming) Armoured Struggle Car Bob

              History does not record anywhere at any time a religion that has any rational basis.
              Lazarus Long

              Draw the blinds on yesterday and it's all so much scarier....
              David Bowie

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              • #8
                Originally posted by No_Nickname View Post
                How is that not scary
                Look at the language. The Experts called it "credible explosive device" not a bomb. That's after they ran some tests.

                I think that phrase is referred to anything that may explode, or at the very least fizzle. Bomb is more definite and normally can cause some damage. For an speculative example, any pressurised container is a "credible explosive device".

                Good drills on finding the suspect package, and clean undies for the bloke who found it. I was sorting the post once, when I picked up a package that had several markers on it. Very heavy for it's size (About 1KG), weight off centre, Addressed to a company not a person, address written in marker pen and protruding wires.
                Winnie says
                ---------------------------------
                "He fell out of a Gestapo car, over a bridge, and onto a railway line. Then was run over by the Berlin Express.

                It was an Accident."
                Herr Flick.

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                • #9
                  http://www.reuters.com/article/asiaT...3?pageNumber=1
                  Arizona nuclear plant normal after pipe bomb found
                  Fri Nov 2, 2007 10:47pm EDT
                  By David Schwartz

                  PHOENIX (Reuters) - The Palo Verde nuclear power plant, the largest in the United States, was sealed off for much of Friday after guards found a pipe bomb in a worker's truck as he tried to enter the facility, officials said.

                  The lock-down of the plant, about 50 miles (80 km) west of Phoenix, Arizona, was lifted on Friday afternoon. Operations were not affected, said the plant's operator, Arizona Public Service.

                  The driver of the truck, an engineer who had worked at Palo Verde as a contractor for a year, was detained as his apartment was searched but he was not under arrest and was cooperating with authorities, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office said.

                  "Our examination and preliminary testing shows it is a viable improvised explosive device," said Capt. Paul Chagolla.

                  The pipe bomb was probably powerful enough to damage the vehicle but not the power plant, Sheriff Joe Arpaio said.

                  The engineer, identified as Roger Hurd, 61, of South Carolina, told investigators he was unaware the pipe bomb was in the bed of his pickup truck, the sheriff said.

                  "The mystery is how did it get in the truck and how he knew nothing about it. It's all very puzzling," Arpaio told Reuters, adding that a search of Hurd's Phoenix-area apartment turned up no clues. "There was nothing there that would connect him to the pipe bomb."


                  With a combined production capacity of about 3,900 megawatts, Palo Verde's three nuclear reactors can make enough electricity to serve 1.5 million to 2 million homes in Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas.

                  There was no threat to the plant at any time and the public was not in danger, said Jim McDonald, a spokesman for Arizona Public Service.

                  'EXTENSIVE' INSPECTION

                  Hurd had access to sensitive areas of the plant but McDonald said the engineer mainly worked in the administrative portion of the facility. The last time he worked in the "protected area" was on Oct. 17.

                  People and vehicles entering the plant undergo an "extensive" inspection, McDonald said.

                  "It's not an accident they found it," he said. "It's not like an inspection you go through at the airport. The security is highly trained and they are damned good at what they do and they did it today."

                  The closest homes, built in the past several years, are less than a mile (1.6 km) from the reactors. Palo Verde has been operating for more than two decades.

                  Two of the reactors were not running on Friday morning. One is being refueled until the second half of December and the second was to return to the power grid shortly, an Arizona Public Service spokeswoman said. The third reactor was operating fully, she said.
                  So it looks like my suspicion that some moron probably tossed it into the truck may be right.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by the_redstar_swl View Post
                    http://www.reuters.com/article/asiaT...3?pageNumber=1


                    So it looks like my suspicion that some moron probably tossed it into the truck may be right.
                    A remember a story about a guy who, upon getting a coat back from the cleaners, was quite frightened to find a pipebomb in one of the pockets.



                    He then drove to the police station to turn it in.

                    I know I would have gone into the forest and strapped that thing to a tree stump!

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