Sunday, July 24, 2005

PENN STATION CLEARED

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Penn Station before demolition
By Elaine Meinel Supkis

Interesting what doesn't make the news these days. I was reading Chinese financial news for a story that will appear soon when I saw this in Xinhuanews. From Xinhuanews:
Pennsylvania Station, a major train station in New York city, was evacuated and train service disrupted for about an hour on Sunday.

The busy commuter hub was evacuated after someone threw a backpack at an Amtrak agent and said it was a bomb, said Marissa Baldeo, a spokeswoman for New York City Transit. The threat was a false alarm, and service on all lines was restored about an hour later.

The incident came days after a second bombing attack in London,which prompted New York police to start random inspections of subway riders' bags.

After evacuating Penn Station, police sealed the Eighth Avenue entrance with yellow tape and moved everyone across the avenue to the west side.

The service disruption affected Amtrak, the Long Island Rail Road, New Jersey Transit and the Seventh and Eighth Avenue subway lines.

The incident was over as quickly as it began. One minute, camouflage-clad soldiers were shouting, "Penn Station is closed indefinitely," and the next minute they got the all clear and started letting people into the station.
Looks like a traveler got irritable and lost control and is now in jail. Shuffling through long, tedius lines can set some people off. This is similar to the Brazilian being tackled and shot in the head. Namely, people are on edge and so are the security forces and this is heading towards unpleasant waters.

But what interests me tonight is this story is no where obvious. I looked and looked. I live in NY so I always focus on NY news and yet, it is obscure indeed. Very obscure. Like it is not of any importance or what?

My analysis of this whole stuff is, we don't really want to know, we want to be brave but only via a foolish naivity. Perhaps if we close our eyes very tight and clap our hands over our ears, the boogey man won't blow us up.

More died in Iraq, blown up. Bombs are now going off all over the planet and Mother Earth is still moving, another fairly great earthquake tears at the Nicobar Islands right on the heels of the one hitting Japan. Something we should attend to closely because it will reverberate in California eventually.

Back to Penn Station: it was already destroyed in ths sixties by reckless developers who destroyed a great architectual work of art. Now we tremble at the possibility of further destruction.

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