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The most interesting human disaster?

What's the most interesting human disaster? I'm currently researching Chernobyl.

by Anonymousreply 8001/28/2013

W&w for r1!

by Anonymousreply 201/24/2013

Courtney Love.

And Cheryl's pussy.

by Anonymousreply 301/24/2013

The ones where thousands of people get wiped out because either a corporation or the military were idiots always really upset me the most.

Bhopal, India

The Halifax explosion during WWI

by Anonymousreply 501/24/2013

The Johnstown flood, not just for the story of Lake Conemaugh and the South Fork Hunting and Fishing Club, but also the Gautier Wire Works and the miles of barbed wire the flood carried into Johnstown to bind flood survivors in the massive debris piled up at the stone bridge that burned for three days.

by Anonymousreply 601/24/2013

The invention of drip-dry.

by Anonymousreply 701/25/2013

Fukushima-Diachi Nuclear Catastrophe, the worst industrial catastrophe in human history. From Japanese secrecy to inaction to craven behavior (selling nuclear-contaminated food across the globe) to incompetence to looking the other way this story is the most head-shaking I've ever followed.

If you are looking for emotions and bad behavior then you can't beat Hurricane Katrina.

by Anonymousreply 801/25/2013

The Qinghe Special Steel Corporation disaster, in which 32 workers were killed from molten steel.

by Anonymousreply 901/25/2013

 

by Anonymousreply 1001/25/2013

The great Boston Molasses Disaster of 1919 wins. A tsunami of molasses rolling through the streets of Boston at 35 mph, kills 21 and injures 150.

by Anonymousreply 1201/25/2013

Ann Romney?

by Anonymousreply 1301/25/2013

Sometimes I think Fukashima might end the world. Between Fukashima and the BP disaster in the Gulf...I'm thinking those two disasters are going to haunt our future as a planet.

by Anonymousreply 1401/25/2013

The Christmas tsunami.

I mean almost 1/2 million dead...astonishing.

by Anonymousreply 1601/25/2013

Waco.

Jonestown.

by Anonymousreply 1701/25/2013

The Belvano train disaster, 1944: in the middle of the night, the train got stuck in a tunnel and 600 people were gassed to death.

by Anonymousreply 1801/25/2013

In current events, burning cheese truck in Norway.

[quote]In what may be a new world record for the largest fondue, a semi-truck containing 27 tonnes of burning goat cheese has blocked a highway tunnel in northern Norway for six days.

by Anonymousreply 1901/25/2013

The Titanic....because the couple in the bow of the ship looked so cute.

by Anonymousreply 2001/25/2013

AnnE's golden globe speech

by Anonymousreply 2101/25/2013

Invention of rayon.

by Anonymousreply 2201/25/2013

This year's Academy Awards Best Actress category, for ridiculously and offensively nominating the bland and boring Jessica Chastain and Quebooboo Wallis instead of the dynamic, dazzling, hypnotic and extraordinary Rachel Weisz, Marion Cotillard and Michelle Williams.

by Anonymousreply 2301/25/2013

I want to see his transcripts from all these graduate schools he supposedly attends.

by Anonymousreply 2401/25/2013

Fukushima still has the potential to have major worldwide consequences. For those who don't mind being alarmed, ENEnews is still reporting what other media won't.

OTOH, the Boston Molasses Flood of 1919 was kinda cool, sticky and sweet.

by Anonymousreply 2501/25/2013

Williams was unnominatable, jackass at r23, as has been pointed out to you already on other threads. Marilyn was last year.

by Anonymousreply 2601/25/2013

The St. Francis Dsm disaster in 1928. Somewhere between 600 - 800 people were swept away in a flood path that went from San Francisquito Canyon all the way down to Ventura on the coast (of California)

by Anonymousreply 2701/25/2013

The Johnstown Flood.

by Anonymousreply 2801/25/2013

[quote]instead of the dynamic, dazzling, hypnotic and extraordinary Rachel Weisz, Marion Cotillard and Michelle Williams.

MARY!, MARY! and MARY!

by Anonymousreply 2901/25/2013

Doesn't r23 mean Michelle Williams should have been nominated for Take this Waltz?

by Anonymousreply 3001/25/2013

Could we spare at least ONE thread from being hijacked by the Best Actress trolls?

by Anonymousreply 3201/25/2013

The rise and fall of Nazism and the Third Reich.

by Anonymousreply 3301/25/2013

2004 Tsunami

by Anonymousreply 3401/25/2013

The Hindenburg disaster was interesting. Was that the first disaster that was broadcast live?

by Anonymousreply 3501/25/2013

A heat wave in 2003 killed 70,000 in Europe, nearly 15,000 in France.

by Anonymousreply 3601/25/2013

Oh, so now we're mocking me in code. Funny. Really funny. Editor, please F&F ban.

by Anonymousreply 3701/25/2013

Anna Nicole

by Anonymousreply 3801/26/2013

The United States

by Anonymousreply 3901/26/2013

We are monsters and there is no denying it.

by Anonymousreply 4001/26/2013

I think r4 slipped up - he meant to put "Mel Gibson" in the byline, not in the body of the post.

by Anonymousreply 4101/26/2013

Nope. Just because I hate the Government of Israel does not mean I hate Jewish people. I'm just sick and tired of the bully nation and it's big muscled Dad.

by Anonymousreply 4201/26/2013

Nicolette Sheridan

by Anonymousreply 4301/26/2013

If you

- think the tiny state of Israel which is surrounded by 100s of millions who want to destroy it, and have repeatedly tried to do so, is the "bully"

- see the I/P conflict as one-sided Israeli "persecution"

- think that persecution is one of the most significant human disasters

you can't complain if people start to wonder what motivates that skewed vision of the world, r42.

by Anonymousreply 4401/26/2013

The United States Senate.

by Anonymousreply 4601/26/2013

Israel's entire existence is predicated on genocide. They claim God told them to wipe out all the other tribes living in the land - Deuteronomy 9.

by Anonymousreply 4701/26/2013

Don't I have a claim?

by Anonymousreply 4801/26/2013

Would 9/11 count?

Dead Bodies on Mt. Everest.

by Anonymousreply 4901/26/2013

9/11 counts, mainly because the REAL guilty people got away, scott free. We live in a really crummy country.

by Anonymousreply 5001/26/2013

Please r44, everyone does not fall for your bullshit. I certainly do not. I know the truth. Two sides to every story, I looked at the other side of this story and NOW I know the truth.

by Anonymousreply 5101/26/2013

The Great Leap Forward. Only two of the many horror stories that led to the deaths of 30 million: following the theories of a discredited Soviet agronomist lead to crop failures which were hidden from the people and the powers that be to save face. As if the peasants who farmed the land for centuries knew nothing, they are instructed to plow seeds 2 meters deep to encourage deep roots. Then, as if farming while starving wasn't hard enough, Mao tries to make the people produce steel in backyard furnaces, (at night!) and to do so, all available wood is used to fire these furnaces including the furniture and doors of the houses of the peasants and for the scrap metal all the people's cooking vessels are melted down. Mao is truly one of the most deluded and evil tyrants of any century.

by Anonymousreply 5201/27/2013

The Krakatau volcano eruption has always fascinated me. Supposedly so loud it was heard thousands of miles away.

Proves we are just organisms on this giant mudball. Earth will survive; we will not.

by Anonymousreply 5301/27/2013

Human disaster.

by Anonymousreply 5401/27/2013

High fructose corn syrup

by Anonymousreply 5501/27/2013

The OP from the Sandy Hook conspiracy thread?

by Anonymousreply 5601/27/2013

The deaths from the heat wave in r36.

That it could happen the way it did, and so many of the victims were elderly and left on their own while everyone else went on holiday -- including their own families.

by Anonymousreply 5701/27/2013

The rise, anyway, R33.

Photo: entrance to Auschwitz-Birkenau

by Anonymousreply 5801/27/2013

The one waiting to happen. The fact we suck millions and millions of barrels of oil out of the earth EVERY DAY and don't expect any repercussions. For an intelligent species we really are stupid.

by Anonymousreply 5901/27/2013

Fukushima was hardly a disaster. Nobody was injured, let alone killed by the partial meltdown of its reactors. It was the subsequent hysteria that lead to a totally unnecessary evacuation, that caused severe trauma among the region's inhabitants. Subsequent investigations by the WHO, and UNSCEAR, the UN's nuclear radiation body, found no significant radiation contamination. Of course the crackpots out there will continue to bleat about how much of a disaster it was, ignoring the fact that 25,000 people were killed in the earthquake and subsequent tsunami.

by Anonymousreply 6001/27/2013

Nuclear industry PR troll alert @R60. The WHO report is preliminary, widely questioned, and at variance to the Japanese government's own data. Nobody, including WHO, disputes that removal of residents was necessary. Condition of the reactors and fuel pools is disturbing, and TEPCO lacks the ability to adequately stabilize the situation long term.

by Anonymousreply 6101/27/2013

The fall, too, R58. There was far more damage done beyond concentration camps.

by Anonymousreply 6201/27/2013

R62, I misread the headline. Yes, both "rise" and "fall" make sense with the word "most interesting." Somehow my brain/eyes transmuted it into "most horrible," and of course, the fall wasn't even a little bit horrible. My mistake. You're quite right.

by Anonymousreply 6301/27/2013

R63, your knowledge of history is obviously lacking. Victors in war rarely behave admirably.

by Anonymousreply 6401/27/2013

No [61] I don't work for the industry. I simply recognise that it is daft to create panic over a non-disaster when thousands of people die each year from coal emissions, and in developing countries, from a lack of electricity that forces them to use wood, garbage and other toxic substances. The evacuation order was given because of the ridiculously low safety level that is used to govern exposure. Fact is Fukushima is a plant that was designed at a time when cars had no seatbelts and doctors still told people its safe to smoke. And in spite of being hit by the largest ever recorded earthquake and a tsunami, not a single person lost their life.

by Anonymousreply 6501/28/2013

[quote]Fukushima was hardly a disaster. Nobody was injured, let alone killed by the partial meltdown of its reactors. It was the subsequent hysteria that lead to a totally unnecessary evacuation, that caused severe trauma among the region's inhabitants. Subsequent investigations by the WHO, and UNSCEAR, the UN's nuclear radiation body, found no significant radiation contamination.

Oh, really? Were you actually living there? You need to lay off the crack.

by Anonymousreply 6601/28/2013

That's pathetic, [66]. No of course not. However I was in Asia at the time. The real horror was the 25,000 deaths in the twin whammy of earthquake and tsunami. But to try and put Fukushima above those events as some here have tried to do is inhumane. I repeat. Nobody died - or was injured - by Fukushima's meltdown.

by Anonymousreply 6701/28/2013

Polyester.

My not winning at the Oscars.

by Anonymousreply 6801/28/2013

R64, you would rather Germany have won WWII?

by Anonymousreply 6901/28/2013

Fukushima, Japan.

by Anonymousreply 7001/28/2013

How so, [70]? How many people died because of Fukushima?

by Anonymousreply 7101/28/2013

op, see my post at R20 on the thread linked

by Anonymousreply 7201/28/2013

Excess cancer deaths qualify as inhumane, R60/65/67/71. You're dealing in falsehoods.

Fukushima (along with Three Mile Island and Chernobyl) could effectively kill nuclear power, case by case in America...and country by country around the world. Rightly so. The desperation is noticeable.

by Anonymousreply 7301/28/2013

[73] It is unlikely to kill off nuclear power: China and India are building more than 50 new stations between them. South Africa has five new plants in mind, and I know of at least ten other African nations that have set up nuclear projects. Japan is moving towards restarting its fleet because ultimately (as many New Yorkers post-Sandy will know) living without energy is a killer. Japan has no natural resources to draw on. It can't import enough oil, coal or gas to cover more than three months at a time. Finally, I'd be interested in seeing how the Standford projections turn out. Pinpointing 180 extra cases of cancer - over and above the norm - in a population of exposed people that numbered some half a million - would be a feat indeed.

by Anonymousreply 7401/28/2013

The Third Reich

by Anonymousreply 7501/28/2013

Stirrup pants and peasant blouses.

by Anonymousreply 7601/28/2013

It's a tie between Crocs and Kathy Lee Gifford.

by Anonymousreply 7701/28/2013

You present a false dichotomy, R69. The Allies weren't innocents while pursuing defeat of the Axis powers. Firebombing civilians, mass rape, indiscriminate executions...unnecessary atrocities.

There were almost 50 million people killed during WWII, 67% of them civilians.

by Anonymousreply 7801/28/2013

I was thinking about r20's funny snark and it made me sad that the great love story on that ship was of Isador and Ida Straus, and all they got was a three second cameo.

There should be a movie on them.

by Anonymousreply 7901/28/2013

Fratpad

by Anonymousreply 8001/28/2013
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