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August 11, 2006



The phrase "mass murder on an unimaginable scale" set off the alarm bells in my head as well, but for different reasons.

I saw a report suggesting 9 planes were to be targeted so assuming around 500 passengers per plane, that's about 4,500 people. Hardly an unimaginable scale. Unimaginable scale would be more along the lines of, oh I don't know, nuking two cities in Japan, perhaps? :rolleyes:

Earl Mardle


In fact I Googled the phrase immediately and came up with just 6 hits, most of them referring to the holocaust.

I didn't get into the fact that mass murder on vastly more vile scales has been committed multiple times in our history, and therefore imagined.

Nor did I get into the sad fact that if what was being planned was as described, then our imaginations have become VERY stunted.

I frankly blame the managerial culture, but that's another story.

Steve Hayes

I'm glad I'm not the only one to think that the "unimaginable scale" thing was a dangerous piece of media hype.


Tri-acetate peroxide requires preparation at around -10deg to formed correctly. Any variation in temperature can spoil the end product, simply producing lots of warm steam from peroxide decomposition.

Liquid slurry type explosives are normally very poor explosives, and without confinement and initiation via det cap would hardly start a fire.

Astrolite is the only notable liquid explosive and would have required chemicals that are detected by standard screening measures ( Ammonium Nitrate ).

The liquid explosive story is just that a fabrication to incite fear. And would suggest that poor middle eastern people have run off to detention for carrying soft drinks on to a plane.

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