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Firefighters respond to Mass. Ave. Bridge again on another report of somebody jumping

Updated, 12:25 a.m.

For the second day in a row, Boston and Cambridge firefighters and State Police responded to the Massachusetts Avenue bridge on a report of a possible jumper, only to find no evidence on the bridge or in the water that somebody had actually jumped.

Firefighters used thermal imagers and sonar to search the water, after the report of a possible jumper mid-span came in shortly before 11:50 p.m.

The bridge was shut in both directions. Around 12:20 a.m., Boston firefighters began packing up and leaving.

Firefighters responded to a similar call yesterday evening without finding any evidence somebody had jumped.

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Not only do they want to shut down our Pharmacies and Sunscreen production factories...

Now they wish to burn off all our fuel running fire trucks in long lines to fake calls and causing cars to wait in traffic, burning off more fuel.

Then, when we run out of fuel, they will suddenly reveal all of their gasoline reserves.

They will then drive cars in front of us, standing in front of our own empty, abandoned cars on the sides of roads, and we will be deeply ashamed.
The Comintern will then convince people to join the Communist party in exchange for fuel.

It is a Comintern plot.

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What will they do with my tin foil cap?

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trolling post by a registered user, Adam

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It was brilliant.

And if you want to be able to post great satire like that, get out of the shadows and register. Otherwise, STFU.

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This reads like the screeds from that guy who has been taking over the billboards on I-93 with his "Corruption in MA and NH" stuff. Sounds reasonable up front, but check it out for some highly entertaining premium grade crazy about race horses and such.

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Now I have to take the trip. Northbound, southbound, or both?

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This is some wonderfully well financed crazy right here: www.stateofcorruption.org/

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Wasn't intendin' to spam, just having some fun trying to find the secret Communist (and occasionally Canadian) in everything.

Seems like most people enjoyed it though.
We musicians have very, very, creative minds (except for violists-we grind them up and make them our pawns.)

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I think it's a joke, people. Ya think?
Take a deep breath and move on.

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Two words: Surveillance Cameras

This situation may be perfect justification for deployment of cameras on this bridge (and perhaps others as well - Tobin ?) not only to discredit false reports but also perhaps to identify actual jumpers and intervene as appropriate.

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Unnecessary. Unless phones have suddenly become untraceable...

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Could a spoofed number get through and complete a call to a public safety E-911 line ? I think they can.

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...even in this day of six-month trade-school IT wunderkind who read somewhere about call spoofing, hoax callers do get caught.

(this reminds me of MIT nerds who smirk at bike locks and say, "You know, you can open that up in thirty seconds with some liquid nitrogen.")

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... or at least a burner sim, which I'm pretty sure you can buy at bodegas all over town.

Stolen phone which is now disabled except for 911 calls.

Or a pay phone that doesn't have a camera pointed at it.

No need to assume high tech when old style brute force methods still work.

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If it was, I would assume that wacko housemate of mine prone to doing yoga poses in precarious places was at it again, generating "jumper" complaints.

Right neighborhood.

Perhaps there's a new wave of extreme yogis?

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... the penalty for calling in a false report of this nature? I assume getting a conviction would be tremendously difficult, but what is it?

Suldog
http://jimsuldog.blogspot.com

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...has some rules supposed to deter this stuff. Usually people do it anyway (because you really can't trace them easily in our modern age of wonders and magic)

I'm pretty sure if you call to report something that comes out false, you could go to prison and/or be fined or punished some other way (UNLESS the report was made with genuine concern-for instance, a person who THOUGHT that somebody had jumped due to a loss of visual contact.

A famous case of this stuff was a while ago, some guy was playing a video game (Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, if my inner Caveman of My Mom's Basement is correct, which thankfully my Caveman isn't too dominant) and holding a live stream, in the usual fashion that gamers tend to do-game in the full screen, with the streamer in the corner (for recording himself as he spoke and reacted to things in the game).

Apparently, somebody figured that a SWAT team should be sent to his house for what we presume was his livestream of shooting various virtual guns and killing little guys bleeding out in little pools of blood. So she called em' up and reported a live shooting by a terrorist. The SWAT team arrived at the guy's house, broke down the door, and pinned down the streamer, all whilst the cameras were still running.

And we end on a very positive side note: In the game that was being played, playing as a Terrorist was cheaper and easier than playing as a Counter-Terrorist.

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I know the person who called it in. They were walking across the bridge and saw someone peering over the edge. When they looked back, the person was gone. They alerted the police and told them that they thought someone might have jumped. This person was very shaken up from the incident and talked with police afterwards.

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