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   Undertoad  Sunday May 23 12:00 PM

5/23/2004: Iraqi firefighters

Presented without bias is this shot of Iraqi firefighters, fighting a pipeline fire. From MSNBC Week in Pics.

I think this is one of the finest news images I've seen in a long time. It tells you an enormous amount. It's frightening, glorious, beautiful, amazing, informative, all at the same time.

wolf  Sunday May 23 12:59 PM

That is an awesome, awesome picture. I can't really say anymore about it, and merely echo my appreciation for those who run the wrong way.

jaguar  Sunday May 23 01:28 PM

That is an awsome pictures, damn, kudos to the photographer.
Secondly, those are some brave motherfuckers.

blase  Sunday May 23 03:46 PM

Nice bubblebath

xoxoxoBruce  Sunday May 23 04:05 PM

They played with the whale penis too long.

YellowBolt  Sunday May 23 09:46 PM

Firefighting is probably one of the most difficult and honourable jobs of them all. Good pic.

MAdMoNKEY  Monday May 24 02:02 AM

Originally posted by xoxoxoBruce
They played with the whale penis too long.
That's nasty dude.

jaguar  Monday May 24 11:27 AM

After a little thinking I don`t think these guys are actually firefighters, more likely pro blowout control dudes, the mercs of the firefighting world. They work in close teams and are hired to cap wells that are on fire.

wolf  Monday May 24 11:30 AM

They are still technically firefighters.

Troubleshooter  Monday May 24 12:44 PM

Fire fighting sucks. I've dealt with two fires, neither of which was on that scale. Thank you, no.

Check this guy out. Red Adair

wolf  Monday May 24 12:51 PM

Putting out a fire and firefighting are really two different things.

You only have to ask a firefighter about it to easily see the difference. Firefighters both love and hate fire. The movie Backdraft comes very close to expressing that.

jaguar  Monday May 24 01:19 PM

Maybe it`s a distinction without a difference but I thought it was worth pointing out. They do get paid a buttload and tend, like anyone that does risky work for money, to be a little nutty.

Says the guy going to the west bank.

xoxoxoBruce  Monday May 24 09:52 PM

Washington post said they were Iraqui firefighters at a sabotaged pipeline fire.

wolf  Tuesday May 25 01:32 AM

Originally posted by jaguar
Says the guy going to the west bank.
Good luck to you. Safe journey, keep your head down, wear a vest, and don't forget your "I'm not an American" tee shirt for over it. Hope you get a lot of good pictures!

chrisinhouston  Tuesday May 25 01:58 PM

"OK, now if the fire looks like it's going to flare up yank like hell on my safety rope"!

jaguar  Tuesday May 25 02:06 PM

Good luck to you. Safe journey, keep your head down, wear a vest, and don't forget your "I'm not an American" tee shirt for over it. Hope you get a lot of good pictures!
Thanks =) Few months yet but looking good, there are a wealth of organisations on both sides of the situation eager to help people report their side so I`m confident I`ll come back with something.

Pi  Tuesday May 25 02:16 PM

Hopefully, not with a bullet in your brain...

wolf  Wednesday May 26 01:52 AM

And if you see a bulldozer heading for you, move the fuck out of the way. If it's a possible Pulitzer shot, you will have to decide whether it's worth a limb all on your own.

jaguar  Wednesday May 26 07:20 AM

Thankyou :P I`m faily good at keeping my head down and I`m not looking for closeups of tank treads, to be honest, I`m not all that worried about getting shot, more worried about being an unwanted collateral in a targeted hit or getting locked in for a week or three by a border closure.

BrianR  Wednesday May 26 09:14 AM

Don't forget that being taken as a hostage in those parts tends to shorten one's lifespan, not to mention one's height. Keep your head on straight (natch) and don't take any chances.


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