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Iranian grad student at Georgia Tech burns self with Molotov cocktail, media yawns
The Daily Caller ^ | 2-28-2014 | Jim Treacher

Posted on 02/28/2014 9:54:43 AM PST by servo1969

As you read the following, keep in mind that this happened three weeks ago. The only reason I know about it is because Glenn Reynolds linked to it this morning.

WXIA in Atlanta, Feb. 5:

The FBI says a Georgia Tech graduate student was burned by a Molotov cocktail at his apartment in the 200 block of 10th Street, not far from Piedmont Park.

Atlanta police spokeswoman Kim Jones said Saamer Akhshabi suffered third-degree burns over 90 percent of his body. Lighter fluid and a charred pillow and mattress were found inside the apartment, along with the Molotov cocktail and several plastic bottles filled with gasoline and kerosene.

The FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force, along with the Atlanta Police Department and Atlanta Fire-Rescue are working to investigate the circumstances behind the incident. Homeland Security was also notified of the explosion.

But according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle on Feb. 6: "Officials: No sign of terrorism in fire at Ga. Tech student’s apt." Other than, y'know, the Iranian guy making Molotov cocktails.

Why was he making them? I have no idea, because this only made the local news in Atlanta and there was no follow-up. Nobody's curious about why this guy was making firebombs in his apartment.

If only there were some way to connect him to the Tea Party. But that seems unlikely after you look at his Twitter account, @sam_pers:

Four tweets in all, three of them about how awesome Obamacare is. Nope, no way he's a teabagger. Never mind!

#GetCovered... in third-degree burns.

According to Akhshabi's personal page at the Georgia Tech site, he's "interested in Internet evolution, evolutionary network modeling, and adaptive video streaming." He forgot "making improvised incendiary devices."

Why was he doing that? How did he burn himself so badly? Just goofing around?

Must be. He's one of the good guys. Move along, wingnuts.


TOPICS: Conspiracy; Education; Local News; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: akhshabi; atlanta; college; georgia; georgiatech; iran; saamerakhshabi; terrorism; wot









1 posted on 02/28/2014 9:54:43 AM PST by servo1969
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To: servo1969

Seriously? Never having tried to build a bomb, I don’t know if it’s hard enough that I shouldn’t be surprised that all these people blow themselves up. But a Molotov Cocktail? How hard is “Don’t light it if you’re still covered in gasoline?”


2 posted on 02/28/2014 10:02:44 AM PST by dangus
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To: servo1969
You have to love when these problems solve themselves.
3 posted on 02/28/2014 10:02:57 AM PST by liberalh8ter (The only difference between flash mob 'urban yutes' and U.S. politicians is the hoodies.)
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To: dangus

How about “Don’t light it until you’re ready to throw it”?


4 posted on 02/28/2014 10:04:54 AM PST by NorthMountain
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To: servo1969

We’re importing enemy combatant “students” because why, again?


5 posted on 02/28/2014 10:08:15 AM PST by null and void (<--- unwilling cattle-car passenger on the bullet train to serfdom)
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To: servo1969

Bookmarked, the guy was making pro-Obamacare tweets as well. That’s a bit amazing.


6 posted on 02/28/2014 10:09:42 AM PST by BeadCounter
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To: servo1969

Was he having cocktails in bed?


7 posted on 02/28/2014 10:16:02 AM PST by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: NorthMountain

Well, OK. Just remember, though, that if you’re soaked in gasoline, you’re not ready to throw it.


8 posted on 02/28/2014 10:17:26 AM PST by dangus
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To: dangus

Probably soaked the whole rag in gasoline instead of just the edge of it. Went up instantly and the bottle exploded. Still wonder why he lit it in his apartment.


9 posted on 02/28/2014 10:22:32 AM PST by LukeL
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To: LukeL

Also: you’d better fill the bottle. A pocket of oxygen-containing air in the bottle can be bad news, too.


10 posted on 02/28/2014 10:36:25 AM PST by dangus
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To: servo1969

NOT and Hell of an Engineer!

And as a muslim - he probably doesn’t even drink his whiskey clear either!

GA Tech has the best school song. Swearing, gambling and drinking are in it!


11 posted on 02/28/2014 10:43:15 AM PST by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: servo1969

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfvceHUBWnU


12 posted on 02/28/2014 10:53:57 AM PST by cynwoody
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To: servo1969

He could have burned down the whole building.


13 posted on 02/28/2014 10:57:01 AM PST by Rockpile
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To: cynwoody

Off Topic but the Cinnamon Challenge?? Those guys are a hoot!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9dHiTwp4Z4&list=TLtNuonMCEVcc52ZfIDLrgo4JRIDISZEra


14 posted on 02/28/2014 11:06:20 AM PST by BeadCounter
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To: null and void

A. Bush’s fault

B. Doing the job Americans won’t do

C. Both A and B

D. None of the above

Tough choices


15 posted on 02/28/2014 11:08:11 AM PST by AF_Blue ("America is all about speed. Hot, nasty, bad ass speed." - Eleanor Roosevelt, 1936)
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To: servo1969
From his academic advisor, Constantine Dovrolis:

A note about my student Saamer Akhshabi (February 9, 2014)


16 posted on 02/28/2014 11:13:33 AM PST by cynwoody
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To: servo1969

I can understand why he’s thrilled with Obamacare what with his burns and all.


17 posted on 02/28/2014 11:15:46 AM PST by DoodleDawg
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18 posted on 02/28/2014 11:16:41 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: servo1969
Remember, use glass bottles, not plastic bottles. You want them to break when they hit. Don't use gasoline alone. Mix it 50-50 with heavy motor oil, so it will stick better. Or dissolve plastic peanuts in it to make a gel.

Take apart a book of safety matches. Turn the cover inside out and fold it over the matches, with the striking surface on the inside. Rubber-band the thing together. Squeeze the cover as you pull it off, and the match-heads will light. This way you can light up any kind of fire-bomb one-handed. Like pulling the pin on a grenade just before you throw it.

19 posted on 02/28/2014 11:16:58 AM PST by JoeFromSidney (Book: Resistance to Tyranny. Buy from Amazon.)
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To: servo1969
Remember, use glass bottles, not plastic bottles. You want them to break when they hit. Don't use gasoline alone. Mix it 50-50 with heavy motor oil, so it will stick better. Or dissolve plastic peanuts in it to make a gel.

Take apart a book of safety matches. Turn the cover inside out and fold it over the matches, with the striking surface on the inside. Rubber-band the thing together. Squeeze the cover as you pull it off, and the match-heads will light. This way you can light up any kind of fire-bomb one-handed. Like pulling the pin on a grenade just before you throw it.

20 posted on 02/28/2014 11:16:58 AM PST by JoeFromSidney (Book: Resistance to Tyranny. Buy from Amazon.)
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To: dangus
Well, OK. Just remember, though, that if you’re soaked in gasoline, you’re not ready to throw it.

True.

AND ...

If you're in your own apartment, you're not ready to throw it.

21 posted on 02/28/2014 11:57:46 AM PST by NorthMountain
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To: null and void
We’re importing enemy combatant “students” because why, again?

new world order. it's the only way to build a clandestine international terror network, which is one of the key tools in their "toolbox".

international banking and terror have always gone hand-in-hand.
22 posted on 02/28/2014 12:00:32 PM PST by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves)
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To: JoeFromSidney
Take apart a book of safety matches. Turn the cover inside out and fold it over the matches, with the striking surface on the inside. Rubber-band the thing together. Squeeze the cover as you pull it off, and the match-heads will light.

That looks like something to practice doing before it counts, and without the fire-bomb. Easier said than done ...

23 posted on 02/28/2014 12:01:50 PM PST by NorthMountain
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To: NorthMountain
#GetCovered... in third-degree burns.

I am ashamed......ashamed to say I find this funny.

24 posted on 02/28/2014 12:09:37 PM PST by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: dangus

Oh c’mon lots of people put together molotov cocktails in their apts here. Everyone’s doing it.

Third degree burns on 90% of his body. I call that a good start. :-)


25 posted on 02/28/2014 12:10:31 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: USNBandit

ROFL!!! I missed that first time thru.


26 posted on 02/28/2014 12:17:24 PM PST by NorthMountain
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To: servo1969

I didn’t think you could survive third degree burns over 90% of your body. I thought the limit was about 2/3. But maybe treatment has progressed since last I heard.


27 posted on 02/28/2014 12:24:14 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: servo1969

This may to a great extent just be a media foul up. That is, while US law prohibits storing gasoline in bottles, it is pretty common elsewhere in the world. And many Asians ignite fires in the middle of their floor carpet, as sitting on the floor around a pot is how they usually eat.

They also tend to wipe their dirty hands on the carpet while eating. Landlords just love this stuff.

But, yes, Occam’s razor suggest he was making bombs.


28 posted on 02/28/2014 1:23:09 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (WoT News: Rantburg.com)
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To: NorthMountain

>> If you’re in your own apartment, you’re not ready to throw it. <<

I guess that depends on your landlord. ;-)


29 posted on 02/28/2014 1:24:57 PM PST by dangus
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To: dangus

There’s a youtube out there of some jackass (palestinian, IIRC) torching himself with a poorly constructed molotov cocktail. The rag didn’t seal the neck properly; when he raised it over his head to throw, flaming liquid poured out on his back.


30 posted on 02/28/2014 1:28:17 PM PST by NorthMountain
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To: JoeFromSidney

Styrofoam will dissolve into gasoline but the gel won’t stick to things very well .. it will also take A LOT of styrofoam,, Some plastic peanuts are labeled “earth safe” and may not be made of polystyrene. liquid soap perhaps? As a safety measure would think the rag would not need to penetrate the cap as long as the container is readily breakable. Motor oil has a high flash point... and might compromise ignition... If I was an Iranian grad student I’d concentrate on delivery methods that would put more distance between me and the target ,, a giant slingshot? a compressed air potato (bottle) cannon?


31 posted on 02/28/2014 2:40:03 PM PST by Neidermeyer (I used to be disgusted , now I try to be amused.)
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To: servo1969

Helluva wreck, hell of an engineer.


32 posted on 03/01/2014 2:33:48 PM PST by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves)
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To: servo1969

33 posted on 03/01/2014 2:37:54 PM PST by RandallFlagg ("I said I never had much use for one. Never said I didn't know how to use it." --Quigley)
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To: servo1969

So (a) did he get covered? And (b) did the hospital accept his coverage?


34 posted on 03/01/2014 3:28:10 PM PST by RichInOC ("In the name of Allah, The Inexorable, The Irresistible...")
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To: Cicero

The man died early in March.


35 posted on 06/04/2014 12:24:45 PM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: Georgia Girl 2

He died of his injuries after nearly a month in the hospital.


36 posted on 06/04/2014 12:25:55 PM PDT by TheOldLady
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