The Underground Librarian

What cats do before meeting curiosity sellers….

Screenshots: At your own risk

Posted by Tespid on August 16, 2014

 

  • Why Christ, Mao And The Buddha Are Making A Comeback In China

    Huffington Post-Aug 6, 2014
    Fanatical believers in the movement desecrated the Buddhist and Confucian … and a sense of belonging in an underground “house church. … solve its myriad social woes and put an end to the spiritual drift that followed the Cultural Revolution. …. Yang runs her own English training school in Xi’an, and the …
     
     
  • ‘Liking’ the image, like it were real

    The Daily Star-Aug 5, 2014
    On Facebook you can feel what’s going on in the underground scene. … of “Kobroslibook” doesn’t lie in its targeting the social media website per se. … blood-curdling Islamist megalomania (variously known in English as ISIL, ISIS or IS). … society movement, they use the same shit that the parties are using.
     

    Notes on a Budding Public Intellectual: An Excerpt From Daniel

    Flavorwire-Jul 24, 2014
    … Sontag has been translated from German into English, for release in America … threads from the late fifties and early sixties—social criticism, subcultures, … together into various radical movements that fought their battles in the arenas … the New York avant-garde scene with its underground movies and …

 

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History Lesson

Posted by Tespid on August 16, 2014

History of the Mara Salvatrucha gang

Anti-authoritarian attitudes and outlandish gang tattoos characterize members

Author: Andrea Torres, Local10.com Reporter, atorres@local10.com
Published On: Aug 12 2014 04:17:47 PM EDT   Updated On: Aug 14 2014 09:46:28 AM EDT
 

In the1980s

Teens in East Los Angeles were adopting hip hop culture. The underground urban movement was based on small groups of teens who formed crews to rap, spray paint graffiti and break dance together. They gave each other short nicknames. Baggy jeans, oversized jerseys and baseball caps were part of the style.

In the 1980s, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Honduras were countries in turmoil due to a conflict between leftist guerrillas leaning toward communism and the U.S-backed political right. Salvadoran families left everything behind to flee from the terror of the civil war’s atrocities – rapes, tortures, the use of machetes to decapitate bodies and massacres with high-power weaponry.

Immigration authorities only granted political asylum to a few.  Children learned English faster than their parents, who faced discrimination and low wages. As poor migrant teens in Los Angeles, they were caught again in a conflict. There was a gang war between African Americans and Mexicans.

A group of Salvadorans formed the Mara Salvatrucha crew for protection. They named it after the Marabuntas, ferocious army ants that are social hunters. The ants do not construct permanent nests. Instead, the colony moves incessantly. The “trucha” or trout is a freshwater fish. In El Salvador, a “trucha” was slang for a quick and sharp lookout usually assigned to stand at a river crossing.

In the 1990s

The violence between African Americans and MS escalated. The crew, which had grown into a gang, aligned with the Mexican Mafia gang. The Mexican’s “Sureño” group included the Southern from Hondurans, Guatemalans and Nicaraguans.

The MS-13 gang leaders are known as “palabreros.” The gang has middle-men that connect “cliques” to the Los Angeles. The gang divides into “cliques” – the groups that control MS-13 territory in countries, states, cities and neighborhoods. Each group has a first in command known as the “primera palabra” and a second in command known as the “segunda palabra.” The groups serve different purposes in different territories.

At the bottom are the new recruits. In Honduras, they are as young as 7-years-old. They are often the sons and daughters of U.S. undocumented migrant workers. The children find a family unit in the gangs that promise to take care of them, protect them and help them with problems. The induction is a 13-second beating. They learn the gang’s culture and language. Tattoos express membership and accomplishments. For instance, a tear drop is a murder and a star is a police officer’s murder. As members are killed or end up in prison, the young ones take their place.

Joining the ranks were more Central Americans, who were fleeing from political left-right armed conflicts and the lack of infrastructure and poverty. The number 13 was added to the acronym, because M is the 13th letter of the alphabet. The gang adopted a language, a hierarchy and a code of conduct. Their violent ways began to concern Los Angeles Police Department.

In the 2000s

The Clinton administration used immigration policy to fight gangs. From 2000 to 2004, thousands of convicted gang members were deported to the Central American poverty-stricken area known as the Northern Triangle — El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala.  

Authorities in the Central American countries were unaware of the convict’s criminal history and were unprepared to help them integrate to society. In most cases, the convicts had moved to the U.S. as toddlers. They did not speak Spanish and did not have close relatives. Soon enough, they returned to their old ways and found strength in numbers.

With deportation, the U.S. exported the Los Angeles rivalry between two gangs — Barrio 18 and MS13. The homicide rate escalated. Northern Triangle leaders began to flood their prisons with gang members. The “iron fist” legal policies put people in prison just for having gang tattoos and wearing baggy clothes.

Some members moved to Mexico and developed relationships with transnational drug trafficking networks.  They worked for the Zetas and the Sinaloa cartels. Other members re-entered the U.S. illegally and moved back to different cities like New York City, Washington, D.C. and Miami. Some who were deported again became a part of the Zetas’ human-trafficking industry.  

In 2005, the U.S. Justice Department created an FBI task force to deal with MS-13. They planned to coordinate efforts with immigration officials, the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, the U.S. Marshals Service, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

In 2012, the U.S. Department of the Treasury moved to disrupt financial networks. The feds designated the gang as a “transnational criminal organization” and identified six leaders and hit them with economic sanctions, which included freezing assets that were in U.S. jurisdiction.

May 28, 2013: The Roman Catholic Bishop Romulo Emilian helped to broker a deal among the gangs. Gang leaders asked the government for support with craft workshops and to turn the prisons into rehabilitation centers. Authorities did not respond.

In 2014, the U.S. Justice Department task force continues to exchange intelligence and training with their counterparts in Central America. Immigration authorities continue their aggressive efforts to deport convicted criminals and gang members.

DOCUMENT: Download 2014 Congressional report on gangs in Central America

SOURCES: Miami-Dade Police,Homestead Police, FBI, DEA, Honduran military and non-governmental organizations including In Sight Crime. 

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Spectating in Time: Hacker’s Row

Posted by Tespid on August 16, 2014

  • Anonymous marchers
    Masked Anonymous supporters march away from the U.S. Capitol during a 2013 demonstration. Reuters/Jim Bourg
  • Anonymous holding baby
    A woman wearing an Anonymous mask holds up a baby during a Brazil demonstration in 2013. Reuters/Nacho Doce
  • Anonymous demonstrator
    A member of Anonymous, or “Anon,” participates in the “Million Mask March” in November 2013. Reuters/Henry Romero
  • Anonymous Guy Fawkes mask
    Supporters of Anonymous hide their identities with Guy Fawkes masks, concealing themselves while honoring the 17th century terrorist who failed to blow up the English Parliament building. Reuters/Jim Bourg
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It’s shockingly easy to enter the world of Anonymous. With some free time, a little big of digging and a willingness to expose themselves to the murkier depths of the Web, people can quickly find themselves in a debate over anything from police misconduct to the ethics of knocking major corporations offline.

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Anonymous, the online protest movement that has defined vigilante justice in the age of the Internet, has become an increasingly regular fixture in incidents that have produced international headlines. The “hacktivist” collective is made up of tens of thousands of “Anons,” as members refer to themselves, around the world who often have little in common other than a willingness to insert themselves into red-hot social and political situations.

The death of Mike Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old black man killed by police in Ferguson, Missouri, last Saturday, has been no exception, with Anonymous seeking to pressure police into disclosing the shooter’s identity by identifying what turned out to be the wrong man. (Police finally identified Darren Wilson on Friday.) That decision and its aftermath have become one of the group’s defining traits, a desire to stand up for the voiceless while using methods that are often, at best, ethically dubious.

Much of the public still has little idea what Anonymous stands for, even as the ominous white Guy Fawkes masks that the group has adopted have become a mainstay in international protests. The name “Anonymous” itself was born when early members of the group connected on 4Chan message boards posting as “anonymous,” creating a long-running joke that a single person named Anonymous was simply talking to himself.

It was at 4chan that they would alternatively engage in thoughtful conversations while also organizing pranks that ranged from joke phone calls to threats of violence. The Guardian, in describing the Rickrolling phenomenon that also was born on 4Chan, described the underground community as “lunatic, juvenile …brilliant, ridiculous and alarming.” 

“At some point people realized that to people who are unfamiliar with 4chan culture, being raided by a random crowd of people all saying ‘We are Anonymous’ was pretty formidable,” one member told International Business Times. As seriously as they take themselves now, the movement started very much as a joke.

Those conversations could last for hours or days, with members forming into smaller cliques who would launch small cyber-attacks on each other in an effort to improve the group’s overall online security. The no-holds barred conversations also fostered an environment of acceptance for female and gay users (an anomaly in often misogynistic online subcultures), with the only requirement being a thick skin for sarcasm. 

“Anyone can join and anyone can come on the network and watch or be a part of it,” another participant said. “There’s no secret passcode.”

The rancorous debates over the politics of Internet freedom have also been a focus for people who sometimes have difficulty finding a reason to get through their day.

“We’ve built ourselves a beautiful community,” one member who wished to be identified only as Whitey explained. “Before it, I felt as though I had no friends, I felt as though my life was a waste. I was contemplating suicide, but I thought it over repeatedly and went and researched and I connected. In just a matter of weeks I felt so much better because I am doing something.”

The movement first made headlines in 2008 when it launched Operation Chanology (or “OpChanology,” a reference to Anonymous’ beginning on 4Chan), an assault on the Church of Scientology. Anonymous perceived the church’s attempt to strike critical websites from the Internet as an act of censorship and launched what would quickly become its calling card, a distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attack.

The method – a favorite among hacking groups – essentially involves taking control of thousands of unwitting computers and directing their Internet to a single website, with all the traffic overwhelming the server and knocking it offline temporarily. OpChanology also included black faxes, prank phone calls and, eventually, legal measures that sought to convince the Internal Revenue Service to examine the widely hated church’s tax-exempt status.

That effort quickly led to another DDoS attack, this one on the Recording Industry Association of America and the Motion Picture Association of America in retaliation for the news that the two entertainment lobby groups had contracted a software company to shut down websites that make pirated movies, music and software available.

“Anonymous is tired of corporate interests controlling the Internet and silencing people’s rights to spread information, but more importantly, the right to share with one another,” the group said in a press statement at the time, signing with the characteristic “We Are Legion.”

Pushed on by media headlines that only attracted more Anons, by 2010 Anonymous had enough momentum to bring down PayPal. This was retaliation for PayPal’s announcement that it would stop facilitating donations to WikiLeaks, the anti-secrecy organization that leaked hundreds of thousands of U.S. diplomatic cables. The hackers also interfered with Master Card and Visa pages, while trying but failing to knock Amazon.com offline. The PayPal and MasterCard hacks ultimately led to the arrest of Hector Xavier Monsegur, a notorious hacker known as “Sabu” who was converted into an FBI informant. 

The anti-corporate mindset fueled Anonymous’ involvement in a series of attacks on Sony and then Koch Industries. Goals became more diversified, however, as membership grew, with operations launched against child pornography sites, the revenge porn site Is Anyone Up, the Westboro Baptist Church site GodHatesFags.com and the Middle Eastern governments seeking to quell the Arab Spring.

The Occupy Wall Street movement in 2011 was also a major rallying point. The Guy Fawkes mask became as ubiquitous on news reports as the 99 percent and the human microphone. Anonymous became involved when members leaked the personal information of police Lt. John Pike, who pepper-sprayed a line of California college students peacefully seated on the ground.

The event sparked national outrage, resulting in Pike’s dismissal from the force and his cell phone number being made available in corners of the Internet where he was despised. The disclosure was a preview of the tactic Anonymous would use many times, including in the Michael Brown case. When asked about the thought process that goes into such a decision, though, one member of the movement didn’t mince words.

“If a policeman assaulted/killed someone, their identity would be released,” said Anon Whitey.

“Immediately,” another member, assuming the identity of Vladimir, added. “They are public officials and they should have no problem answering for their behavior. They have power over others and can kill in the name of the state. They are not entitled to special protections above others.”

That mentality was on full display again in the Steubenville rape case in 2012, in which two football players from a small town in Ohio were accused of sexually assaulting a girl who was too drunk to stand at an unsupervised high school party. Anonymous’ response, dubbed OpRollRedRoll after the “Big Red” football team, was announced in one of its warning videos:

The emotion around the case propelled headlines everywhere from the New York Times to think-pieces about rape culture. When reports surfaced that the police were unable (or as Anonymous asserted, unwilling) to find pictures taken of the girl, hackers were able to access deleted communications. A video dug up by members of the movement showed Michael Nodianos, a friend of the accused players, explicitly joking and laughing at the girls’ victimization as it happened.

Many of the stories credited Anonymous with making an investigation possible after what appeared to be a townwide coverup. Some time for reflection, though, and a New Yorker investigation into the matter, revealed that the two suspects had already been investigated before Anonymous became involved, and the attention that followed may have only complicated the situation.  

Without Anonymous’ bloviation, for instance, it’s unlikely that the victim would have been mistakenly identified on national television. It’s also difficult to picture a scenario in which Nodianos’ family members would have their lives threatened as a result of the young man’s disgraceful actions.

“We help more than we hurt, and force action,” said Vladimir. “Not every [operation] is run well, but the ones that are outweigh those that are not run well.”

For evidence of how dangerous a reckless attitude can be, though, look no further than Kathie Warnack. The 48-year-old St. Louis resident told USA Today her stepson is the man who was misidentified as the police officer who shot and killed Brown.

“I guess I’m going to have to sleep with my gun and put cameras on the house,” she said, crying on the front porch of her home when told the group had fingered her relative, who has never been employed as a police officer in Missouri. “Now I have to defend myself and I didn’t do anything wrong. Anonymous has really gotten out of hand.”  

Attempting to describe the group as a cadre of vigilantes, or anything other than a network of individuals, is missing the point, members say.

“It’s a movement, to put it simply,” one Anon explained. “A fluid ideology that is only part hacker, and the rest of it is simply a voice.”

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Screenshot: Following Instinct, Finding Wells

Posted by Tespid on August 16, 2014

  • Reuters

    China, America, and a New Cold War in Africa?

    Toward Freedom-Aug 1, 2014
    As a result, Makuei claims, the U.S. and other Western powers have backed former ….. In 2010, al-Shabab carried out a bomb attack in Uganda as a … It has even gained regional affiliates, like Al-Hijra, an underground group … bridge, a hospital, a stadium, a major government building, several factories, …
     
     
  • The Bombing of Horlivka: The Underground Dwellers

    RIA Novosti-Aug 11, 2014
    The Bombing of Horlivka: The Underground Dwellers … factories and shops, and groups of refugees at the bus stations and the lines of outgoing cars … “The shell was supposed to kill us, but we used it for our needs,” Oksana, …
     

    North Korea, Hamas, and Hezbollah: Arm in Arm?

    38 North-Aug 5, 2014
    On July 23, 2014, a US district court ruled that “North Korea and Iran are … in building tunnels and underground facilities, a speciality of the North Koreans, … rocket launchers, munitions, and explosives including ammunition for …. by the Soviet Union (factory number – year produced – batch number), the …
     
     

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Book Recomendation 2014

Posted by Tespid on August 16, 2014

Meet the bomb girls: A new book tells how a secret army helped win the Second World War

IT WAS Britain’s darkest hour. In 1941, as the country struggled to adjust to the harsh reality of war with Hitler’s Germany, a huge secret army of women was being called up.

Published: Mon, August 12, 2013

Fighting spirit Working on shell caps in 1940 Fighting spirit: Working on shell caps in 1940

They came from every part of the country. Many were rural teenagers who had only ever worked in poorly paid domestic service.

Some were already war widows or had husbands posted overseas, destination unknown. Others had never worked before. Yet their work, a vast enterprise conducted in total secrecy in newly built complexes and factories, sometimes in areas vulnerable to bombing raids by the Luftwaffe, was one of the most dangerous, dirty and exhausting jobs of the Second World War. For these were the Bomb Girls, the million-plus British women who worked in the munitions factories until victory in 1945.

They worked round the clock seven days a week in perilous conditions on the production line, frequently in mind-numbing routine jobs, helping to make the bullets, the bombs, the tanks, the spare parts and the weaponry that the country needed so badly. Without their effort, the outcome of the war could have been very different indeed.

‘The danger faced each yet they were very much a hidden army. Unlike others in the Forces or the Home Front they were not distinguished by a uniform, so covert was the nature of wartime munitions work. factories Other than their loved ones and families they were not allowed to tell anyone where they worked. Yet the danger they faced each day in the factories and even on their way to work during nighttime bombing raids in the blackout was huge.

In a vast munitions factory complex safety rules and regulations dominated everything. Every person working on the factory floor risked their health and their life working with highly toxic chemicals. One tiny mistake or slip-up at work could blow everyone to smithereens and wreck Britain’s war effort. Each day carried the risk of sudden, accidental explosions, causing disfigurement, blindness, loss of limbs or worse.

The women handled chemicals that turned their skin yellow, discoloured their hair or caused rashes, breathing problems or asthma. Some went home with acid burns. An unlucky few went off to work in the morning but didn’t come back at all. Yet it is only now more than 70 years later that their secret stories of courage are being told for the first time.

“When you signed up they really didn’t tell you too much,” says Margaret Curtis, 91, a process worker at the huge explosives factory at Bishopton, just outside Glasgow, for more than three years. She had been a lowly parlour maid until she volunteered with her best friend Mary for munitions work. “They told us we’d be earning £2 a week which was a lot more than I’d ever earned.”

“On my first day I was told I’d be working in gun cotton, making squares and plugs out of the cotton. Mary was sent to the cordite section. We didn’t know it but cordite was extra dangerous, working with highly explosive nitroglycerine in underground buildings.

“When you arrived at work you went into a special area to change into white jacket and trousers, a white turban and rubber boots or Wellingtons, summer or winter. You couldn’t leave the plant in your wellies and there were lots of things you were forbidden to take into the building. No metal anywhere, no safety pins, hairpins, no matches, no cigarettes.

The tiniest spark put everyone at risk from explosion.”

The factories employed “danger building men” who would carry out spot checks on the workers for any dangerous items. Just after she’d started Margaret was stopped by one of these men.

“He had spotted a Kirby grip in my hair. I had forgotten to remove it. ‘Do it again and you’ll be suspended,’ he said. A few days later we heard about a person who’d been cleaning a big machine with a brush. Somehow a single hair from the brush got into the mechanism. It caused one spark and everything went up. We didn’t know if anyone had been killed. You just had to get on with what you were doing.”

Betty Nettle, 88, worked in Europe’s biggest munitions plant in the Welsh Arsenal at Bridgend, Glamorgan, pasting and wrapping circular pellets containing yellow powder, an explosive component called tetryl. It was boring and repetitive work.

“But when you had finished your shift the powder had stuck to you,” she recalls. Many Bridgend girls like Betty became known as “canaries” because their skin and hair became discoloured from the powder with which they worked. “If the powdery stuff got into your hair it changed colour. Even if just a little bit of hair crept out from under your turban and cap it went green if you were blonde. Black hair went red and your skin was yellow. It went through your clothes and on to your body. If you perspired at night you would find yellow all over the sheets. It was so bad you would think you’d had jaundice.

“The shift work was exhausting. For some people it meant a 12-hour working day if they needed to travel to work two hours each way by foot, bus and train. Thousands of single women were sent off to work in arms factories in extremely far-flung locations, to live in purpose-built hostels for munitions workers or in local billets.

Maisie Jagger, 91, from Essex, was sent away to work making gun cartridges in a small-arms factory in Blackpole, Worcester.

“Leaving home was a shock, living in a strange house in a different part of the country. I missed my family all the time I was there. I hated the noisy factory and the night shifts. It was very tiring. In my break I would go into the toilets and fall asleep for 15 minutes or so, no pillow or anything. That’s how exhausted I was.”

Maisie, used to her mother’s home cooking, also had difficulty with the food her landlady served up. “It wasn’t her fault – there was a war on. People just had to make do with what there was. So I lost a lot of weight.”

After 18 months Maisie was so thin that the factory doctor decided that it would be better if she went home. “They said that I wasn’t healthy enough to carry on doing the factory work.”

The Second World War, WWII, Britain, bomb girls, munition workersLearning how to be munitions workers at the LCC Beaufoy Institute at Lambeth

The danger they faced each day was huge

Maisie spent the rest of her bomb girl years in a Dagenham factory, helping to make parachutes and inflatable dinghies. Like so many the camaraderie she found there made a real difference. “The girls were always laughing and joking. They would even put little notes inside the dinghies for the fighting men saying silly things like, ‘I’ll be waiting for you to come home.'” Ivy Gardiner, 90, worked at the Port Sunlight Lever Brothers factory in the Wirral, Liverpool, converted to munitions work through the war. Initially she assembled jeeps and was later trained as a lathe turner, making undercarriages for bombers.

“Once on night shift I yawned without thinking and a piece of copper spat on to my tongue. ‘Drink milk,’ said the nurse. Everyone around me thought it was funny. ‘That’ll teach you to open your mouth, Ivy,’ they joked.”

But there was no laughter when Ivy saw for herself the severe consequences of ignoring the safety rules. “This girl who worked near me would never tuck her hair under her hat as she was told. One day I saw her bend over to look at something and the drill caught her hair. It scalped her. She screamed the place down, there was blood everywhere.

The drill had yanked her hair out by the roots so it would never grow after that. The ambulance came but we never saw her again.”

Recognition for the value of their work has been a long time coming but even now – despite all they faced – the surviving bomb girls don’t see themselves as heroines. All insist that in wartime everyone else in the country was busy “doing their bit”. “Perhaps because so many of us were young and fairly innocent, that helped,” says Laura Hardwick, aged 92, of her time making bullets and detonators in two huge munititions factories in Aycliffe, County Durham and Swynnerton in Staffordshire.

Laura still retains one very clear picture of those days in her mind’s eye. “I can still see us all now getting off the buses, going through the factory gate, linking arms and singing Bless Them All at the tops of our young voices as we went on to the noisy shop floor.

“We were just tiny wartime cogs, the girls who made the thingummybobs as the Gracie Fields song put it. But at the same time we had each other and we had our youth. There are some very good memories of it all to look back on even now. We all knew that you had to make the best of it, you see.”

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Screenshot: Cold Porridge, U.K. Bomb Facotry

Posted by Tespid on August 16, 2014

July 7 bomb factory revealed at inquest

Bomb-making kit and drums of chemicals fill Leeds council flat used by London bombers
July 7 inquest bomb factory
Chemicals used for making explosives filled a number of rooms at the flat in Leeds used by the 7/7 bombers, the inquest heard. Photograph: PA

Police images of the chaos inside the council flat turned bomb factory discovered after the 7/7 terrorist attacks were shown to the inquests into the 52 victims who died in the explosions.

Bombmaking equipment, packaging and drums of chemicals litter the floor and surfaces of every room in the two-bedroom flat in Leeds.

Pans used to boil down hydrogen peroxide to make the devices sit on a hob, and red boxes of hair dye lie scattered in a mass of plastic bags and other debris on the living room floor.

The terrorists used the flat to make the bombs from an “entirely unique” mixture of concentrated hydrogen peroxide and pepper, the hearing was told.

They used hot plates linked to fans to concentrate the hydrogen peroxide, wearing respirators, as it gave off noxious fumes, killing plants outside one of the windows and blistering the paintwork inside.

The bombers – Mohammad Sidique Khan, 30, Shehzad Tanweer, 22, Germaine Lindsay, 19, and Hasib Hussain, 18 – made no attempt to disguise their work at the flat, the inquest heard.

Lady Justice Hallett, the coroner, noted that it was easier to buy hydrogen peroxide, the main ingredient for a homemade bomb, than lots of aspirin pills.

The four suicide bombers who carried out the attacks on London – killing 52 people on a bus and the tube – purchased large amounts of the chemical in the months before the 2005 attack, and large quantities of liquid oxygen. None of the vendors raised concerns about why the men wanted so much, the inquest heard.

Hallett was told that would-be terrorists could still buy significant quantities of hydrogen peroxide “without much risk of detection”. She said: “So you get cross-examined by the chemist if you want to buy too many aspirin, but you can buy as much hydrogen peroxide on the market as you like.”

Gareth Patterson, barrister for four of the families, said: “It is clear, isn’t it, that in making these purchases the four men didn’t act to any great degree in a covert way. They simply found these places, often using the internet, drove there, purchased the liquid oxygen and left.”

DC Richard Reynolds, of the Metropolitan Police’s SO15 counter-terrorism command, said: “That would appear to be the case, yes.”

Patterson went on: “It continues to be the case, does it not, that often if somebody wanted to go and make large purchases of hydrogen peroxide, they could do so without much risk of detection?”

The gang used household objects – such as a detonator made from a lightbulb, wire and aluminium foil – and a high explosive called hexamethylene triperoxide diamine (HMTD), the inquest heard.

Reynolds said: “The environment that they are working in would have been quite hostile.”

The bedrooms were also used to heat chemicals, and extra hot plates, connected by extension leads, sit in a row on a table, next to another plastic bucket. They are linked to small fans, seen on the floor, used to make the material more concentrated. Large containers with open buckets of the same sand-coloured sludge found in the bathroom sit on a television stand in the corner.

The pictures show the scenes police found when they raided 18 Alexandra Grove, Leeds, five days after the bombings. Officers found two kinds of explosive, an improvised detonator, respirators and scraps of paper listing equipment needed and the quantities of chemicals to mix to make the bombs. Curtains were taped over the windows to stop prying eyes seeing what was going on inside the flat.

The inquest was also shown pictures of smaller bombs found in the Nissan Micra used by three of the bombers to travel from Leeds to Luton station on the morning of the attacks.

These devices, which had nails taped to the outside, could have been thrown at police if the terrorists were caught, the hearing was told.

The bombs used in the attacks on three tube trains and a double-decker bus contained about 10kg of explosives made from a mixture of concentrated hydrogen peroxide and pepper and detonated by a 9-volt battery.

Forensic explosives expert Clifford Todd said using this combination of materials for a bomb was thought to be “entirely unique” both in the UK and worldwide.

He also agreed that the four July 7 terrorists would have needed “guidance and instruction from elsewhere” to be able to make the devices.

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Screenshot: Rights and Obligations of the USDOE

Posted by Tespid on August 16, 2014

November 28, 2013
 

South Carolina Threatens Washington Over Cleanup

AIKEN, S.C. — The Energy Department began cleaning up an environmental nightmare at the old Savannah River Site nuclear weapons plant here in 1996 and promised a bright future: Within a quarter-century, officials said, they would turn liquid radioactive bomb waste into a solid that could not spill or dissolve.

But 17 years later, the department has slowed the work to a pace that makes completion of the cleanup by the projected date of 2023 highly unlikely. Energy officials now say the work will not be done until well into the 2040s, when the aging underground tanks that hold the bomb waste in the South Carolina lowlands will be 90 years old.

“I don’t know what the tanks’ design life was intended to be, but it’s not for infinity,” the state’s chief environmental official, Catherine B. Templeton, said in an interview.

The slowdown has set off a fierce battle between the Energy Department and South Carolina, where officials say they have been double-crossed in what they view as the state’s biggest environmental threat. In an unusual display of resistance from a state that was host to a major part of the Cold War effort to make nuclear weapons — and is now home to most of the resulting radioactive waste — South Carolina is threatening to impose $154 million in fines on the federal government for failing to meet its promised schedule.

Energy Department officials counter that the slowdown is a temporary effect of budget stringency in Washington and that Congress has tied their hands. A combination of the across-the-board budget cuts known as sequestration and a 2011 cap on military spending — of which the environmental cleanup is technically part — do not leave them with enough money to meet their commitments, they say.

“There’s only so much to go around,” said Terrel J. Spears, the Energy Department’s assistant manager for waste disposition here. “We can’t increase the budgets. Now we have to balance the budgets.”

Energy officials acknowledge, however, that for each additional year the waste stays in the tanks, they will have to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on maintenance and security.

In South Carolina’s reckoning, some of the money that should be spent on Savannah is going to a factory that the Energy Department is trying to finish at its Hanford nuclear reservation, near Richland, Wash., to process similar wastes there. But those wastes are more complex, and contractors have faced even tougher technical problems. That schedule has slipped repeatedly.

Giving more money to Hanford, Ms. Templeton insisted, was “rewarding bad behavior” by site managers there.

South Carolina and the Energy Department do agree on one thing: The current slowdown comes on top of past technical problems that pushed back the start of work by more than seven years and that more than doubled the cost.

Ms. Templeton said the tanks, which are near the Savannah River, already have leaks and are buried in soil below the water table, meaning that underground water flows around them.

“We have to get that waste out of the tanks so it’s not Fukushima, so you don’t have the groundwater interacting with the waste and running off,” she said, referring to the damaged Fukushima Daiichi plant in Japan, where natural flows of subterranean water pick up contamination from the reactors and flow into the sea.

At the Washington State Department of Ecology, Suzanne Dahl, the tank waste treatment manager, said: “I feel their pain. We think the same things out here.” All the deadlines there, in an agreement approved by a Federal District Court, will be missed. Ms. Dahl said that in the 1990s, her state approved a request by the Energy Department to delay work on solidifying wastes at Hanford while the technology was tried out first at Savannah River; Savannah River, therefore, has a 17-year head start, she said.

At Savannah, the Energy Department did succeed in building the world’s largest factory for stabilizing the liquid bomb waste, done by mixing it with molten glass and pouring it into stainless steel canisters, 10 feet high by two feet across. The stabilized waste should then last for millenniums.

The department has also perfected a technique for separating nearly all of the troublesome radioactive materials from salts in the underground tanks to reduce the volume that must be mixed with the molten glass. The rest of the radioactive material is mixed with cement that will bind it up for centuries. Last year the factory began the business of making the canisters and produced 325 of them — a respectable fraction of the 7,824 department officials say will be needed.

Over the years, production at the factory has become smoother as machines run more hours of the year and parts that were expected to last for only four or five years have been used successfully for 10. Such longevity is an important factor at a place where the radiation fields are so intense that all the work has to be done by remote control.

But because of the budget constraints, the factory intends to produce only another 125 canisters for the fiscal year that began Oct. 1.

Employment at the waste site, which once ensured stronger political support for the Energy Department in this conservative state, has dropped to 1,800 workers who manage the tanks and processed the liquid wastes, from 2,200. Another vast construction project here — a factory to turn weapons plutonium into reactor fuel — is faltering because of technical issues and budget problems, which may be another reason that state officials feel free to challenge the Department of Energy.

The tanks, which hold 750,000 to 1.3 million gallons each, sit under artificial hills, and above them is a forest of industrial equipment, some a half-century old. The equipment is used to carry off the heat the waste generates from radioactive decay. The equipment also vents and scrubs the explosive gases the waste produces. Steam is used to heat air, which is then pumped around the tanks to keep the tanks dry and inhibit rust.

In part of the stop-and-go cleanup here, the plant that makes the steam once ran on coal and created air pollution, but now the plant burns wood and scrap tires and is clean. But like a lot of the infrastructure at Savannah, the plant could be retired if the tanks were emptied of their waste.

Another example of marching in place is an effort to refurbish the pumps that move the waste through a two-mile underground pipeline. This is similar to replacing the roof on a house that is going to be torn down — although at the current rate of cleanup, the pipeline will be needed for decades.

In the meantime, the glass logs are only the penultimate stage of nuclear waste cleanup because eventually they must be buried somewhere themselves.

But with the cancellation of the proposed Yucca Mountain national nuclear waste repository in Nevada, the Energy Department is for now erecting more buildings to house the canisters.

 

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Screenshot: Pine Street Bomb Factory

Posted by Tespid on August 16, 2014

Weathermen Bomb Factory Can Be Yours for $11 Million

 
 
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We’re not sure how we didn’t notice this before, but the building that housed a clandestine Weather Underground bomb factory, located at 18 West 11th Street, is now on the market for some $11 million. (Thanks to our man Sietsema, for bringing this to our attention!)

The quiet, tree-lined street in the heart of Greenwich Village — which Mark Twain and Thornton Wilder once called home — was thrust into international spotlight on March 6, 1970, when an accidental detonation of dynamite killed three Weathermen: Theodore Gold, Diana Oughton, and Terry Robbins. Subsequent F.B.I. reports indicate that had the rest of the dynamite detonated, there would have been enough T.N.T. present to raze the entire block.

Kathy Boudin and Cathlyn Wilkerson, who also spearheaded The Weather Underground’s revolutionary activities, survived and immediately fled the scene. They were on the lam for more than 10 years before being captured by cops, according to media accounts of the incident.

At the time, Dustin Hoffman lived next door with his then-wife and daughter. The Times notes that the blast tore a hole through his wall and ruined his desk.

Susan Wager, Henry Fonda’s ex, was doing laundry nearby when the building exploded. She ran into the street and saw two soot-covered young women, one of whom was naked, and gave them clothes. These women turned out to be Boudin and Wilkerson.

The Weather Underground, known also as the Weathermen, was a leftist student group which wanted to violently overthrow the U.S. government. The group, an offshoot of the Students for a Democratic Society’s Revolutionary Youth Movement, bombed government buildings and banks during the late 1960s and early 1970s, protesting perceived American imperialism and advocating for communism.

The listing for the $10,995,000 Corcoran property doesn’t go into much detail about this.

Instead, the townhouse is described as a:

“one-of-a-kind home is nestled among a row of seven elegant, brick, Greek Revival townhouses and is located on the best tree-lined, Gold Coast block in Greenwich Village. Originally built by Henry Brevoort Jr. in 1845 as one of four row houses, this home was completely rebuilt in 1978 in a modernist style with angled exterior and large picture windows while retaining a nod to its historical past. Designed around the concept of an open central staircase from which the rooms unfold and flow onto multiple levels, this 5 story single family townhouse boasts 3 bedrooms (4 possible), 3 full baths, 2 half baths, an elevator and dumbwaiter, a private guest suite with a full kitchen and a south facing garden with a 45 year old Japanese Katsura tree. Filled with light from a central skylight, this distinctive home is perfect for entertaining large parties and showcasing cherished works of art.”

However, the fact that it was the Weathermen’s safehouse might be a selling point.

“It’s been received very well by the market,” Corcoran agent Paul Kolbusz explained, pointing to the townhouse’s past.

It’s unclear, however, whether any of this interest is specifically from Weathermen fanboys or fangirls (if said fanboys or fangirls even exist.)

Follow Victoria Bekiempis @vicbekiempis.

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Status Update

Posted by Tespid on August 11, 2014

Searching for ethics in my methods.

Some days this is difficult.

Trying to schedule a little more time here.

Being out of the loop regularly means crawling up hills frequently

and not being afraid of articles with intellectual weight.

Changing strategies and the sun still streams through the window.

Later.

NCC

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Pa. Journals: Running the Slots

Posted by Tespid on August 11, 2014

 

  • Marijuana decriminalization is in effect in DC – Philly next?

    Philly.com-Jul 17, 2014
    WHEREAS, Non-violent drug and alcohol abuse is proven to cause … evidence showing nearly identical use across both communities. … But according to a city Law Department review, there is no conflict with Pennsylvania state code. … than a million) already engage in the underground cannabis market.
     

    NE Philly teen’s sex-slave experience is all too common

    Philly.com-by Morgan Zalot-Aug 5, 2014
    … is an increasingly common and highly lucrative underground business – a …. “I worked in Narcotics, and it was easier to get drug dealers to flip on each … Under Pennsylvania law, sentencing guidelines recommend that …
     
     
  • Persistent shootings renew concerns: Illegal guns often used

    The Tribune-Democrat-by Justin Dennis-Jul 19, 2014
    … use actually makes Pennsylvania ideal for underground gun trafficking … “Many of the weapons we see in Pennsylvania are either stolen or … “It’s easier for many people to get the guns than to get the money to buy drugs.”
     
     
  • The drug becomes cheaper and more available

    Statesman Journal-by Laura Fosmire-Jul 20, 2014
    The resurgence of the deadly drug has sparked a flurry of action from governors’ … “This is a completely underground, behind-closed-doors phenomenon. … The percentage of police agencies reporting “high availability” of heroin in their communities in 2008, 2010 and … Mid-Atlantic is PA, VA, WV, DE, DC.
     
     
  • The Lucrative World Of An Underground Economy

    Huffington Post-Jul 28, 2014
    Virgina, Maryland, and Pennsylvania have a lower tax on cigarettes. … what business owner wants to move into a community where there profits are cut buy … dr_alexpadilla July 29, 2014 16:23 @Marty_Leake, whether you sell drugs or you …

 

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Pa. Journals: “bath salts”

Posted by Tespid on August 11, 2014

Police: More ‘bath salts’ seized after record bust

By COLIN DEPPEN Era Reporter c.deppen@bradfordera.com | Posted: Wednesday, August 6, 2014 7:00 am

ST. MARYS — City of St. Marys Police say a 105 gram shipment of stimulant bath salts seized Monday was destined for a group of suspects now charged with possessing one kilogram of the dangerous designer drug in April, a record-setting haul worth up to $200,000.

In a press conference held Tuesday at the St. Marys Police Station on Erie Avenue, Elk County District Attorney Shawn T. McMahon said police on Monday stopped a 105 gram shipment of stimulant bath salts bound for an unidentified St. Marys home.

Officers reportedly learned of the incoming parcel after arresting William “Bill” Charles Dilley, 55, and his son Jacob Daniel Dilley, 21, both of 130 Poplar Road in St. Marys, on Monday, in connection with an April search of the residence that netted roughly one kilogram of the drug.

Officers intercepting the package Monday found it contained 105 grams of a crystalline substance believed to be stimulant bath salts.

Criminal charges have not been filed in connection with the latest shipment, but the April search and seizure that yielded 943 grams of the drug has resulted in felony charges, including drug possession, possession with intent to deliver and criminal conspiracy to deliver being pressed against Dilley, his sons Jacob Daniel Dilley, Jeremiah Adam “Satan” Dilley, 21, of 158 North Michael St., St. Marys, and Jeremiah’s girlfriend, Abby Marie O’Rourke, 30, of 331 First Ave. in Johnsonburg.

Monday’s seizure brings the total recovered through the months-long investigation into the foursome and bath salts trafficking in St. Marys to nearly 1,100 grams of the synthetic hallucinogenic stimulant. It is the largest such seizure of bath salts in St. Marys to date with a combined estimated street value of $220,000.

According to court records filed in the case, it cost O’Rourke and the Dilleys just $2,300 to purchase a kilogram of the illicit substance from an unidentified Chinese producer in March. 

Police say the package was subsequently shipped to St. Marys where William Dilley and his sons conspired to distribute its contents at a sizable mark-up of up to $200 per gram. 

“Bath salts is a way of making a living for some people and a very lucrative one sometimes,” McMahon said Tuesday in speaking to financial motivations driving a burgeoning local bath salts trade.

After seizing the kilogram in April, police delayed making arrests to allow for further investigation and development of additional suspects, namely O’Rourke and brothers Jeremiah and Jacob Dilley. Authorities say the three helped William Dilley to distribute the kilogram which, when found in his possession weighed 943 grams, or 57 grams shy of a full “kilo”.

The investigation involved St. Marys Police, members from the North Central Pennsylvania Municipal Drug Task Force as well as state agencies including the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General.

In a release issued Tuesday, Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane, the state’s chief legal authority, credited investigators with the arrests and continued efforts to combat use of bath salts state-wide, calling it a “powerful and highly addictive synthetic drug.”

According to the release, charges against the four defendants are as follows: William Dilley is charged with felony counts of possession of bath salts, possession with intent to deliver bath salts and criminal conspiracy to deliver bath salts; Jacob Dilley is charged with four felony counts of criminal use of a communications facility and one felony count of criminal conspiracy to deliver bath salts; Jeremiah Dilley is charged with four felony counts of criminal use of a communications facility, one felony count of criminal conspiracy to deliver bath salts and one count of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities; O’Rourke is charged with one count of criminal conspiracy to deliver bath salts and one count of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities.

William Dilley and Jacob Dilley were arrested and charged Monday, the elder released on $25,000 unsecured bail. Jacob Dilley remains incarcerated on $50,000 cash bail. 

O’Rourke and Jeremiah Dilley remain in custody at Elk County Prison on unrelated drug possession charges. The couple was still awaiting arraignment on the newest set of charges filed against them. 

On Tuesday, McMahon declined to comment on potential sentences for the defendants, if convicted, instead focusing on a building of momentum in ongoing law enforcement initiatives to eradicate the drug locally. These include the July 17 seizure of roughly $60,000 in cash and designer drugs recovered in raids on homes in Ridgway and St. Marys.

“Through law enforcement efforts, additional bath salts have been taken off the streets in Elk County,” McMahon said.

“The drug is having devastating effects on Elk County and communities throughout the country . . . It is certainly a crisis situation.”

While refusing to divulge potential punishments in the case, McMahon did express frustration with state sentencing guidelines he says fail to “adequately address” offenses related to bath salts possession and distribution.

He added, “It doesn’t even address the quantities, you could have 1,000 grams of bath salts in your house and you’re treated as though you have one gram.” 

In bringing the issue to the attention of the Pennsylvania Sentencing Commission, McMahon is also appealing to state and federal and state lawmakers for help cracking down on overseas exports of the drug into the U.S.

Nationally, new laws criminalizing the drug and dozens of derivatives intentionally designed to skirt previous legal bans and evolving drug laws are bolstering law enforcement efforts to combat the drug and prosecute dealers and users. But bans on the drug’s active ingredients in the U.S. and some in China — currently the largest foreign producer of bath salts consumed in America — have failed to stem the tide, instead driving the trade further underground.

“As we sit in this room right now there could be another package coming from China today and law enforcement has made it a priority to cut off the supply,” he added.

McMahon said those efforts have led to importers and exporters going to greater lengths to avoid detection.

Locally, McMahon said dealers of the drug are “getting sophisticated,” adding “if you’re living at an isolated location on a country road for example, it’s not beyond these individuals who are on bath salts to be using your mailbox during the day to have bath salts delivered (to you) and they’ve gone to steps to put under someone else’s name.” 

McMahon said the packages are often picked up without the homeowner’s knowledge.

On the production end of things, manufacturers also continue to label shipments with innocuous identities like “jewelry cleaner” and “Plant Food” in an attempt to evade scrutiny.

The term “bath salts” is itself an intentional misnomer, used in reference to a growing family of synthetic cathinones, a naturally-occurring stimulant with a cocaine-like high.

Long marketed as legal and safe highs, synthetic drugs like bath salts are quickly developing an reputation as anything but.

“One-time use can alter your life forever,” said St. Marys Police Chief Todd Caltagarone at Tuesday’s press conference.

“You can find people who have used it one time and are now having recurring psychosis and hallucinations and delusions.” 

Caltagarone added, “We don’t know where it’s going and it’s a rather difficult thing for everybody including the health care system to get their arms around.” 

The drug, which can be smoked, inhaled or ingested, is increasingly linked to violent outbursts in users, hallucinations and psychotic breaks.

In St. Marys, the drug currently accounts for at least 90 percent of drug related arrests and activity currently, according to St. Marys Police Officer Gregg McManus who attributes the popularity to its availability, affordability and potency.

McManus has seen the drug’s side effects first hand. These include residents seeing and hearing things that are not there and in some cases lashing out with weapons or words. Many are in need of medical treatment, making emergency rooms the first stop for many users in police custody. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration says the drug was responsible for 23,000 emergency room visits nationwide in 2011.

Once inside a health care facility, users experiencing symptoms ranging from mania, to racing heart rate and dehydration and are often given large doses of sedatives to counteract the stimulant’s effects. In some cases users are restrained to keep from harming themselves or others.

Caltagarone cautioned there is no antidote for stimulant bath salts, unlike overdoses on opiates including heroin which can be reversed with certain medications.

At Tuesday’s press conference, McMahon said bath salts have become a community problem that will require a community effort to solve it.

He is asking retailers to be mindful of customers purchasing pre-paid credit cards with large amounts of cash and credit unions to watch for customers transferring large amounts of cash to far-off places including Asia, a primary supplier of designer drugs to America.

Both pre-paid credit cards and wire transfers are methods common in online purchases of designer drugs, as both cut down on a paper trail of purchases and make “E-commerce” possible.

Police say a wire transfer of $2,300 was used by O’Rourke to purchase the kilogram from China in March. With the right community input, authorities hope to prevent the next major shipment from reaching the county and its residents.

“If individuals come off the street and request to wire between $3,000 and $5,000 to China, it certainly should be deemed suspicious,” McMahon said.

“The (employees) should contact their internal compliance department and law enforcement to report this suspicious activity. In order to address this issue law enforcement needs assistance from everyone.”

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Screenshot: Pennsylvania

Posted by Tespid on August 11, 2014

 

 

 

House bill seeks Marcellus lease hearing

 

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HARRISBURG — Citizens will have a say in the leasing of new state forest and park land for drilling under a House bill in the spotlight this week.

The bill to require prior disclosure of drilling plans surfaces with many unanswered questions about the next round of drilling on public lands in Pennsylvania.

The Democratic Policy Committee heard testimony Monday on the measure by Rep. Richard Mirabito, D-83, to provide access to plans showing the location of well pads, impoundments, access roads, pipelines and compressor stations prior to a lease being issued. The hearing was in Williamsport, near the site of a contentious battle over proposed drilling in Loyalsock State Forest.

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources would have to schedule at least one public hearing or meeting and set up a comment period before a lease is issued. Citizens could review state reports analyzing how proposed drilling impacts ecological, recreational, cultural and aesthetic resources and public health.

“The bill is designed to empower citizens to have input and some control and discretion over what happens on state lands,” Mirabito said. “These lands under the (state) Constitution belong to the public.”

The bill provides a mechanism for implementing citizen participation under the state Environmental Rights Amendment, Joanne Kilgour, chapter director, Pennsylvania Sierra Club, said.

“Legally required public participation and clearly outlined standards for public input will enhance the likelihood that environmental rights and public trust issues will be considered before a decision is made regarding natural gas development on public lands,” she said.

DCNR officials are evaluating the bill.

They stress the importance of 17 citizen advisory groups addressing natural gas development and other topics in providing input to the agency.

“Our interaction with the many folks who participate on these councils and committees helps guide our decision-making process,” DCNR spokeswoman Christina Novak said.

Pennsylvania is at a turning point in its efforts to tap new revenue by leasing additional public land for Marcellus drilling. The new state budget authorizes DCNR to lease tracts in state forests and parks for drilling to generate $95 million. Gov. Tom Corbett proposed a $75 million revenue yield from Marcellus drilling on public lands in his budget address last February, while the final budget bumped up that amount by $20 million.

The governor issued an executive order in May allowing for new underground gas drilling on state-owned gas deposits in parks and forests that doesn’t disturb the land surface or involve well pads, roads and pipelines.

The Pennsylvania Environmental Defense Foundation has sought in state court to block new drilling and the transfer of royalty revenue from the conservation-oriented state Oil and Gas Lease Fund to support DCNR operations.

The foundation and DCNR reached an agreement earlier this month to allow drilling on current gas leases to continue while the case is heard this fall in Commonwealth Court. DCNR agreed not to sign new leases in the interim.

Meanwhile, DCNR is weighing a proposal from Anadarko Petroleum Corp. to drill on acreage in the Loyalsock where the firm owns subsurface mineral rights.

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Screenshot: Japan

Posted by Tespid on August 11, 2014

 

  • Uprising: Music, youth, and protest against the policies of the Abe

    Japan Focus-19 hours ago
    Students Against the Secret Protection Law (SASPL), a network of university students, … energy, as well as shared information through social networks. ….. “Zerry,” “Toppi,” “Bobby,” and “Pa,” who “looked just like” Imawano, Miyake …. as Hokkaido’s Horonobe Underground Research Center could be turned …

 

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Status Update: Throwing Open the Gates

Posted by Tespid on August 2, 2014

I’m taking a new tack. Fighting my inexperience I am still learning to blog.

At the beginning of this endeavor as the Underground Librarian I believed I could accept every comment without moderation. Several months in I was wrong I thought, being inundated with spam. The volume overwhelmed me and I had to cut corners somewhere. So I shifted to a careful eye every few days looking for the pearl in the waves. It has been a while since and I am afraid I may have disregarded any treasure brought to the surface. Now, thanks to a bit of encouragement I’m shifting to no moderation and every comment accepted. Please I urge you to be kind, but that does not mean you should not speak your mind. When I have a moment I’ll look back through to find what and where the threads went. I’m hesitant as one comment advised moderation of everything on the site. I’m ready to try adulthood by promoting tolerance in the mix of ideas and truth. Meanwhile I have a cache of comments to approve over this month.

Please enjoy the new approach.

Sincerely,

Fluted Frog, Esq.

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Dream Revisitation

Posted by Tespid on July 21, 2014

Please pardon the repetition if I’ve already posted this. I hate boring people, but this seems of the utmost bugging my intellect and memory. Namely, I need to recount a dream. Strange after my last post, but maybe another chance to help somebody.

I woke up on the carpeted stairwell naked as a jaybird. I looked down the steps and saw no door. what there was clefting both side of the stairs were sealed openings bordered by trim painted the same color.I got up and walked to the gate. In my head was a voice saying the carpet was lain over a electrical circuit that was on. In the dream I could not tell, but it motivated me to move into the upper room. Next thing I knew I was on a couch that was positioned under a window. I sat for a minute then instinct ran through my head to get out.

I walked into the kitchen and looked back into the depth of the kitchen. Rooms where down the hall on the right I concluded and I’ll be damned if I go anywhere near there. On the kitchen counter was an old phone. I picked it up to start hammering the glass. I was afraid it was plexiglass and wouldn’t make a mark. On the contrary it shattered on the first hit. I crawled out, naked as a jaybird and followed the metal awning around the apartment to the left. I could see a creek bed lined with trees and a small parking lot between the creek and the building I was on. Firetrucks started showing up and I rounded the corner. I saw a stair well that went up and down the side of the building.  The stucco was light yellow ochre. A few people where in the stairwell angled down in my line of vision.The fire came from there. I saw it billowing out from the people. The were not crying, so symbology may be the tone there and not fire bugs. The second fire truck was approaching down the hill as I was considering that my only way out was to jump down. I do not know how many stories up I was. From the back,it may have been the second level, while from the front entry it could have easily been a level or two below the first floor.

Instinct and image has been bugging me the past two days to share. If this is a prayer of intervention I may be late and I am sorry for that. Whoever you are, I hope this help and good luck.

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