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It has been a rough week

Starting with those bombings.

I know that most of you aren't from Boston. I am. Every single place you guys heard mentioned on the news - from the bombing site to the neighborhoods in Watertown - I know intimately. I have an emotional connection to this town.

How many times have I been by that 7-11 that got robbed? Whichever one of the three the news has been reporting - the one in Central Square across from Life Alive? The one on Prospect Street last summer where I met Lindsay that one morning to give her a ride to our Reiki training -- in Watertown? Or the one in Kendall - the modern, empty one, in Boston's new boom town. That misplaced one, right at ground zero of the commercialization of the biotech revolution. Ground zero of brand new buildings, luxury apartments and condos, of the biggest pharmaceutical & biotech companies in the world.

Kendall / MIT on the Red Line is where the officer was shot. Right near the Microsoft building, the freaky Frank Gehry building that puts Kendall on the map as part of America's new Avante Garde.

Kendall is in a building boom, but there are other boom sites scattered around this town. There is Allston, spurred by Harvard's Expansion. There are the plans for Union Square - an 80+ unit hybrid development of affordable and market rate apartments and an extension of the Green line, not to mention a gleaming new steel and glass library. In downtown Boston, there is the new high-rise dorm for the Berklee College of Music (where Psy went) . Not to mention Assembly Square out here, and the new Orange Line Stop. But the granddaddy remains - Kendall/MIT, on the Red Line. There are 4-5 high/midrise developments for the emerging biotech cluster at Kendall.

Kendall is a place of relative wealth, in a country experiencing a generalized decline. It is driven by the next boom industry, driven by aging baby boomers: biotech and pharma. The search for the fountain of youth will drive the next round of stock market fortunes.

And ground zero is right here, right where that MIT cop got killed by those angry young men.

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The bombers lived not a mile away from my house, in Cambridge, on the border of Somerville, aka Slumerville. We bought a condo here because we could afford it. Somerville is "up and coming." That is, ready to be gentrified.

You know the story: There must be a "hot" "up and coming" neighborhood in your metropolitian area. They all have them. Slummerville has recently its been getting the table crumbs from the increasing good fortune of Harvard and MIT and nearby Kendall Square, and has been feeling somewhat flush. Big plans - big plans for Somerville - and make sure to build more "affordable housing," to maintain the "character" and keep Slummerville Slummerville.

And it is in this context, that the brother bombers moved to the U.S., to Cambridge, Massachusetts, less than a mile from my house, right across from that unsightly junkyard. Right between Cambridge and Somerville. In a corridor that amounds to a micro slum in one of the richest cities in the nation.

There was no place for him - not the older one. After his boxing dream died, he was finished. He did nothing but rot inside of himself. His soul rotted while his body stayed alive. He was a bad influence on his younger brother, who had a better chance at getting a leg up in the 'American Dream.'

Who knows?

We'll never know. The one thing we do know is that those boys experienced America in a way that is fundamentally different from the way most of us do. They were strangers here. Tbey didn't feel like they belonged. And they were dissatisfied with the raw deal they got (from their perspective).

This made the ripe pickings to whoever was running them. Angry + Dissatisfied = Easy to manipulate. We should all remember that, and examine our own hearts for signs of anger and dissatisfaction.

While we can guard over our own hearts, the question arises: How many more out there are there like them? What is the problem? How can we help? How can we shower the universal energy source - love - on the wounds that need them most? Is it possible in your heart to love your enemy?

What does it mean to love your enemy?

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I fear that this is the beginning of a trend.: School shootings are over. The new terrorism is to hold an entire city hostage. Next time, coordinated. With an escape plan. Like a Hollywood movie. The news is all just entertainment anymore anyway.

The powers of the state are awesome, but they couldn't do what they did in Watertown at five places simultaneously in the city. If it has been noticed by me, it has been noticed by the terrorists.

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The reaction against this will be telling. It will, like everything, quickly become politicized. Everyone will use some angle of this event as "proof" and therefore justification for their ideologies / beliefs / political crusades.

But the logic from the other side is clear: The Americans bomb their innocents - in Pakistan, Afghanistant, North Africa. What is the difference if they bomb ours?

Can their logic truly be faulted?

Their actions, yes. It is never right to kill, least not the innocent. But there is a rule to war: The rule is that there are no rules. The rule is: Use any means necessary to win. If you abide by rules in war, you're not fighting to win.

But what we need now is not more fighting.

What we need is love. I know there are a lot of Christians here on this board. I am too. I am like Gandhi was:


http://youtu.be/GWwVMPrfzZc

The message from that clip: Do not divide. Unite. Heal with love.

Who here is up to it?



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Hold fast to love.

The option is fear, and fear manifests so many ugly things.
While this was an ongoing drama, I kept thinking of the day I got back on the internet... I wondered if it was sort of like that for you, to be there, knowing all that you know.
All summer off, I had ignored the "real" world and lived on my farm. I got back online, and on whatreallyhappened.com there is a headline about SWAT raid in a dinky little town in Idaho. I click, and sat there dumbfounded as I watch my friend get dragged from her home, watch her husband be held at gunpoint, then take a tour of the house from the view of a rifle mounted camera...
I suspect you will go through many realizations as you process this, I did. Some of them might make you sad, or angry, but hang in there. It was brutal hard to realize no one was going to help these people, not even me. There was a handful of us with the best of intentions, we tried to get their story out there... Only so much we can do. The tyranny is so egregious and constant that we all have crisis fatigue... But once I got my brain around that whole "gonna hang alone thing" it lightened the burden of knowing how bad things are. I want to save everyone from tyranny. Some do not want saved, and I have to learn to let them have that - I only make myself aggravated trying to "free" willing slaves. And so, if I release the burden of feeling like someone ought to help them, and got over the anger of realizing no one would help me either, I then was gifted with permission to not try to rescue anyone else. That does not mean I don't care, or that I will start lying now - it is very profitable and socially acceptable... But I have said for years now that true liberty is a DIY project, and I finally have "permission" to work on MY project. You know, the one I was born to do. Make a better me.
My best to you and your fair city. I only spent a week there, but it was a living history lesson, and I really enjoyed it.

Love or fear? Choose again with every breath.

Looking at the individual

What touched me about your post, was the willingness to look at the perpetrators as individuals. Early on, before we knew who did it, the media outlets were profiling according to their ideological bent. You avoid this in you piece. As a Catholic-Christian every person is a non-repeatable singularity and created to be infinitely loved. Do I live up to this all the time? Nope... however I can always reorient myself to point of life as I believe it to be. I can certainly let the small stuff go - ie internet squabbles. The big stuff will take a long time for all of us to work out.

Vickie

Praying for you...

You are very dear Michael and also the daily paulers!

I love this community and thank you for making it possible...

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Thank you, Michael

You have an amazing ability to write about even the worst events, and leave my smiling and feeling positive at the end.

That is a talent that is underserved in our world, and thank you so much for sharing it with all of us here at this special place you've created for us!

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Well-said.

Have been eager to hear your perspective on the situation, and think you hit the nail on the head with the right approach. Love is the key for everything.

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Mr. Nystrom, I like your writing style. Direct, to the point with no pretense and no sarcastic tones. [Which many times I personally find hard to achieve. ;-]

Godspeed.

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Solid Post here, boys and

Solid Post here, boys and girls. Thank you for all you do M. Nystrom

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No Absence of Malice

Dude, you're more like Gandhi than anyone I've ever known. And I think you're right, that we're starting another leg down in a trend of malice. Seems a contagion for violence exists; pheromones from hell perhaps.

Your comment resonates - “This made them ripe pickings to whoever was running them.” So true; and maybe it can be expanded from “whoever” to whatever, because of the insidious power of so many bad situations, bad entities, and bad ideas.

The rule of war is that there are no rules; and any means necessary to win only ends up making the whole world blind. Sun Tzu gave us The Art of War. We need to write The Art of Peace.

Good to here your perspective. Thanks for taking the time to lay it down.

Yes, it was a hard week, still is, eh?

I don't know how to write about it.

My baby brother passed away. He was a quadplegic, had been drinking with some friends, raced his wheelchair (his chair could fly, fatty wheels.. heavy duty batter operated.. so he hits a rock, ambulance took him him.. his backpack with his wallet and things are missing.

A friend is in the hospital, just came out of a three day coma.

I responded because you're headline hit a nerve.

Virtually (((((((((((MN))))))))))))) we are all with you in Boston because of DP. And that may be a story in itself how we virtually live each other's terror experiences? I happen to know that you're talking about a place where turkey's roam through people's backyards. You've shared local monuments, and I wonder, did that include the 7-11?

Here's to a better weak ahead!

(((((((((((((((Granger))))))))))))))))))))

I'm so sorry hear you have lost your baby brother. I am saddened for you and will lift you up as I pray. Love you, my friend.

A prayer for you and your brother

I am sorry for your loss Granger.

Vickie

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(((((Granger)))))

I am very sorry to hear about the loss of your brother.

And your friend in the Hospital.

The thing about our society is that all of this stuff happens - bombings, shootings, marshall law, family members dying, friend in the hospital - and the next day we're all supposed to just go back to work, act normal, like nothing happened at all.

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Indeed - here is to a better week ahead.

Thank you Granger.

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance. - Alan Watts

I sorry for the loss of your brother

That's so hard.

"Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice." -- Thomas Paine

So sorry to hear about your brother.

I hope knowing that we care about you in some way helps ease your sorrow.

Thank you (((((((((TP)))))))))

Still in shock and why I don't know how to write about it. They gave him 10 years max back in 1987.. he was born in 1962, became a quad in 87 and died in 13.. so he spent have his life as a quad. He was very popular, had a lot of girlfriends.. I miss him.

TY ((((TP))))

That's rough...

...Granger. Praying you and family will be surrounded and comforted by Love even in the midst of heartache.

I haven't lost a family member recently, but our county GOP vice-chair, a sweet lady, just died from a stroke -- grieving the loss of her.

So sorry for what you're going through.

watching the scene unfold overseas

I was in Germany visiting family, and woke up just as it was hitting the fan. I threw on CNN, big mistake, I know, and immediately turned it off and went to reddit, and the Daily Paul.
Michael is right, watching this happen in familiar spots was not something my brain could understand. Seeing paramilitary forces in the residential neighborhoods was something that happens in Belfast, or Baghdad, not Watertown. Being thousand of miles away from my home and watching this happen was difficult to process, as if it were in a movie. Then I realized, we are.
I have not been able to get a song out of my head since that morning/night.
Stiff Little Fingers-Alternative Ulster

Nothin' for us in Belfast
The Pound's so old it's a pity
OK, there's the Trident in Bangor
Then walk back to the city
We ain't got nothin' but they don't really care
They don't even know you know
Just want our money
And we can take it or leave it
What we need is
(Chorus:)
An Alternative Ulster
Grab it and change it it's yours
Get an Alternative Ulster
Ignore the bores and their laws
Get an Alternative Ulster
Be an anti-security force
Alter your native Ulster
Alter your native land
Take a look where you're livin'
You got the Army on your street
And the RUC dog of repression
Is barking at your feet
Is this the kind of place you wanna live?
Is this where you wanna be?
Is this the only life we're gonna have?
What we need is
(Chorus)
They say they've got control of you
But that's not true you know
They say they're a part of you
And that's a lie you know
They say you will never be
Free free free
Get an Alternative Ulster, Alternative Ulster, Alternative Ulster

Could we ask you to reconsider making Rand the central DP focus

Who else can speak to our concerns better?

Who is doing a better job of it?

Rand is in a position to expose and shame both John McCain, Lindsey Graham and their traitorous allies... and he is doing it with every speech and political action.

I would ask you Michael. It is one thing to ask the cops into your home, it is quite another for them to point a gun in the homeowner's face and demand it like Nazi's searching out Jewish children.

We need the Daily Paul behind Rand now. We need to give him the support Ron had.

It is your website Michael. You are in Boston, you have seen first hand the enemy of Liberty. Rand is not that enemy Michael. Ask Ron Paul what he thinks but we need you Mr. Patriot, Michael Nystrom.

Only a President willing to grant us a Pardon is worthy of the office of the President. Who is more likely to exercise that power than the son of Ron Paul?

I don''t understand your words:

"Only a President willing to grant us a Pardon is worthy of the office of the President. Who is more likely to exercise that power than the son of Ron Paul?"

Why do we need to be granted a pardon?

How else can any President undo the countless oppressive laws?

How did Christ remove the yoke?

It is the one power of kings that the founders explicitly granted the President.

Imagine a President that can not get Congress to remove the income tax on wages. With one stroke of the pen he may PARDON every wage earner from filing his 1040 and PARDON businesses from withholding on their employees. Congress would have zero recourse to undo such a pardon and a pardon removes all jurisdiction from the courts.

Imagine that all non-violent drug offenders are PARDONED.

Imagine that land owners are PARDONED from following nonsensical EPA regs.

Imagine that gun owners are PARDONED and that US Marshals are ordered to arrest police officers interfere and who attempt to violate 2nd amendment rights of otherwise non-criminals.

Just say'n. Even Christ chose the PARDON.

I had never thought of Pardon in those terms before.

Thank you for explaining. Almost like nullification!

yes you are right

and one need not be christian to know it.

after 9/11 I was in favor of turning the other cheek. We were called unpatriotic and many other things. Instead of doing that, we killed over a million innocent people. Will these people ever be able to forgive us. Can we forgive ourselves. The world is so much worse off now and we are so much worse off. It will only stop when we stop having hatred and recognize the love we have for everyone, humanity. People are the same everywhere. Everywhere there are family and friends and children for the future.

Spread your love far and wide to the military, the police, homeland security, the FBI, the CIA, and all the people who feel unaccepted in their communities. To atheists, christians, muslims, jews.....Pakistanis, Chechens, Italians, Irish, and French....Republicans, Democrats, socialists, communists. Drop all the labels altogether and spread your love indiscriminately.

Do all of you know your neighbors? Have you talked to them lately?

It has been a hard week on everyone. I can't imagine how hard it has been for those that live there. The best to you.

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Heal with love, unite for truth

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The individual who refuses to defend his rights when called by his Government, deserves to be a slave, and must be punished as an enemy of his country and friend to her foe. - Andrew Jackson

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"Who here is up to it?"

"Who here is up to it?"

I think they are, just like you have, Michael, proven to be:

http://ronpaulinstitute.org/about-us.aspx

And I'll be joining over there soon, just like I joined over here a little while ago.

Thank you again for this place, Daily Paul owner and crew.

Keep sailing. :)

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