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"Something positive about the lockdown..."

There was a thread a while back, titled that - or some approximation thereof. I'm sorry I don't remember who it was, or the exact title. I was still not quite in my right mind. It has been a terrible few weeks in Boston since the bombings. Terrorsome. Its just downright gloomy. That all that actually happened. It wasn't a movie.

The strange thing is, is that it played out in my head as a movie, because I'm intimately familiar with all the places. I feel a closeness to this place. To the history and beauty of this city. So it hurt me a little more. That picture of Boston 1773 vs. Boston 2013.

240 years, for the cycle to come half circle. Everything eventually becomes its opposite. You young become old. Night becomes day. The seasons change. Everything in this whole place just goes around and around and around forever. Revolutions every day and every season.

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But there was that one nice thread amidst all the chaos: IT WAS FREEDOM THAT CAUGHT THE GUY - NOT THE LOCKDOWN. Does anyone else remember that thread?

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All day long I was out driving around. First over to Renato's in East Boston. The roads were eerily empty. It was like driving around on Christmas Day - nary another car to be seen. But you expect that on days like Christmas and Thanksgiving. But on a pleasant spring Friday, it is creepy.

Like Bob Dylan driving down a deserted 42nd Street in a Cadillac he 'borrowed' from the dealer after World War III:


"A good car to drive after a war." - LOL!

But suddenly there was a huge traffic jam - at the airport. Miles long. The Gov. had suspended ALL public transportation. The entire bus system, commuter rail system and subway. They even had taxis suspended for the first hour. There was no other way to get into the airport.

This whole apparatus was out of commission that day: Not just Boston, but transportation to all of the surrounding cities and towns.

You don't hear much about that. But run it through the noodle and see what comes out.

My first thought about "Shelter in Place" was: Quarantine.

After all, we've got the deadliest bird flu yet smoldering over in China. Is that little fire going to catch? As in a global wipeout? As in Mother Earth's way of saying - enough of you humans! Back! Back!

(Quarantines were in effect for the Spanish Flu of 1919.)

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But that Friday you could feel the freakyness in the air. Like: "What the hell is going on? Is this really happening?" Like some weird weather pattern that you've never experienced suddenly descended on you -- and then you realize that its aliens!

And there was the fear. The whole jumble of fear. Everyone in the damn city was thinking, "That could have been me." That could have been me, getting carjacked over there in Allston. That could have been me, getting my legs blown off. That Chinese girl who died could have been my wife. (That we have friends who had met her comes a sort of awe, that she was that short of a distance from me, and in the great Lottery, her number got called. Not mine. That day had her number on it.

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Samantha and I had an errand to run in Quincy. The whole time in the car we debated whether they would find him or not. Why was it taking so long? Is someone hiding him? Did he take someone hostage? Is he even in Watertown? What if they don't find him? How long will it go on? Honestly, I was expecting it to go on all weekend.

And when they released it, there was a sigh of relief. Because I don't have the idiot box, and I refused to watch any of it on YouTube, I have not poisoned my mind by viewing video images of the celebration.

THAT tangent aside, everything that happened brings to mind one's mortality, and vulnerability in so many ways. That was just an egregious, vulgar display of force by the 'authorities.' People always cheer it until the one day it turns on them.

And to me, it feels like it could happen again. Easily. Randomly. It feels like that weird weather pattern is hanging around, and might get more menacing. And as for the aliens? They've fully taken over the country.

And it seems that there is no way to stem the tide. That it is impossible because we live in a world where, as stated above, everything is always either growing brighter, or somewhere in the process of becoming its opposite.

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Summary: The good thing about the lockdown:

1) It didn't work. It was Freedom that allowed the suspect to be found and caught.

2) It provided some very interesting data about what time it is getting to be. Everyone is running it through their heads: What does it mean? What if it happens again? What if it happened to me? What if some time in the future, I'm the suspect?

Lots going on here, and I can't say that I feel particularly safe living in Boston anymore. Copycats? Retribution? What if they discover that "cell"? (is that "cell" real?) What if their investigation flushes more of the rats out, and they're brazen and agressive like these guys were? What if I'm just being played for a fool by a super sophisticated marketing campaign? What if I'm overly paranoid.

I'm back to Chapel Perilous, where you reach the point where you must reconcile it: Is the Conspiracy a conspiracy, or is the Conspiracy real?

According to Robert Anton Wilson, there's only two ways out of it: Terminally paranoid, or stone cold agnostic. I would add that you can live a life of denial - where nothing is ever what it seems, or a life of acceptance, and submission. Submission to the will of God, if speaking religiously. Acceptance, if speaking of Buddhism. Stone cold agnostic, if speaking of Robert Anton Wilson.

The positive thing is that we're back at Chapel Perilous.

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Disgust, not fear was my reaction

Ever since Bin Laden's "capture" (which I immediately knew was a big fat lie), the media has been pummeling us with lies to where I don't believe a word they say anymore.

I knew immediately Boston was a set-up, a false flag, and that the "patsies" were not the danger, but the FBI that allowed this to happen instead of preventing yet another "almost-bombing." Come to find out these "Russian/Muslem" brothers might not even be involved in harming anyone, even as patsies, fills me with disgust. Come to further suspect that quite a few actors may be involved in pretending to be victims and that some photos were "staged" is way beyond the top of the disgust meter.

I'm further disgusted at the way the cheering, dumbed down slave-people welcome the jackboot on their face under the illusion of "keeping them safe" from the big, bad terrorists -- who, ironically, are the very ones entrusted with keeping them safe. I do not consider them fellow Americans. They are an embarassment to our country. Funny thing is, they think the "conspiracy theorists" are the embarassment, but we are the ones that actually care about the Big Brother prison that the country is turning into.

Speaking of upside down, it's Orwellian that "truthers" (someone questioning what they're told & doing their own investigations) has become a derogatory term -- as if believing "liars" is something to be proud of. Sadly, I can't think of the last "event" that happened anywhere near the way the media & government claimed it did!!!

Michael, remember the REAL Boston Tea Party? Your picture

shows a cheering crowd giving its mandate from the shore in broad daylight. In reality, the British Colonists, while suffering more, were hesitant of making the first move, going along with worse and worse treatment. SOME were planning. They didn't WANT people to pay the tax on the tea, but there were sure to be some who would be willing to do so. So by night, a few went to dump the tea overboard. Many knew, there is no indication anyone opposed it, but while public opinion was starting to turn people still needed a rallying point to commit.

In some ways that is how I see the liberty movement, and (for me) Ron's role. He gave focus to this, and consistently stood for the message, and does. People need someone with a mic saying these things to point to and say 'listen to him!' Or people need some event that brings them to realization of growing encroachment.

I think Boston, to a lot of people, fit that last category, and that is why what Ron said about Boston is getting so much play, and is being savaged so much.

Maybe what happened in Boston will help people to take a stand, again.

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Thank you - excellent.

I really enjoyed reading that.


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It Never Happened

“The Boston bombing provided the opportunity for the government to turn what should have been a police investigation into a military-style occupation of an American city. This unprecedented move should frighten us as much or more than the attack itself.” Ron Paul

“Why was none of this done in Dallas when President Kennedy was shot? I don't remember them locking the city down and going door to door with machine guns pointed at the residents.” Montgomery Scott

“It never happened. Nothing ever happened. Even while it was happening it wasn’t happening.” Harold Pinter

excellent post

Michael. Thanks for all you do.

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We feel your pain, Michael.

You speak for many of us. In this world of "synergy" we are all akin to the weakness of the Boston poulation.

Maybe the bright spot is that we have all identified this as something we, the people can NOT allow to happen without the courage to face it down.

Somewhere, someone, in the future will be "on camera" standing up to the tanks of our "government".

It will become the new, "shot heard round the world".

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nice post and thanks for sharing... may I share a quote I came accross, linked from my DP exploring yd:

"Whilst you and me have been drunkenly slurring in some seedy bar over who the Red Sox's best ever pitcher was, the agents of our destruction were slowly but surely drawing their plans against us (to paraphrase Wells). They have researched with exquisite detail all our foibles and failings. They are master manipulators par excellence. If we continue with our blind indifference to our approaching fate, then we'll have fully deserved it. Huxley's final conclusion in the lines quoted above is:

"There seems to be no good reason why a thoroughly scientific dictatorship should ever be overthrown."

Think about that stark assessment for a moment. It's perfectly correct. Once they've finally got us, they've got us for keeps. Us, our children and our children's children's children. They'll have completely re-written history by then, if not already today. As a people, we won't know who we are any more. Do we even today? We'll be whatever THEY tell us we are. This revisionism - the only kind permitted it seems - has ALREADY been underway in the West for some time, as you may be aware. In due course we will become irreversibly enslaved by these criminals for all time to come. As Huxley states, it simply won't occur to our grandchildren to question their subservience..."

Time to ponder our aliens with a bit more heart, sincerity, courage, and urgency, I believe... for we are running out of time to communicate in this way

O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

With all respects to RAW (The Illuminati)

I don't see this: "As in Mother Earth's way of saying - enough of you humans! Back! Back!" I don't believe "Mother Nature" thinks like that. I think the global elite who want it all want us to think it's Mither Nature and not them limiting who can and can not, should and should not be here.

Having grown up in the military, I saw this coming my whole life.. I thought I could become a civilian, only to see civilian life become militarized (are you a vet? Did you work in the military? Those are commom jib questions? Why?

Bistin.. you are all in shock and awe, and this is a military tactic, and it's being used on Americans by our own government, and has been for a very long time.

But I have hope, because I have God.. with all respects to RAW, "Glory Be", a prayer say at mass comes to mind:

Glory be to the Father,
And to the Son,
And to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now,
And ever shall be,
World without end. Amen.

as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be.. world without end. http://forums.catholic.com/showthread.php?t=517226

An army of thugs terrorizing a city couldn't find one man...

but one guy with a telephone and love for his boat did.

It's a bit reassuring amongst all the madness that occurred, to see how infective the police state can be even when it has a total lockdown and armed maniacs scouring every corner of the city.

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That guy with the frog mouth

That guy with the frog mouth is hilarious. That second photo should be a welcome to Boston post card.

I put something up in a

I put something up in a similar vein titled "Boston Strong: Then vs Now", with two simple pictures illustrating the difference: http://www.dailypaul.com/283163/boston-strong-then-and-now

Remember how pissed everyone

Remember how pissed everyone was when Deval instituted a "shelter in place" order during the blizzard in February? What happened to that outrage?

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I felt it, and shared it

No government servant has the right to tell its masters what to do that the masters have not agreed to.

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Really enjoyed your post.

Truth with a sense of hope. Ron Paul said that it was a home owner that discovered the 19 year old in his boat and called the police. This happened after he was allowed back in his house. The Boston three ring circus does not inspire much feeling of security!

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Call me naive, but I still hold out hope

that things will turn around for the better in this country. I just can't see it getting any worse.

I realize I'm saying that having not lived through anything like what the people of Boston or New York did.

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"I can't see it getting any worse..."

I guess you haven't heard about these other places. One is called "Iraq." Another is called "Afghanistan."

What happend in Boston was just child's play in comparison.

or worse yet

China or N. Korea.. That could easily happen here..

I think it was a reply, not a thread.

I don't recall which thread or who said it, but it struck me, too.
I saw an excellent article that faulted Mother Teresa for promoting love, the author cried out for justice. To me, they are the same thing. If I see you running around killing people, it is the LOVING thing to do, to seek justice for you. Justice gives YOU the opportunity to face the damage you have done, to "repent" and to serve your sentence for your crimes. We have perverted the notion of "love" to believe it means sex, or warm and fuzzy feelings. We have perverted "justice" to where it means revenge or punishment. Justice, truth, liberty... they all become twisted images of what they should be unless they spring from love.
As I process the whole event, it is the lack of justice, or even a fair imitation, that haunts me. Bin Laden was the warm up act, now Americans have developed a taste for feeding Muslims to the lyin's.

Love or fear? Choose again with every breath.

Another Positive thing

It takes 9,000 of the very well equipped (Red Dawn?) looking "Officials" to get 1 scared 19 year old.

When they call constitutionalists and Ron Paul supporters "Suspicious" we know they don't have the manpower to bother us.

Loved the photos. I'd love to see one of the family being marched out of their house at gunpoint with their hands raised chanting "USA? USA? USA?!"

Or the same photo with the caption "Can you spot the terrorists?"

I think despite the media spin people are noticing something is wrong.

Thanks for sharing Michael

You were on our minds during the events of Boston - as you were in the belly of the beast. I had been waiting for your personal response and perspective - it was poignant and insightful as anticipated.

It is showing the people of Boston and America...

the power they have.

Boston in particular as the victim of this mass assault can say to itself 'never again.' Never again will I be a victim.

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It's really weird reading this

and all the other online stuff about Boston, here on my laptop in my home up north. It feels surreal, like a deja-vu-but-not-really sort of feeling. I feel so far away (in many senses) from what happened, even though it's my hometown and I'm still there often. Maybe it just hasn't 'hit' me yet. Maybe because the reaction to the 'shelter in place' was met with virtually zero resistance. Maybe it's because I'm not sure which version of the story to believe, so I believe none. Maybe because I'm already desensitized to all the pointless violence.

Thank you for pointing out a silver lining Mr. Nystrom, as thin as it might be.

Sorry for rambling a bit. It's just kind of odd for me to talk about this in such a public place and I really don't know how to articulate what I'm feeling.

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It was met with zero resistance because people were terrified

That is one of the goals of terrorism.

Gunfire all night, flash grenades, explosions. It sounded like a war zone. People got cowed. It is human nature. They know what buttons to push and how to push them.

a friend of mine won't even take the subway anymore

Lives near the Revere Beach stop, used to go to Downtown Crossing everyday just to hang out (old retired fella), now he doesn't even step foot in the city proper anymore.

I did find another silver lining in all this though; it's going to motivate me even more to talk about how our FP invites these sort of events (though I try to word it as neutrally as possible in offline, public conversation).

Doom and gloom aside, I hope you enjoy your vacation! (talk about mood whiplash!)

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I think it is naive to think

I think it is naive to think that 'pushing your buttons' was what LEOs had in mind.

Imagine this...you are part of a party hunting a man who has already killed 4 people. You don't know if he is wearing a suicide vest, you don't know whether he is carrying a weapon. All you know is that his brother is dead and he has almost nothing to lose and will probably try to go out with a bang.

You know that one false step and you will not be returning home that night. One false step and you may end up maimed or dead. The state has given you the task of hunting the man down and you cannot abandon your duty when people are counting on you. So tired and exhausted and scared, you still push on.

I'm sure they will be happy to know how much you appreciate their efforts on your behalf. Like it or not but they are also human beings, forced to live in the same system as you probably with the same worries and same complaints. To say their whole purpose was to cow the population is bordering on the ridiculous.

just saying

But I took 'they' as meaning those who enacted the 'shelter in place' and other 'higher-ups', not the individual police, who mostly think they're doing what's right. Mostly.

(didn't down vote)

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Who are again human. When you

Who are again human. When you realize the awesome responsibility they bear, when you realize that if there is a single more death it will be because you did not perfectly plan, when you feel the full gravity of choice then you can honestly question their decision.

People will try to do their jobs with the powers that are given to them. The goal is to reduce these powers, until that happens you cannot blame professionals for using them.

How much they should be reduced without compromising security too much is the discussion we should be having. Systems are key, rather than individuals no matter how powerful, how motivated.

I had that responsibility

when I was in the Army. This isn't coming from someone who goes around blindly hating cops or doesn't know the fear of being shot at or anything like that, but at the same time I realize that many like asserting their authority with reckless abandon, and that most of our politicians are thoroughly corrupt control freaks.

Also, let's not forget that it wasn't until after the lockdown ended that the suspects were caught.

edit: I could also turn that logic around and say that you can't honestly defend their decisions unless/until you've been in their shoes.

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I am not accusing you of it,

I am not accusing you of it, but your posts are very different from the typical ones you find here.

Certainly corruption is rife in some circles but this was not an example of it. Most often the corruption arises from politics rather than the bureaucracy itself.

I have been close to people who have had to make those decisions so I can claim at least some perspective on the matter. The most difficult thing is to do nothing because if you can at least be seen to be doing all you can the public will forgive you but if you do nothing and things go wrong you will be strung up by the media.