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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:


http://youtu.be/NF_VfUt6n2c

"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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...but if you do nothing and

...but if you do nothing and things go wrong you will be strung up by the media.

Interesting dynamic there, don't you think?

For the confused, this dynamic reveals what is what about the media. This country, our country, is one heaping lie. It saddens and angers me to know our country is nothing but the center piece of the enslavement of mankind. Our country is pathetic. Too many of our countrymen are stupid.

School's fine. Just don't let it get in the way of thinking. -Me

Study nature, not books. -Walton Forest Dutton, MD, in his 1916 book whose subject is origin (therefore what all healing methods involve and count on), simple and powerful.

I know, but I felt I should clarify

I don't understand what you mean about my posts being different than the typical ones here, though. Maybe it's because this event happened in a city I'm in quite often.

I'm not saying this particular event was an example of corruption, but more what led up to it, and how it's going to be used to justify further corruption. Look at how many times 9/11 has been used to justify illegal, undeclared wars and the Patriot Act for example. Sure, the two attacks aren't on the same level, but the end results will be extremely similar in my opinion.

As far as being strung up by the media, most outlets seem to flat out ignore police brutality and corruption (except when it's politically expedient), never mind all the "accidental" shootings, video footage of police beating the crap out of people, even kids, and cases of police/feds breaking into the wrong houses. When do those stories make national headlines? How often are cops like that jailed, or even fired?

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Well given solidly half the

Well given solidly half the boards believe it was staged I think your posts are very balanced =D

Events have consequences. That is necessitated by the reaction of the people. They demand action to make sure that it never happens again and those with a more paranoid world view in office use it to press forward their own agendas.

Just as soldiers who kill civilians do not face a civil trial, police also tends to hold its inquiries internally. Just as in the army, your career can be destroyed by such an incident, so it is with police/fbi/cia.

I sincerely believe the argument of the liberty movement is with the rest of America rather than their leaders and public servants. If you did a referendum on whether the CIA should be disbanded you would find very few supporters in the public for that idea.

I will give you an example. Look at the US military. It is one of the biggest guzzlers of taxpayer money for the public. It is completely constitutional and its budget is controlled by the lawmakers. The only way to reduce its spending is to elect legislators who are virulently opposed to military spending. But if there is a candidate who is perceived as being weak on national security, people simply won't elect him. It all comes back to the public.

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Respectfully

I believe you are the one who's being "naive."

Study and understand what the Hegelian Dialectic is.
"Problem, Reaction, Solution."
Look at the centuries worth of examples of its use, and you will have a broader understanding of what is going on.

It's the old "the enemy's at the gates" routine. Terrorism (fear) has been used to control populations for centuries. It is as old as civilisation itself.

The "LEO's" are simply a mechanism. A tool. They are only acting on what they have been told. Just as you are acting on what you have been told.

"If I can get you to believe absurdities, I can make you commit atrocities."

I hate to quote "rhino" (an old DP member) here, but "the truth is that we don't know the truth." All we know is what we've been told by entities that have been proven to lie in the past. WMD's, Jessica Lynch, Pat Tillman, etc.

Were you there? Did you know these two guys they are calling suspects? Did you see them plant anything? Carjack anything? Shoot at anyone? Or is all your info coming from people who were "told" something to tell you?

I take pretty much everything I don't see with my own eyes in person, or know about first hand, with a grain of salt. I would suggest the same for you.

I hope that you are

I hope that you are consistent then and check that each aeroplane part is in place before you board a flight. After all, the govt. might sabotage it to spread fear and martial law no? Pretend it was done by terrorists.

Empathy is the ability to put yourself in the other person's shoes and feel as he is feeling. If your father or spouse were among the party hunting the terrorist down what emotions would be going through your mind?

Yes, I am appealing to emotion, before you accuse me of it. We are all human, all emotional, including govt. officials who you seem to completely dehumanize. If you do that you cannot really complain when they do the same to you.

The gov't doesn't have to sabotage the airplane parts...

...when they deliberately escort onto planes terrorists who happen to have underwear bombs, as happened Christmas 2009.

Even though the bomb didn't explode because his underwear was so dirty from being worn for weeks [throwing up a little in my mouth as I type that], the incident was used to spread fear and to usher in full-body strip search scanners en masse.

...which coincidentally ushered a lot of money into Michael Chertoff's pockets.
http://www.thenewamerican.com/economy/commentary/item/3938-g...

Also interesting to note, the underwear bomber was working with the CIA and Saudi intelligence.

Israeli Publication says Boston's Tsarnaev was on Saudi & CIA Payroll!

...The conclusion reached by DEBKAfile’s counterterrorism and intelligence sources is that the brothers were double agents, hired by US and Saudi intelligence...

http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2013/04/israeli-publica...

Oops, that was Tsarnaev. Here we go for underwear bomber...

'Underwear bomber' was working for the CIA

Bomber involved in plot to attack US-bound jet was working as an informer with Saudi intelligence and the CIA, it has emerged

http://m.guardiannews.com/world/2012/may/09/underwear-bomber...

Funny how that happens. It seems his nasty, dirty underwear isn't the only thing that stinks about this.

Oh wait...this was a DIFFERENT underwear bomber. *smacks forehead*

It's so hard to keep all these tangled gov't connected plots straight. ;)