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thunder of portent

thunder of portent

I stopped reading the book “Aberration in the Heartland of the Real” when I got to the point (roughly at page 400) when the author started going into the details of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and mind control.  I’d probably felt like I’d hit a wall again of having been “battered and shattered” (the phrase I woke up with in my mind while the rest of the world was beginning to read about Wikileaks Vault #7)(see Fat In The Fire).

It was probably that sense of being personally and psychologically overwhelmed with the depravities to which the human can succumb, which our government can inflict, about which much of our populace can be ignorant or at least apathetic. 

I’d been at that same place of feeling battered and shattered before; it’s starting to get annoyingly repetitive. 

It started perhaps with the act of getting hauled off by a woman much larger than me who grabbed me by the ear and yanked me to the location and position she wanted me in, whether to see the error of my acts and my failures or to position me for finishing the job of more completely weeding her flowerbed or cleaning her floor, or bringing to the site of whatever next chore she’d picked out for me. 

It continued with the act of watching grown-ups discuss amongst themselves, out of earshot of any of their adolescent charges, on that fateful extended weekend in Dallas.

It happened again when Bobby was shot, although at least then there was open weeping. I was in college at the time, and people were less reserved, less uptight, more hopeful of finding a way out of a war that was largely destructive, even of those who never got close to it. How many of us grew up wondering which family would next have to be told of the death of their son? Almost to a person, none of us knew the horrors of what was being done to another people, at least until we were told by citizen leaders who then had to pay a very severe price for speaking of it. In the end, you learn of those in the distance and those in the family who are left to rot to death because of the use of a sprayed poison.

Decades later, I was again shattered and battered with the knowledge that 3,000 souls can be killed in an single act on a morning, televised for the entire world to see, without anyone giving much thought to investigation or prosecution (except those few who signed their name to a petition or exercised the temerity of speaking up on an Internet discussion board). 

It showed up again when I revisited that narrative about the bulldozer assault during the Gulf War, no longer cleansed and polished for heroic salutation but later opened for examination in all its brutality.  

My feelings of being battered and shattered are, I suppose, a mild civilian form of PTSD.  I’ve never been in combat.  I’d probably have been the fellow who the general would have had to slap, or perhaps the one who ran AWOL, shrieking. Or perhaps the one who turned to embrace the violence and continue it. I had my moments in ROTC training when I was confronted with milder forms of violent reality, but that was mere pretense; I never saw any blood shed on purpose or by accident. But I had felt enough inside to know I couldn’t go down that path, and I didn’t. 

Some would say I was a pussy, a coward. 

I have a different perspective. 

When one thinks for a bit about the divisions and crises that face the nation today, that pregnant moment of the unknown that hangs inside the clouds of a dark storm building up slowly off in the distance, the sense of impending trouble, a vague echo of my own personal run-up to the election of 2000, the high RPM 3rd gear “blinking red” prodrome before 9/11 which eventually got tamped down and packed down by my own personal medical events wrapped around interpersonal stressors, it raises the possible specter of haunting and repetitive visititations. 

I’m no fan of Trump but the Clinton/Obama machinations are enough to make one sick. The Wikileaks revelations are the rumbles of thunder of portent.

running ahead

running ahead

Are we in what is known as a prodromal period? 

A prodrome is defined within the confines of medicine —  http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/prodrome  — and by extension disaster mitigation — as the early phases of the onset of a incident, event, attack or disease

In this case, I speak specifically of the advent of a “dirty bomb” incident, likely as a false flag of some sort.  

The signs and symptoms are: 

a radical uptick in the mention of such an event on the myriad of police/crime/homeland security oriented TV shows (count how many of them there are); 

the increasing number of drills being run on TV shows and perhaps in the real world; 

the increasing mention that security of nuclear installations (power plants, bomb-holding facilities and the like) gets, with the notable obvious inclusion of events and locales in Europe and especially in Belgium; 

the increasing mention that the “enemy du jour” — in this case ISIS/ISIL — wants to acquire nuclear materials for the creation of a “dirty bomb”; 

recent changes in the footing of military organizations’ abilities and structure; etc. 

An anonymous reader quotes a report from NBC News:

The brothers behind this week’s Brussels bombings also spied on a top nuclear researcher and hoped to build a so-called “dirty bomb,” an expert involved in a probe into ISIS threats told NBC News on Thursday. Khalid and Ibrahim El Bakraoui were responsible for planting a hidden camera outside the Belgian researcher’s house, according to Claude Moniquet, a French former intelligence official who was hired to investigate potential plots targeting Europe’s nuclear sector. This camera produced more than 10 hours of film showing the comings and goings of senior researcher at a Belgian nuclear center and his family. “The terrorist cell … naively believed they could use him to penetrate a lab to obtain nuclear material to make a dirty bomb,” Moniquet, CEO of the European Strategic Intelligence and Security Center privacy consultancy said. The researcher worked at a center which stored a “significant portion of the world’s supply of radioisotopes,” according to the Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative news organization in Washington, D.C. These isotopes are used in hospitals and factories around the world but can also be used to make a so-called “dirty bomb” — a device that could spread radioactive material across a wide area.

https://science.slashdot.org/story/16/03/24/2120254/brussels-bombers-filmed-nuclear-researchers-hoped-to-build-a-dirty-bomb-expert-says

Keep in mind the patterns of attack and timing that have been prevalent in the past among the usual suspects/location for false flag eventuality; drills are an obvious sign, as are subtle or sudden evacuation of localities, shifts in business practices, and the like.  

Keep in mind that the most devastating impact of a dirty bomb is not the explosion, nor even the radiation, as awful and potentially deadly as they seem, but the economic impact and induction of chaos that must stem from the required extensive, expensive clean-up and their impact on the economy of the affected area.  

Keep in mind the use of such events for purposes of ‘punishment’, social engineering, or political herding. 

Keep in mind the political season we are in and the calendar of forthcoming political events. 

 Here are five mentions of the topic within the last week (note that a search at Google News using the phrase <dirty bomb> returned over 800,000 such items):

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/04/05/could-isil-actually-detonate-a-nuclear-dirty-bomb-in-britain/ 

https://www.rt.com/op-edge/338152-chemical-weapons-isis-nuclear-power/ 

http://www.npr.org/2016/03/30/472365277/surveillance-video-suggests-isis-is-interested-in-building-a-dirty-bomb 

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/brussels-attacks/nuclear-wake-call-belgium-n546811 

http://www.emergencymgmt.com/safety/Nuclear-security-summit-to-focus-on-dirty-bomb-scenario.html 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/content/dam/news/2016/04/05/15178875_Soldiers_of_the_US_Army_23rd_chemical_battalion_wearing_anti-chemical_suits_watch_a_bom-large_trans++sIaSMRR4Q3jy0GquOD5ATRd5Mw9f67rC56Spnh5LnvI.jpg

This is the talk page for discussing improvements to the Dirty bomb article at Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Dirty_bomb 

Last year, “Israel built and exploded so-called “dirty bombs,” explosives laced with nuclear material, to examine how such explosions would affect the country if it were to be attacked by the crude radioactive weapons….” 

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Making Music with radiation

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7sNjIDWsWg