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Micah Hanks On ‘The Bizarre Mechanical Messiah of John Murray Spear’

Steampunk MaskMysterious Universe’s Micah Hanks has written a rather excellent piece on nineteenth century freethinker and all-around oddball John Murray Spear. It’s definitely worth a read.

Clergyman, abolitionist, secret-society founder, 1850′s women’s rights and free-love advocate… and eventually a steam-punk “godsmith” seeking to create a kind of holier-than-holy, copper-bound mecha-messiah.

Needless to say, John Murray Spear must have been a sight to be held in his day.

Touting the virtues of extra-marital sex and birth control by the middle 1850s, he was indeed a renegade for his time, having been essentially excommunicated by his brothers and sisters in the Universalist Church of America, under which he had served as a minister for more than two decades. Now, rather than seeking to serve the will of God, he had changed gears in the most literal sense.

It was time to institute a new age, Spear believed, and with the wisdom of long-dead scientific geniuses he claimed to be channeling, his aim was to create a new kind of God for the coming utopian age of enlightened thinkers.

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Shocker! The FBI Cleared Agent Involved In Ibragrim Todashev Shooting

PIC: A US Navy special operator practices his Mop-Jitsu between assignments (PD) - US DOD

PIC: A US Navy special operator practices his Mop-Jitsu between assignments (PD) – US DOD

Hey guys! Looks like everyone can relax: The FBI has cleared the agent who shot and killed Ibragim Todashev, the reputed associate of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. I know that we’ve been waiting on pins and needles for their decision and that it could have gone either way. Thanks to the FBI for the unbiased, level-headed investigation of the Boston Marathon bombing in general, and for their bravery in the line of fire in this totally believable sequence of events that doesn’t in any way sound like they the guy for what sounds like a temper tantrum (and bears no resemblance to several similar situations that I’ve assisted in handling that didn’t end with someone getting their brains blown out). Oh – and you guys, he was a mixed martial arts competitor, and as you and I both know, fighting with mop handles is a huge part of every fighter’s arsenal.… Read the rest

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Police Investigating ‘Third Man’ Who May Have Link to Boston Bombings

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I have a feeling that it will be a very long while before we have the full story of what happened that day, if ever.

Via Reuters:

A Boston-area man accused of threatening to blow up an airplane allegedly had all the materials needed to build a pressure-cooker bomb before this kind of weapon was used in the Boston Marathon attack in April, according to comments made by the man’s mother in a recently unsealed police affidavit.

While investigators working with the FBI are looking to see if there are any links between the two cases, they have drawn no conclusions, according to two law enforcement sources. Prosecutors and the FBI declined to comment.

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Hitman Testifies About Murders Sanctioned by James Whitey Bulger

Ah, James Whitey Bulger Another excellent example of federal mismanagement.

via Daily News James Whitey Bluger associate

A former associate of the 83-year-old reputed mobster testifies in Boston about murders they committed together. John ‘The Executioner’ Martorano denied being a hitman or a serial killer despite admitting to killing 20 people out of duty to friends and family.

A former gangster in James (Whitey) Bulger’s criminal empire admits to killing 20 people but said he’s a “nice guy” who was only trying to help his family and friends.

John “The Executioner” Martorano denied being a hitman or a serial killer Tuesday as he took the stand for a second day in the sensational trial of Boston’s most famous mobster.

“I didn’t enjoy killing people. I enjoyed helping a friend,” Martorano, 72, told jurors.

He wasn’t a hitman because he was never paid for murders, and he didn’t get a kick out of pumping bullets into his victims, said the former member of Bulger’s violent Winter Hill Gang.

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Lawrence O’Donnell on The Role of WeAreChange

WeAreChange runs into MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell on the streets of Boston where a lot of news agencies were doing live reports. O’Donnell talks about their previous encounters, the importance of the work WeAreChange does and the comments that he has gotten about their other interviews.

Apologies for the sound quality as this was an off the cuff video.

Via WeAreChange

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Bombs & Karma

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Picture: Richard Adams (CC)

Ever since the tragedy at the Boston Marathon on Monday, I’ve been thinking a lot about the idea of karma. Several posts have called out the irony (or Orwellian Doublethink) of the US licking its wounds, while it inflicts similar wounds on innocent bystanders worldwide. Clusterbombs, murdered Afghan and Pakistani wedding parties, “collateral damage” to the civilian population in Iraq, to name a few. I am trying to resist the reductionist conditioning of my western brain that wants to distill the vast cultural complexities of “karma” into a dualist cause & effect dynamic. However, there seems to be something darkly significant to the recent trend of our own innocents being killed by our own citizens. Newtown, Aurora, Tucson, possibly Boston, etc. Anyway, this train of thought led me back to an old classic essay on karma from Robert Anton Wilson. Deepleaf Productions hosts a nice collection of RAW audio & text, and here is an excerpt from Cosmic Trigger:

A Lesson in Karma

Robert Anton Wilson
from Cosmic Trigger – The Final Secret of the Illuminati

Lao-Tse says (at least in Leary’s translation) that the Great Tao is most often found with parents who are willing to learn from their children.

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ACLU Lawsuit Uncovers Records of Boston Police Department’s Intel Efforts Against Peace Orgs

Via CopBlock: Says the Massachusetts ACLU:
We now have proof of what peace groups and activists have long suspected: Boston Police officers have worked within the local fusion spying center, the Boston Regional Intelligence Center (BRIC), to monitor the lawful political activity of local peace groups and track their movements and beliefs. This information has been retained in searchable electronic "intelligence" reports bearing labels such as "Groups - Civil Disturbance," "Groups--Extremists," "HomeSec-Domestic" under the heading "Criminal Act."
Looks like those "fusion centers" are indeed the hotbeds of misinformation and civil rights suppression that most of us - including the Senate - assumed that they were. Read a complete rundown of what the ACLU discovered here.
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