The northeast has seen its share of violence and natural disasters as of late - winter storms focusing on Boston. Just when Bostonians thought they had seen the last of this season's storms ... along comes one of a different nature - the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombings.
I spent the day in the city working on a project as the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival start on Wednesday. While I was there I kept sensing a disaster of some kind, but I thought it might have to do with the blog I wrote before leaving home called "Flameproof" about students at Pratt Institute who lost years of art work in a fire last February and have been given the opportunity to present new projects in Manhattan in May.
I had so wanted this week to be about all things positive and creative, but that was not meant to be, although the Boston Marathon Bombings carry the theme of destruction and recovery and show how the human spirit will persevere in the face of adversity.
Within seconds after the bombs went off in Boston, the news spread through media and social networking. On a soul level, myself and others who had witnessed the 9/11 attacks, felt the same energies, and the fear of "what comes next". I "saw" more than two bombs and later heard there were others that did not detonate.
New Yorkers still remember 9/11 and other attempts at terrorism thereafter that were foiled in time. As all things are connected, everywhere in the city, people were watching events unfold and hoping we were not part of some terrorist plot here. Security remains heightened.
Social media brought comfort to those who had friends and family in the race. I have clients who run the race each year, but was not sure if they participated this year.
Boston and NYC - The Flame of Freemasonry Rekindled
News of the explosions at the Boston Marathon spread like wildfire - New Yorkers and Bostonians are often tied by some imaginary karmic thread that goes back to the beginning ... not just on American soil but to the Middle East and the movement of the Masonic Program across the globe.
Patriots' Day in Massachusetts, is a celebration of freedom in honor of the first shots fired in a war fought in the name of liberty - and a day on which Bostonians usually celebrate in a touching act of community, a marathon in which strangers cheer on strangers. This year, rescuers ran toward the wounded on Boylston Street in acts of true heroism - running toward the sound of the screams. In the end, the terrorists will fail because Bostonians did not turn from their fellow men - they turned toward them. That is the real music of our journey in the realms of this experience.
The search continues for the Boston Marathon Bombers as people wonder if this is a domestic or international plot.
Response from family
My daughter Nikki and her family live in Westport, CT. Jeff, her neighbor, was one of the runners in the marathon, his wife and 3 children watching from the sidelines. Jeff passed the goal line seconds before the explosion. Luckily he and his family are safe. This really makes you think about fate and destiny.
My cousin Beth, a professor at Northeastern wrote: My family and I are okay. It's constantly both traumatizing and touching with all the responses. We didn't know anybody personally, though some friends were close with the family who lost the 8-year-old (whose sister lost a leg and mother has a severe head injury) and they are devastated. There were three Northeastern students injured, and so our campus has been very active with vigils, etc.
The FX network aired the 2010 film Salt
followed by an episode of the 2013 TV series The Americans.
Both shows are about Russian agents living in the US and their agendas here.
Much like the film and TV series ... the events unfolding in Boston seem staged. Are we being told the truth? I spoke to some of my cop friends and they said we will never know the truth. There are way too many things that seem orchestrated. Perhaps the purpose is for Americans to feel they are safe under martial law.
Like being caught up in a strange nightmare where everything seems surreal - the audience remained transfixed as the manhunt for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev unfolded on TV in Watertown, Mass. - culminating with his capture. As details unfolded about what turned two brothers into international terrorists, we will once again look at the madness in the human condition and where it is all going. Radicalization
Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26 was born in the Russian SFSR, in the Soviet Union. After arriving in the United States in 2002, he attended Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School. He later attended Bunker Hill Community College part-time between 2006 and 2008, studying accounting with hopes of becoming an engineer. He dropped out of school to concentrate on boxing.
An aspiring talented heavyweight boxer, he trained at the Wai Kru Mixed Martial Arts Center, a Lowell club. In 2009 and 2010, he was the New England Golden Gloves heavyweight champion, winning the Rocky Marciano Trophy. In 2009 he fought in the nationals in the 201-pound weight class, but lost a first-round decision. According to a 2010 photo essay about him published by Johannes Hirn in The Comment, the Graduate Student Magazine of Boston University's College of Communications, Tamerlan said that he was working to become a naturalized citizen in time to be selected for the US Olympic boxing team. He added that he would "rather compete for the United States than for Russia", though stating that he "didn't understand" Americans and had no American friends.
During 2008 and 2009, he became a devout Muslim, demanded that his girlfriend cover herself and convert to Islam, and would shout at her that she was a prostitute and a "slut". He was arrested at his home on 410 Norfolk Street on July 28, 2009, for aggravated domestic assault and battery, after allegedly assaulting his girlfriend. His father remarked: "Because of his girlfriend, he hit her lightly, he was locked up for half an hour. He was a permanent resident, but not a citizen of the United States. He was married to a U.S. citizen, Katherine Russell, who converted from Christianity to Islam to marry him. The couple have a 3-year old daughter, Zahara.
In early 2011, the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) domestic intelligence security agency told the FBI that Tamerlan was a follower of radical Islam, according to two law enforcement officials. The FBI said in a news release that it had been informed by a foreign government that he had prepared to travel to the Russian region to join unspecified underground groups. The FBI said that it interviewed him and relatives of his, but did not find any terrorism activity, and that it provided the results in the summer of 2011. His mother said that FBI agents had told her they feared Tamerlan was an "extremist leader," and that he was getting information from "extremist sites". He had jihadi videos posted to his YouTube account, and on a YouTube channel he shared videos of lectures from a radical Islamic cleric, including one in which Arabic singing is accompanied by the sound of bombs exploding.
Tamerlan traveled to Moscow in January 2012. He returned to the United States six months later, wearing a beard.
Tamerlan was killed during a manhunt launched in the early hours of April 19 that included a gun battle with police. He was captured and taken by police to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead of multiple gunshot wounds and a possible blast injury.
Dysfunctional teen? international terrorist? patsy in a government plot?
Born in Kyrgyzstan, Dzhokhar "Jahar" Tsarnaev, became a naturalized U.S. citizen on September 11, 2012. He attended the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School for high school. He was an avid wrestler, captain of his high school wrestling team, and a Greater Boston League Winter All-Star. He graduated from high school in 2011. That year, the City of Cambridge awarded him a $2,500 scholarship. During high school, he sometimes worked as a lifeguard at Harvard University.
At the time of the bombing, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was a student at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, with a major in marine biology, living in the school's Pine Dale Hall dorm. He was struggling academically, having received seven failing grades over three semesters, including FŐs in Principles of Modern Chemistry, Intro to American Politics, and Chemistry and the Environment. He had said that he hoped to become a dentist.
He was active on Twitter, and continued to tweet after the bombing. On television, his uncle, Ruslan Tsarni, living in Montgomery Village, Maryland, pleaded with Dzhokhar to turn himself in. He was found injured in a boat in a Watertown back yard. A resident noticed one of his straps on his boat cover had been cut. He noticed blood on the boat when he got closer; he lifted the cover and saw the bloody man then retreated into the house and called 911. Tsarnaev was taken into federal custody following a standoff on the evening of April 19, 2013. He is being treated at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. He is to be questioned by a federal High-Value Interrogation Group, which will include members of the FBI, CIA, and Department of Defense.
The investigation continues in Boston and places around the world linked to the Tsarnaev brothers. You can follow it on the news or read about it on Wikipedia - Boston Marathon Bombings.
None of the events in Boston makes sense, but as we know, end times are not supposed to. As always, the truth will never be made known to the public, media protecting governments.
Brace yourself for more explosions - either man-made or natural disasters. These are all wake-up calls - not about the end of the world - but about the end of our consciousness hologram.
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