Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Instead of What I Should Be Blogging About: Bad Back = World Travel

One of the easiest work days left me with an aching back. The Arlo Guthrie show on the 18th was a piece of cake: he had minimal music gear, no props, no hanging elements, nada. That left me operating the spotlight for all of two minutes, and then the rest of the show was just watching. After packing up all his gear, it was home for a night in with the sweetie.

Next morning, backache like I haven't had in ages. That was 3 days ago and its just getting better. So while I was living in the bedroom, trying not to move, I started working with Google Earth. Here's a saying that was posted on their BBS...

"Give a man a fish; you have fed him for today. Teach a man to use Google Earth and the BBS and he won't bother you for months, if ever, again." - Mighty Pete

So freaking true. I'm in love with swooping through the globe, zooming in and out at various places, and compiling different folders with places of interest. It started out just fine... and then got a little weird...

The folders...

- Friends and Family (well, that's okay)
- Atlanta Arts and Culture (in hopes of posting a list/maps of local places of interest)
- Las Vegas (for when friends visit)
- Rob's List of Places of Interest (mostly places in Ireland, England and France that have been visited)
- Roadside Attraction, Etc... (an increasingly bizarre list, with an eye towards roadtrips from Atlanta)
- Conspiracy Theory Places of Interest (okay, let me explain)

... there are a myriad of conspiracy theories: from alien abduction, various paranormal happening and the machinations of secret societies. The New World Order is major topic with the U.N. takeover of the country, suspension of civil liberties and the creation of internment camps on American soil. Lists of secret bases and concentration camps are circulated on the Internet as proof of sinister happenings. What better way to see what's up then with medium-res satellite imagery.

Now on my map...

Mount Weather - an unacknowledged Continuity of Government (COG) facility operated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Completed in 1958, the underground bunker includes a hospital, crematorium, dining and recreation areas, sleeping quarters, reservoirs of drinking and cooling water, an emergency power plant, and a radio and television studio which is part of the Emergency Broadcasting System.

* A supposed concentration camp in El Reno, CA. Cleverly disguised as a water treatment facility.
* A supposed internment camp in the Desoto National Forest of Mississippi. (Infowars Exclusive -- Detention/Training Camps)
* Supposed Fairbanks Mental Institute/Prison - "Currently, the largest of these facilities is just outside of Fairbanks, Alaska. The Alaskan facility is a massive mental health facility and can hold approximately 2 million people." (AMERICAN CONCENTRATION CAMPS)

So far, kooky conspiricist aren't doing very well in the fact-checking department. Crazy that!

My back is much better now, and soon it will be back to work. And that means that I will have to actually stop playing on the computer. For at least one day.

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