Boston Marathon Blast Rocks City, State and Country to Its Core.


Front pages from across the globe and photos/stories of the victims.
As a huge billboard towers over the city of Boston reading just one word…COWARDS, the victims of Boston Marathon blast and the entire city tries to deal with the questions why and who after Monday’s tragedy. Not since 9/11, has there been such an attack on American soil by terrorists or alleged terrorists. Security questions, the who and the why, have always been in the back of American’s mind since 9/11 and now resurface as the volatile climate escalates around the world. As Americans, we are not immune nor removed from the problems around the world. My heart goes out to the city of Boston especially those present that fateful Monday, victims and families included, when lives were lost and changed forever. This country has always been resilient in the face of tragedy not because of government but because the strong will of everyday people who decide to with risk to themselves to help others. It is in those precious moments where we realize humanity has been restored.

Boston Marathon Bombing

As the world remains dumb founded by the tragedy, the FBI, local police department, and White House begin to piece together Monday’s events with no clear suspect as of yet. An Atlanta news stations obtained the first close up of one of the two bomb’s that went off in Monday’s blast which killed three and injured 180 people. Crime photos posted by Fox 5 Atlanta show the mangled pressure cooker used to make a homemade explosive device. This type of bomb is more commonly used in Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Nepal, however was used in a domestic terror attacks and attempted bombing in Time Square in 2010. Doctors are treating the wounded at local hospitals finding some victims had BB pellets and nails lodged in their bodies leading authorities to believe that these items were placed inside the pressure cooker with the bomb itself. The FBI would not comment on the picture according to Huff Post. Authorities have recovered a piece of a circuit board believe to be a part of the explosive device and found the lid of the pressure cooker on a roof of a nearby building officials reported Wednesday.

According to the Associated Press, law enforcement officials briefed on the investigation confirmed the recovery of some parts of the explosive devices, but were not authorized to publicly discuss evidence in an ongoing investigation. The person close to the investigation told AP the bomb was made up explosives in a 1.6 gallon pressure cooker with shards of metal and ball bearings,while the second bomb had nails placed with the explosives. Investigators in white jumpsuits searched the streets, rooftops and awning around the blast site in hope of finding clues Wednesday. They combed debris , trash cans and sleeves of plastic cups at the marathon’s finish line. Doctors at Boston Medical Center on Wednesday said two patients are in critical condition and dozens are being released from hospitals around Boston. Law enforcement agencies on Tuesday asked publicly for people with photos, videos or any other information to come forward in order to help solve the twin bombing. Investigators spread information about the bomb  and have yet to find information on who may be responsible. Richard DesLauriers, FBI agent in charge in Boston, said in a news conference that,”Someone knows who did this. Importantly, the person who did this is someone’s friend, neighbor, co-worker or relative.” President Obama publicly called this an act of terror and will attend services on Thursday for the victims’ of the tragedy in Boston.

Meanwhile, conspiracy theories are floating around the web and some are receiving public backlash for insensitivity toward the victims. As with any major tragedy in this country, conspiracy theorist are not too far behind. One person however is trying to prevent another Sandy Hook conspiracy theory from happening to Monday’s bombing. According to the Huff Post, “theorists attempting to use the domain, BostonMarathonConspiracy.com, will find themselves too late. The URL has already been secured by a person concerned it could be used to host conspiracy theories.” The message that appears at the site is as follows “I BOUGHT THIS DOMAIN TO KEEP SOME CONSPIRACY THEORY KOOK FROM OWNING IT. PLEASE KEEP THE VICTIMS OF THIS EVENT AND THEIR FAMILIES IN YOUR THOUGHTS. THANK YOU.” Of course this small act of kindness might be in vain as less than 24 hours after theories are circulating about a man photographed on a nearby roof and a memorial website set up before the bombing happened. Alex Jones’ infamous conspiracy site Info Wars has already suggested it was orchestrated by the American government as a way to infringe on civil liberties. According to Huff Post, “two similar domains, bostonmarathonconspiracies.com and bostonconspiracies.com, have now also been bought up by people attempting to keep them out of the hands of real conspiracy theorists.”

Google Earth Is Key To Revealing North Korea’s Prison Camp System, Activists Say

Google Earth Is Key To Revealing North Korea’s Prison Camp System, Activists Say.

Wow you really can find anything in real time on Google Earth, but in this case maybe this Google Exec better be a little more careful. Earlier this month, Eric Schmidt embarked on a journey to North Korea even though he was criticized by the U.S. State Department for timing and intention, human rights activist said that the visit is a reminder of something significant. Many believe that Google Earth will help to unlock the mystery surrounding North Korea’s system of labor and prison camps that hold some 250,000 political prisoners who are starved and forced to do intense manual labor. One Free Korea has complied a lot of information on 6 of these prison camps (the one shown above is camp 22 which can be seen on Google maps above). The blog notes that 50,000 men, women and children are housed here where they are forced to stone each other to death, women are raped by prison guards, about 2,000 people die from starvation each year. Many families are guilty by association and forced into these camps where some families see three generations of their lineage live and die within the walls for crimes committed long ago. The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, a non-governmental U.S. organization, has credited Google Earth with bringing more of these camps to light in North Korea in the updated version of “The Hidden Gulag” released in 2012 focusing on the prisoners in these camps now being able to identify specific locations within the camps where they were held. As many people have said, the above project shows how hard it is for governments to hide these types of facilities and keep them a secret  anymore that eventually the full disclosure of the atrocities committed by the North Korean regimen will be revealed as it opens up more and more.