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Saturday, April 1, 2017

Lisbon Maine's Road to BANKRUPTCY --- Part 3

We have a problem in Lisbon.  Our Town Government isn't acting in our best interest. Councilors actions make it evident they are serving another master.  

Recently Lisbon Councilors:

  • Voted against saving the taxpayers of Lisbon $200,000 dollars a year by changing dispatch to the County.
  • Voted against making Lisbon residents safer by reducing emergency response times.
  • Voted against the most effective implementation of the E911 service.  (E911's purpose is to improve emergency response. Adding a layer on top of the service increases the response time and negates its purpose).
These same Councilors will soon vote to take more of our money, 19.2% budget increase, to pay for their refusal to get rid of our costly and marginally E911 compliant communication system.   

When businesses see a Town that is asking its residents for a 19.2% budget increase they see a town that is HEADED FOR BANKRUPTCY.

Joe Hill

Saturday, October 17, 2015

LSJ: Androscoggin commission head responds to letter from budget panel

Sun Journal Staff 

AUBURN — Calling the problems "self-inflicted," the chairwoman of the Androscoggin County Commission scolded Budget Committee members for not attending the five meetings when commissioners compiled the 2016 preliminary county budget.
She said commissioners are too busy to attend Budget Committee meetings.
"Had at least a majority of Budget Committee members bothered to attend the meetings at which the preliminary budget was formulated, the Budget Committee would know everything that the Board of Commissioners knows and the Budget Committee consideration of the preliminary budget could have been greatly enhanced and expedited," Beth Bell wrote in a letter to Budget Committee Chairwoman Emily Darby.


Thursday, October 15, 2015

LSJ: Lewiston mulls opposing Androscoggin charter change


LEWISTON — Councilors could come out against changes in the Androscoggin County charter that City Administrator Ed Barrett said misses the point.


Monday, July 21, 2014

"Mainers need to read-- Tax Transparency 2013: Progress Report --OECD, 2013, See "Measuring Impact" chapter, and Maine's CTPC for Agriculture Impactss TTIP‏

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Related to Tax transparency:
Maine's Citizen Trade Policy Commission is doing an excellent job but it's hampered by the refusal of the US Trade Representative not disclosing the content of the negotiations for the Trans-Atlantic Trade & Investment Agreement or TTIP.  

The recent Assessment of TTIP’s Impact on Maine’s Agriculture and Food System by Karen Hansen-Kuhn, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy and John Piotti, Maine Farmland Trust, is of interest here because Maine could be hit hard by benign neglect or rules that ignored our realities.  Report available at

If you don't have time to read it, give it to your favorite farmer, if he doesn't already have it.

Dwight Hines

We (OECD) Need your comments, but don't go paranoid. We're talking transparency for banking & global finances‏

I don't think there is much hope on global banking transparency.  Too many countries, like Germany, have a justified fear for letting their governments -- not to mention other governments -- know the details about their balances and transfers.

It would help if you made comments.

Dwight Hines
OECD – Paris, 21 July 2014

OECD releases full version of global standard for automatic exchange of information

Taking an important step towards greater transparency and putting an end to banking secrecy in tax matters, the OECD today released the full version of a new global standard for the exchange of information between jurisdictions.

The Standard for Automatic Exchange of Financial Account Information in Tax Matters calls on governments to obtain detailed account information from their financial institutions and exchange that information automatically with other jurisdictions on an annual basis. The Standard, developed at the OECD under a mandate from the G20, was endorsed by G20 Finance Ministers in February 2014, and approved by the OECD Council.
The Standard provides for annual automatic exchange between governments of financial account information, including balances, interest, dividends, and sales proceeds from financial assets, reported to governments by financial institutions and covering accounts held by individuals and entities, including trusts and foundations. The new consolidated version includes commentary and guidance for implementation by governments and financial institutions, detailed model agreements, as well as standards for harmonized technical and information technology solutions, notably a standard format and requirements for secure transmission of data.
“The G20 mandated the OECD to work with G20 and OECD countries and stakeholders toward the development of an ambitious information exchange model that would help governments fight tax fraud and tax evasion,” said OECD Secretary-General Angel GurrĂ­a. “Today’s launch moves us closer to a world in which tax cheats have nowhere left to hide.”
The OECD will formally present the Standard to G20 Finance Ministers at their next meeting in Cairns, Australia, on 20-21 September. “Our message will be clear and simple: the automatic exchange of information standard is ready for implementation,” Mr Gurria said.
More than 65 countries and jurisdictions (see list below) have already publicly committed to implementation, while more than 40 have committed to a specific and ambitious timetable leading to the first automatic information exchanges in 2017. This includes a group of OECD and non-OECD countries which have adhered to the OECD Declaration on Automatic Exchange of Information in Tax Matters as well as a group of early adopters.
More jurisdictions are expected to commit to implement the Standard in the run up to the late-October meeting of the Global Forum Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes on which brings together more than 120 countries and jurisdictions, to be held in Berlin and hosted by the German Ministry of Finance. At this occasion a signing ceremony is expected to be held for a new multilateral agreement that activates automatic exchange once legislation and other conditions are in place. Assistance will be available to support less developed countries, so they benefit from this move towards a more transparent tax environment, and international organizations are ready to co-operate to support these countries.

Even before the Standard has become operational, the drive toward greater transparency and better exchange of information is having a tangible effect on taxpayer behavior. OECD analysis of voluntary disclosure programs since 2009 shows that more than half a million taxpayers have voluntarily disclosed income and wealth hidden from their tax authorities. Countries have identified more than EUR 37 billion from voluntary disclosure programs which OECD encourages countries to consider.
Against this backdrop, the OECD is updating policy guidance in this area, contained in a 2010 report, “Offshore voluntary disclosure:  comparative analysis, guidance and policy advice”.

The OECD invites public comments on how the framework for voluntary disclosure could be further improved and what particular features might encourage even more taxpayers to come forward and take advantage of such programmes. Comments should be sent to no later than 12 September 2014.

For further information on the Standard for Automatic Exchange of Financial Account Information in Tax Matters, go to:

Journalist queries on the new standard should be directed to Pascal Saint-Amans, Director of the OECD Centre for Tax Policy and Administration (CTPA), Achim Pross, Head of the CTPA  International Co-operation and Tax Administration Division, or Lawrence Speer, OECD Media Office (+33 1 4524 9700).
Countries and jurisdictions publicly committed to implementation of Automatic Exchange of Information:
Andorra, Anguilla, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bermuda, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Bulgaria, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, People’s Republic of China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guernsey, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Isle of Man, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jersey, Korea, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Montserrat, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Turks & Caicos Islands, United Kingdom, and United States, and the European Union.

Louise Fietz
Media Coordinator
Public Affairs and Communications Directorate, Media Division

Saturday, November 30, 2013

HTB: Zbigniew Brzezinski Still Admits The Global Political Awakening Proving Very Difficult For The Elite

"Here is Zbigniew Brzezinski once again admitting that the globalists are in fear of the global awakening that is currently happening across the world. People are waking up to the fact that the governments are all power hungry and corrupt and are not there to serve the interests of the people, but that of the global elite and the multi-billion dollar corporations. This lecture was given about a week ago in his home country of Poland.

Here are a few quotes from this globalist:

"We have a large public that is very ignorant about public affairs and very susceptible to simplistic slogans by candidates who appear out of nowhere, have no track record, but mouth appealing slogans"

"The technotronic era involves the gradual appearance of a more controlled society. Such a society would be dominated by an elite, unrestrained by traditional values. Soon it will be possible to assert almost continuous surveillance over every citizen and maintain up-to-date complete files containing even the most personal information about the citizen. These files will be subject to instantaneous retrieval by the authorities. "
― Between Two Ages: America's Role in the Technetronic Era

"In the technotronic society the trend would seem to be towards the aggregation of the individual support of millions of uncoordinated citizens, easily within the reach of magnetic and attractive personalities exploiting the latest communications techniques to manipulate emotions and control reason."
― Between Two Ages: America's Role in the Technetronic Era"

Zbigniew Brzezinski Still Admits The Global Political Awakening Proving Very Difficult For The Elite

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

A Great Informative Interview About Home Foreclosure: Tim Cason, and Brenda Nelson Interview Sheriff Merry

What is a responsible Sheriff?

"There is no lawful authority for Judges and the Courts to direct the law enforcement activities of a County Sheriff. The Sheriff is accountable and responsible only to the citizens who are inhabitants of his County, He is under Oath of Office, and need not receive unlawful Orders from Judges or the Courts. He is responsible to protect citizens, even from unlawful acts of officials of government. He should not allow his office to be used as an unlawful "lackey" of the Courts or Federal agents or agencies." 
"The Sheriff, in unknowing and unthinking acceptance of [the imposition of Equity or Merchant Law], has become the "bag man" for a bunch of private criminals [bankers], and thereby is committing crimes himself, and is therefore a criminal. It is a crime to violate Constitutional Rights and his oath of office to support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America and the Constitution of his own State, it being drafted in conformance thereto, and being secondary thereto. "

Tim Cason, and Brenda Nelson Interview Sheriff Merry 

Citizen Journalist Brenda Nelson interviews Tim Cason and Sheriff Joel Merry on Tim's recent fraudulent foreclosure eviction order. All three give poignant points of view on the issue. We rushed this video out because time is of the essence.

If you really want to learn more about what a real sheriff is like and does simply go to this website.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Think Your Money Is Safe In The Bank, Better Think Again And Read This: Occupy Corporatism: Banks Can Legally Steal Customer Funds From Private Checking Accounts

Banks Can Legally Steal Customer Funds From Private Checking Accounts

Susanne Posel
Occupy Corporatism

August 20, 2012

In 2007, the Sentinel Management Group (SMG) collapsed, leaving many customer segregated funds lost after they had been used as collateral. After a plethora of lawsuits and creditor claims, a decision earlier this month in the 7th Circuit Court placed the banking cartels ahead of customer claims for funds returned. Essentially, the Bank of New York Mellon (BNYM) sued to be first in line for return on stolen customer account monies – and won the right by the US court system.
In the mainstream media (MSM), the SMG collapse and subsequent ruling in favor of BNYM was touted as a difficulty “for customers to recoup money lost”.
SMG, a Chicago-based futures broker, had stolen more than $500 million in segregated customer funds to use as collateral on a loan to BNYM for in-house proprietary trading operations. Their books were audited by the National Futures Association (NFA), however the NFA admitted that they could not understand the convoluted mess they were provided by SMG to sign off on. And yet they did; and approved the audit.
BNYM sued SMG to re-coup any monies owed to them. However, these monies were customer segregated funds that SMG stole and re-hypothecated.

 "This means that once a banking customer deposits their money into an account with a bank, the funds become property of the bank. The customer, at the point of deposit, relinquishes all rights to that money regardless of any laws in place, legal assurances, claims or guarantees; and this extends from investments to private checking accounts."

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Sometimes You Just "Roll with It"; BrasscheckTV: In Humor, Truth: A finger in the eye of the corporate elite‏

When international trade agreements are negotiated behind closed
doors and outright protests have been marginalized, if not
criminalized, what are the 'little people' to do?
A score of rogue "delegates" infiltrated a corporate-sponsored gala
welcoming guests to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade
negotiations and held a mock award ceremony for "Corporate Power
Other actions involved an 'occupied' mic-check and replacing toilet
paper throughout the hotel with custom rolls.
Clearly, the elite don't like being made fun of, but they certainly
got the message that people paying attention and don't like what is
being done behind closed doors.
Goodman Green
- Brasscheck

Rogue delegates interrupt trade conference
with mock award ceremony


 Party ends badly for U.S. trade reps, federal agents

By Andy Bichlbaum
Yes Lab (
Two dozen rogue "delegates" disrupted the corporate-sponsored welcome gala for the high-stakes Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade negotiations yesterday with a fake award ceremony and "mic check." Other activists, meanwhile, replaced hundreds of rolls of toilet paper (TP) throughout the conference venue with more informative versions, and projected a message on the venue's facade.

The first action began when a smartly-dressed man approached the podium immediately after the gala's keynote speech by Ron Kirk, U.S. Trade Representative and former mayor of Dallas. The man (local puppeteer David Goodwin) introduced himself as "Git Haversall," president of the "Texas Corporate Power Partnership," and announced he was giving Kirk and other U.S. trade negotiators the "2012 Corporate Power Tool Award," which "Haversall's" partner held aloft.

The crowd of negotiators and corporate representatives applauded, and "Haversall" continued: "I'd like to personally thank the negotiators for their relentless efforts. The TPP agreement is shaping up to be a fantastic way for us to maximize profits, regardless of what the public of this nation—or any other nation—thinks is right."

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Sunday, May 13, 2012

Could Lisbon Be Next? WND: Massive Fraud Ignored ... Until This Happened

by Jerome R. Corsi
OK, so we're talking about an astonishing amount of alleged fraud, in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

But law-enforcement officials apparently kept their heads in the sand INTENTIONALLY, until this one key thing took place ...

Law-enforcement authorities sat on a major bank’s money-laundering allegations, even denying they were handed the same information by a whistleblower, until the story was exposed by WND.
In a video interview, whistleblower John Cruz, a former vice president and relationship manager for HSBC in New York, detailed how he turned over his information on the bank to authorities. He named Frank J. DiGregorio, a detective sergeant in the office of the Queens County District Attorney, and Graham R. Klein, special agent at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Cruz has delivered to WND about 1,000 pages of customer-account records documenting hundreds of millions of dollars in suspicious transactions he pulled from the HSBC computer system. He says he was fired by HSBC after senior management showed no interest in investigating his claims.
“Back in 2010, my attorney turned over information regarding HSBC to DiGregorio,” Cruz affirmed. “Then, on Feb 7, 2012, Homeland Security said my attorneys never spoke to them, that they didn’t know who I am.”
Click here to read the full article.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Question Authority; Brasscheck TV: The Secret Government Invisible Empire (All Conspiracy, No Theory, documentary, full-length, infowarrior, Invisible Empire , Jason Bermas, New World Order, NWO)

Invisible Empire: A New World Order Defined, is by far the best
documentary on the New World Order that I have seen to date.
The term 'new world order' is generally associated with conspiracy
theorists, but the term itself does not come from them, it comes
directly from the world leaders, power brokers, and social
engineers themselves.
Henry Kissenger, David Cameron, John Kerry,  Adm. Michael Mullen,
Paul Wolfowitz, Tony Blair, Gen. Wesley Clark, George H.W. Bush and
many many more have all spoken about "...a New World Order coming
into view."
This movie is about what they themselves have said about the New
World Order and what the term means to them. Replete with
documentation and archival footage, Invisible Empire is practically
a road map of crimes and a signed confession...

Goodman Green
- Brasscheck

Invisible Empire: All Conspiracy, No Theory

Paul Joseph Watson

Jason Bermas’ highly anticipated documentary Invisible Empire exposes the New World Order in their own words, by painstakingly showing how the elite have not only conspired to create a dictatorial global government in private, but have publicly stated their agenda hundreds of times in public.

By highlighting the words of people like Paul Wolfowitz, Michael Mullen, David Cameron, Gordon Brown and many many others, Invisible Empire dispenses with the conjecture and sticks to the cold hard facts. This movie is guaranteed to wake up even the most ardent skeptic to the manifestly provable acceleration towards an authoritarian planetary regime that intends to control and regulate every aspect of our existence.

Invisible Empire is all conspiracy and no theory – proving beyond doubt how the elite have openly conspired to insidiously rule the globe via the engines of the CFR, the United Nations, the Trilateral Commission, and the Bilderberg group.

The film traces the lineage of the evolution of global governance from Samuel Zane Batten’s 1919 manifesto New World Order, through to Hitler’s vision of a 1000 year Reich, to the modern incarnation of the conspiracy which has its roots in the evil deeds of people like George H. W. Bush, David Rockefeller and Henry Kissinger.

Invisible Empire catalogues the primary criminal enterprises through which the agenda is financed, operated and advanced – government controlled drug-running, false flag terror, banking scams, and state sponsored assassination.

The most contemporary branch of the agenda to enforce neo-feudalism and top-down communitarianism, in total hostility to the notion of true freedom and individuality – the phony environmentalist movement – which is driven by the global warming fraud, is also blown wide open.

Invisible Empire also delves into the deepest and darkest offshoots of the wicked plan for global enslavement, including the move towards a microchipped population, prostitution rings run by and for the elite, as well as the bizarre occult practices power brokers embrace as part of their religion of power and domination.

Invisible Empire will be more than just a film– it is the culmination of years of research by Jason Bermas into the inner-workings and most revealing public statements by the New World Order and the most trusted stewards of their dark vision. Invisible Empire promises to unveil the long-term agenda for world control, just as Fabled Enemies and Loose Change Final Cut forever stripped away the facade of the official story of 9/11 and exposed the dark truth that lies behind.

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Saturday, April 7, 2012

Wasteful Spending? It's Not Just In Lisbon Anymore; Brasscheck: Money Madness In Hard Times, life's a Party for some GSA workers (federal employees, General Services Administration, government spending, GSA, Las Vegas, lavish spending, rap video)

The U.S. General Services Administration is supposed to help manage
the basic functions of federal agencies, including by developing
policies intended to minimize the cost of doing business with the
federal government.
However, it appears that what they are REALLY good at is spending
money on lavish parties in Las Vegas and making Rap music videos
about their own corruption.
In these hard economic times, life's a party for 'some' federal

Goodman Green
- Brasscheck
In hard times, life's a party for some GSA workers

 GSA Again Under Fire, Now Over Video Spoof

By John Parkinson
ABC News

The same government agency already under fire for wasteful spending at a Las Vegas conference is under further scrutiny today for a newly discovered video featuring a U.S. General Services Administration employee joking about excess government spending.

The video features a GSA employee, identified as Hank Terlaje, playing the ukulele to the tune of Travie McCoy & Bruno Mars’ “I Wanna Be a Billionaire,” and rapping about what life would be like were he to become the GSA administrator, or in his parlance “Commissioner.” Among his promises, ironically, is that the agency would “never be under OIG investigation.”

“Obama better prepare, when I’m Commissioner,” he croons. “I’d have a road show like [Acting Regional GSA Administrator Jeffrey] Neely, every time you see me rolling on 20s yeah, in my GOV. Spend BA 61 all on fun. ATF can’t touch GS-15 guns! Cause I buy everything your field office can’t afford. Every GS-5 would get a top hat award. Donate my vacation, love to the nation, I’ll never be under OIG investigation.”

Terlaje, who is an employee of the Hawaiian office of the GSA, won first prize for the creative project and was named honorary GSA commissioner for the day.

The House committee on Oversight and Government Reform circulated the video, which was uncovered by an investigation by GSA’s Inspector General.

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, was blistering in his attack on the GSA and the Obama administration.

“It takes a lot of work to spend $3,000 a person and at a time when unemployment was nearly 10 percent, Americans were suffering and GSA was enjoying the good times and doing so with high-ranking political employees,” Issa said. “This administration knew about this 11 months ago and they didn’t act until the press got wind of it. This is typically what has been happening in this administration. They are only transparent when they are discovered.”

ABC News spoke to Terlaje on Thursday afternoon, but he wouldn’t comment, referring reporters to GSA spokesman Adam Elkington.

“This video is another example of the complete lack of judgment exhibited during the 2010 Western Regions Conference,” Elkington, deputy press secretary at GSA, said. “Our agency continues to be appalled by this indefensible behavior, and we are taking every step possible to ensure that nothing like this ever happens again.”

GSA helps manage the basic functions of federal agencies, including by developing policies intended to minimize the cost of doing business with the federal government.

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Perfect Timing; Solutions: An example of effective education‏ (children, Department of Education, education, Finland, reform, the Young Turks)

I rant, I rave, I complain endlessly about the Department of
Education. I believe it was created specifically to destroy
individual thought and mold minds into effective servants of the
State, be it as bureaucrat, government enforcer, or prison laborer.
I would like very much to get rid of it.
What then?
Well, then we would be free to approach education in a much more
effective and humane way. 
Finland has been providing clear examples of an approach to
education that far exceeds our own, costs less, and doesn't treat
children like machines or prisoners.
The very least we could do is consider it.

Goodman Green
- Brasscheck

 Finland's revolutionary education system


The Children Must Play

What the United States could learn from Finland about education reform.

By Samuel E. Abrams
The New Republic

While observing recess outside the Kallahti Comprehensive School on the eastern edge of Helsinki on a chilly day in April 2009, I asked Principal Timo Heikkinen if students go out when it’s very cold. Heikkinen said they do. I then asked Heikkinen if they go out when it’s very, very cold. Heikkinen smiled and said, “If minus 15 [Celsius] and windy, maybe not, but otherwise, yes. The children can’t learn if they don’t play. The children must play.”

In comparison to the United States and many other industrialized nations, the Finns have implemented a radically different model of educational reform—based on a balanced curriculum and professionalization, not testing. Not only do Finnish educational authorities provide students with far more recess than their U.S. counterparts—75 minutes a day in Finnish elementary schools versus an average of 27 minutes in the U.S.—but they also mandate lots of arts and crafts, more learning by doing, rigorous standards for teacher certification, higher teacher pay, and attractive working conditions. This is a far cry from the U.S. concentration on testing in reading and math since the enactment of No Child Left Behind in 2002, which has led school districts across the country, according to a survey by the Center on Education Policy, to significantly narrow their curricula. And the Finns’ efforts are paying off: In December, the results from the 2009 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), an exam in reading, math, and science given every three years since 2000 to approximately 5,000 15-year-olds per nation around the world, revealed that, for the fourth consecutive time, Finnish students posted stellar scores. The United States, meanwhile, lagged in the middle of the pack.

In his State of the Union address, President Obama outlined his plans for reforming U.S. public education, including distributing competitive grants, raising test scores, and holding teachers accountable for student achievement. But there is much Finland can teach America’s reformers, and the rest of the world, about what outside of testing and rigid modes of management and assessment can make a nation’s schools truly excellent.

(...)perhaps most striking on the list of what makes Finland’s school system unique is that the country has deliberately rejected the prevailing standardization movement. While nations around the world introduced heavy standardized testing regimes in the 1990s, the Finnish National Board of Education concluded that such tests would consume too much instructional time, cost too much to construct, proctor, and grade, and generate undue stress. The Finnish answer to standardized tests has been to give exams to small but statistically significant samples of students and to trust teachers—so much so that the National Board of Education closed its inspectorate in 1991. Teachers in Finland design their own courses, using a national curriculum as a guide, not a blueprint, and spend about 80 percent as much time leading classes as their U.S. counterparts do, so that they have sufficient opportunity to plan lessons and collaborate with colleagues. The only point at which all Finnish students take standardized exams is as high school seniors if they wish to go to university.

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Still Doubting Us TLR Readers? Facts Speak Louder Than Words; Brasscheck: Mystery quakes, lights in the sky, and the Bell Island Boom (1977, 1978, Bell Island Boom, CBC, Clintonville Booms, HAARP, military , tectonic weapons, weather weapons)‏

In the intro to this clip the narrator demonstrates, right off the
bat, that these 'mystery booms' are widespread and ongoing.
Some 34 years ago, mystery booms rattled the east coast so much it
prompted a response from President Jimmy Carter. These booms were
the subject of a late 70's CBC News investigative documentary
called 'The Bell Island Boom'.
If you think wild and paranoid speculation surrounds the
'Clintonville Booms', wait til you here what the Canadian media
thought of 'The Bell Island Boom'.
One has to wonder if these things are related...

Goodman Green
- Brasscheck

 The 'Bell Island Boom' still occurring 34 years later 


Last year in Ohio and Indiana...
'Frost quakes' shake Southwest Ohio, Indiana

By Steve Bennish
Dayton Daily News
Friday, February 11, 2011

Frost quakes, a rare phenomena that simulate earthquakes, rattled hundreds of residents Thursday in Darke and Miami counties in Ohio and Randolph County in Indiana, emergency management officials said.

The quake, or cryoseism as it’s known in scientific circles, occurs when moisture soaks into the soil and a quick freeze causes a sudden, even violent expansion and contraction. Darke County’s 911 director Brandon Redmond said the quakes erupted for eight hours Thursday, starting at 1 a.m. The heaviest reports were between 5:30-7:30 a.m.

Redmond, who lives in Arcanum, experienced it Thursday morning in the shower. The shaking of his house caused him to rush out of the bathroom at 7:15 a.m., thinking a transformer exploded nearby. He watched as his lights flickered. “It wasn’t ‘till I came in to work that I realized I hadn’t lost my mind, and I started hearing that other people experienced the same thing,” he said.

Throughout Thursday, hundreds of messages appeared on the Darke County Sheriff’s Facebook page.

Redmond said consultation with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and Ohio and Indiana Emergency Management officials led to the frost quake assessment.

There have been no reports of damage, Redmond added, although damage has been reported from other occurrences. The phenomenon has been reported mainly in northern states such as Maine, Michigan, Massachusetts and upstate New York.

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