"I'm stuck in Folsom Prison. And time keeps dragging on."
Sorry, I confess. I manipulated you. All of this was deliberate. You see I am not only obsessed by volcanoes and earthquakes, I am obsessed by the
media. In fact, my study of the media began when I was a child. Being Canadian and living on the border with the United States gives you a unique
perspective. Hell, I thought I was a US citizen for some time as a child. I watched two versions of events. We got both American and Canadian
television stations. I study oddities. If something is weird, it sticks in my brain til I resolve the conflict and things make sense. I study every
monster, every magic, every war. But I was transfixed by the different messages I was hearing on the news.
This differing opinion formed my view of the world. I always had to find the middle ground between the two realities. I found truth in the middle, and
understanding by investigating the media. I know many of you here on ATS have strong views on the media and it's role. So there's no point going
further. You get it.
The Arkansas swarm thread is not my only attempt to have been investigate what I've discovered during my studies. I've got some really good ideas, the
first about mega volcanoes, (won't go there), then I was ringing the alarm bells when Yellowstone had a swarm under the lake. In retrospect, and with
the information provided in a new report, there was fluid moving under the lake and possible hydro-thermal explosions. If you're not sure what that
means, it means magma or water was moving around and simply exploding. I won't even get into whether or not it could have caused an eruption. It
didn't. But from the findings, there could have been an hydro-thermal explosion in the lake. It would have even come with it's own tsnumani. That's
not an eruption, but it's a real danger and a real possibilty. Geologists say that it is more likely we'd see an hydro-thermal explosion before we'd
see an eruption. The long and short of it is that I had a right to think there was a threat. Because there really was a dramatic event taking place
under Yellowstone. I made videos on You Tube. I even followed the saga of Chris Sanders. The USGS was threatening to sue him for claiming he was a
government official. Untrue, but the label of hoaxter stuck.
During this event and during the swarm of January 15th, 2010, I watched the media and noted it's reaction. Here on ATS we even had a reporter asking
us questions on the difference in media coverage as opposed to the previous swarm. I explained everything to him. There was a major difference. I saw
the government and the way the handled the media. I didn't make any videos about the January Swarm. I was too jaded by then and thought, what's the
point if nobody's going to watch and I'll make no difference. I even had a claim to fame to make. I predicted the swarm, and you'll find the proof on
the Yellowstone thread. Nailed it down to with two hours. I even had to correct the YVO and soon the acknowledged my emails and changed the date.
I knew that swarm was coming. I didn't really say too much about it as the time drew nearer. It was a weekend so I was busy and I knew I wouldn't have
the oppurtunity if something did happen. Around this time the Yellowstone thread was stagnant. There wasn't much at all happening at Yellowstone. I
tried to provoke Puterman just to keep the conversation going. I'd already annoyed the hell out of everyone with my hypothesis. I was even pulling up
bits of history so I'd have something to write. I wasn't writing anywhere else. Eventually I asked Puterman to start this thread so I wouldn't keep
bringing up my ideas that weren't exactly on topic. On the 15th of January, I checked the webicoders. Nothing. But the little imp in me was saying,
wait, wait you know they're coming. Later, nothing. Then I saw them. Not a normal quick hit. It was a quick burst of several small ones in a very
short time frame. The imp was bouncing and giggling saying I told ya so. There it is. I've learned to not jump to a conclusion and decided this didn't
prove nothing. Regarless, I wrote on Yellowstone telling everyone that my prediction was going to happen on schedule and that they'd better be
watching. There was almost no chatter on the thread. And the quakes quickly stopped so even I had some doubt.
The next day. Nothing. Then another quick burst of several. In the same spot. Now I was certain. I once again told the Quake Geeks that something was
brewing and to watch for more.
The next day all hell broke loose on the webicorders. And so did the activity on the Yellowstone thread. I didn't need that report to tell me that
words and ideas and interest have spikes like earthquakes. I had seen this time and time again. I couldn't even get a word in edgewise. No one really
paid attention to my claim that I had predicted the swarm, had proof and understood, at least in part, what was happeing at Yellowstone. It was kinda
frustrating, but by this point I was quite used to it. When the webicoders went nuts, everyone rushed into the room. Even the geologists came into the
picture late. They didn't even notice the activity that happen during the first two days. That's why they had to correct themselves. I was the only
one that had the first quakes noted. Do you know that the first quakes during that swarm happened within two hours after the shadow of the moon left
the earth during a total eclipse on the 15th.
There was a point where the Yellowstone crowd started believing my ideas. I said there was probably going to be another swarm on Februrary 15th. I was
right. There was a swarm. 15 quakes in a different area. At first everyone was all excited that I had another winning ticket. But that soon faded when
it turned out to be nowhere as big as the January swarm. What did they want? The January swarm I predicted had thousands of quakes, the volcano didn't
have that much left over to make a good enough show. Tempermental buggers. I mean volcanoes.
So I've carefully watched how the crowd moves. Just like a geologist watches the ground move.
When the bird and fish kills happened in Arkansas, I was quick to figure out what was really happening. I was already glancing over at the Arkansas
quakes and wondering what the... So when the birds hit the media, dug into the story and posted my conclusion on the 3rd of January. It was fracking
and gas ruptures. Page 4 of this thread. Anmarie told me to start a thread. I said no way Jose'. I've been burned too many times before. I said, you
make a thread and direct them here. I'm a recluse, and this thread was my home, and I wasn't coming out.
There were some bloggers talking about the fracking. I thought it was great that I wasn't the only one and that other people had come to the same
conclusion. But when I cross reference them and sourced them, I found it was Anmarie's thread that was used as a source. They didn't credit me. But at
that point I didn't give a crap. I was just glad that somehow, and someway, the idea that fracking was to blame had made past my limited sphere and
was being discussed on a broader scale. Small victory. I realized that when the newsanchor's were saying they were trolling the bloggs and hearing
about gas leaks, part of that fringe thinking was mine. So I could see how people who blog are used by the media to give the perspection of appealing
to the public, and trying to prove that they too are connected.
I tried to keep my idea alive and made a stupid video but soon tired. Soon I was back to writing whenever I needed to blow off steam. Sure, I still
watched Yellowstone. And the debate on the Yellowstone thread was over deletions and I came up with an argument about goverment controlling the media.
It's was mostly tongue in cheek. And that's because it's impossible to tell exactly what the government is doing to craft its message about
But into my routine was the Arkansas webicorders. There were some people who still think I'm on top of the story and wanted my opinions. So I would
write about the issue, even though I was outraged and felt I should keep pushing the issue, my whole heart wasn't into it. I couldn't let it go, but
then again there was nothing I could do about it.
Last week I was as usual watching the webicorders when I noticed something different. I had been watching especially closely because someone wanted to
know what was happening at that particular moment. I was telling them that I thought the geologist and the companies may be preforming a test. There
had been a long pause in activity. Then the started again. I figured that's maybe when they started the test. There were regular quakes about once or
twice a day. Until the 15th. I noticed right away that there was a difference. There were little bursts, followed a little later by a larger one. I
immediately recognized it was building.
So I went over to quake watch and told everyone to look a the little quakes. I don't blame them for not really caring. They are more interested in the
big quakes. I tried a couple times and by the end of the day I knew there was going to be a major swarm. I felt so compelled to talk about it I was
set to start my very first thread. Then I said to hell with it. Sure there was a bunch of quakes, but so what. It's been like that for months. I
decided to go to bed and forget about it. I figured while I slept the quakes would peter out and I could forget about starting anything. But that's
not what happened.
In the morning I knew there was going to be a spike. And knowing what I learned from the media and watching crowds, I knew what to do. Here's my
confession. I manipulated you. Nothing nefarious or corrupt. But I used the spike in activity to get you all to look at this. I was way ahead of the
story and was prepared for the increase in interest that this was sure to generate. But instead of just following another thread and arguing with
everyone about everything I said. I decided that since I knew the swarm was coming, I would control the message. Sorry, learned it from our
governments. I knew when to strike the bell and just how hard to hit it.
And I knew as soon as the quakes stop shaking so hard, the interest would dwindle. Like the bird story. The media blew into town, found a dead bird or
two and then blew out of town as fast as possible on to the next spike in something or other. But I knew better. I knew the story wasn't over. I knew
the whole story. I knew everybody would come back to Arkansas when the earth started moving. I almost feel bad.
I've known exactly what was going to happen with this story. And I didn't want mine to go untold. And I wanted to hold the focus on the real target. I
hit the bell as hard and as many times as I could so you'd all listen. I knew what it would take to get you to notice. I'm glad you did. Everything
I've said and written about I believe every word of it and I used the facts.
But something I didn't expect to happen, did. I always hoped people would take my ideas and spread them. I always wanted the truth to come out so the
people of Arkansas could fight back. I just really never expected to have you all get so involved and really start to care. Hell, it's obvious so many
of you care and now there's a bunch of sites and tweets and it's sweet. But here we go. I knew that a spike in activity would correspond to interest
here on ATS and elsewhere. but I also know that when the ground stops shaking the attention gets diverted. Haiti.
It really seems to be quiet now. And just when all our efforts were coming together. I sincerely hope that the interest doesn't wane. I hope it
doesn't take another swarm or a big quake to bring this topic into the light of day again.
Well that's that. I know things. And sometimes I know what's going to happen in the future. No voodoo. No magic. I'm just a very curious guy who wants
to know how everything works. And wants to no what's coming.
Had to get this off my chest. I don't like using anyone. Even if it's for a good cause. But the truth is I used my knowledge of the way you think and
behave to get you to see things my way.
If I could make quakes and keep the interest going, I would. All I know is we need to stop fracking.
Before the big one.
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