Hypermodern International Congress 2175

Remember, it wasn't raining when Noah built the ark.


"Toxic Incident" in Apex, NC

Of course, I don't have my copy of White Noise handy to quote at length here, but I'm sure the denizens of Apex are caught in the deadly throes of metaphor nonetheless. The American mystery, uhhh, does something...

Deadly gas released from N.C. plant fire
By STEVE HARTSOE, Associated Press Writer

APEX, N.C. - More than 17,000 people were urged to flee their homes on the outskirts of Raleigh early Friday after a thunderous series of explosions and a raging fire at a hazardous-waste disposal plant released a greenish-yellow cloud of deadly chlorine gas.

No employees were believed to have been inside the EQ Industrial Services plant when it was rocked by the blasts late Thursday. Officials said 44 people went to emergency rooms, most complaining of breathing problems, but nearly all had been released by midday.

A timely rainstorm helped scrub the air but Mayor Keith Weatherly said the fire would not be extinguished until Saturday morning at the earliest. None of the evacuated residents will be allowed to return home until the blaze is extinguished.

"We want to err on the side of safety and not send anybody home," said Apex Fire Chief Mark Haraway.

Three significant fires burned Friday night, all under the collapsed building that housed EQ Industrial Services.

The plant handles a variety of industrial wastes, includes paints, solvents, pesticides and weed killer.

Because of the dangers in that mix, firefighters waited for daybreak to determine how to attack the blaze, and used a video camera to get a look at the burning building. Schools were closed, along with downtown Apex.

The cause of the blaze was not immediately known.

"Because of the many different types of waste that we bring in, it's very difficult to determine the cause of the fire," EQ spokesman Robert Doyle said.

About 25 employees work at the plant, but all had left the building by 7 p.m. Thursday, he said.

State Department of Environment and Natural Resources officials said Friday afternoon their tests "had not detected anything out of the ordinary in the air." The department was also testing bodies of water in the area.

In March, the state fined EQ $32,000 for six violations at the plant, including failing to take steps to "minimize the possibility of a sudden or non-sudden release of hazardous waste ... which could threaten human health or the environment."

Doyle cautioned the violations might not have had anything to do with the fire, and the state said the company had passed a required inspection as recently as Sept. 28-29.

Last year, a similar fire at one of the company's plants in Romulus, Mich. drove about 2,000 people from their homes and sent at least 32 people for treatment at hospitals.

An investigation is still ongoing, said Robert McCann, a spokesman for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. He said in an e-mail that extensive damage from the fire had made it difficult to determine a cause and if there were any violations at the plant.

Weatherly said it was unclear how many people fled, but several hundred took shelter at schools, while others probably stayed with friends or at hotels.

Beth Roach's family left their home about two miles from the plant around 3 a.m.

"The bad part was that we didn't really know what was going on," she said. "Ultimately, that's what made our decision to leave."



The Tip of the Iceberg?

As a footnote to the ongoing Mark Foley fracas, here is an excerpt from an article that Saliba Said left on my computer a while back regarding the possibility--dare we say probability?--of an underage sex/porn ring based in Washington that may or may not have involved Hunter S. Thompson. Does our federal government have its own joy division?

Photographer for White House child sex ring arrested after Thompson

/by Tom Flocco
WASHINGTON -- March 13, 2005 -- TomFlocco.com -- Photographer Russell E.
"Rusty" Nelson was recently arrested two days after journalist Hunter
Thompson reportedly committed suicide four weeks ago on February 10,
according to two phone interviews with attorney John DeCamp last week.

Nelson was allegedly employed by a former Republican Party activist to
take pictures of current or retired U.S. House-Senate members and other
prominent government officials engaging in sexual criminality by
receiving or committing sodomy and other sex acts on children during the
Reagan-Bush 41 administrations.
Hunter S ThompsonHunter Thompson?s death and the news blackout of Rusty
Nelson?s simultaneous arrest raise questions that someone may be
attempting to limit Nelson?s freedom or threaten him, since according to
testimony, both men had allegedly witnessed homosexual prostitution and
pedophile criminal acts in a suppressed but far-reaching child sex-ring
probe closely linked to Senate and House members--but also former
President George H. W. Bush. [In U.S. District Court testimony, Rusty
Nelson told Judge Warren Urbom he took 20,000 to 30,000 pictures,
2-5-1999, p.52]

Pedophile victim Paul Bonacci--kidnapped and forced into sex slavery
between the ages of 6 and 17--told U.S. District Court Judge Warren
Urbom in sworn testimony [pp.105, 124-126] on February 5, 1999: "Where
were the parties?...down in Washington, DC...and that was for
sex...There was sex between adult men and other adult men but most of it
had to do with young boys and young girls with the older
folks...specifically for sex with minors...Also in Washington, DC, there
were parties after a party...there were a lot of parties where there
would be senators and congressmen who had nothing to do with the sexual
stuff. But there were some senators and congressmen who stayed for the
[pedophile sex] parties afterwards...on a lot of the trips he took us on
he had us, I mean, I met some people that I don't feel comfortable
telling their name because I don't want to --- ...Q: Are you

DeCamp, a former Nebraska state senator and decorated Vietnam War vet,
told /TomFlocco.com/ "there are tons of pictures still left; law
enforcement is currently looking for them," adding, "you can also assume
there are senators and congressmen implicated; otherwise this would not
be such a big issue." But no federal official has stepped forward to
protect Rusty Nelson's life, as Congress would be reluctant to hold
hearings or force a federal prosecutor to probe its own members for sex
acts with children--still punishable by law.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic

Image and video hosting by TinyPic