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Monday, April 19, 2004

"April is the cruelest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain.
Winter kept us warm, covering
Earth in forgetful snow, feeding
A little life with dried tubers."

This begins 'The Wasteland' by T.S. Eliot. having an April birthday, I used to resent this assertion...but a look at the many tragedies and disasters that happened right in the middle of April makes me wonder..

Going back to 1947, a freighter carrying ammonium nitrate (sound familiar?) exploded in the harbor of Texas City, Texas..

The tragedy - see pictures here - still reverberates in the memory of this small town..

In 1993, in one of the greatest gaffes of the Clinton administration, Federal law enforcement agents waged war on American civilians,including women and children, in the Waco Branch Davidian showdown..

Here's a website by the survivors..

A Far Right perspective

A Documentary

An essay

Two years later, perhaps in revenge for Waco, the Federal Building in Oklahoma City was blown up - with an ammonium nitrate bomb..

A psychiatrist's view..

OK, let's hear from the conspiracy theorists!

Finally (one hopes..) in 1999, two high school misfits ran amok in Colorado..

A Nurse's Perspective

50 Things You Can't Do After Columbine - a bitter, but perceptive rant by a teen..

The inhabitants of every civilized country are menaced; all desire to be saved from impending disaster; the overwhelming majority refuse to change their habits of thought, feeling and action which are directly responsible for their present plight.
- Aldous Huxley

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