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Castles of Grief
- Castra Doloris Chapter 1-6 -
For Fries, Heike, Christel, Linda, Marleen, Sven, Stefan, Peter, Norbert, Irma, and all the others...
Castles of Grief
- Castra Doloris Chapter 1-6 -
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Most of these facts and some of this fiction have been borrowed from Wikipedia where it will be returned - in due time as just another tale of history...
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1 2 3 4 5 6 Castles of Grief....................................................................6 An uncontrolled immersion heater ......................................8 From Oil Spell to Oil Spill.................................................12 The wolf's den in the swamps............................................16 The mausoleum of segregation..........................................20 The Temple of Corruption..................................................22
1 Castles of Grief
Castrum Doloris (Latin for Castle of grief) is a name for the structure and decorations sheltering or accompanying the catafalque or bier that signifies the prestige or high estate of the deceased. A Castrum Doloris might feature an elaborate baldachin and would include candles, possibly flowers, and in most cases coats of arms, epitaphs and possibly allegorical statues. Many extensive castra doloris can be traced to the customs of 17th century and 18th century or even earlier, since Pope Sixtus V's funeral arrangements included a castrum doloris in the mid-14th Century.
Fig. 1: Example of a Castrum Doloris Catafalque for William I. of Orange at the New Church at Delft Artist: Dirck van Delen (1605-1671)
Rijksmuseum Amsterdam - Wikipedia Commons
But we may remember all mausoleums, sarcophagi, graves or tombstones reminding us of the magnificence of the deceased will be torn down some day. And in fact most of the brightest human activities will end up in an explosion, which often requires a sarcophagus as a landmark for Ground Zero at the focus of this event. Most of the following Castles of Grief had been published as short stories in the German manuscript Castra Doloris - Auf Den Punkt Gebracht and I decided to translate some of these tales as a Chautauqua - “an old-time series of popular talks intended to edify and entertain, to improve the mind and bring culture and enlightenment to the audience and the mind.” The tales will be concatenated by highlighted keywords marked in yellow. This will merge all human activities into a single story. There will be some tales of joy, but most of history is a sad chain of catastrophes. You can't tell these catastrophes in a straightforward way. You must hide the truth as long as you can – polite enough not to disturb the mind of the sensitive readers. The truth itself is unbearable and it is better to tell a nonsensical tale carrying a sacred spark of truth hidden within ....
2 An uncontrolled immersion heater
Early in the beautiful morning of the 30th of April 1986 the Swabian mechanical engineer Henry Gearloose sharpened his scythe and started mowing the grass bed along his house. Scything the grass at springtime unfolds myriads of tingling herbal scents ripened in the sun and exploding into the air by the blow of the swinging blade. At the first cutting moves Henry smelled the intensive odors reminding him of alpine mountains in summertime. It was going to be a nice sunny day and Henry took his gathered haystacks with his bare arms to carry them to his dustbin at the backside of his garden. As soon as he had picked up the hay he felt an irritating prickling of the grass on his arms. It just felt like a honeymoon palsy, but he just considered the possibility of an allergic reaction, which would have to be cured as soon as he would finish his job. Later he observed the appearance of strange red pimples on his skin which were to vanish within a few days. As a mechanical engineer Henry guessed the grass blades were defending themselves against the mower and his scythe by unfolding allergic substances, but as soon as he had opened the newspaper he supposed his body must have been detecting nuclear radiation, resulting in the irritating prickles in his arms. In classical theory the human body will only provide us with five senses. The traditional five senses are sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste, a classification attributed to Aristotle.
Humans are considered to have at least five additional senses that include: nociception (pain); equilibrioception (balance); proprioception and kinaesthesia (joint motion and acceleration); sense of time; thermoception (temperature differences); and possibly an additional weak magnetoception (direction). Now Henry considered to add another type of sensor to this list: the human sensor for nuclear radiation. The pervading secrecy of the responsible authorities led to strange rumors in the newspapers and television. Of course the main responsible party, the Soviet government, ignored all accusations and reported a minor breakdown of an electric power plant. German authorities gave out warnings not to consume any crops from the fields exposed to rain. Most people felt misinformed, but the truth seemed seemed to be elusive. Nobody had any equipment for detecting hazards and families started buying hundreds of bottles of uncontaminated water... From rumors Henry learned the minor breakdown must have occurred at a nuclear reactor in a rather unknown area called Chernobyl, where an explosion might have spread an amount of nuclear material called Cesium-137. The accident had taken place the 26th of April 1986 but it had been presented as a minor incident. Now the reporters described the problem as a nuclear catastrophe, caused by operator negligence in conducting an unscheduled, dangerous experiment on the reactor, combined with an improper shutdown system leading to a power excursion that subsequently caused a meltdown, completely disturbing reactor block #4. This however had not been the first of a series of severe breakdowns.
Block #1 had been completed in 1977 and within a couple of years, on September 1st, 1982 an operator error destroyed a central fuel bundle through overheating. A vast output of nuclear material caused considerable exposure of the Prypiat-area to nuclear radiation. A number of laborers received a massive exposure to high levels of nuclear radiation. Block #2 had been completed 1978. On 11 October 1991 a hydrogen explosion caused fire in the turbine hall. The roof partially collapsed and caused considerable damage to one of the generators. The operators managed to halt the system manually and saved the area from exposure to nuclear radiation. Basically the four nuclear reactors of the Chernobyl plant are not more than simple immersion heaters feeding conventional steam turbines for electric generators. A complex series of development errors, sloppiness, bad documentation, ignorance and secrecy resulted in a catastrophe of 1986. Large volumes of nuclear debris were allowed to escape into the atmosphere. Especially the volatile isotopes Iodine-131 and Cesium-137 mutated to hazardous aerosols to be spread by clouds over thousands of kilometers around the world, where they disappeared as raindrops in the topsoil. Somehow the half-life for Cesium-137 (30 years) corresponds more or less to the half-life of human beings, which accentuates the harmful affect of exposure for human beings. These nucleotides probably had been causing skin disorder of the 45-year old engineer. From the very beginning of the incident to the end of 1987 the Soviet administration ordered 200.000 laborers as “liquidators” to clear the area of debris. 10
Around 1000 of these victims received the severe up to deadly doses of nuclear radiation between 2 and 20 Gray, but they luckily managed to cap the damaged reactor and created an improvisatory sarcophagus. On the inside of the catafalque the catastrophe has been conserved in a heated state. Around 150-180 tons of the original 190 tons of nuclear material have been enclosed as molten core elements, in which uranium, plutonium, graphite ashes, dust and sand have been mixed to a gigantic “elephant foot”. Chernobyl has been the most important nuclear environmental catastrophe, comparable with the nuclear incident at the plant of Majak 1957. These kinds of sarcophagi1 are the fleshconsuming Castles of Grief which still have to be built as a monument for the “peaceful” application of nuclear energy. The new protective monument has been designed to be 257 meters long, 150 meters wide and reaches an altitude of 108 meters. The order to build this structure has been committed to the Consortium Novarka at the 17th of September 2007. It will be erected at a distance of 200 meters and then be shifted over the old sarcophagus. Whenever you are making hay and you are feeling stitches into your arms or legs, you are wisely advised to immediately take your loved ones and take cover in your cellar with a large amount of bottled drinking water, as one of these antediluvian immersion heaters may once again have had a minor breakdown....
The word "sarcophagus" comes from the Greek σαρξ sarx meaning "flesh", and φαγειν phagein meaning "to eat", hence sarkophagus means "flesheating".
3 From Oil Spell to Oil Spill2
A few weeks ago the platform was a relatively new, massive floating, dynamically positioned platform that had been designed to operate in waters up to 8,000 feet (2,400 m) deep and drill down to 30,000 feet (9,100 m). Still this hightechnology full of highly paid skilled workers initiated an environmental catastrophe by erroneous decisions of greedy management. During March and early April, several platform workers and supervisors already expressed concerns with well control. At approximately 9:45 pm CDT on April 20, high pressurized methane gas shot all the way up from the well and out of the drill column, expanded towards the platform, and then ignited and exploded. Fire engulfed the platform. Most of the workers were evacuated by lifeboats or were airlifted out by helicopter, but eleven workers were never found despite a three-day Coast Guard search operation, and are presumed to have died in the explosion. Efforts by multiple ships to douse the flames were unsuccessful. After burning furiously for approximately 36 hours, the platform sank on the morning of April 22. As a result, the drilling riser running from the wellhead on the ocean floor up to the oil rig had been cut off, but of course the automatic shutdown device was thought to be protecting the system from environmental catastrophes...
This information has been found at the Wikipedia entry: Deepwater Horizon oil spill
The oil company announced that it was deploying a remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROV) to the site to assess whether oil was flowing from the well.
Fig. 2: Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling unit on fire 2010
Anchor-handling tugboats battle the blazing remnants of the off shore oil rig Deepwater Horizon. A Coast Guard MH-65C dolphin rescue helicopter and crew document the fire aboard the mobile offshore drilling unit Deepwater Horizon, while searching for survivors. Multiple Coast Guard helicopters, planes and cutters responded to rescue the Deepwater Horizon's 126 person crew.
On April 23, a ROV reportedly found no oil leaking from the sunken rig and no oil flowing from the well. The Coast Guard Rear Admiral expressed cautious optimism of zero environmental impact, stating that no oil was emanating from either the wellhead or the broken pipes and that oil spilled from the explosion and sinking was being contained. The following day, April 24, the admiral however announced that a damaged wellhead was indeed leaking oil into the Gulf and described it as "a very serious spill". The oil company has not given a cause for the explosion. According to the US-Congressional investigation the rig's blowout preventer, a fail-safe device fitted at the base of the well, had a hydraulic leak and a failed battery, and therefore failed. Investigations have focused on the cementing procedure and the blowout preventer, which failed to fully engage. A number of significant problems have been identified with the blowout preventer: there was a leak in the hydraulic system that provides power to the shear rams. The underwater control panel had been disconnected from the bore ram, and instead connected to a test hydraulic ram. The blowout preventer schematic drawings, do not correspond to the structure that is on the ocean bottom. The shear rams are not designed to function on the joints where the drill pipes are screwed together or on tools that are passed through the blowout preventer during well construction. The explosion may have severed the communication line between the rig and the sub-surface blowout preventer control unit such that the blowout preventer would have never received the instruction to engage.
Before the backup dead man's switch could engage, communications, power and hydraulic lines must all be severed, but it is possible hydraulic lines were intact after the explosion. Of the two control pods for the deadman switch, the one that has been inspected so far had a dead battery. An employee told the BBC on June 21 that a leak was spotted on a crucial piece of equipment in the oil rig's blowout preventer weeks before the accident, and that responsible departments have been informed by email about it. The House Energy and Commerce Committee is investigating the incident. In a statement made in June they noted that in a number of cases leading up to the explosion, the oil company appears to have chosen riskier procedures to save time or money, sometimes against the advice of its staff or contractors. Whenever I see one of these massive floating, dynamically positioned drilling rigs I cannot help to consider these tools as hazardous toys in the hands of irresponsible engineers on their way to destroying this planet earth. The Deepwater Horizon catastrophe may be comparable to the Ixtoc I oil spill, which has been spilling approximately the same amount of oil for 10 months in 1980 as compared to the Deepwater Horizon in 2 months. The Deepwater Horizon catastrophe will probably follow the same procedure and scenario as has been used in the Ixtoc I oil spill3.
The history of the Ixtoc I oil spill has been documented in details in Wikipedia at Ixtoc I oil spill.
4 The wolf's den in the swamps
Whenever you plan to get to the hearth of something you are advised to search for the mausoleum or the erected sarcophagus. You are not going to find anything worthwhile in the cradle. Instead mankind buries its epitomes and monsters in castles of grief, where the idea's essences condensate to deceased remains in a gaseous state of matter. Normally a mausoleum will be planned during the lifetime of a mighty man as an impressive monument for his importance and power. Inside the sarcophagus the flesh is transformed into methane gas, black liquids, some white bones and yellow teeth, releasing evil spirits in the dark forests and nebulous swamps. This is the wolf's den in the swamps, which is still being visited by sinister individuals. Any sensitive soul may even hear their silent howling from inside the catacombs.... The wolf's den had been designed as a improvisatory camp to be used for merely 6 months. These calculations had to be based upon the concept of a 4 week campaign to reach the enemy's capital city within a month. Of course the calculation and the design soon proved to be illusory. The camp soon had to be expanded at intervals of weeks and months. The soldiers erected the wolf's den in a sacred and 100 years old oak forest located in the swamps, where the inhabitants were soon to be tortured by the mosquitoes. That's why they ridiculed the location as the Mosquito's Home, where Master Wolf relaxed by leading his German Shepherd Dog4 Blondie over a 2m high wooden log for training.
GSD, also known as an Alsatian
Fig. 3: Ruins of the Wolf's Den (“Wolfsschanze”)
This photograph has been uploaded by Buschaot into de.wikipedia at Creative Commons-Licences Namensnennung-Weitergabe unter gleichen Bedingungen 2.0 US-amerikanisch (nicht portiert)
Of the remaining three and a half years of the campaign Mister Wolf was to vegetate for more than 800 nights at this lonely site. He left the den at the sound of nearby gun fire. On November 20th, 1944 the all-time Greatest General leaves his secret bunker by a special train heading westward. General K. orders to destroy the Wolf's den with 10-12 tons of TNT. Two days later the Russian troops enter the Rastenburg area on January 27th, 1945, where they need 10 years to deactivate approximately 54.000 mines. In 1959 the location has been opened as Masuria's attraction for 200.000 tourists. The main buildings are 25-60 Meters long, 25-40 Meter wide and 9-12 Meter high. Allied forces knew the exact location of the Wolf's den, but they never ordered a bomb attack. The ceilings had been designed to withstand any conventional bombing of those days and we may wonder what kind of psyche feels safe in an isolated bunker protected by 8 meters of solid concrete. The front had been designed more solid than the rear and the remains look like Potemkin villages. The guards for the Wolf's den were not too effective and at least three intruders were reported. In August 1943 a Polish woman managed to enter the area from the east and walk along the railroad tracks to the other end of the camp. She was taken into custody on the western boundaries of the area. The Rastenburg swamps are still discharging methane gases, discharging in the will-o'-the-wisp of the deceased flickering at the location where the greatest campaign of all times has been planned.
Sometimes ruin #13 in the middle of the Rastenburg swamps ejects a special toxic cocktail, which may also be called a cock's tail for its rusty brown color. At these events the swamps are breeding a new generation of cyclone-mosquitoes with a most poisonous secrete, causing painful and extremely slowly healing infections and resulting in stubborn, large wheals. The victim may only hope to leave the place as soon as possible as no medicine will cure these irritating wounds on his face and limbs...
5 The mausoleum of segregation
The first century of our time a mosquito-contaminated hill at the outskirts of ancient Rome at the west-bank of the Tiber river was located across the Marsfield covered with public buildings. Caligula decided to raise a circus at the hill and Nero additionally erected a palace and a bridge to cross the river. The legend teaches us how Simon Peter has been crucified topdown and buried at Caligula's circus at the autumn of the year 64. In honor of this sacred location Constantine the Great decided to build a church at this burial place. One of the bridge-builders considered the 1200 years old basilica at a mosquito-contaminated hill as a non-representative monument for his own grave and in the end ordered to build a complete new mausoleum. On April18th, 1506 the first stone marked the foundation of a new mausoleum at the storage location for the most valuable reliquary: the legendary Veil of Veronica or Sudarium5. The monumental building had to be paid by a Peter's pence and the increased volume of indulgences to be sold to the people. These indulgences however caused a massive opposition resulting in the reformation movement, which did split the Church into 1,25 billions of Catholics and 600 millions of protestants. For this catastrophe the newly created mausoleum may really be named the mausoleum of dissidence. St. Peter's is famous as a place of pilgrimage, for its liturgical functions and for its historical associations. It is associated with the papacy, with the Counter-reformation and with numerous artists, most significantly Michelangelo.
Latin for sweat-cloth
As a work of architecture, it is regarded as the greatest building of its age. Contrary to popular misconception, Saint Peter's is not a cathedral, as it is not the seat of a bishop. It is properly termed a papal basilica. The Basilica of St. Peter is one of four papal basilicas or major basilicas of Rome the others being the Basilica of St. John Lateran, Santa Maria Maggiore and St. Paul outside the Walls. It is the most prominent building in the Vatican City. Its dome is a dominant feature of the skyline of Rome. Probably the largest church in Christianity, it covers an area of 2.3 hectares (5.7 acres) and has a capacity of over 60,000 people. One of the holiest sites of Christendom in the Catholic Tradition it is a magnificent and gigantic temple, although it has cost the schism of the congregation ....
6 The Temple of Corruption
The rich Temple of the Peace Palace 6, situated in The Hague, Netherlands, is often called the seat of international law because it houses the International Court of Justice. In 1903 Andrew Carnegie (1835–1919) agreed to donate the US$1.5 million needed for a Peace Temple that would house the PCA7 as well as to endow it with a library of international law. The beautiful Palace is filled with many marvelous gifts of the different nations who attended the Second Hague Conference8 as a sign of their support. Among the gifts are a 3.2-tonne vase from Russia, doors from Belgium, marble from Italy, a fountain from Denmark, wall carpets from Japan, the clock for the clock tower from Switzerland, Persian rugs from Iran and wood from Indonesia and the United States of America. The palace also features a number of statues, busts and portraits of prominent peace campaigners from around the world and of all eras. Only a few visitors however realize the money for the building has been earned by poor laborers working under the worst possible conditions such as a 84 hours week for the philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. Born as a child of a poor weaver Carnegie became one of the most famous leaders of industry of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He had little or no experience at all in manufacturing steel, but he was an expert in gifts of money, that “alter the behavior of the recipient”.
Dutch: Vredespaleis The PCA is the Permanent Court of Arbitration 8 in 1907
In the History of the Great American Fortunes Gustavus Myers describes exactly how the Great American Fortunes have been made: by an endless chain of illegal manipulations, such as bribery, blackmail, etc. Myers merely needs to quote the USAmerican law-protocols to document the methods applied in all eras up to publication date. There is no doubt the System did continue business as usual after publication. Myers' work has been ignored anyway as the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry9 and Human Rights closed in 2009, demonstrating the power of American “power-players”:
“In 2009 we take pride in 25 years of continuous operation of the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights! We are saddened, however, that the Myers Center has closed down due to lack of funds.”
Often the big players preferred to gift a minimal portion of the stolen money to some noble institution such as the Peace Palace or other institutes selected for the quality of good propaganda. In fact the methods described sound extremely modern. There is a lot of “investment”-money being shifted to and fro. Myers' books also document how public property may easily be stolen by buying property (railroads, water systems, etc.), plundering the values and reselling the worthless skeletons back to the government.
A bigot is a person obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices.
To me the Peace Palace, paid by money earned from corrupted business methods documented by Gustavus Myers, is just another symptom of corruption and should be renamed to Temple of Corruption to remind the people of the basic methods with which great fortunes are earned.
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