Good Morning Ted and Jody:
While the rains moved in and prevented any color in the dawn and sunrise, a few hours later there was a break that provided a bit of color before the clouds and rain swallowed up the sun again. It is always good to stick one’s head out and see what the sky looks like: The first two are panoramas the last a single shot.
I ran across an interesting article on my Yahoo feed this morning and then when I went back to show Nancy it was gone. So, I got on my computer and googled it. After four entries of keywords, I finally found it again. One of the things I haven’t figured out is how to bookmark things on my cell phone. For all the speculation about the pestilence, I do think this person may be onto something: https://www.yahoo.com/news/trumps-real-undoing-may-creeping-fatigue-090016754.html . I know that I for one am fairly fatigued with all the excrement that is coming out of Washington of late. The think is this fatigue and low approval rating has to be translated into a partisan change in DC in November of next year.
From time to time I run into an interesting blog by checking out the bloggers who either follow or indicate they have been to my blog by checking the like box. This morning a very sensitive blogger stopped by and I checked out his or her site: https://sunshine170.wordpress.com/
I trust this finds you happy, healthy and not too fatigued with the pestilence’s war against Americans.
Warmest regards, Ed
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Fiction in 830 words by T. Edward Westen, 2017
Stolen Paintings Returned?
On Monday, this Paper reported that 146 paintings in the vault of the National Museum of Art and Commerce were removed by person or persons unknown. Unlike other robberies, the vault was not breached and since it has a new time lock, that was not tampered with to effectuate the robbery, museum officials and the police were completely baffled at how the theft was made. Officials opened the vault to place a newly acquired painting in for safety to find the vault completely empty. They were, as we reported in Monday’s story shocked and bewildered at how the theft was perpetrated.
Asking for and receiving assistance from Scotland Yard’s new scientific investigatory team, the vault was opened again this morning to admit the Scotland Yard experts. Again, the museum officials, police and Scotland Yard’s emissaries were completely taken by surprise to find all the paintings returned. Museum officials took most of the morning to determine that all paintings were returned as none of the paintings were returned to where they had been stored prior to the robbery. With no clues and no suspects, there was wild speculation that some magicians are responsible and seeking some press for an upcoming show. However, when the magicians currently in the city were questioned they all said they wished they could have done it but didn’t. Police have turned their attention to former employees of the museum and the company that built the vault. The mystery is why would someone go to the trouble to take 146 painting and return them the next night?
“Several decades after this story,” said Agent Amanda, “six painting disappeared from this same vault.”
Special Agent Fleishman raised an eyebrow, “Do you think the mass heist was a trial run?”
“I don’t know,” replied Agent Amanda. “I do know the story did not exist in ATI archives until after I interviewed four former time travelers again. That got me to thinking that I interviewed them just after the vault was cleaned out and one of them was responsible and thought to divert attention by replacing the goods or thought they were too hot to unload. Then too, there is a difference between cleaning out the vault and all the other timeline thefts, a lack of finesse if you will.”
“How does this relate to the bodies that showed up at 38th and Mulberry?” asked Captain Batan.
“We still do not know where the bodies came from,” said Agent Amanda. “Thomas Aldrich Edison gave us his paperwork on the bodies and the paperwork does not checkout. Somehow the Seams brothers got ahold of bodies from a failed cryogenic company and knew to sell them to Mr. Edison.” Pointing to the two brothers’ rap sheets on the case board, she added, “You are right, Detective, I’ve never met either of these men, but clearly their records show they do not have the imagination or intelligence to have done this on their own. So, my guess is they have someone directing them and they went off reservation, so to speak—got greedy and that person had to reign them in”
“I am still puzzled about how a story from an old newspaper cannot be in your archives and then show up later,” said Captain Batan. Isn’t that exactly like the paintings being missing from the vault and then turning up in it later?
“Not quite,” replied Special Agent Fleishman. “As you will recall Melissa Hickson was copyrighting children’s books that she got from a later Century. We noticed when the authors of those stories ran then through the Accumulated Writings Database and got passing scores only to have the stories come up as plagiarisms later when the publishers ran then. That alerted us to setting date flags in all our databases. That way when archived material from the past, such as newspaper articles show up in a non-contemporaneous manner, they are flagged and we look into them to see if someone is playing hanky-panky on the timeline.”
“How in the world can you do that?” asked Detective Philipson.
“It is easier than you might think,” replied Special Agent Fleishman. “When one enters information in a database, the computer scores it in terms of length. That score is stored with the information. So if the information changes the score no longer represents it and a warning bell, so to speak, or a red flag goes up and we know which information has changed. Obviously, historical information should not change in its original form.”
“So, where does that leave us?” asked Detective Philipson
“I think I see,” said Captain Batan. “Criminals are like everyone else. They operate where they are most comfortable. The go home at night. So we look for where the Seams brothers are most comfortable and think of as home.
Agent Amanda held up her index finger in agreement and nodded her head. Pointing to the rap sheets, “May I suggest we check out their last known address.”