Monday, August 31, 2009
"FI has received hundreds of reports about the torture of citizens who spoke out for basic human rights. Extended brutal interrogation techniques, if proven to be true, will not be tolerated by the international community," said spokesperson Bill White.
"Further, FI has been told that Grotian citizens earn only minimal wages and do not have access to basic health care. All of these issues and others will be looked at carefully in the coming days."
This was much worse than I’d imagined. They came in dark clothes with hoods on their heads. Shoved me aside, tore my place apart. ~ Rosa Wells
The tears will not stop. That china cup they broke was the only thing left belonging to my grandmother. It was everything to me. ~ Anonymous
My boss gave me some of his daughter's old books for my son this week. Why did they have to rip those apart? Could a Sword of Flames be hiding in there? ~ Cyrus Smith
How can I tell my children they are safe when they can't be protected in their own home? Michael didn't get up fast enough from his cot, and they yanked him up by his arm. ~ Elliot Eames
Why would I -- or any of us -- take that sword? Look at the destruction to our few possessions! We had no reason to take it. ~ Anonymous
One person benefited from the theft and one only. Admit what you have done and make this right for all people. Then you will be a true leader and someone people will respect. ~ Anonymous
No more! No more! No more! We will not tolerate this abuse any longer. We will be strong and stand together. As Rosa Wells has said so eloquently, "It is time." ~ Wilson Benson
Sunday, August 30, 2009
If the Proscript Party had given me an education in something other than scrubbing floors in the beginning, then I would full understand the need for them to 'refresh' my mind.
But they didn't.
Yeah, they're good like that.
What I know about the world, the way I describe things, the words I use, the books I've read and my overwhelming sense of knowing that what's happening to me and my peers is not right, that's all me. I've gotten to where I am now, all by myself. I don't see my job as being anything to write about. Nor do I see it as any great achievement in my life, so before anyone starts going on about how helpful the party's been in that respect - just don't.
I clean up the Proscripts' messes after they've made them, safe in the knowledge that they wouldn't be alive if it weren't for my great grandfather. What a way to make a living. Wait. Stop Press. I don't make a living. If I were to be 'making a living,' I'd be paid a decent wage for what I'm doing. But I'm not. No surprises there. I've heard of places, far from here where justice and fairness are enforced by law. For all. Regardless of race, creed, colour...everyone is equal. I dream of those places at night.
We are a simple race, myself and my people. Our existence was simple and the dragons took that way from us. I'd like to say I'm angry at them for destroying our land, but it's not as if they had any control over what happened afterward. We didn't lust for power the same way the Proscripts did. We never have. We take what we're given because that's all we're likely to get now, and we have to do our best with what we have or we'll lose everything and more than that, we might lose each other.
Re-education is a joke.
I guess the reason I got out so easily is because I keep to myself. I don't talk much and just go to work each day, doing what I have to do and not asking any questions. It's all very robotic in nature, but I figure the less I stand out the better it'll be for me and my family. I don't want my parents to worry, especially. They feel guilty all the time for what I go through. I think they'd hoped that they'd have found a way out of this by now...but it's hard for them. They have to do what they can to stay safe and keep our family alive. I don't blame them.
They just sat me down and asked me a whole heap of questions. Sometimes they got angry. Sometimes they made threats. Threats against me, my mum, my dad...that sort of thing. I did what I usually do. Gave them the answers they wanted, nothing more. Nothing less. So I got out and got out alive and without any scars. No physical scars anyway.
The cries of the person in the next room probably won't leave me for a while.
Editor's Note: The writer asked that this story be published anonymously.
Cause of death is undetermined, but a large amount of blood observed on her chest area suggests a bullet or knife wound, according to eyewitness testimony.
"Carla Bowen did not steal the Sword of Flames. We left the re-education center together, and there's no possible way she had it then or at any time before her murder.
"Carla was wearing a cloak at the time to hide Connor, and that provided the perfect cover for the Party's scheme to pin the theft on a Grotian," the source explained.
"The Party knew that some Grotians would attempt to escape and clearly planned to pin the theft on one of them.
"Sadly, not only did this young woman and child perish but also her name is now wrongly linked to a crime she did not commit. The responsibility for this lies with PPP President Garfield Jameson" our source said.
Barry Bowen, husband of Carla and father of Connor, was too distraught to comment on this story except to ask for prayers for his family and to ask, "When will this horror end? How many have to die so that Garfield Jameson can continue to harm so many innocent lives?"
At this time most of the escapees are en route to safe houses and unavailable for further comment.
A high-level source who was witness to the program in progress has told the GG that the re-education procedure is "...a brutal and horrifying process."
Members of the Grotian Underground, who worked tirelessly for hours trying to save Grotians, commented on their experiences. "I do it for the Grotians, not for glory," explained Thunderwolf.
Another freedom fighter, Amandel, exclaimed, "I'm no one's teddy bear."
"There must be an end now to the Party's torture tactics. This situation is unacceptable," added a third.
On behalf of all those who lost loved ones yesterday, the GU community asks for prayers for the departed and their families. May they -- and we-- find peace, soon.
Friday, August 28, 2009
The sword disappeared last Saturday during Proscript Power Day.
"Re-education" of the Grotians has begun, and all of their homes will be searched over the weekend. Further details will be reported as they become available.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
*NEWSFLASH: Re-education teams will begin a Zone-wide re-education of all Grotians today. The re-education program will begin with Grotians who have access to official PPP offices and residences, and will continue with all remaining Grotians inside the Zone. We apologize for any delays or inconveniences these teams and their important work may cause*
With her rallying call "It is time" at http://rosawells.wordpress.
"We have always had our differences – you being the man of sword, I the woman of word – but we are both fighting on the same side," she explained.
Wells made the decision to step forward after trying unsuccessfully to contact Waltershield, who has not responded to messages for several days.
"I truly believe that each of us needs to make our voices heard," Wells said.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
"While we are unsure of the precise reason for the flood of calls, we are doing everything in our power to assure that Proscripts receive appropriate care for their strife. For this reason we are issuing a community-wide call for Hotline volunteers to direct our citizens to the appropriate health facilities and agencies," Lange said.
Early reports indicate that Proscripts are exhibiting an increase in sleep disorders, excessive drinking of alcohol, and abuse of a variety of mood-altering substances.
"If you can spare any time at all, please sign up with Mrs. Smarter at the hospital, which houses the Hotline phone banks," Lange noted.
Morning update to this story: The GG has learned from volunteers on the overnight Hotline shift the cause of the Proscripts' distress. Some Proscripts, stunned by the Grotian Underground's video showing the truth about our housing conditions, began asking questions of their trusted workers. Unusual behavior and symptoms were reported in the subsequent hours and days. Mrs. Smarter tells us that additional volunteers still are needed.
Curled up was I upon my mat
And by my side my mother sat
A cold cloth covered my head
I felt only peace, no sense of dread
I dreamed of Archie's smiling face
And traveled to a special place
One where Archie the star is seen
Larger than life on a movie screen
I watch in silence as his mustache gleams,
Thanks to his special conditioning cream.
His smile shines brightly though it's dark as night
His acting glows like pyrotechnic lights
He turns from the screen and faces me
Saying, "Let's go for a cup of tea.
We'll laugh and talk and sing a song.
All people together are getting along."
When I awoke I had to ask:
"Mommy, did that come to pass?"
Will Grotians ever get to be free
To come and go to see Archie?
Monday, August 24, 2009
world over, is content to live quietly and enjoy the company of his
agent and masseur, the illustrious performer noted in his recent
interview with The Grotian Grapevine.
Rebel, who appreciates his fans above all others, also takes notice of
the Grotian community, "It's not right that the Grotians get treated
so badly. I remember The Tale of Gregory The Grotian, my favorite book
when I was a boy. Gregory always made such good cakes for the
Proscripts, and one day he was given an opportunity to eat a piece by
himself. That was justice. I like cake."
When asked to elaborate on his affection for cake, Rebel excitedly
asked for a Red Velvet Cake to be delivered to his fan page on
Facebook. He would never deny a fan a piece of cake and said he could
imagine having cake with his Grotian fans in the future -- especially
with eight-year-old Katie, his most devoted fan who is suffering from
pneumonia. "Katie's poem, Archie My Archie, is hanging on my fridge,"
he exclaimed proudly.
While speaking about potential upcoming projects, Rebel discussed his wish to work with Sticky Itchers' Earl and Randy. He sets the scene, "Spotlights on me. Then I say, 'I use Sticky Itchers Shower Scrubs. [pause] Because I'm a MAN.'" He continued, "I'm delighted to hear that Randy and Earl are delivering the Shower Scrubs to Purity Towers, and I'm looking forward to meeting them."
However, before moving on to his next venture, Rebel feels the need to rest. As all of his devoted fans know, he starred in the Creepy Luny Inn Radio Adventure Show as the Seeker, an all-consuming role that was a shocking experience from which he now must recover.
Except for an upcoming photo op planned exclusively for the Archie
Rebel Crew Facebook fan page, Archie spends his days getting massages,
consulting with his agent and meditating on his talent and brilliance.
"I am not really a people person. I like to contemplate on my talent.
I just get so inspired by myself and, of course, by the adoration of
my fans for whom I do everything." He continued, "There's no woman in
my life at the moment, and I'd like to keep it that way."
At the time of Friday's interview, Rebel was looking forward to the
People's Proscript Party Power Day. "Delicious cakes and refreshments
will be served, and I am a big fan of dragons. They are as beautiful
and strong as me."
When asked about the Sword of Flames, Rebel noted that his request to
hold the sword once was denied. "It is locked up really well in a case
near the fountain in the lobby of Purity Towers," he said. [Editor's
note on this developing story: The sword was stolen yesterday, and the
Grotian Underground has been accused by President Garfield Jameson of
Rebel, who recently spoke out on behalf of Grotians, was taken in for questioning by the People's Proscript Party following Saturday's Power Day demonstrations. He was released after a short interview, according to a GG source.
A personal note from Pink Cloud who conducted the audio interview:
Speaking with Archie Rebel raised my confidence in my own strengths
and talents. He emanates so much faith in himself it is absolutely
catching. Grotians, let's not despair! If we keep believing in and
defending the truth, we will succeed. Thank you, Archie, for changing
my life. To the readers: Let's show Archie our adoration by sending
him a Red Velvet Cake to his Facebook fan page!
Through this program volunteers in all age groups visit a hospitalized patient for at least one hour per week. This program, based at the Proscripts' Edward Jameson Critical Care Center, has seen a growing number of participants each week.
"The cooperation between everyone in our program has been unprecedented," said Smarter who conceived the idea and developed it with her employer, Eleanor Kenny. "We are deeply grateful to the Grotians for their concern for us."
"The faces of the small children brighten visibly when a new playmate shows up, and the doctors think it is speeding the recovery their patients," Smarter added.
Dr. Grant Thomas, son of the retired Surgeon General Phillip Thomas, spoke of one miracle he witnessed when Grotian Elbert Rhoads held the hand of his patient Louis W. Graham, who was critically ill with heart failure. "When Mr. Rhoads came into the room and held my patient's hand and spoke encouraging words to him, the color slowly began to return to his cheeks, and I believe a tragedy was averted."
If you would like to be added to the volunteer roster, please contact Mrs. Smarter via the Hospital's Community Service telephone number.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Yamamoto knew then what the PPP should know now: a critical error in judgment was made yesterday when a rash conclusion was reached regarding the theft of the Sword of Flames from the Purity Towers lobby area without proper investigation. President Garfield Jameson and his administration should know that the Grotians are a gentle people who do not steal or destroy the property of others; they never have even while living under PPP subjugation. The accusation that it is the work of the Grotian Underground is an outrage and insult to all Grotians.
Grotians, like all citizens everywhere, should have the right to assemble and protest peacefully, as they have done by publicizing the truth about their housing situation. Instead, after speaking their truths, they were forcibly detained and "re-educated." The Grapevine soon will publish reports about precisely what inhumane brainwashing and torture tactics were used by their so-called merciful captors to so quickly subdue the protesters.
Nonetheless, we do not wish for this unfortunate situation to escalate. Therefore, The Grotian Grapevine editors call upon President Jameson and his senior staff to meet with GU leaders to reach common ground so that all parties can live freely and at peace. This inequity cannot, must not, continue on.
We thank them for their support and for allowing their words to be broadcast here. Very special thanks to Archie for his shout out to Katie, his greatest fan, who has been very ill with pneumonia.
All of us here at The Grotian Grapevine and members of the Grotian Underground are truly thankful. Please leave your comments and thanks for these two exceptional individuals.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
This picture is far from the truth. Members of the Grotian Underground uncovered the real unaltered version of this ramshackle house. Watch for yourself as the truth is shown in this video, and please post it in every public place you can. Spread the word and these lies will not stand.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
We are not allowed to feel joy here. Our minds must always remain focused on work. Work is all we've been told to expect out of life and so we act accordingly. They've nipped our humanity in the bud and seek to make us little more than drones. Drones that follow obediently, walk in straight lines do what they're told when they're told to do it and nothing more or less. We are slaves. That, dear friends, is what their romanticised story about the great war and its outcome fails to tell you. We were not welcomed with open arms for any other reason than to be enslaved by the Proscript Party in all it's infinite glory.
They sicken me.
At first I was angry. Then afraid. Then angry again. I considered making the most out of what life had dealt me. But fate, fate has no hand in this. This is not my fate nor my destiny, and these cards were not dealt by some higher power. The Proscript Party is not God. They are not King and Country and Ruler. They are scum and now I feel nothing but disgust at the sight of them and all that they stand for. The occasional scraps of kindness we are thrown do nothing to make up for years of Slavery and punishment. I watch them, daily as they stuff their faces and lay around their comfortable homes - reaping the rewards won by the sacrifices of MY PEOPLE.
Perhaps, not for much longer. They've tried to stamp out any chances of a rebellion. Oh they have tried. But you can't treat someone they way we've been treated for so, so long and not expect any consequences. Those consequences are coming. I don't know when and I don't know how, but I know, in my heart I know. And I have to believe what my heart is telling me, because if I don't...then all hope is lost. And without hope, then so are we.
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Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Archie my Archie
Love all that you do
Go to sleep every night
With this picture of you
Archie my Archie
I'm your fan for life
My greatest wish is
To become your wife
Archie my Archie
There's one thing I desire
It's having your picture book
Ours got burned in the fire
Archie my Archie
"The 'Stache" acts the best
In movies and plays
You're above all the rest
Archie my Archie
Will you make my wish come true?
More than anything else
Want to hear an interview with you!
~Katie, age 8
Editor's Note: Katie, your poem is very timely because one of our editors, Pink Cloud, has arranged for an audio interview with Archie Rebel. The date has not been set yet, but it should happen very soon.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Who I am is not important, which side I am on is not important. Right now, I am on the side of Humanity. Right now, I'm simply a messenger, for two children. Two children I have never met.
While walking around the outside perimeter of The Zone, I came upon two pictures. These pictures seemed to be drawn by children barely even old enough to fully understand the situation at hand.
They were drawn by two Grotian Children: Devon and Christy. The pictures are attached.
The first picture seems to be a scene of two Grotian children working in the tunnel. Notice that there are no parents around.
The second picture by Christy, which reads:
"I like mr. LW becuz [sic] he likes grotians. Mr. LW will save my mommy and me. When I grow up I will marry mr. LW."
Again, I am not a supporter of either side, I just thought it would be beneficial to put this information out to your blog. Hopefully this can spur people into action.
Thank you, best of luck.
I have two children. I'd rather not say any more about them than necessary, for their own protection. When I can, I grab little bits of text from my job to bring home and let them read. They're both quite curious, and are eager to learn. My little one's favorite sections in the paper are always the reader response sections; she loves to read the questions that the editors ask and the readers' responses. Of course, all of these responses are taken from Party members, so everything that she reads is glowing praise of our situation. After reading a few of them, she decided to send in her own response to the recent poll of food quality in the city. She saw that many people were very happy with the variety of foods available in the Zone, and was rather confused, since we rarely have enough to go around the table. When she was done writing it, she gave it to me to mail off. Of course, I could never do that, as it might endanger her, but I kept it as a reminder that my children deserve better than this. What follows are her own words, only modified to fix spelling or grammatical errors.
"Dear Reader's Response,
My name is (REMOVED), and I think that everybody that writes to you are either very confused or very skinny. When my mommy comes home from work, she usually only has a piece of bread and some butter. Mommy says that (REMOVED) (that's my brother) needs to eat a little bit more than we do, because he has to go work and that builds up an appetite. But when we're done, I'm still hungry, and I think Mommy is too. We're lucky, because Daddy gets to eat at his work, so he doesn't need to eat any of the food for dinner. But every time that he says that, Mommy looks at him like she's sad about something. I don't think that they're giving Daddy enough to eat at work, because he's getting skinnier too. If I were Daddy's boss, I would make sure that everybody that worked for me got enough to eat, and then could bring some home after too, in case their kids were hungry.
Hungry Hungry Hippos"
“HISTORY IS WRITTEN BY THE VICTORIOUS”
Is there more to our history than we Grotians know? I may never find out as I am now banned from working aboveground, I will never see the sunlight again, unless!!!!!!!!
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It's the only way a Grotian could even hope to have access to things they may want or need, and even then there is no guarantee they will get it. The Party certainly tries makes sure anything they do not want anymore does not end up in our hands.
But, apparently, they don't try hard enough. Whether they believe us to be so stupid as to not bother to look in certain places, or they just don't think of us at all (a mix of the two, I'm sure), ways can be found to acquire that which we wish for so deeply.
Namely, reading material.
Classic literature, poetry, newspapers, biographies, even picture books (that one with the great actor Archie Rebel and a free cutout mustache is a favorite among us). Anything with words on/in it is greatly valued by most of us in the tunnels, as we are not allowed anything considered too "high class" for us. The ability to read, it seems, is only deemed necessary for those who live above the ground, who are able to use the Sun to read by, who look upon us as nothing more that ignorant fools.
Smuggling only took place before The Burning, however.
One day, (or night, can't be too sure in these damn tunnels) I was sitting in my living area, quietly reading a book, making sure no Party member finds and catches me with this "contraband." My brother bursts in, yelling something about a great fire. I immediately think that maybe the dragons have come back, to wreak havoc once again. Wanting to know more, I follow him into the main tunnel, which is bigger than the rest, and I soon catch a glimpse of crimson red in the distance. As I approach, it becomes apparent that no dragon caused this. Unless this particular dragon had a penchant for book burning, of course.
In the fireplace of the main chamber of the tunnel, a pile...no, a mountain, of books, newspapers, any sort of reading material lay burning. I was mesmerized by the sight of it; I could not look away. When I finally did, I looked around and noticed there were others watching it too. Watching, and crying. Crying, for there lay their only form of knowledge and entertainment in this miserable life we live. Crying, for there lay their only hope for a normal life, for them and their children. Crying... crying, for there lay the only thing that connected them to the outside world which they so desperately wish to see, to feel, to hear. To live in.
The Party took all that away from us.
I vaguely remember reading about something like this happening in a novel. The title started with an F... I am sorry, I cannot remember what it was. My memory of it is already starting to fade. With time, I am sure memory of all books will fade, in a world without them.
Editor's Note: The writer refers to Ray Bradbuy's novel Fahrenheit 451.
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What does that mean?
To the Party, one meaning.
To us, of course, another.
Party members, they see us as:
Perhaps. For now.
We see ourselves as:
Are we treated as such?
We are forced,
To do all the work.
The Party members, from their towers,
Watch and lurk.
Like vultures, they wait
For us to make a mistake.
If we do,
Our spirit, hope, and will, they take.
- R. A. D. of the Twenty-Fourth Tunnel
Monday, August 17, 2009
OK this is strange - I received from an anonymous source a package through the mail today which contained nothing but an old VHS videotape. Luckily I'm a bit of a luddite so I still have a VHS player. After watching it... wow. I had to upload it to youtube straight away. It appears to be a recording of a radio broadcast featuring an interview with a Grotian refugee... This really highlights just how bad things are for the Grotians, I advise everyone to watch it and pass it on to their friends.
I have uploaded the video to my youtube page here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?
Please, please everyone reading, pass on the word, get people aware of how much the Grotians are suffering. This HAS to stop.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
A rumor reported on the Purity Resistance blog http://lwaltershield.blogspot.com/suggests that Levi Watershield, the face of the GU resistance movement, is being hunted by members of the People' s Proscript Party (PPP). L. W., as he prefers to be known, continues to gather support for change. All GU members are encouraged to provide safe housing for this brave leader as he seeks support for our freedom.
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In this cold and dark place, I thank the Creator for my blessings on this Sunday morning, but it wounds me to the core that I have no place to gather with like-minded people. While I know that we can pray anywhere, I long to do so in one of the beautiful buildings erected to honor the one who gives so much and guides us daily. Why am I denied the opportunity to worship with a group? Why could I not marry in a beautiful dress and walk down a flower-filled aisle in a special temple of worship? What happens to the bodies of Grotians when we are gone? I don't like to think about that last question, but it haunts me because I believe all people should be buried with dignity and respect.
God, do you hear my plea? Or are you just listening to the ones above ground?
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Saturday, August 15, 2009
How many generations of Grotians have grown up blindly accepting the implication of words such as "grotty", lived out their lives never questioning their assigned place in the world? How many outsiders, never hearing of Grotians or Proscripts, use "underground" carelessly to mean "hidden away"?
Because that is what we are. We are hidden away from the Proscripts, and we are hidden away from ourselves.
If we are to become truly free, then we must first free our souls. We must find ourselves, cast away the words that they put on us like chains to bind our thoughts, stand up to our own self-doubt first. Only then will we be ready to stand up to them.
I have looked in the cracked and grimy mirror. I know what we are. I have examined my soul.
We are Grotian, and we are underground.
We are the undercurrent, the undertones, the subtext, the foundation of your world. Your towers rest on our shoulders and backs. What will happen to them when we shrug them off like the old coats you throw away for us to wear?
We are from beneath, but we are not beneath you. We are the roots of your society, and you will be uprooted. We are rising from the deep.
We are Grotian, and we are underground.
Our generation did not make the choice to live as servants and dwell in substandard homes or under the ground. Our parents and their parents became emotional and physical hostages of Edward Jameson and the People's Proscript Party. While it is true that the PPP long ago aided the Grotians in a time of need, it is also true that making us exist as an underclass for all time is unfair and inhumane.
We have been unable hope for better lives for ourselves or our children. We have not had equal access to good food, fresh air, or clean water. Our educational opportunities are limited to training for the jobs we're given. We do not have freedom of movement. Recreation is at the pleasure of the party, and they provide us little of that -- always using the mantra that we are fine as we are.
This space is to be used to tell our stories so that it can no longer be said that we are just fine. We will also use this forum to convey news of our resistance to the status quo. This is an open forum. Everyone's stories, opinions and ideas are welcome here. Speak your truth. We will be heard. Free the Grotians!
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