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The Forgotten of Nha Trang - World Ex...
Nha Trang,Vietnam
By Piero Pomponi World Focus
27 Jun 2012

Nha Trang - Vietnam - South East Asia- June 27th,2012- The power of the mind is infinite but not so deceitful as to drive the human being to suffer from the disturbances of its cognitive complexities on its own. Mental illnesses don’t just happen at the touch of a magical baton; they stem from a diverse fountain of anomalies and traumas spreading its viral and manic tentacles through different mental faculty mediums and in different forms of physical existence.
For the sufferer this represents a prison of self-hell, for reasoning is not capable to capture the very essence and the root cause of such torment. For our Universe, it further vindicates that health disparities through the lack of human rights, moral code, social and cultural injustices still prevail in the 21st century, where overall evolution for some still remains merely a word spelled with 9 letters and for others, the playground for continued obscure methods and treatments of torture towards victims of this dark yet un-chosen path of extreme abnormality.
There comes a time where honor and integrity for a just world need a mass calling, through the silent voices of all those that are not only living in the cell of their own self-inferno but also, are being prisoners of blacken and degrading action from other mortals defined as a disgrace to Humankind.
In Nha Trang psychiatric hospital, a lager in most cases, mental illness patients, still leaving with chains in a total state of slavery and deprivation of freedom. The picture shows a man,inside one of the psychiatric hospital cells, looking trough the cell window bars and begging for a cigarette.
Ph.Piero Pomponi
Picture available only for Italy.

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The Forgotten of Nha Trang - World Ex...
Nha Trang,Vietnam
By Piero Pomponi World Focus
27 Jun 2012

Nha Trang - Vietnam - South East Asia- June 27th,2012- The power of the mind is infinite but not so deceitful as to drive the human being to suffer from the disturbances of its cognitive complexities on its own. Mental illnesses don’t just happen at the touch of a magical baton; they stem from a diverse fountain of anomalies and traumas spreading its viral and manic tentacles through different mental faculty mediums and in different forms of physical existence.
For the sufferer this represents a prison of self-hell, for reasoning is not capable to capture the very essence and the root cause of such torment. For our Universe, it further vindicates that health disparities through the lack of human rights, moral code, social and cultural injustices still prevail in the 21st century, where overall evolution for some still remains merely a word spelled with 9 letters and for others, the playground for continued obscure methods and treatments of torture towards victims of this dark yet un-chosen path of extreme abnormality.
There comes a time where honor and integrity for a just world need a mass calling, through the silent voices of all those that are not only living in the cell of their own self-inferno but also, are being prisoners of blacken and degrading action from other mortals defined as a disgrace to Humankind.
In Nha Trang psychiatric hospital, a lager in most cases, mental illness patients, still leaving with chains in a total state of slavery and deprivation of freedom. The picture shows a young woman,inside one of the psychiatric hospital cells, totally naked and in a state of total mental deprivation, chained in her right foot.
Ph.Piero Pomponi
Picture available only for Italy.

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The Forgotten of Nha Trang - World Ex...
Nha Trang,Vietnam
By Piero Pomponi World Focus
27 Jun 2012

Nha Trang - Vietnam - South East Asia- June 27th,2012- The power of the mind is infinite but not so deceitful as to drive the human being to suffer from the disturbances of its cognitive complexities on its own. Mental illnesses don’t just happen at the touch of a magical baton; they stem from a diverse fountain of anomalies and traumas spreading its viral and manic tentacles through different mental faculty mediums and in different forms of physical existence.
For the sufferer this represents a prison of self-hell, for reasoning is not capable to capture the very essence and the root cause of such torment. For our Universe, it further vindicates that health disparities through the lack of human rights, moral code, social and cultural injustices still prevail in the 21st century, where overall evolution for some still remains merely a word spelled with 9 letters and for others, the playground for continued obscure methods and treatments of torture towards victims of this dark yet un-chosen path of extreme abnormality.
There comes a time where honor and integrity for a just world need a mass calling, through the silent voices of all those that are not only living in the cell of their own self-inferno but also, are being prisoners of blacken and degrading action from other mortals defined as a disgrace to Humankind.
In Nha Trang psychiatric hospital, a lager in most cases, mental illness patients, still leaving with chains in a total state of slavery and deprivation of freedom. The picture shows a man,inside one of the psychiatric hospital cells, totally naked and in a state of total mental deprivation, soon after been beated by the ward personnel, and in total panic. On the wall there are signs of blood and one of the man, has a chain on his right foot. Most of the time, patients of the psychiatric lager, in total absence of food, they eat their own escrements and urines.He is eating some bread even.
Ph.Piero Pomponi
Picture available only for Italy.

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The Forgotten of Nha Trang - World Ex...
Nha Trang,Vietnam
By Piero Pomponi World Focus
27 Jun 2012

Nha Trang - Vietnam - South East Asia- June 27th,2012- The power of the mind is infinite but not so deceitful as to drive the human being to suffer from the disturbances of its cognitive complexities on its own. Mental illnesses don’t just happen at the touch of a magical baton; they stem from a diverse fountain of anomalies and traumas spreading its viral and manic tentacles through different mental faculty mediums and in different forms of physical existence.
For the sufferer this represents a prison of self-hell, for reasoning is not capable to capture the very essence and the root cause of such torment. For our Universe, it further vindicates that health disparities through the lack of human rights, moral code, social and cultural injustices still prevail in the 21st century, where overall evolution for some still remains merely a word spelled with 9 letters and for others, the playground for continued obscure methods and treatments of torture towards victims of this dark yet un-chosen path of extreme abnormality.
There comes a time where honor and integrity for a just world need a mass calling, through the silent voices of all those that are not only living in the cell of their own self-inferno but also, are being prisoners of blacken and degrading action from other mortals defined as a disgrace to Humankind.
In Nha Trang psychiatric hospital, a lager in most cases, mental illness patients, still leaving with chains in a total state of slavery and deprivation of freedom. The picture shows a man,inside one of the psychiatric hospital cells, totally naked and in a state of total mental deprivation, soon after been beated by the ward personnel, and in total panic. On the wall there are signs of blood and one of the man, has a chain on his right foot. Most of the time, patients of the psychiatric lager, in total absence of food, they eat their own escrements and urines.He is smoking a cigarette before eating some bread even.
Ph.Piero Pomponi
Picture available only for Italy.

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The Forgotten of Nha Trang - World Ex...
Nha Trang,Vietnam
By Piero Pomponi World Focus
27 Jun 2012

Nha Trang - Vietnam - South East Asia- June 27th,2012- The power of the mind is infinite but not so deceitful as to drive the human being to suffer from the disturbances of its cognitive complexities on its own. Mental illnesses don’t just happen at the touch of a magical baton; they stem from a diverse fountain of anomalies and traumas spreading its viral and manic tentacles through different mental faculty mediums and in different forms of physical existence.
For the sufferer this represents a prison of self-hell, for reasoning is not capable to capture the very essence and the root cause of such torment. For our Universe, it further vindicates that health disparities through the lack of human rights, moral code, social and cultural injustices still prevail in the 21st century, where overall evolution for some still remains merely a word spelled with 9 letters and for others, the playground for continued obscure methods and treatments of torture towards victims of this dark yet un-chosen path of extreme abnormality.
There comes a time where honor and integrity for a just world need a mass calling, through the silent voices of all those that are not only living in the cell of their own self-inferno but also, are being prisoners of blacken and degrading action from other mortals defined as a disgrace to Humankind.
In Nha Trang psychiatric hospital, a lager in most cases, mental illness patients, still leaving with chains in a total state of slavery and deprivation of freedom. The picture shows a man,inside one of the psychiatric hospital cells, totally naked and in a state of total mental deprivation, soon after been beated by the ward personnel, and in total panic. On the wall there are signs of blood and one of the man, has a chain on his right foot. Most of the time, patients of the psychiatric lager, in total absence of food, they eat their own escrements and urines.He is eating some bread and even smoking a cigarette at the same time.
Ph.Piero Pomponi
Picture available only for Italy.

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The Forgotten of Nha Trang - World Ex...
Nha Trang,Vietnam
By Piero Pomponi World Focus
27 Jun 2012

Nha Trang - Vietnam - South East Asia- June 27th,2012- The power of the mind is infinite but not so deceitful as to drive the human being to suffer from the disturbances of its cognitive complexities on its own. Mental illnesses don’t just happen at the touch of a magical baton; they stem from a diverse fountain of anomalies and traumas spreading its viral and manic tentacles through different mental faculty mediums and in different forms of physical existence.
For the sufferer this represents a prison of self-hell, for reasoning is not capable to capture the very essence and the root cause of such torment. For our Universe, it further vindicates that health disparities through the lack of human rights, moral code, social and cultural injustices still prevail in the 21st century, where overall evolution for some still remains merely a word spelled with 9 letters and for others, the playground for continued obscure methods and treatments of torture towards victims of this dark yet un-chosen path of extreme abnormality.
There comes a time where honor and integrity for a just world need a mass calling, through the silent voices of all those that are not only living in the cell of their own self-inferno but also, are being prisoners of blacken and degrading action from other mortals defined as a disgrace to Humankind.
In Nha Trang psychiatric hospital, a lager in most cases, mental illness patients, still leaving with chains in a total state of slavery and deprivation of freedom. The picture shows two men,inside one of the psychiatric hospital cells, one of them naked and in a state of total mental deprivation. On the wall there are signs of blood and one of the man, has a chain on his right foot. Most of the time, patients of the psychiatric lager, in total absence of food, they eat their own escrements and urines.
Ph.Piero Pomponi
Picture available only for Italy.

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Egypt Celebrates Mother's Day
Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
22 Mar 2012

Cairo, Egypt | March 21, 2012

Egyptians are celebrating Mother’s Day on Wednesday, March 21, in the beginning of the spring season, to honor their mothers and express appreciation for them.
Egyptians frequented gift stores and florists' to buy gifts for their mothers to express love for them, show gratitude for all their love and support and make them feel special on such a special day.
SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Egyptian little girl at a florist:
"Happy Mother's Day mom! You're the best woman in the world. You're the one who raised me and endeavored until I grew up." Egyptian kids wanted to show their mothers how much they loved them through simple flower bouquets and throw simple words they dedicated to their mothers on this occasion.
SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Egyptian little girl at a florist:
"Happy Mother's Day mom! You made me grew up, you brought me up and you suffered for me. Happy Mother's Day!" However, the picture was not that flowery on this day, as dozens of mothers of revolution martyrs gathered at a tent in the infamous Tahrir Square to lament the loss of their children and who would say to them on this day, "Happy Mother's Day mom".
Some fathers of young men martyred during January 25 Revolution went to Tahrir Square to express their grief for the great loss.
SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) – A mother of one of the revolution martyrs:
"It's a big difference this year. But I want to tell you that we patiently say 'Praise be to Allah'. We can do nothing about it. What we could do is just to regard our son a trustee with the Lord. That's all." SOUNDBITE 4 (Arabic) – A father looking at a poster of his martyred son and lamenting him:
"I wish the one who killed you shot you somewhere other than your heart, O my son! I would treat your injury but at least you would still be with me my son Ahmed! I don't say Ahmed anymore! Who else would say to me 'I love you dad'? Allah is sufficient for me and He is the Best Guardian. Allah is sufficient for me and He is the Best Guardian. Allah is sufficient for me and He is the Best Guardian… [Weeping]"
The idea of the Mother’s Day was introduced to Egypt by journalist Mustafa Amen in his book "Smiling America" 1943, yet it was first celebrated in Egypt in 1956.
Mother’s Day is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, yet most countries celebrate Mother’s Day on second Sunday of May.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: March 21, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: March 21, 2012
Length: 0:02:39
Video Size: 131 MB
Language: Arabic
Column:
Organized by:
Correspondent:
Camera: VCS

SHOTLIST:
1- Wide overview shot of Cairo and the River Nile
2- Various shots of flowers at a florist's
3- Various shots of school kids buying bouquets of flowers
4- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Egyptian little girl at a florist:
"Happy Mother's Day mom! You're the best woman in the world. You're the one who raised me and endeavored until I grew up." Various shots at a florist's 5- Medium shot, a very little boy standing holding a rose in his hand
6- Close up, a punch of flowers
7- SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Egyptian little girl at a florist:
"Happy Mother's Day mom! You made me grew up, you brought me up and you suffered for me. Happy Mother's Day!" 8- Various shots of dozens of mothers of revolution martyrs gathered at a tent in the infamous Tahrir Square
9- SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) – A mother of one of the revolution martyrs:
"It's a big difference this year. But I want to tell you that we patiently say 'Praise be to Allah'. We can do nothing about it. What we could do is just to regard our son a trustee with the Lord. That's all." 10- SOUNDBITE 4 (Arabic) – A father looking at a poster of his martyred son and lamenting him:
"I wish the one who killed you shot you somewhere other than your heart, O my son! I would treat your injury but at least you would still be with me my son Ahmed! I don't say Ahmed anymore! Who else would say to me 'I love you dad'? Allah is sufficient for me and He is the Best Guardian. Allah is sufficient for me and He is the Best Guardian. Allah is sufficient for me and He is the Best Guardian… [Weeping]" 11- Various shots of Tahrir Square

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African immigrants in a Baghdad cafe,...
Baghdad, Iraq
By Mariwan Salihi
06 Nov 2011

The "African ghetto" in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.

Al-Bataween was previously an affluent Jewish quarter, then inhabited by Iraqi Christians (mostly Armenians) after the Jews left Iraq when the state of Israel was created in 1948. Since the 1970s and 1980s, many African immigrants moved to this area, when Iraq was a rich nation with a large foreign presence. Many of the Africans --mostly Sudanese, Somalians and other East-Africans -- left Iraq in the 1990s and after the 2003 American invasion. But a large number of them still regard Iraq as their nation, and continue to live in this impoverished area in central Baghdad.

Once a posh area of the city, Al-Bataween is one of the last areas of the Iraqi capital where dozens of Baghdadi art-deco styled houses still remain --although in dire need of restoration. Anno 2011, it has been turned into a hub of illegal activity, including prostitution, drug dealing and other crimes - hence the comparison to a "ghetto."

Today, there's only one functioning Synagogue left - Meir Taweig - taken care of by Baghdad's last, and decreasing, Jewish community. There's also an Armenian Orthodox Church, at the end of the main street.

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African immigrants in Baghdad's Al-Ba...
Baghdad, Iraq
By Mariwan Salihi
06 Nov 2011

The "African ghetto" in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.

Al-Bataween was previously an affluent Jewish quarter, then inhabited by Iraqi Christians (mostly Armenians) after the Jews left Iraq when the state of Israel was created in 1948. Since the 1970s and 1980s, many African immigrants moved to this area, when Iraq was a rich nation with a large foreign presence. Many of the Africans --mostly Sudanese, Somalians and other East-Africans -- left Iraq in the 1990s and after the 2003 American invasion. But a large number of them still regard Iraq as their nation, and continue to live in this impoverished area in central Baghdad.

Once a posh area of the city, Al-Bataween is one of the last areas of the Iraqi capital where dozens of Baghdadi art-deco styled houses still remain --although in dire need of restoration. Anno 2011, it has been turned into a hub of illegal activity, including prostitution, drug dealing and other crimes - hence the comparison to a "ghetto."

Today, there's only one functioning Synagogue left - Meir Taweig - taken care of by Baghdad's last, and decreasing, Jewish community. There's also an Armenian Orthodox Church, at the end of the main street.

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An Armenian Orthodox Church in Baghda...
Baghdad, Iraq
By Mariwan Salihi
06 Nov 2011

The "African ghetto" in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.

Al-Bataween was previously an affluent Jewish quarter, then inhabited by Iraqi Christians (mostly Armenians) after the Jews left Iraq when the state of Israel was created in 1948. Since the 1970s and 1980s, many African immigrants moved to this area, when Iraq was a rich nation with a large foreign presence. Many of the Africans --mostly Sudanese, Somalians and other East-Africans -- left Iraq in the 1990s and after the 2003 American invasion. But a large number of them still regard Iraq as their nation, and continue to live in this impoverished area in central Baghdad.

Once a posh area of the city, Al-Bataween is one of the last areas of the Iraqi capital where dozens of Baghdadi art-deco styled houses still remain --although in dire need of restoration. Anno 2011, it has been turned into a hub of illegal activity, including prostitution, drug dealing and other crimes - hence the comparison to a "ghetto."

Today, there's only one functioning Synagogue left - Meir Taweig - taken care of by Baghdad's last, and decreasing, Jewish community. There's also an Armenian Orthodox Church, at the end of the main street.

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Baghdad's Art-Deco houses in Al-Bataw...
Baghdad, Iraq
By Mariwan Salihi
06 Nov 2011

Art-Deco houses line both sides of Al-Bataween's main road. The "African ghetto" in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.

Al-Bataween was previously an affluent Jewish quarter, then inhabited by Iraqi Christians (mostly Armenians) after the Jews left Iraq when the state of Israel was created in 1948. Since the 1970s and 1980s, many African immigrants moved to this area, when Iraq was a rich nation with a large foreign presence. Many of the Africans --mostly Sudanese, Somalians and other East-Africans -- left Iraq in the 1990s and after the 2003 American invasion. But a large number of them still regard Iraq as their nation, and continue to live in this impoverished area in central Baghdad.

Once a posh area of the city, Al-Bataween is one of the last areas of the Iraqi capital where dozens of Baghdadi art-deco styled houses still remain --although in dire need of restoration. Anno 2011, it has been turned into a hub of illegal activity, including prostitution, drug dealing and other crimes - hence the comparison to a "ghetto."

Today, there's only one functioning Synagogue left - Meir Taweig - taken care of by Baghdad's last, and decreasing, Jewish community. There's also an Armenian Orthodox Church, at the end of the main street.

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Fear and Ammo in a Texas Suburb (26 o...
Dallas, Texas
By Spike Johnson
01 Sep 2010

The walls of a Texas Survivalist member's garage are plastered in American flags, obliterated target sheets and expired National Rifle Association cards.

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Fear and Ammo in a Texas Suburb (25 o...
Dallas, Texas
By Spike Johnson
01 Sep 2010

The immaculate barrack style bedroom of a survivalist group member, complete with camouflage pillow and ready-to-grab survival bag.

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Fear and Ammo in a Texas Suburb (24 o...
Dallas, Texas
By Spike Johnson
01 Sep 2010

The Texas Survivalists, a Survival group operating in the suburbs of Dallas, a mile and a half away from a middle school softball stadium.

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Fear and Ammo in a Texas Suburb (23 o...
Dallas, Texas
By Spike Johnson
01 Sep 2010

A survivalist group member reveals the ammunition he carries everywhere in his pistol. "On impact, the bullet compacts and starfishes around the hollowpoint, corkscrewing and ripping through organic tissue" he explains.

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Fear and Ammo in a Texas Suburb (22 o...
Dallas, Texas
By Spike Johnson
01 Sep 2010

The Texas Survivalists learn how to face a loaded weapon. Disarming her assailant with bare hands, Patricia turns his own pistol towards him.

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Fear and Ammo in a Texas Suburb (21 o...
Dallas, Texas
By Spike Johnson
01 Sep 2010

Homemade stab weapons are hidden under coffee tables, as a last resort against potential intruders.

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Fear and Ammo in a Texas Suburb (18 o...
Dallas, Texas
By Spike Johnson
01 Sep 2010

The beginnings of a food store. In months to come this room is filled with dry and tinned foods.

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Fear and Ammo in a Texas Suburb (17 o...
Dallas, Texas
By Spike Johnson
01 Sep 2010

Throwing punches, blocking kicks and swinging sticks the Texas Survivalists also learn to defend themselves without the use of firearms. "I began learning this stuff years ago" says Ralph Severe "I really wanted to fuck people up."

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Fear and Ammo in a Texas Suburb (15 o...
Dallas, Texas
By Spike Johnson
01 Sep 2010

Home security is important for the survivalists. Sometimes locks aren't enough.

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Fear and Ammo in a Texas Suburb (13 o...
Dallas, Texas
By Spike Johnson
01 Sep 2010

Patricia demonstrates her new corn mill. She's preparing for life without electricity.

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Fear and Ammo in a Texas Suburb (11 o...
Dallas, Texas
By Spike Johnson
01 Sep 2010

Shotguns lean against the fence while The Texas Survivalists take a break from training.

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Fear and Ammo in a Texas Suburb (10 o...
Dallas, Texas
By Spike Johnson
01 Sep 2010

A lighter. Waterproofed in plastic, it's gas preserved with a zip tie.

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Fear and Ammo in a Texas Suburb (9 of...
Dallas, Texas
By Spike Johnson
01 Sep 2010

Harold Rosenbaum, member of The Texas Survivalists, in his garage. Mesquite, Texas.

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Fear and Ammo in a Texas Suburb (8 of...
Dallas, Texas
By Spike Johnson
01 Sep 2010

Tables, rolls of foam and giant barrels provide a makeshift obstacle course against the backdrop of Ralph's dog chewed fence. Ralph's guests waste no time in talking shop; rifle modifications, pistols, and ammo, as they holster weapons.

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Fear and Ammo in a Texas Suburb (7 of...
Dallas, Texas
By Spike Johnson
01 Sep 2010

The Texas Survivalists, a militia group operating in the suburbs of Dallas, a mile and a half away from a middle school softball stadium.

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Fear and Ammo in a Texas Suburb (6 of...
Dallas, Texas
By Spike Johnson
01 Sep 2010

Assault rifles line the walls of "Cheaper Than Dirt Guns," a popular spot for The Texas Survivalists.

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Fear and Ammo in a Texas Suburb (5 of...
Dallas, Texas
By Spike Johnson
01 Sep 2010

Harold Rosenbaum says goodbye to Kahles, his companion of 25 years. "He's all I've got left," Harold says, "I don't know what I'll do when he's gone." Later in the day Harold euthanises Kahles with a lethal dose of his own Morphine

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Fear and Ammo in a Texas Suburb (4 of...
Dallas, Texas
By Spike Johnson
01 Sep 2010

The Texas Survivalists, a militia group operating in the suburbs of Dallas, a mile and a half away from a middle school softball stadium.

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Fear and Ammo in a Texas Suburb (3 of...
Dallas, Texas
By Spike Johnson
01 Sep 2010

Shopping for fuel storage options. Harold needs enough fuel to get his V8 truck out of the city, to his rural hideout without stopping at a gas station.

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Multimedia / Fear and Ammo inTexas
Dallas, Texas
By Spike Johnson
01 Sep 2010

An audio and visual slideshow

The Texas Survivalists is a militia group operating in the suburbs of Dallas, a mile from a middle school softball stadium. For them, bad times are coming: economic collapse, overnight inflation, nuclear war, epidemic, invasion and fuel shortages. The Survivalists – maybe a dozen in all, men and women in their early 20s to late 50s such as Trust Harold Rosenbaum, a Vietnam veteran, Ralph Severe, an armed security guard and Patricia, who is recovering from breast cancer – are steps ahead of most. They are combat training, storing food, stockpiling ammo, planning escape routes, packing survival kits, making soap and, most of all, assuring themselves that they don’t need another human alive to survive.

Their preparations can seem extreme to an outsider. They always pack a pistol and a supply of hollow-point rounds to cause maximum injury. They hide homemade knives around their living rooms. (Under the bookshelf is a favorite spot.) They place bug-out bags the size of coffee tables in the hallway, in preparation to run. Their survival kits bulge with dried food, clothes, ammunition and seeds - everything to start a new life. They have ceased living with day-to-day annoyances. They leave dishes dirty in the sink (Why wash when tomorrow's not coming?), let dust settle on the television, and seem oblivious to possessions piled in disarray on bare floors. Regular housework seems pointless when you're preparing to escape a collapsing city at a moment's notice.

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Fear and Ammo in a Texas Suburb (29 o...
Dallas, Texas
By Spike Johnson
01 Sep 2010

Harold Rosenbaum shows off his assault rifle collection, against a backdrop of toy soldiers. "God, I miss that life," he says.

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Fear and Ammo in a Texas Suburb (28 o...
Dallas, Texas
By Spike Johnson
01 Sep 2010

Middle-aged men practice commando rolls and magazine reloading with women in their mid-20s - women armed not just with Glock pistols but also with AR-15 rifles. Members say that since 9/11, there has been increased interest in training.