At 7:15pm, the low buzz of a drone was heard overheard. Seconds later, an enormous explosion engulfed the area, destroying the boat and several nearby homes. Sources say 46 Watertown residents were killed in the missile strike, including 12 children.

A hypothetical narration of a drone targeting the Boston Marathon bombing suspect in Watertown by an American Facebook user based in San Francisco, has gone viral amongst Pakistani Facebook users. Within 24 hours the post was shared more than 5000 times and generated hundreds of comments.

What if Watertown was Droned?


Boston Bombing: What You Aren’t Being Told (MUST WATCH and SHARE)

Halloween Overload :) by Eileen
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A more complete shot of the home that I already posted some closeups from this week. I can’t imagine even having a place to store all this stuff! I’ll go back to see what they do at Christmas time…maybe they only put candles in their windows? ;)



…abandoned shacks stand in dejected silence to give testimony of over-optimism and the unwise use of land. Here the legendary “wide open spaces” roll away as far as the eye can see. There is something about the vast expanse that appeals to strangers and holds the scattered inhabitants.

A South Dakota Guide (WPA, 1938)

In June 2011, a friend and I drove out to take pictures of some abandoned buildings in far Western Minnesota and South Dakota.  Shown here is an abandoned farmstead in a grass field in Codington County South Dakota, about 10 miles north of Watertown.  It was incredible to walk around in such a vast, open space, even if we had to trudge through knee high grass (and ticks, we later discovered).  After walking around and photographing the various buildings on site we went inside the main house.  Judging from how decayed and weathered these structures were we guess that they must have been abandoned for at least several decades, maybe longer.

The photos taken at this site worked perfectly for the painting idea I had at the time.  The final result of that work can be seen in the last image of this set:

American Decadence (Codington Co., South Dakota), Oil on Canvas, 24 x 64 inches, 2011

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Nate Burbeck is a State Guide to Minnesota and an At-Large Guide to the Midwest. he curates a few regionally-themed art tumblrs —beyond 9th avenue (Northeastern artists), fly over art (Midwestern artists) and in the new frontier (Western artists) and has himself been named one of “Ten Artists to Watch in 2013” on the Walker Art Center’s mnartists blog. Follow Nate’s work on Tumblr atnburbeck.tumblr.com or on his website.

5.5 Recovery Miles

With no kids at home Beth and I slept in this morning before heading out for a recovery run. One of the great things about the Minneapolis area is the diversity of running/biking trails. We run on the Luce Line near our house quite often but today we drove to a Luce Line trail head in Watertown, 15 miles away. We’d never run there before and it was great; nothing but crop and horse farms and the trail all to ourselves.

16 Inch Disappearing Carriage Model 1917 under Construction, 12/30/1920

Series: Photographs, 1908 - 1962Record Group 156: Records of the Office of the Chief of Ordnance, 1797 - 1988

A 16 inch Disappearing Carriage Model 1917 artillery piece under construction at the Watertown Arsenal in Watertown, Massachusetts.  A major military arsenal since the early 1800s, the site of the Watertown Arsenal has since been converted to civilian use and now houses a shopping mall and office park.

One of the many “voluntary” searches that took place in Watertown, Mass. during the Tsarnaev manhunt.  This resident no doubt feels much safer and secure with a loaded gun pointed at her face.

PoorRichardsNews makes the necessary point:

I am not anti-police.  I have no problem with a police show of force, a manhunt for a suspect, or a “shelter-in-place” directive when a fugitive is on the loose.  The police in Boston were searching for some dangerous criminals who killed innocent people, killed a rookie police officer, hurled at least 3 bombs at police during the chase, and engaged the police in a massive gunfight.  Obviously, extraordinary precautionary measures are reasonable and necessary. 

However, when there is a manhunt for 1 person, it’s also important to remember that over 99% of the other people in the area are innocent. These innocent people shouldn’t be herded like cattle out out of their homes at gunpoint.  They shouldn’t be treated as suspects.  The number one priority of police officers should be to protect citizens, not protect themselves from citizens. 


These pictures show you a fine view of Wuzhen, a renowned water town lying in the southern region of the Yangtze River. The liquid streets and sparkling rivers make visitors feel as if they’ve travelled thousands of years back to ancient times. The ancient town will witness the meeting of tradition and modern technology next week, as the second World Internet Conference that gathers multiple internet giants will be held here from December 16-18.


Hi guys, I happen to live in Watertown, Ma, just outside of Boston, where there was an epic manhunt yesterday for the two Boston Marathon Bombers. I thought I’d share some of the photos I took. There were helicopters overhead, I heard explosions (grenades), a SWAT team came to the door, and plainclothes men were in my backyard pointing guns at the windows. I’m glad it’s all over.