Constance Caraway P.I. ~ Episode 21

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Constance Caraway P.I. ~ Episode 21

…Someone(s) in the secret workings of the federal government is keeping an eye on the U of C scientist…

Back at 6137 Kimbark, there is a treasure trove of information to sort through.

Martin suggests that they work with the University’s new wieldy mainframe computer to expedite the process of information gathering. “It is like having 20 Eddies traveling at 20 different directions at once,” as Martin puts it. “Let’s get to it, girls.”

“Martin, you look into the telegraphs. Fanny, see if you can find out anything about those FBI agents. I’ll work the telephone records.” Three people doing three different things at once. “If you find something, write it down and we will compare notes.”

Connie’s notes-to-self, concerning the numbers that stand out amongst the litany of telephone activity out of the Argonne extension dedicated to Willard Libby:

  • To: Who is Billy Graham? Place a call to Northwestern Bible College where the man is affiliated.’
  • From: Tolentine Friars? Is that a restaurant or a place for Monks?’
  • From: McGraw-Hill Publishing Company. It figures he would be a bookworm,  interesting.’
  • To: The United Nations? Wow, this guy shoots high.’
  • From: Vincent Wolfgram, a single call on 12/10, the day Willard goes missing. That is huge.’
  • To: The FBI, New England office?’ Why did he contact them? And why did they nose around in his business, before he disappeared.’

As for the other two within earshot of Connie’s mumblings, their digital digging bears fruit as well. Each in turn offers some of what they have stumbled upon.

“Those FBI agents work out the Chicago office exclusively,” offers Fanny. “Yet you tell us he calls the Massachusetts office and those two Chicago boys comes a calling, why?” Fanny discovers extensive government files under his name. Someone(s) in the secret workings of the federal government is keeping an eye on the U of C scientist. In this era of Communism fear mongering  and accusation, having a file on you is not a good thing.

Martin Kamen finds out that Willard was in regular communication with Vatican City. What does their stance about the theory of evolution have to do with radiocarbon dating?


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Constance Caraway P.I. ~ Episode 19

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Constance Caraway P.I. ~ Episode 19

…One of the few AT&T employees with the expertise to research telephone records happens to be of the Jewish faith…

Once the big yellow Checker cab is nestled in for a long winter’s nap, next to his wife’s 4 year old Studebaker in their alley-facing garage, a gunmetal gray 1950 Packard rolls down Garfield Boulevard toward Chicago’s famed Loop with two men in the front seat and two women in the back.

Their scheme hits pothole #1 once they reach the Illinois Bell Building. It is deserted… a communications wasteland void of operators, technicians or even a single janitor. Holidays assuredly interfere with the course of normal business, as normal people would expect, but this intrepid group of snoops is the exception to that tradition.

Fortunately for the CCPI clan, the providence-factor plays the wild-card role here today; among the 1% not observing Christmas Day is American Telephone & Telegraph technician Herman Weinstein.

One of the few AT&T employees with the expertise to research telephone records happens to be of the Jewish faith. While his family is over in Chinatown enjoying dim sum, he is busy updating the coaxial system at the central office.

Pothole #2: “We are a year away from direct-dial transcontinental communication, so we won’t find anything to or from Europe,” Weinstein explains. “However, we still hold the C band microwave air network used in conventional telegraphic traffic, so you aren’t completely out of luck.”

He works his infrastructure magic, extracting a list of messages sent to Willard Libby and hands them the results.

“You also need the records from the Long Lines Department for what number?”

“Argonne 7-2000 is the switchboard, 2427 is the extension,” one of the three visitors states.

“That is a government number. You need security clearance for that.”

“I believe this will do,” Martin flashes his Argonne N.L. identification card.

“I figured that you worked for the F.B.I, like the guys who were looking for almost the identical records two weeks ago.”

“F.B.I.?” Constance is startled by this revelation.


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Constance Caraway P.I. ~ Episode 16

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Constance Caraway P.I. ~ Episode 16

…”Eddie, we need to get back to the city as soon as possible”…

“Can you check to see if he had any direct communication with Rome?” Constance asks her new employer.

“Telephone records would be held by Illinois Bell,” Martin recites.

“What? The government doesn’t have their own telephone system?”

“We are slaves to the same copper wires as your friend Eddie’s home telephone line.”

“Thank you for reminding me. We need to have Eddie come out to get us and then we need to talk to the Bell people to get Libby’s telephone records.”

Before Constance could reach into her purse for Eddie’s number and something to write with, Martin comes up with, “225 West Randolph Street,” the address he himself had researched as Bell Telephone Chicago headquarters.

“Thank you Martin, that is helpful.” Constance uses the rotary dial telephone in Willard Libby’s office to beckon their taxi man.

“Hello?” is Eddie’s curious response to the ringing black telephone in the kitchen of his bustling house. “Hey, keep it down in there; I’m talking on the phone!”

The telephone is a recent addition to the average American household, with less than 50% having one.

“Sorry to bother you so early, but we need to get back to the city as soon as possible,” is her request.

“Hey, the kids had us up at the crack of dawn, to see what Santa brought them; I am more than ready to get out of here.”

“I know we haven’t discussed this, but it looks as if we are going to need your services the whole time we are in Chicago.”

“This is your lucky day Miss Carol. I am an independent driver; I only painted my taxi yellow to stand out at the airport. That and I paid big buckos for my own medallion from City Hall.”

“Mr. Kamen has informed me that you are now in the direct employment of the Department of Defense…..and will be paid a daily stipend for your services.”

“Your high school buddy really is big time!”

“And just so you know, call us by our real names: I am Constance Caraway and Fanny is Fanny, not Sara.”


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The NULL Solution = Episode 186

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The NULL Solution = Episode 186

…Oh for the days before the McKinneys arrived….

It is Stardate 2059 before you know it. However 2060 cannot come soon enough for those aboard NEWFOUNDLANDER or say, Earth. For some 2057 shaped up to be the worst arrangement of events known; particularly on Eridanus.

If losing two prominent citizens were not bad enough, this democracy thing is proving more difficult to administrate than advertised. It turns out that without the McKinney’s example, the rest of Eridanian society descended into disorganized individualism. Strong leaders are necessary if not required; both leading candidates for that position are otherwise occupied: Skaldic with Harmonia and Ekcello with postpartum depression.

Unfortunately elections are not about to squelch the thirst for one segment of the planet’s population. The Null voting bloc will require 100 cycles to rival Gifted numbers, thus rendering the system ineffective. There may be no turning back, while forward progress is going to be too slow.

Fortan is chosen as Supreme Elder of the New High Council, not the purest form of nepotism, but really close. The sheer unoriginality of her title is evidence of the weighted anchor any progress. Elders will always be, forever the guiders of all things.

Fortan is not Ekcello, Ekcello is not himself, thereby neither is Eridanus.

The Nulls are not so much bent on revolution as they are restless. The Gifted will always have that something-something {extra}. It will take a 1000 cycles and extensive interbreeding to tip the scales toward genomic equality.

The Gifted feel like they have given multiple appendages in an effort to relinquish their stranglehold. If that is not enough, only their slow-moving history will tell the story.

For Ekcello, he can hardly stand the changes that mount like the afternoon humidity of his water-laden world. If only the evaporative moisture could satisfy the longing he is feeling.

Oh for the days before the McKinneys arrived. In the big picture, it has not been all that long ago that begat their immediate impact. Sammy Mac, with his brash grip on Earthly ties, had beguiled a previously sedate planet, whose course had been so steady, as in gone.

As the days of the “departure” approached, Ekcello’s behavior was most curious. Never before had he displayed such interest in the spaceships of the Expository, specifically NEWFOUNDLANDER.

While the humans sleep, the Gifted meditate and Null dream, he spends time there under the auspices of checking every circuit for reliability. His supposed reasoning is that even a mothballed hunk of exotic alloy can degrade over time. That segment of hard physics is universal.

But he would always be there alone… exploring the dark corners of his existence…


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Descending into darkness by Des-Schatten-Schelm on deviant art

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The NULL Solution = Episode 184

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The NULL Solution = Episode 184

…”you are out of your cotton picking mind!” Sampson elucidates. The connection between clothing fiber and one’s mind is incongruent…

 

CHAPTER NINETEEN

Outbound Outcome

In the closest vote in the history of Eridanus {the only one so far}, 45,340,206 to 303, the matter of Princess Cerella leaving Eridanus with the rest of the McKinneys is decided.

The End

The inside scoop: The 303 dissenting votes were rumored to be the following, Fortan, Ekcello, Skaldic … the remaining 300 were Eridanians who were confused by the question, “Should a native of Eridanus be allowed to permanently leave the planet? {Roughly translated}” or knew they would not be found out. After all, questions are for the ignorant and who would want to leave anyway?

Does your vote matter? Not so much in the case of doting parents and a Null who is not devoid of selfish motives. The aforementioned Skaldic is not giving up hope when it comes to the fair Deimostra. He is irrationally confident that she will decide to stay with him, no matter the outcome.

“If you think we are going to leave our daughter behind Skaldy, you are out of your cotton picking mind!” Sampson elucidates.

The connection between clothing fiber and one’s mind is incongruent, but he gets the point.

“Would Deimostra vote to stay?”

“She is not the issue. It’s about Cerella and my grandson and the people have spoken. The McKinneys belong on Earth, right down to the youngest!”

And so preparations begin for the return trip to the Terran system. Compared to what they are used to, the voyage in the NEWFOUNDLANDER will be painfully slow. Chasonn’s buggy was snappy. Hyperphysical transmigration is an instantaneous hit. But even at 2x faster than when it left Mars, with Sam and a pregnant Celeste stowed away, it will be more than two years before Deimostra will set foot on Earth for the first time.


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The NULL Solution = Episode 160

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The NULL Solution = Episode 160

…Left to his own devices, Gus McKinney would have dispensed his own form of justice {in his dreams}…

After the explosion, Secret Service agents spring into action, the ones not injured by the blast that is.

There is a former President in there. Roy Crippen and Francine sustain cuts to their exposed skin, as does just about everyone in the scope of the blast.

That Jewish deli will not be opening anytime soon. The innocent Korean couple living above it is not so lucky.

Ambulance types flood into the area to help with bricks in the head, shards of rubble in eyes and disgust in their heart. America sick and tired of cowardly bombers who care not about innocent lives lost.

Prez Roy and Gus M. do what they do. They roll up their sleeves to aid the aiders, without respect to their own safety. In the continuing “Video Age”, it takes approximately 3 minutes to discover the source of the bomb.

Gus joins the S.W.A.T. squad rushing into 1010 9th Street, the corner building bordering 5th Ave. He takes the side stairs, hoping to block any exit stage left. Bingo! The visiting space hero becomes an immediate everyday hero. Two frantic foreign types, scrambling down to the ground level meet the end of their wayward projectile.

“Do you guys have something against peaceful gatherings?” He grabs Fadl’s cousin, flinging him with bad intent.

Roy and the others catch up to the scene, “Don’t kill them Gus!” The world needs Gus McKinney more than ever. “We can’t lose you to an assault or murder charge.”

Left to his own devices, he would have dispensed his own form of justice. The death of Fatima Fitch is fresh on his mind, but petty revenge is not the way to go.

His family is safe for now.

When the smoke has cleared, nary one of those concerned is free of bloodstained clothing. Young Marscie was atop her daddy’s shoulders sixty yards from ground zero. Her scars will be emotional. Today’s explosion aside, Fatima was like an aunty to her. She can still hear the thud that killed her, the shaking ground that preceded the bad news.

Ringed by security, they huddle together, grateful for having dodged disaster.

“Let’s get packed for Boston,” Gus insists, “we are not going to let this incident stop us. If we go home, THEY win.”

Boston is waiting. They have experience with domestic bombings. Bean Town wants to show the McKinneys a grand time. Bomb-making troublemakers beware.


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The NULL Solution = Episode 143

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The NULL Solution = Episode 143

…The Null accepting nature will spread, eliminating the musty smell of judgement which hangs below the humidity laden clouds…

While Deke was consoling Joyner and pondering what it means to be human, Cerella is doing the heavy lifting. As in any organized civilization, laws are necessary to maintain order. If an individual or group gets out of line, there is a specific rule to point to. Now that the luster has worn off Eupepsia, she sees the need for anti-discrimination laws; for the Nulls retroactively and Joyner presently.

Princesses and Supreme Elders aside, Cerella takes matters one step further; directly to the governmental configuration.

“I am proposing institutional restructuring, my fellow elders. We are living in changing times. We can no longer operate in the mythical climate that blatantly ignores… even rebukes a large segment of our population.”

In a room filled to the brim with tower elders, and millions of ordinary spectators via visual link, the silence is palpable. Change comes hard and slow.

“I envision an inclusive body of leaders, located here at the base of Eupepsia the foundation of our culture, where every segment of our society will have a seat at the table. My dream is for Eridanus to be an example by which other worlds can model themselves after.”

The telekinetic chatter is nearly audible. Not all of it is negative.

“Each tower will choose a representative to participate at the Eupepsia Assembly, the new center for Eridanian unity!”

An entire population is glued to their video link. Eupepsia would no longer be viewed as the tower of the elite. It will be the Tower of the People.

The people are encouraged.

The Null have everything to gain and the Gifted have nothing to lose, that is unless deep-rooted prejudices cannot be set aside. Certainly the Null would not look at Joyner McKinney as a pariah. Their acceptance will spread, eliminating the musty smell of judgement which hangs below the humidity laden clouds.

Mimi and Eunice

Two votes were taken on a monumental day down the road; one silent, one using the Olde Language. The tower Eupepsia has been sanctioned by the majority of Eridanians to be the center of governance – cheered on by four Earthlings and witnessed by a very proud Ekcello. Eridanus, the world where people live an excessively long life, produces a milestone that rivals its storied beginnings. —

— In the sky, not so high that it cannot be seen by the whole planet, ⃝    shines brighter than ever before. Each individual Eridanian can see their reflection.

Lorgan.” Deke McKinney marvels.

Lorgan is witness to Eupepsia Dreaming.


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Episode 143


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