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Coleen Rowley for Congress...Er, Prophet

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We can still dream

Stumbling to my computer on this hot, muggy June morning, I smiled as I saw an email from Coleen Rowley. She is the former 911 FBI whistleblower, Time Magazine Person of the Year, and I happily worked on her campaign for Congress last year. The email subject line said something about “rapture insurance” and I immediately thought Coleen was in one of her witty moods about policy, so I promptly clicked on the link she provided--

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I needed more than two sips of coffee as the ominous graphics rolled across the screen in Madison Avenue splendor. Security threat after security threat from bird flu to bombings to hurricanes seeped and morphed across the screen before segueing to the corporate logo of Sovereign Deed and how it would offer solutions to the harsh realities and down right scary things happening in the world. The symbolism was obvious, black and grey flash intro flowing into the white space and light of salvation.

Holy smokes.

I called my husband over.

“Is this for real? Or is it a spoof?”

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I had almost fallen for the ABC web promotion of LOST and the Dharma Initiative once before.

“Oh it’s real all right. I’ve heard of them before.”

I clicked back to Coleen’s email.

“This is pretty incredible,” she wrote.

“Sovereign Deed offers its rich members a kind of insurance policy for Armageddon-type catastrophes—its wealthy members can vote for tax cuts and don’t have to worry about how bad FEMA is or wait to be rescued with us and other riff-raff.”

My husband breezed out the door and warned me to be sure to include him on the policy if I signed up. He did not want to be “left behind.”

I took a break and got a coffee refill. This was too much, ‘way too early. I even added cream. To hell with Equal. Figured I deserved cholesterol if death was just around the corner.

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In case of all hell breaking loose, Rowley wrote, “you can just call Sovereign Deed and be whisked away. They already have 20 airport sites across the U.S.”

I checked the site again, Rowley, as usual, was right.

Right up there at the top of things to worry about the Sovereign Deed website said it all: “You need provisions and specialized equipment. You need a different kind of protection. You need help to help yourself. There are no second chances to prepare.”

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Georgianne Nienaber is an investigative environmental and political writer. She lives in rural northern Minnesota, New Orleans and South Florida. Her articles have appeared in The Society of Professional Journalists' Online Quill (more...)

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