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8 - Protocols
Episode 831st January 2021 • DEADLAND • Philip A. McClimon
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Things have happened. Other things are going to happen. News is not the only thing that is spreading, but there are protocols in place. The ark is authorized and Col. Bennett reaches out. 

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hi

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philip a mcleyman here

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record the podcast so it kind of makes

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sense okay thanks again for listening on

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to the next episode and the next cup of

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coffee

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[Music]

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[Music]

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human

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extinction level

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yes

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in other news

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from the studios of kwtr it's the six

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o'clock newshour with charlie henson and

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denise clark

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good evening i'm charlie hinson and i'm

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denise clark

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tragedy today of epic proportions

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a gas explosion at a commuter airport

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kills upwards of 40 people

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information is still coming in but the

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destruction seems to be total

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both in the loss of life and property

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for more on this we go to our reporter

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in the field sally richards

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sally what can you tell us about what

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happened out there

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well denise i'm here at the parker

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county commuter airport and the scene

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speaks for itself

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total devastation

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we are about a mile from the actual site

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of the explosion but as you can see the

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airport is still burning

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even at this distance we can feel some

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of the heat from the fires

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precious little is known at this time

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except that a gas line exploded setting

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off a chain reaction that caused total

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destruction of the property and claimed

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the lives of about 40 people the

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destruction was not limited to just the

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parker county airport the gas line ran

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from the airport underground to a

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trailer park nearby

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we are told the name of that park is

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delacroix's delight trailer park we have

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learned that a mrs marguerite delacroix

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owned the property and rented out the

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mobile homes

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that park also was destroyed

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authorities and fire and medical

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personnel have been on site for several

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hours and still have not been able to

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get the blaze under any kind of real

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control

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during an earlier press conference i had

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the opportunity to ask fire chief benny

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lowen if he thought there would be any

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survivors from such an explosion

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he told me that this is the worst

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conflagration he has seen in his 20

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years of firefighting and that it would

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be a miracle if anybody could survive

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something like this

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once again a gas explosion has occurred

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at the parker county commuter airport

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and at delacroix's delight trailer park

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with what now appears to be total loss

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of life and property

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for kwtr this is sally richards

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reporting charlie denise back to you

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just tragic sally charlie here

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are authorities saying anything about

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identifying the bodies of those who died

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and when relatives might be notified

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well charlie from what we are hearing

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that is going to be a monumental and

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difficult task

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the explosion was so disruptive and the

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flame so hot it literally cremated the

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victims

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medical personnel are not even confident

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that dental records will aid them in

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identification there is just nothing

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left

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with the airport obliterated authorities

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are hoping the passenger manifests were

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stored off-site so that they can try to

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get a handle on just who might have

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perished here

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the trailer park likewise provides its

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own difficulties at this point it could

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be quite some time

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okay well thanks for following that

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story for us sally we'll check back in

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with you later

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in other news we go from the tragic to

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the downright bizarre it seems there

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were several assaults today at a local

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strip joint known as the beaver dam

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it started when one of the employees

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jenny harper became highly aggressive

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and begin attacking her boss when

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bartholomew's smalls

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the attack came in the form of bites and

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some of them quite severe witnesses said

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mr smalls was in his office in the back

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when they heard him screaming when

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several employees went in to see what

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was the matter miss harper started

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attacking them as well

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she seemed to calm down shortly

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thereafter but fled the scene before the

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police arrived

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authorities are asking for your help

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tonight in locating miss harper

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newer test to subjects

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colonel stephen bennett sat in his

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darkened office

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a small desk lamp was on

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its light casting him in deep shadow he

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stared straight ahead and waited for the

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phone call he knew was coming

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a moment later it did

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the phone's ring was jarring in the

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preternatural silence of the room

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colonel bennett did not jump at the

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sound

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he took the luxury of waiting for a

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second ring then leaned forward and

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picked up the receiver

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he did not say hello and the voice on

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the other end did not introduce

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themselves

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they knew each other and knew why they

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were speaking

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you saw the news

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yes

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colonel bennett said his voice flat and

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emotionless

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there are protocols in place that will

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mitigate the event

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colonel bennett sat back and ran his

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fingers through his hair

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he offered no response and the voice on

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the other end did not ask for one

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it's important now that we think about

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what comes after

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if we want the tree to grow tomorrow we

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must plant the seed today

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am i understood colonel

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colonel bennett stared straight ahead

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beyond the feeble reaches of his desk

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lamp into the recesses of his darkened

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workspace

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i understand

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he said

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when the protocols fail the official

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record should accomplish two things

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target a scapegoat and allege successful

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early trials

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the tree won't grow if those who remain

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think the seed was poisoned

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colonel bennett blinked he grit his

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teeth

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i understand

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he said

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dr krenor must be given everything he

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needs to render an effective termination

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perhaps the loss will not reach

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extinction level

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is he prepared

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colonel bennett side

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i will speak to him but yes he is

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prepared

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we will require updates on the work

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we have our projections but we'll be

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monitoring the protocols in real time

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explain to dr krenner that he has

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anything he needs but time

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sooner is better than later make sure he

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understands that colonel

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colonel bennett did not respond he sat

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and waited for the voice to finish

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you have a daughter isn't that right

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colonel

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there was a long pause

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the blood rushed from colonel bennett's

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face and he swallowed

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yes

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was all he said

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there was a longer pause on the other

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end of the line

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the ark is authorized

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colonel bennett blinked again

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he let out a long breath he hadn't

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realized he was holding

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i understand

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he

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said we'll speak again tomorrow

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there was no farewell salutation on

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either end

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only a click in the handset

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colonel bennett hung up the phone and

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reached to his left for another

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he hit a single button

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a single ring later dr krenner picked up

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colonel bennett did not waste his words

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begin human trials

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start with those from the trailer park

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but understand doctor your work now is

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termination of the agent

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human extinction level loss is an

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outlying parameter so be diligent with

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what you have am i making myself clear

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dr krenner

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satisfied with the doctor's answer

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colonel bennett pushed a button and hung

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up

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without hesitation he pushed another

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button this one for an outside line

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he dialed the number from memory

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four rings later the line picked up and

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a female voice answered

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hello

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steven bennett took another deep breath

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nicole

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it's your father