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Scotland. It's much like hell, only with thicker accents and less teeth.

Ten feverously long days at Muir Island, looking at one of the world's premiere mutant research organizations being reduced to garbage. Doctor MacTaggert, it's unacceptable and without precedent. Thanks to efforts on both the Blair and Bush administrations, several different types of research tools used predominantly in mutagenic and genetic experimentation have found their way on to the 'controled list', meaning that only an accredited government research facility is allowed access to them. Obviously, Doctor MacTaggert was growing mutant terrorists to threaten NATO or some such nonsense. It would appear that most of our samples and research has been saved, yet still stopped, unable to be restarted without the proper equipment. While the mansion holds a great deal of said (now highly illegal, Charles) equipment, it cannot hold the research facilities and numbers required.

For the uninitiated, allow me to explain what this means. Until such time as we can either reverse the ruling, or grant government oversight into Muir Island, our most vital research is in most ways defunct. Imagine trying to perform an autopsy with a plastic knife, and you approach the limitations this places on us.

Really, when you think of it, what these 'leaders' are doing is ceding the initiative to research labs in the Middle East, Asia and South America. Perhaps I'm confused, but where those not countries that produced the terrorists so feared by those same politicians?

Moria, I will be in touch next month. I will try and arrange some kind of liasion work. Perhaps by taking on some contractor style work, we can regain access to some of the equipment. Otherwise, we're looking at extensive partnerships on the Pacific Rim and the Middle East. I assume that the conference in Kuwait is suddenly high priority. The Mandarin Bio-Technology Ring has heavily invested in the US through Stark Industries, which means we might be able to bring them into the fold. Perhaps Professor Farouk might have some contacts through the universities that we might pillage.

That was my unanticipated vacation. I do hope my lab is not overrun with cobwebs, ramen wrappers, and whatever that violently green soda that Ms Pryde seems to favour. I shall be detained for much of the next few weeks, taking a much larger workload of the more time crucial experiments from Muir in hand. If there is anything you require of me, I highly recommend you inform me with all alacrity.

--Dr N. Essex

Date: 2003-08-11 04:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] x-kitten.livejournal.com
The soda's not green, it's bright (frightening) yellow. It's just the bottle that's green. And the only reason I favor it is because it's got more caffine in one bottle than a shot of esspresso. And the lab is in perfect shape, of course.

I'm glad you're back. There's something I need to tell you.

Indeed

Date: 2003-08-11 05:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] x-essex.livejournal.com
My dear girl, one day, you too will outgrow the obsession with concentrated sugar and move on to more rarified tastes.

In my day, we stole sherry and mixed it with seltzer water to get drunk quickly. I'm not sure which is more horrific.

I have an appointment with Ms Morlocke, but I am free past that. Do drop by.

Re: Indeed

Date: 2003-08-11 11:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] x-kitten.livejournal.com
Heh. Of course sir.

I'll come down after classes, if that's ok?

Date: 2003-08-11 11:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] x-pete.livejournal.com
I'm going to tear out the bitch's liver and feed it to her. My boss knows I've been recommending against this particular lunacy for that last few months. I can't think it's a co-incidence that I get punted off on a babysitting job at the same time as they do this.

Excuse me, I've got phone calls to make.

Indeed

Date: 2003-08-11 10:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] x-essex.livejournal.com
If the rumblings from USAMRD are correct, the United States is taking as much in hand as possible, likely for some reboot of the SUPER SOLDIER program or other such nonsense. At the basic level, it's attempting to control research towards the military applications as priority, and the utter fear that they might lose control.

I believe we are seeing the first stages of a crackdown. I shan't be surprised if NATO adopts such measures across the board.

How Does This Bloody Thing Work?

Date: 2003-08-23 06:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] x-mactaggart.livejournal.com
...think I've got it. Roughly remember Henry setting me up with this...thing...a few months back, forgot he had.

Will e-mail later, more state of emergancy at Muir. Actually could do with a call once I've scared off more of these damnable "agents"...knew Da teaching me to hunt would come in handy...

Re: How Does This Bloody Thing Work?

Date: 2003-08-26 06:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] x-essex.livejournal.com
Good lord, Moira. You work with some of the most technologically advanced research materials in the world and you still haven't puzzled out bloody e-mail. Amazing. I'll be in touch. I might have a temporary solution for now. In any case, at least none of the work will be lost from the delay. Do try not to get arrested by Interpol in the meantime.

Re: How Does This Bloody Thing Work?

Date: 2003-08-28 01:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] x-mactaggart.livejournal.com
*snort* Like I have -time- to play with bloody e-mail, Essex. And I haven't been arrested...yet. I'm fairly sure they're looking for something to get me on, it's why I'm only taking the occasional shot at the cheekier agents.

Hmph. Run me off my land like this? I'll be taking legal action, that's for sure, but I can't do it here. I'll be in touch this weekend, the major clean-up is going to have to happen soon. *sighs* They've made such a bloody mess of things, Nathan. My research...

Re: How Does This Bloody Thing Work?

Date: 2003-08-28 06:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] x-essex.livejournal.com
I've already suggested that the faculity and students here arrange to travel to Muir and assist in the shutdown of some of the resources, but I have yet to hear back about that.

However, there is some bright news. The samples and cultures that we've transfered are thriving here, in much smaller enclosures, so your main genemorphic research is still accessible. As to the rest, we are just going to have to wait until we can find a loophole or hope that someone in government is willing to repeal this legislation.

I am glad to see you were able to transfer the children from the facility. I am assuming they're off to the fostor care centres you spoke about earlier. Do you think it might be possible to arrange some sort of research custody through the universities if they push for their retrival? At the very least, cross-national medical associations can do a vast amount to slow up the process, and perhaps can some positive media relations.

Unfortunately, Charles has yet to meet with any of us regarding these matters, unless you've spoken with him privately. In the meantime, why don't you leave everything in Rory's hands for a few days and fly down? We can plan a strategy for the next few weeks, and perhaps get some assistance for the island.

--Dr. N Essex

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