It is a time of freedom and fear, of Gaia and of borders, of many paths and the widening of a universal toll road, emptying country and swelling cities, of the public bought into privacy and the privacy of the public sold into invisible data banks and knowing algorithms. It is the time of the warrior's peace and the miser's charity, when the planting of a seed is an act of conscientious objection.
These are the times when maps fade and direction is lost. Forwards is backwards now, so we glance sideways at the strange lands through which we are all passing, knowing for certain only that our destination has disappeared. We are unready to meet these times, but we proceed nonetheless, adapting as we wander, reshaping the Earth with every tread.
Behind us we have left the old times, the standard times, the high times. Welcome to the irregular times.
Wednesday, September 25, 2002
Tuesday, September 24, 2002
Mother Davis struggles through a haze of confusion as she considers,
About a week ago, a German minister commented that George W. Bush is using the idea of a war against Iraq to distract the American public from domestic problems like a depressed economy and the erosion of civil liberties. This minister then commented that Adolf Hitler had used similar tactics.
The Bush Administration, of course, demanded an apology, and it got one. The minister was fired.
Did the minister say anything that wasn't true?
1. Bush is doing his darndest to whip up a war frenzy among Americans.
2. This war frenzy serves to distract Americans from the inability of the Bush Administration to deal with problems here at home
3. Hitler did use similar tactics.
What's to apologize for? Maybe it's Bush who ought to apologize to us.
Furrowing her brow,
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